How did things get so stressful? Was it a gradual process or did it feel like it happened overnight while you weren’t looking?
Have you taken time to write down all the stress factors in your life? If not, would you do that? Can we discuss that list?
Do you feel overworked, either at your job or at home? What is driving you to work as hard as you do?
How would you describe your family’s schedule?
Are you able to give time to your spouse, family, and church?
Do you and your spouse discuss and agree on major decisions before making them? (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Are you a two-income family? What led to that decision? Do you ever have stress over money?
When was the last time you really got to rest, relax, and recharge? When was your last vacation? (Genesis 2:2-3)
What small, practical steps could you take today that might reduce the amount of the stress in your life?
Can you tell me about your relationship with God? Is that part of your life a source of strength or a source of stress? How so?
What is driving you to work as hard as you do or to go as fast as you're going?
Would you consider yourself a workaholic?
Are you able to give sufficient time to your spouse and family? How would they answer that question about you?
What does prayer mean to you? Are you taking time to stay connected to God as the source of a fruitful life? (John 15:5)
Do you feel like you and your spouse work together as partners, or does a lack of marital teamwork contribute to the stress level you are experiencing? (Malachi 2:13-14; 1 Peter 3:7)
Some stress comes at you and is unavoidable—but I’ve discovered that it’s easy to make things worse on my own. Have you discovered the same thing and what has that looked like specifically for you?
Significant debt can be a huge cause of stress in many marriages. How would you describe the financial part of your life? Would you feel comfortable talking more about that and exploring any positive changes that could be made?
Can we talk more about having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ? I believe that is the real source of rest and peace in the midst of life and I’d love to share more about that with you if you're open.
Have you opened your heart up to God lately and asked for His help?
Is it possible that the stress is God’s way of trying to show you changes that need to occur or areas where repentance needs to take place?
How can I pray for you?
What is one step you can take in the right direction and how can I help you do that?