Marriage & Relationship Counseling in Mississippi
The marriage relationship is the most rewarding relationship many of us ever experience in our lives, and at the same time can be the most challenging of all relationships. Our deep understanding and respect for this sacred institution is what guides our work with married or soon-to-be married couples.
Marriage is rewarding because it fulfills some of our most critical needs. It meets our need for companionship and security, as we are designed as people to be social creatures that thrive in committed, secure relationships. Marriage also fulfills our core need for intimacy, the desire to fully know and be known by another, and collaboration, which allows us to reap the benefits of the truth that two is better than one. This powerful union also allows us the possibility of creating a generational legacy that will live on beyond our own lifetimes here on earth.
The most fulfilling marriages are composed of individuals with humble hearts who are open to possibilities beyond self; with empathy for the other who consider life from the perspective of the other; with absolute honesty who are willing to deal with truth and reality; and with an awareness that words really do matter, and are in fact the greatest currency with which we do relational transactions.
Marriage can be challenging because the individual’s entire being is exposed to the other in the process of working through differences together. Couples have to solve life problems such as how to expend resources, how to parent, how to relate to extended family, and how to navigate sexual expression. In the context of a marriage relationship, the individual has to rise above always pleasing self in consideration of the other in order to solve problems well. Such acting on behalf of and bringing good to the other is the true meaning of love.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trust, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (I Cor. 13:4-5)
Marriages are also rewarding when there is an “ever-present awareness” of “reality of good” that exists in the relationship. Here at Crossroads, we find that couples in times of difficulty or distress tend to focus more on their problems than their strengths, and can forget to celebrate their joys together. However, we understand that it can be hard to reach this feeling of celebration and appreciation when there is a lack of authentic connection within the relationship.
Premarital & Relationship
No matter your specific area of struggle with your marriage relationship, our professional counselors can help to heal your marriage. We also provide pre-marital counseling and other invaluable services for couples. Contact us today to learn more. We look forward to helping you and your spouse achieve the fulfilled, joyful marriage that you deserve.