Marriage Conflict: Talking as Teammates

Marriage Conflict: Talking as Teammates

by Stephen Michael Hoppe

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Overview

How we communicate with one another matters—especially in a marriage. Even if we aren’t actively trying to cut down our spouses with our words, we can create friction and misunderstandings that hinder our unity and mutual growth.

The Bible gives us countless principles to help us to communicate in ways that give life, not pain, to our spouses. In thirty-one daily devotional readings, biblical counselor Steve Hoppe paints a picture of whole new way of communicating, starting with the heart before moving into the practical dos and don’ts. Whether your home is a verbal war zone or you’d simply like to do a little better, this book is written for you. As you read through it with your spouse, meditating on Scripture, praying, and using the practical questions and action steps, you will learn to communicate with Christlike love, grow in holiness, and glorify God with your words.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629956855
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2020
Series: 31-Day Devotionals for Life
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Steve Hoppe (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Advanced Counseling Certificate, Christian Counseling and Education Foundation) is executive director of Crosstown Counseling LLC in New York. Previously, Steve served as the pastor of counseling at Park Community Church of Chicago.

Table of Contents

A Word to Couples Reading This Book Together 9

Introduction: A Matter of Life and Death 11

Marriage Conflict Starting Points

Day 1 Dig to the Root 19

Day 2 Check Your Tone 21

Day 3 Hydrate Frequently 23

Marriage Conflict Pitfalls

Day 4 Avoiding Conflict 27

Day 5 Fighting 29

Day 6 Checking Out 31

Day 7 Fixing 33

Day 8 Exaggerating 35

Day 9 Swearing 37

Day 10 Catastrophizing 39

Day 11 Comparing 41

Day 12 Typing instead of Talking 43

Day 13 Using Identity Statements 45

Day 14 Worshipping Your Spouse 47

Marriage Conflict Essentials

Day 15 Flee Temptation 51

Day 16 Take Out the Log 53

Day 17 Change Your Glasses 55

Day 18 Wear High Heels (or Air Jordans) 57

Day 19 Customize Your Response 59

Day 20 Play Catch 61

Day 21 Correct in Moderation 63

Day 22 Always Build Up 65

Day 23 Rejoice When Criticized 67

Day 24 Accept Injustice 69

Day 25 Pay the Debt 71

Day 26 Use We 73

Day 27 Call a Time-Out If Necessary 75

Day 28 Pause and Pray 77

Marriage Conflict and Community

Day 29 Be Golden When Talking to Others 81

Day 30 Consult Relatives Selectively 83

Day 31 Call In the Reserves 85

Conclusion: In All Things, Love 87

Acknowledgments 91

Suggested Resources for the Journey Together 93

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