Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage

Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage

Expedition Marriage with Chris & Jamie Bailey
Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage
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Welcome to Expedition Marriage! We’re here to help you enjoy the journey of your marriage. You can be engaged, newly married or married for 50 years,…

OR you can be madly in love or on the brink of divorce, it doesn’t matter, we’re gonna help by bringing you all the best we have to offer and combining that with all that God wants for you marriage too.

We’re gonna talk about all the hot topics like communication, intimacy, how to reconnect, and even on how to quit avoiding conflict or quit exploding through it.

So, if you want to learn some practical tips, have great conversation topics to discuss with your spouse, AND learn what God has for your marriage, then you’re in the right place. Is all you need to do is go to your favorite place to listen to podcasts, click subscribe, share it with your spouse and then we will see you on the inside!

https://www.expeditionmarriage.org/podcast

Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage

Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage

Expedition Marriage with Chris & Jamie Bailey
Helping You Enjoy the Journey of Marriage
/

Welcome to Expedition Marriage! We’re here to help you enjoy the journey of your marriage. You can be engaged, newly married or married for 50 years,…

OR you can be madly in love or on the brink of divorce, it doesn’t matter, we’re gonna help by bringing you all the best we have to offer and combining that with all that God wants for you marriage too.

We’re gonna talk about all the hot topics like communication, intimacy, how to reconnect, and even on how to quit avoiding conflict or quit exploding through it.

So, if you want to learn some practical tips, have great conversation topics to discuss with your spouse, AND learn what God has for your marriage, then you’re in the right place. Is all you need to do is go to your favorite place to listen to podcasts, click subscribe, share it with your spouse and then we will see you on the inside!

https://www.expeditionmarriage.org/podcast

26 Ways to Make Date Nights as Easy as ABC

26 Ways to Make Date Nights as Easy as ABC

Isn’t it amazing to think of how easy it used to be to squeeze in a date night? In fact, can you believe that there was once a time where that’s literally almost all you did together? But, if you think of what dating provided for you way back then, you’d quickly discover why it’s SO important to keep those date nights alive.

Dating helped you establish your friendship, it helped you discover both of your likes and dislikes, and it likely provided a lot of laughter too. All the things that bonded you as a couple back then, can still bond you together as a married couple now. That’s why date nights are so necessary.

But we totally understand if you’re running out of ideas, so we’d love to help you with that. No matter how busy life gets, with just a little bit of effort, we truly believe date nights can be as easy as the ABCs, and here’s the proof….

A. Adventurous Eats- Go out for food you haven’t eaten before

B. Bike riding, explore your neighborhood or find a new place

C. Chalk drawing encouraging messages on sidewalks for strangers

D. Dessert and Dancing at home

E. Escape room. Grab some friends and take on the challenge

F. Fishing. Farmers Market or Food Truck

G. Game night at home or with friends

H. Horseback riding. Hammocks at the park. Hiking.

I. Ice cream sundaes. Go all out!

J. Journey through old photo albums

K. Kite flying. Karaoke.

L. Live music. Learn a new skill.

M. Massages at home or at a salon

N. Netflix new series

O. Outside fire pit or outside swing

P. Pedicures. Popcorn and a classic movie. Picnic. Photoshoot

Q. Quickie somewhere new

R. Random act of kindness together

S. State park

T. Trivia night.

U. Unwind by relaxing at home without technology

V. Vacation dreaming and planning.

W. Walk in a park you’ve never been to

X. Xbox gaming together

Y. Yard games.

Z. Zip lining. Zoo.

One more thing date nights do—they help you learn more about each other, and just because you’re married, that doesn’t mean you’re done getting to know each other. In addition to these date night ideas, if you’d like to keep on getting to know each other and have some things to talk about while you’re out, go ahead and grab our 25 Date Night Conversations from the tab below!

Now go on, get out there and have some fun!

5 Ways to Know if your Marriage is Headed for Trouble

5 Ways to Know if your Marriage is Headed for Trouble

I’m assuming that you’re here reading this because something in your marriage seems to be missing or just perhaps isn’t right. We want to get really specific and help you identify if any of these potential warning signs might be going off in your marriage. But, if they are, don’t fret, they can ALL be repaired, turned around, and redeemed. It’s important to know that even in your worst-case scenario, hope is available.

One of the simplest early warning signs is that you’re just NOT SATISFIED. Keeping in mind that happiness is not the end all, be all, but a lack of it certainly can be a clue that things may not be okay. Despite what society might tell you, a lack of happiness is not a reason to move on and head towards divorce. There are so many deeper, more profound goals of a marriage than just to be happy. BUT your marriage indeed should be generally satisfying, so if it’s not, it’s time to address it.

If your COMMUNICATION is erratic, non-existent, hostile, involves name calling, or if you aren’t talking at all, this is a problem. The more you ignore it, the more you will find yourself going in circles, and guess what? Circles lead to nowhere! Communication is critical to have in a marriage.

Next up, is if you or your spouse have CHECKED OUT. Being checked out in your marriage really is just another way of saying you just don’t care anymore. This can happen to couples who have let things go a little longer than they should and now hopelessness is creeping in. If this is you, it’s definitely time to get some help. If this goes on for a length of time, it will take your marriage to a place that you never meant for it to go.

Now let’s talk about JUST STAYING TOGETHER FOR THE KIDS. We can’t even begin to tell you how wrong this mentality is. Your kids don’t want you to just stay together, they want you to be in a marriage together. Simply staying together for the kids just teaches them to grow up, get married and do the exact same thing. While you’re simply just staying together, you are also actively modeling what marriage should look like. If your marriage isn’t a marriage you want your kids to have, then work on it so you can actually model a healthy one for them. Show them what it is to fight for your marriage. That’s something they will appreciate.

Lastly, it’s the most obvious one, if you’re using the D WORD, your marriage is in trouble. If you’ve said it, you’ve thought about it, and if you’ve thought about it, it won’t be long before you do it.

We tell you these things not to solely help you identify that your marriage might be in trouble, but we say these things to let you know it’s time for a change. In order for things in your marriage to change, things in your marriage will need to change. We know it can feel hopeless sometimes, but there are people out there like us, who willing to loan you our hope until you find yours once again.

God is for your marriage. He wants it to be good, connected and healthy. Afterall, it represents the love Christ has for his Bride, the Church. Let the Lord use your hard times for growth instead of destruction. Reach out for help, get reconnected and start talking.

If you need a small place to start, check out our two-day sample of our DRIVE BY DEVOTIONS that were created with you in mind by clicking below. If you decide you like them, you can purchase them for 25% off with the code provided. They have the potential to change your marriage, breed hope, and reconnect you once again. Trust us, your marriage is worth it!