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Tammy Franklin says the key to a strong marriage is
being friends and communicating
Article By Sherita Paul// EEW Magazine Business News
Posted February 20, 2017
Photo Credit: GETTY
The importance of being friends and communicating effectively with your spouse may seem like
cliché marriage advice, especially because you’ve probably heard it lots of times.

But Tammy Franklin, who has been married to GRAMMY® winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin for
21 years, says this is not trite advice. It is key to building a strong union.

“I know people hear that and it sounds simple,” said Tammy during a Friday interview on the
nationally syndicated radio show,
Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell. Yet, according to her, it
works for the Franklins.

The in-love-as-ever couple, in fact, just celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on Jan. 20
and they have managed to keep the spark alive.

How?

In part, by behaving the way they did when they were still dating.
Kirk and Tammy stop by Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell (Photo Credit: Instagram)
+“When you have a girlfriend and y’all are at odds with each other… oh, it don’t feel right,”
said Tammy, sitting across from friends and fellow married pair Erica and Warryn Campbell. “It
just hurts you. But sometimes we’re not like that with our spouses.”

But for the loving wife, who often refers to the “Stomp” songwriter as “my boyfriend,” being at
odds with Kirk is nearly unbearable.

“My heart aches when, like, we are into it and I’m like, okay, I’m ready to— let’s talk through
this,” she said in the studio with hubby by her side listening. “Let’s not brush it under the rug,
but let’s talk through it and let’s get back [to happiness].”

Aside from communication and friendship, Kirk believes patience has a lot to do with it as well.  
In a 2015
blog post, he said, “Tammy was patient with me. Her family background was better
than mine."

He, at four years old, was adopted by his Great-Aunt Gertrude, a 64-year-old widow, after
being abandoned by his mother. Tammy's parents were together.

“She had a mom and dad in the house. She saw love modeled. I didn’t. She didn’t give up on
me,” he said.

Despite their ups and downs, the Franklins are determined to make things work.

Perhaps you're struggling to make things work in your marriage right now and could use a
little prayer. Allow the Empowering Everyday Women Ministries prayer team to intercede for
you.
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