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Why Did My Dad Leave Me?

Emotional Health

While you may never know the reason that your father left you, there is one thing you can be absolutely sure of: You have a Heavenly Father who loves you and will never leave you or forsake you.

September 12, 2022

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WHAT DO COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT? YOU’LL BE SHOCKED BY THE ANSWER

Communication

All couples fight. And it feels as if we’re fighting about something. But when we look at our conflicts, they can sound pretty insignificant. Big things don’t ensnare us as often as the little things.

September 12, 2022

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HAPPY MARRIAGES ARE BASED ON DEEP FRIENDSHIP

Love & Intimacy

The qualities of common kindness, honesty, empathy, loyalty and trust are gifts that each spouse gives to the other. This friendship foundation enhances relationship happiness throughout the marriage.

September 12, 2022

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PROVIDING KINSHIP CARE AS A GRANDPARENT

Children

Providing kinship care as a grandparent can be challenging. But Richard Dixson has embraced the opportunity to parent again.

September 8, 2022

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MARRIAGE MEDITATION — THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS SELF-CONTROL

Faith

Getting Started

September 5, 2022

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FEELINGS OF DOUBT AND UNCERTAINTY

Marriage

The adjustment from being single to being married can create feelings of loss and anxiety. Here’s how to cope.

September 5, 2022

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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

Emotional Health

You may want to know how to help and support someone you love who’s in an abusive relationship. Here are several ways that can enable you to be there for them.

September 5, 2022

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RELATIONSHIP RITUALS: 20 IDEAS FOR STAYING CONNECTED TO YOUR SPOUSE

Marriage

Relationship rituals strengthen a marriage if they’re meaningful to both spouses. Check out these ideas to build connection in your marriage.

September 5, 2022

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7 TIPS FOR A TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX

Communication

Too much technology use can strain your marriage. Here’s a thoughtful way to begin a social media detox and build a healthier relationship.

August 24, 2022

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Hope For Parents of Prodigal Children

Marriage

If you’re experiencing the loss of a prodigal son or daughter who isn’t currently in touch with you, you probably feel helpless. Here are some ways to understand a prodigal child and find hope if you have a prodigal child.

August 22, 2022

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JAVA WITH JULI: LOVE YOUR HUSBAND BY LOVING YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW

Communication

By building a good relationship with your husband’s mom, you can show your husband that you love him. Here are some ways you can reach out to your mother-in-law and create a peaceful family bond.

August 18, 2022

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GIVING YOUR SPOUSE THE GIFT OF SELF-CARE

Marriage

Self-care is an act of stewardship, or caring well for the life God has given you. Rightly understood, self-care in marriage becomes a gift to your spouse.

August 16, 2022

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GOD’S PLAN FOR MARRIAGE

Faith

What is God’s plan for marriage? Marriage is the full expression and design of God’s image in human beings.

August 12, 2022

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FEELING TRAPPED IN MARRIAGE

Communication

If you’re in a chronically unhappy marriage, you may feel trapped and hopeless. But transformational options exist for those in a stressful marriage.

August 11, 2022

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MARRIAGE WITH ETERNITY IN MIND

Faith

Francis Chan discusses how having a marriage focused on a mission will require commitment and sacrifice, asking couples if their view of the future is big enough.

August 11, 2022

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LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND

Love & Intimacy

Before a married couple can truly love each other, they must know the definition of love. First Corinthians 13:4-5 emphasizes that love is patient and kind.

August 4, 2022

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REAL LIFE WITH JONI AND KEN

Love & Intimacy

Physical and emotional problems can challenge any marriage. But with the help of God and good friends, Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada found the strength to persevere in their marriage.

August 1, 2022

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AN UNFLINCHING LOVE

Marriage

Burn survivor John O’Leary’s story of unconditional love and commitment inspires all to live a life that can overcome fierce obstacles.

July 29, 2022

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IN-LAW RELATIONSHIPS

Marriage

Letting in-laws split, manipulate, or control you by silently acceding to their nutty, neurotic, inappropriate demands isn’t necessarily showing Christian love.

