Making a Marriage – the online non-survey

Couple takes the plunge off a cliff over the ocean on their wedding day by Hsing Wei (Creative Commons)

No matter what your opinions are of this organization, there’s some serious history here.  Focus on the Family started by family psychologist James Dobson in 1977.  It is a Christian nonprofit organization which provides practical tools, spiritual resources and emotional support to families at every stage of life.

They have a strong voice which many people desire to hear on and offline.

As a social media nut, I help churches and individuals build their communication skills online.  I search for organizations and individuals who create strong communication online and these guys do.

I was flipping through the various people I like on Facebook and came across this comment from the Focus On The Family Facebook Page:

In your opinion, what’s one essential for a good marriage?

To this one, simple question, they received 2602 responses, 2584 “likes”, and 259 shares.


I read many sites and this beats them to the ground.  By comparison, on the Walmart Facebook Page, when they posted a new picture for the Dog Days of Summer, they received 1472 “likes” and 99 comments.

Granted, this isn’t scientific, but….

What did the comments say?

I went through every comment and discovered certain commonalities, the top three are here:

#1. G0d/Jesus

#2. Communication

#3. Trust

(other contenders:  love, forgiveness, laughter, respect, prayer, friendship, honesty, and commitment)

Here’s the Facebook Page, you can see for yourself.

Now it’s your turn.

In your opinion, what’s one essential for a good marriage?


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About Paula Whidden

Wife, mom, author, speaker, former full-time youth and children's pastor turned stay-at-home-mom. Paula created to help people see and understand how our choices affect our destination in life, in marriage, in parenting and in social media. Paula wrote "25 Days 'Til Christ: An Advent Devotional for the Family" now available on She is currently working on her second book to strengthen marriages.


  1. Tina Miller says:

    Daily forgiveness.. For him and myself.. :)

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