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 • Marriage Tip 14: Receive and Give Support
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Marriage Tip 14: Receive and Give Support
The need for support is met by coming alongside and gently helping with a problem or struggle; providing appropriate assistance; and helping to carry a load. “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2)
God meets our ultimate need for support by anticipating the great burden that we could not bear ourselves (the punishment for our sins), by committing His personal resources (His Son, Jesus) to do whatever it takes to bear our burdens.

Know that it truly is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We all start out believing that it is more blessed to receive than to give. We each have a God-given desire to make an impact and to feel that our lives are making a positive difference. As we see the joy and gratefulness our service evokes in our mate we are indeed surprised by joy.
Serving others is the pre-requisite for true success. “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matt. 23:11,12).
Be alert and take initiative. Be aware of the physical and spiritual events around you so that you can recognize and do what needs to be done before you are asked to do them. Don’t just stand at a distance and give advice but be hands on. Remember that slow help is no help.
Serving may be your partner’s love language. For some, love is most felt through acts of service (rather than words, gifts, time, or affection).
Be patient with your partner’s ability to support. Being other-centered and serving others is contrary to our natural inclinations. So be patient. Marriage is hard and most get more training in how to drive a car than to be a spouse and parent. Serving others is more caught than taught and many of us have not had very good role models of selfless sacrificial service.
Be alert to the specific things that bring stress to your partner. Whether it’s holiday meal preps, speaking in front of people, a job evaluation, or a commission-oriented job in a down economy, all of us have certain things that are especially stressful. Know what those are for your mate and offer extra support.
Plan times of escapes. Having just one fun time of escape planned can add hope and support to endure, knowing there is a break in sight.
Pray together. Men: your wife would feel greatly supported if you offered to pray for her. She doesn’t care how good you are at it—only that you are the one to initiate.
How have received and given support?
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Ongoing Couples’ Accountability Group
The Monthly Marriage Enrichment Group is available to those who have already attended the Two-Day Marriage Clinic™ or the Three-Day Accelerated Marriage Counseling (AMC)™. This ongoing accountability group helps you internalize the good practices you’ve learned, avoid returning to bad habits, and develop new marriage-building skills.
The Monthly Marriage Enrichment Group offers new opportunities for skill development and in-depth review of the 25 Essential Marriage Skills in the context of a caring, confidential group.
This format provides a unique opportunity for questions, support, encouragement, and dealing with problem areas not yet fully resolved. Couples can discuss their issues as much or as little as desired—the only person you must talk with is your spouse.

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About Karl Elkins
Karl Elkins, LPC, ThM, MA, CSC, BCPCC, DAPA has 25 years of counseling experience and is an Adjunct Instructor at College of Biblical Studies teaching Marriage and Family courses. He is Founder and President of Christway Counseling Center P.C. specializing in marriage and family counseling. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. He was formerly on staff with Intimate Life Ministries and director of a Houston Minirth-Meier New Life Clinic. He is married to Terry Elkins and has two grown children.
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