Lifemates Newsletters have been produced for over 15 years ago and originated out of the ministry of running The Marriage Course in the KuRingGai area, New South Wales. The newsletters cover topics on marriage, family and parenting. Since that time other couples have asked to be included in the circulation and to share articles with others. The opportunity has now been taken to integrate Lifemates into Marriage Week.

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708, 2021

August 2021

Fawn Weaver said that the beauty of marriage is not always seen from the beginning... but rather as the love grows and developes over time. Regrettably some have taken this beauty of marriage and turned it into a system of control over their spouse. "COVID has created stresses on even the best relationships, let alone ones where there's control and abuse," one former abuser said "But it's never OK to make your partner the object of your frustrations." He urges any man who feels anger rising inside of them to seek immediate help from one of the many help-lines available. Being abused is never the fault of the recipient, and help should be sought. According to the Federal Government’s report on Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia 2019: Almost 1 in 4 (23%) women and 1 in 6 (16%) men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15. Almost 1 in 6 women (17%) and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since the age of 15.’ We should all be horrified by these statistics. Some of this control [...]

1305, 2021

May 2021

Claudia & Dave Arp write: " Let's get right to the heart of the matter. How committed are you to your spouse and to your marriage? Is it a commitment of the heart? Heart commitment is more that just sticking together. Many couples get stuck in a dull, stagnant marriage and stay in the marriage because of constraint - not because of a heart commitment. A heart commitment is choosing to making your relationship a priority - to put the other first. It's making your marriage an oasis, a place of safety, comfort and refuge from the pressures of our high stress world. How can you keep the heart of your marriage growing and healthy? Here are a few thoughts to consider. Have your very own Heart Commitment Date and talk about: What are some of the positives about our relationship? What changes do we need to make to energize our marriage and keep it fresh and growing? What do we want our marriage to look like in 10 years? In 25 years? What resources do we have for nurturing our relationship? (Such as time, health, humour, friends, prayer etc.) What could I do today [...]

1011, 2020

November 2020

Lives continue to be challenged by the manner in which various aspects of Covid19 have affected every day life. Dr. Laura Markham in her article, "The Family That Plays Together" wrote: "Given how hard life can be at times, my opinion is that we need to seize all the joy, silliness, fun and humor we can get.""Dads4Kids" have launched a month of FUN for Dads and their kids throughout the month of November. This is such a great idea for all family members to adopt - not just for November, but for the remainder of this year.Why not make this not just a Date Challenge, but a Challenge for all the family, to have FUN together - especially over the summer holidays.PLAY IS NOT AN OPTIONFrom the infectious fun of side-splitting laughter to the exuberance of an impromptu pillow fight, infusing a spirit of joy and playfulness into your home nurtures your family like little else says Dr. Laura MarkhamPlaying together is an almost magical way to build connection. Not surprising, since when we laugh, our body releases oxytocin into our systems. So when you’re laughing with someone, you’re bonding. Laughter also transforms bad moods by [...]

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