Lifemates Blog

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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911, 2019

November 2019

Alisa DiLoenzo made the following observation: "Your marriage needs intimacy to be the priority no matter what the season. We hate hearing that someone has put their marriage on the back burner because of this or that “season. Your spouse needs to know that they are your priority." Why not plan for romance by booking a little 24hr getaway at a nearby hotel as something to look forward in the very near future - agenda 'flexible', but should include wonderful food, expressing gratitude & thanks, and intimacy - happy hugs are just the start and passionate kissing reduces stress. Tips Never do anything that would display a lack of support for your spouse with his or her family members. In fact, your job is to help your husband or wife become successful with their brothers, sisters and parents. If you criticize an in-law, it creates a problem for your spouse. You may be correct or justified in your accusation, but you shouldn't fan the flames. Instead, you need to do all you can to move your spouse and that other family member toward reconciliation, no matter how you may feel about the situation. ~ Dr. [...]

608, 2019

August 2019

September is fast approaching and during that month many take the opportunity to honour their Father on the first Sunday - Father's Day. It is a day when time can be made to express heartfelt love to the father figure in our life. Wives also can play a part by thanking their husband for being there and for the love and support he has given to the family. Then, a week after Fathers are honoured, is Marriage Week, a time for marriages to be honoured. Couples are encouraged to take the opportunity to celebrate and maybe have that special date together. Who needs such an excuse - but take it anyway!One father, when thinking about Father's Day, began to wonder what sort of legacy he would be leaving his children, and acknowledged that he had made mistakes - but everyone does, none are perfect. So what sort of legacy will we be leaving our children as Fathers and Mothers.Steve Wright wrote the following with regards to Father's Day and the legacy we leave:"Sure I want them to remember the fun times we had. Having those memories are important, but I'm talking about how will I be [...]

505, 2019

May 2019

In many parts of Australia May heralds the prelude to a season when nature slows down. Whilst it may not be possible to 'slow down' in this season of our lives, we can actively guard our time. We can treasure those moments we do have together and not speed through them. These could be as simple as a lingering kiss at the start of a day, a warm embrace at the end of the day, an unrushed cup of coffee together. or sitting close and watching the sun set together. The following quotes are from a book "Your Time-Starved Marriage: How to Stay Connected at the Speed of Life" written by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott: - "'The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first,' said business author Robert J. McKain. And he's exactly right. We may say that our marriage comes first, but that doesn't matter if we devote our time to what's lower on our list. Saying it's a priority and making it a priority are two different things." - "We think much more about the use of our money, which is renewable, than [...]

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