"Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God...The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan."
Marriage is something most people look forward to. And after the wedding, I think too many people withhold the effort that it takes to make a marriage last.
Life can get in the way of a marriage. You don't necessarily get to spend as much time with your spouse as would be ideal. It takes a lot of work to keep a household running smoothly, even if it's just the two of you. On top of bills to pay, exceptional situations do come up. Flexibility, creativity, and sanity are needed when troubles come, and just trying to get through them can tax even the strongest marriage relationships.
So how can we strengthen marriages so that we can survive those trials and make marriages last, and even better, to make good marriages great?
It is paramount to put the marriage relationship first. Prioritize in such a way that you are certain to make time to nurture the relationship. Try to be home at the same time at least a couple nights a week (and more if possible)! Go on date nights-- and remember you don't have to break the bank to do so: you can rent a movie and watch it together or go on a walk around the neighborhood. Learn your spouse's "love language" and learn to communicate your affection for them in a way they understand.
Don't give up on your spouse or your marriage in any way. Treat your spouse with respect, and if things are not working as you would hope, keep in mind that "People don’t fall back into love; they climb back in."