Reflections on Marriage: Y is for Yield

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The below excerpt from Making Your Marriage Successful by—O. Leslie Stone supports the advice given in my book, ABC’s for a Happy Marriage: A Collection of Original Poetry and Biblical Scriptures, where the letter Y stands for Yield:

One of the first things a couple must do is establish and maintain good relations with each other. If you want to be sweethearts, you must work at it. I admonish every one of you to do everything possible to make your companion happy. Be kind and considerate of each other. When problems arise, talk things over calmly and resolve differences promptly. … Sometimes it is difficult for us to understand why our mates don’t see things the same and arrive at the same conclusions as we do. People are different in their thinking and their understanding, and opinions often vary. Differences must be reconciled promptly if husbands and wives are to be happy and work as a team together.


to one another
when there are
differences of opinion
to create a
strong, flexible marriage;
softly and truthfully
discuss disagreements when
they arise, and
explosive resentments will
cease to exist.

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man,
and able also to bridle the whole body.

—James 3: 2