First off, I don't want to imply that being a police officer during the first 'season' of my marriage with Renee resulted in any negative or relationship-ruining circumstances. But, working odd hours, arriving home with tons of adrenaline still pumping through my veins and several other factors did provide some stressful moments.
While searching for new study materials for our evening time together, Renee ran across this study at FamilyLife.com:
Having a strong, healthy marriage isn't always easy. For police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel, it can be grueling. Making the shift from "society guardian" to "family member" can be particularly demanding. FamilyLife understands the rigorous demands that are placed on first responder marriages, and has addressed them in this small group study.
You'll cover topics such as...
--The unique challenges faced in "first responder" marriages.
- --Handling extraordinary relationship stress.
- --Making marriage a priority.
- --Improving communication.
- --Adjusting from work atmosphere to a family culture.
And, as an added bonus, it was written by Chuck Douglas, a retired Oklahoma City police officer! I have no affiliations with FamilyLife, so I am not getting any kickbacks, free products, etc for writing this post (However, if FamilyLife or Mr. Douglas stumbles across this post and wants to send me something, that is up to them :-)
While I am on the subject of couples, how about a video from Dennis Rainey, the president of FamilyLife, explaining how couples that pray together every day have stronger relationships and families.:
Video: Why Couples Should Pray Together
(It can be viewed on GodTube, if you have trouble viewing this embedded video)
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