Butte is Mad about Marriage

January 01, 2011 | Lori Flower

"Are you madly in love or just plain mad?" That was the question asked by Mike and Gayle Tucker, of Faith for Today, as they conducted a marriage workshop the weekend of Sept. 17, 2010, at the Butte (Mont.) Church.

During the two-day workshop, the Tuckers presented God's ideal for marriage. They not only shared the four negative patterns of communication but also how good communication skills can help couples honestly examine each problem, control their emotions and eliminate high conflict.

The Tuckers also showed how husbands and wives can share the spiritual journey by praying together, worshiping together (both family and corporate) and sharing a ministry.

Couples at the seminar learned four rules to guide marriages and keep them healthy: filling each other's love banks, meeting each other's emotional needs, giving each other undivided attention, and being totally open and honest with one another.

One couple says, "During this session we discovered something that has been causing a great deal of frustration in our marriage and we're going to work toward making things better."

Even Christians struggle with "the big stuff," as the Tuckers described issues like addiction, abuse, anger and infidelity. After each session there was time for the couples to privately discuss the topic that had been covered. One participant says, "Learning to forgive is very important. We all have things that we struggle with and forgiving and being forgiven is an important part of marriage."

The Tuckers closed the weekend session by having couples renew their marriage vows to one another, a fitting wrap up to a blessed event.