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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Michelle Duggar shares her tips to a happy marriage

Michelle Duggar of the reality show, 19 Kids and Counting is sharing her tips on how to have a happy marriage. Duggar has given birth to 20 children with husband of 27 years, Jim Bob Duggar.
The deeply religious Duggar spoke at a Christian Women’s Conference.  As she took the stage, she spoke with courage after facing a difficult last few years.  Her topic for the night was how to maintain a happy marriage, even during the rough patches.  Over the last two years, Duggar dealt with the premature birth of her daughter Josie and the tragic miscarriage of Jubilee this past December.
Fans of 19 Kids and Counting will be able to see pieces of Duggar’s speech when it airs during the season premiere.  Duggar and her family have faced both positive and negative press from exposing their life on a reality show.
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So what did Duggar have to say about how to have a happy marriage?
A husband needs a wife who accepts him as a leader and believes in his god-given responsibilities. Husbands are commanded to govern their wives. God works through a man’s decisions, good or bad. Bad decisions reveal his needs and allow the wife to appeal and demonstrate godly character. The more a wife trusts her husband, the more careful he will be in giving her direction. Never ask others for counsel without your husband’s approval. Reassure your husband that you understand and believe that he is your god-given leader.  A husband needs a wife who will continue to develop inward and outward beauty. How can you become more of the wife of your husband’s dreams? Discover and  conform to your husband’s real wishes. Explain your hairstyle to others on the basis of your submission to your authority. Separate your “rights” from your responsibilities.Ask your husband to define your responsibilities. Ask your husband to tell you when you have a resistant spirit. Dispel a backbiting tongue by silence.
What do you think? Are Michelle Duggar’s opinions archaic? Or does she in fact have a point?
If your marriage is struggling and marriage counseling is something you feel would help you and your spouse, try the Austin Family Institute. “Austin Family Institute, a marriage and family training program, provides all counseling on a sliding scale fee, making it affordable for everyone.”  Visit their website or contact them at 512-329-6611. Kelly Cozzone is not a licensed therapist. The opinions and observations expressed are not intended to replace the advice of a trained professional.
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