July 18, 2022

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A HUSBAND’S SELFISHNESS

Communication

Dr. Ron Welch, the author of The Controlling Husband: What Every Woman Needs to Know, shares his story of making his wife and marriage a priority.

June 29, 2022

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HOW TO STOP COMPLAINING AND BE AN ENCOURAGING SPOUSE

Marriage

If you want a joyful heart but find yourself complaining to your spouse, take action. These simple practices can show you how to stop complaining.

June 13, 2022

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‘ONE ANOTHER’ MARRIAGE DEVOTIONAL: ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

Faith

Satan wants to keep you isolated from other Christians so you don’t encourage one another. But fellowship can strengthen your marriage.

June 3, 2022

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7 STRATEGIES FOR RELATING TO IN-LAWS AND BUILDING A STRONG MARRIAGE

Communication

Together, you and your spouse can face in-law issues and use healthy strategies that will foster peace in your marriage.

June 3, 2022

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CAN WE CHANGE OUR FOCUS TO SEE THE SCENERY OF TOMORROW IN OUR MARRIAGE?

Marriage

I wonder what our lives would be like if we reframed how we thought about our tasks. What if we regularly took time to stop and see how far we’ve come, and then gave thanks for our progress?

May 24, 2022

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MY WIFE CONSTANTLY CRITICIZES ME: A GUIDE FOR MENTORS

Communication

When a husband says, “My wife constantly criticizes me,” what do you do? Help him deal with the issue using these tips.

May 19, 2022

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MAKING ROOM FOR THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Marriage

Marriage requires making room for someone else in your life. To add this relationship to your life requires letting go of some of your other commitments and giving your spouse priority consideration.

April 26, 2022

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DOES LIVING TOGETHER BUILD A STRONGER MARRIAGE?

Love & Intimacy

Many people mistakenly believe that living together is an effective way to test a potential marriage. But is cohabitation really a smart move for couples interested in a healthy, lasting marriage?

April 26, 2022

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30-SECOND MARRIAGE BOOSTERS

Marriage

Couples can find the balance between a busy life and a growing relationship, and they can further enhance their love with these simple, 30-second habits.

April 19, 2022

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5 WAYS HELPING OTHERS CAN IMPROVE MY MARRIAGE

Marriage

Helping others together as a couple can make your marriage stronger.

April 12, 2022

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HOW TO FORGIVE YOUR SPOUSE WHEN IT’S NOT EASY

Marriage

The Bible tells us to forgive unconditionally, but it doesn’t say we are to forget immediately. Sometimes it takes time to rebuild the trust that’s been lost.

April 11, 2022

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MISMATCHED MARRIAGE: WHEN ONE SPOUSE IS AN UNBELIEVER

Faith

While there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that will instantly revolutionize a mismatched marriage, a few principles can contribute to the health of a relationship.

April 11, 2022

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EVERYTHING WILL BE EASIER … AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT BLENDING YOUR FAMILY

Marriage

When expectations are realistic, a difficult reality becomes a lot less difficult. Overcoming blended-family myths.

April 8, 2022

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MARRIED TO AN ADDICT: HOW TO HELP YOUR LOVED ONE

Emotional Health

If you’re married to an addict, don’t give up hope. An expert counselor explains how to care for yourself and avoid enabling your addicted loved one.

April 6, 2022

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HOW TO FIX A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP: FIND THE TERMITES

Marriage

Long-term problems, like termites, can eat away at the foundation of your marriage. But you can fix a broken relationship by exterminating them.

April 6, 2022

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10 ENCOURAGING FACTS ABOUT MARRIAGE YOU NEED TO HEAR AND SHARE

Marriage

Do you know the real facts about marriage or just the myths? Find out the positive truth about marriage today.

April 5, 2022

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APOLOGY IS THE FIFTH STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.

Marriage

Forgiveness is vital in marriage. The key is to seek an apology after we truly understand our spouse’s heart. Here’s a four-part process to a sincere apology.

April 4, 2022

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JUMPSTARTING YOUR STALLED MARRIAGE

Marriage

Does the repartee between you and your spouse consist mainly of shrugs and one-syllable grunts? If so, your marriage-mobile may be heading for a blown gasket.

