My favorite moment of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games?

Watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White ice dancing.  Pure magic.  I love to watch their stunning figure skating and the joy on their faces.  I think they light up the screen.

Next favorite moment:  Noelle Pikus-Pace winning silver in the skeleton.  (My Noelle especially liked her!)

When you watch the Olympics, you can’t help but feel moved.  Emotions run high because you know these athletes have trained for years for a shot at a medal.

Raw talent doesn’t get anyone to the Olympics.  It’s talent + training that gets them to Olympic Village.

You know, we can learn something about marriage from Sochi. 

Pure chemistry or compatibility doesn’t give you a dream marriage.  You can’t just skate (forgive the pun) into happily ever after.  It’s pure chemistry + training that gets you to the “gold medal” stage of marriage.

  • You’ve got to set goals.
  • You’ve got to get better at it, year after year.
  • You’ve got to show up, even when you’d rather skip practice.
  • You’ve got to have a coach, a mentor who can show you the way.
  • You’ve got to rely on teamwork; it takes two to win in a marriage.

What goals do you want to achieve in your marriage this year?  What exercises will make you stronger as a team? 

Maybe you’ll read a book like:

31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife or 31 Days to a Happy Husband (I hear these are GREAT!)

Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Intimate Issues: 21 Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus

Kiss Me Like You Mean It by Dr. David Clarke

Men are Like Waffles, Women are Like Spaghetti by Bill and Pam Farrel

Have a New Husband by Friday by Kevin Leman

Maybe you’ll plan a weekend getaway or attend a marriage conference.

Maybe you’ll pick up a new hobby that you both enjoy.

Maybe you’ll try one new restaurant every month.

Maybe you’ll pray for your spouse for 5 minutes, 5 days a week.

The options are endless.  And the payoff is huge.

When you make the commitment to grow in your marriage, you will medal.  Guaranteed.

The next winter Olympic games will be in South Korea in 2018.  What in your marriage will you achieve before then?

Let’s get to practice!



Arlene Pellicane

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