How can we set proper boundaries on our time and relationships? Susie’s good friend Dr. Greg Smalley is back to field your questions on building healthy, God-centered relationships. On this program, we discuss the idea of lifelong commitment.

Couples who stay together have a shared notion of lifelong commitment. As Cortes is credited with saying once he and his men landed in the Americas, “Burn the ships.” There’s no going back once two people have covenanted in marriage – when you enter the relationship with that mindset, it’s a sturdy board in the foundation of your relationship.

How can you keep an open heart toward your spouse? Pray for them. Extend them grace and forgiveness.

Greg shares his perspective on choosing love versus feeling love.

“The decision part is you’re eliminating any other option – divorce is not an option. The emotional part is my awareness of how incredibly valuable my marriage is. Your marriage is a living breathing entity. It is valuable! I need to be aware – what are some of my favorite things about my marriage? For some who are struggling, simply make a list. I so enjoy the way that Erin and I have fun and laugh together. I love the synergy of marriage – it’s the oneness, that unity that God has laid out – that’s a powerful force! The evil one is afraid of what your marriage could be. Always. It will be opposed.”

Greg also touches on

• Choosing to nourish your marriage – there is no autopilot for marriage; it must be maintained.

• How to enjoy the little things that make your marriage strong.

• Why marriage is about holiness, not happiness.

• The wrong question to ask about your marriage.

Key Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:3; Malachi 2:15-16

Featured Songs: Finish What He Started by MercyMe; Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz; Live to Praise You by Lincoln Brewster

Highlight : The power of lifelong commitment

Traits of a healthy marriage: Lifelong commitment

This program has been previously aired.