April 1, 2022

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OVERCOMING FOUR FEARS OF PREPARING FOR FATHERHOOD

Marriage

With our wedding only a couple of months away, I was nervous about the idea of getting pregnant quickly into our marriage. To be honest, I didn’t feel ready to be a dad and wasn’t sure how to share this concern with my fiancé.

March 29, 2022

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THE GIFT OF GRACE

Faith

If we want our marriage partnership to be beautiful, meaningful and lasting, then we ought to be living out God’s grace by extending it. And that means building each other up one word at a time.

March 28, 2022

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IS THIS A SPIRITUAL ATTACK, OR IS MY SPOUSE JUST A JERK?

Marriage

Have you ever wondered if you and your spouse are under spiritual attack or if your spouse is just a jerk?

March 28, 2022

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THE INTIMACY OF PRAYER

Faith

Praying with your spouse intensifies and strengthens your spiritual bond. When you pray together, your vulnerability with your heavenly Father deepens and enriches your marriage relationship.

March 24, 2022

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DEALING WITH YOUR CHILD’S DIVORCE

Emotional Health

It’s hard to describe the pain of walking through your child’s divorce. Here are some ways to deal with the hurt and be a safe place and a firm foundation for them.

March 21, 2022

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ABSORBING THE INITIAL SHOCK OF TEMPORARY SEPARATION

Marriage

You need to confront the what-ifs and how-tos before the separation to lessen the worry.

March 19, 2022

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MAINTAINING YOUR MARRIAGE WITH TEENS IN THE HOUSE

Communication

Parenting adolescents isn’t easy, and conflict surrounding raising kids can harm a marriage. But you and your spouse can work as a team to build your marriage — even while raising your kids.

March 18, 2022

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WHAT?

Marriage

Heart connection is when two people delight in living their individual lives in a way that breeds trust and consistently adds value to their identity as a pair.

March 17, 2022

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CANCER DRAWS ONE MAN CLOSER TO HIS WIFE AND TO THE LORD

Emotional Health

Each day Steve was able to give his cancer diagnosis to God and experience a genuine peace in acceptance. This allowed him to come together with his wife, Pat, emotionally and spiritually.

March 17, 2022

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6 THINGS ABOUT MARRIAGE I WISH I’D KNOWN SOONER

Marriage

Ladies, do you find yourself being snarky to your husband way too often? I’ve done that and worse. If I could go back and sit down with my newly married self, here’s what I would tell her.

March 15, 2022

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FAITH CONVERSATION: STUDY YOUR SPOUSE TO DEVELOP STRONGER EMPATHY

Faith

Is your spouse the same person you married? Your spouse keeps changing in preferences and interests. To stay current, study your spouse to understand, serve and love him or her better each day.

March 8, 2022

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MEANINGFUL TOUCH IN MARRIAGE

Love & Intimacy

The same need for meaningful touching we see with our children is equally important in a marriage.

March 7, 2022

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HOW TO RECONNECT WHEN YOU’RE LONELY IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Emotional Health

Experts identify seasons of marriage prone to producing loneliness. The challenge is to anticipate those lonely periods, learn how to navigate them and turn them into growth opportunities

March 3, 2022

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DEALING WITH YOUR DIFFERENCES: DO YOUR PART

Communication

We will all blow it sometimes. But if you really strive to limit your reckless words, you will create a climate that fosters openness and closeness in your marriage.

March 2, 2022

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WHAT CHERISHING YOUR SPOUSE REALLY MEANS

Love & Intimacy

For 20 years, I had loved my wife — serving, sacrificing, persevering. But I had conveniently forgotten to consider what it meant to cherish her. To do that, I had to figure out what cherishing meant.

March 2, 2022

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UNMET EXPECTATIONS

Marriage

By recognizing the true source of anger, you can create an environment in your marriage that allows for apology and restoration of the relationship.

February 28, 2022

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CHORES AND YOUR MARRIAGE

Marriage

When you share the chores with a teammate mentality and when your goal is to out-serve each other, you can bring an end to the chore wars in your home.

