If you understood the normal progress of a marriage, you might not feel so alone at times. Jackie and Stephana Bledsoe have identified seven stages of marriage. Their insight is so rich in this Dive Deep Interview!

Audio:

Talk About It:

What ring (stage) are we currently in?

Is there a ring (stage) we need to go back to, to help us build a better foundation?

Would our children want to get married based on our marriage that they see everyday?

Think About It:

Does the real me show up in marriage or do I withhold parts of myself from my spouse? If so, why?

Do I have an expectation of getting to the prospering stage sooner than is realistic?

Notes and Quotes:

Happily Married Couples Ministry Jackie & Stephana Bledsoe   www.happilymarriedcouples.com/quiz

Seven Rings of Marriage Jackie Bledsoe

1-Engagement ring: building a foundation God’s way

2-Wedding ring: covenant, commitment together with no contingencies.

3-Discovering: be intentional about learning about yourself and your spouse. Discover who your spouse is and the real you. Neither of you are the same as when you first met.

4-Persevering: develop endurance, mindset shift. Our attitude and how we approach hard seasons will change everything.

5-Restoring: things get broken, we need to learn how to forgive one another. Need a foundation of faith, because Christ is the one to restore.

6-Prospering: mature mindset as you go through each ring (stage). Gain a new perspective.

7-Mentoring: look to give back to other couples. Pour back into marriages. Share the real stuff with others.