Our culture is absolutely spectacular when it comes to setting the pattern for how we are to live, look, and act. This issue exists as much in religious culture as it does in secular culture. It is no surprise that this mental construct bleeds into our marriages as well. We come face to face with it daily behind the closed doors of our homes as well as in the public eye. At one point or another, we all feel the pressure of the gap between how our marriage “should look” and what the true reality of it is. Some of us tend to internalize the pressure while others express it externally. Regardless of the form of expression, this type of pressure is bound to affect our marriages.
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