As you begin your marital journey, recognize that most couples bring unrealistic expectations into their marriages which ultimately sets themselves up for disappointment. It is easy to assume that just because your father was able to fix everything that your husband should be handy around the house. Or you may recall that mom always laundered and pressed your clothes so your wife should perform similarly regardless of her own needs or responsibilities.

Placing presumptive demands on one another can destroy a marriage before it ever quite gets off the ground. Instead, work together to establish the best solution for your household and then be willing to pitch in and do whatever needs to be done, even if it’s not your “job.”

How satisfying do you want your marriage to be? Do you think it gets that way on its own? Besides a healthy dose of daily prayer – as individuals and as a couple – there are other essential factors that will steer you in the right direction. Seek to understand each other. Be teachable and learn all you can. Rather than waiting upon your spouse to conform to your expectations, make an intentional effort to bless the other person.