February 23, 2022

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GOD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

Faith

Bo Stern writes of her husband’s struggle with ALS, testifying to God’s strength being made perfect in their weakness.

February 21, 2022

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MARRIAGE NOTES: I FEEL LOVED WHEN

Marriage

The best way to understand how you can nourish your marriage is to ask your spouse to finish this statement: “I feel loved when …”   The answers are a gold mine of  information.

February 18, 2022

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FORMULA FOR AN ACTUALLY AMAZING LOVE STORY

Love & Intimacy

Every popular romance story portrays a loving bond so special it comes just once in a lifetime. How can you ensure that your own romance has a lifetime filled with those happy-ever-after endings?

February 18, 2022

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FAITH CONVERSATION: A BEAUTIFUL LOVE

Marriage

All the excitement about Valentine’s Day makes it easy for us to spend a day focusing on romantic love, but committing to act in love all year long is more difficult.

February 14, 2022

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BUT DAD SAID IT WAS OK

Communication

Children need both their parents. When mom and dad connect, they can complement each other’s styles.

February 8, 2022

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SPEED DATE YOUR SPOUSE TODAY

Marriage

Fun ideas for making 15-minute marriage connections

February 4, 2022

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HOLDING ON TO FAITH WHEN LIFE DOESN’T GO YOUR WAY

Marriage

Whether you’re dealing with an unfaithful spouse or a child who is wreaking havoc in your home, rest assured that you, too, can have faith in the dark.

January 31, 2022

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JUST THE TWO OF YOU

Marriage

The empty nest years don’t have to be filled with longing for the good ol’ days with the kids. By adding some effort, the two of you can thrive together.

January 31, 2022

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HOW TO STAY MARRIED WHEN LIFE IS TOUGH: KEEP PADDLING

Marriage

Facing tough times is like paddling a kayak against a strong ocean gale. How do you stay married when life threatens to swamp your relationship?

January 29, 2022

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FINDING STRENGTH IN YOUR DIFFERENCES

Emotional Health

If you find yourself married to your opposite, rejoice! You have access to a whole new set of skills and strengths that can make life a whole lot more well-rounded.

January 26, 2022

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HOW TO APPRECIATE YOUR SPOUSE’S UNIQUE PERSONALITY

Communication

Just as a flavors can spice up a dish, differences improve our marriage. While differences bring variety, they also create challenges. So how can a couple use their differences to strengthen their marriage?

January 23, 2022

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DANCING ON THE EDGE

Infidelity

You think it won’t happen to you, can’t happen to you. You think, There’s no way. Not me! Think again.

January 19, 2022

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DEVOTIONAL: LOVE AND RESPECT

Faith

To assume that our ability to love another person has its source in our own hearts carries with it the potential to be embarrassing, painful, or dangerous.

January 19, 2022

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THE SPIRITUAL DANCE: LETTING HIM LEAD

Faith

Who’s the spiritual leader in your family? Some husbands may be intimidated by their wife and don’t want to fail, so they do nothing. Maybe the best solution is to let God work in their lives.

January 18, 2022

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FIVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MENTORING

Communication

Maybe you’ve heard about mentoring but don’t really know what it is. Let’s clear up five of the most common misconceptions.

January 17, 2022

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FOR WIVES: A NEW TAKE ON THE NEW YEAR

Marriage

What if this year you give your husband a new marriage? Join Erin Smalley as she takes the challenge and commits to living out the Greatest Commandment in her home.

January 11, 2022

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IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH: TIPS FOR COPING WITH A DIAGNOSIS

Marriage

When your spouse is diagnosed with a chronic illness, you begin to realize that your life, your spouse’s life and your marriage will never again be the same.

January 11, 2022

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AUTISM AND MARRIAGE: 3 SIGNS YOUR SPOUSE MAY BE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

Communication

Marriage stressors reach a whole new level if one spouse is on the autism spectrum — and the couple isn’t even aware of it. If one spouse has ASD and the other does not, the two have significant differences in the way their brains are wired.

January 7, 2022

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HOW SHOULD A CHRISTIAN VIEW MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE?

Marriage

God, the Creator of humanity and of marriage itself, has laid out His plan for marriage as a lifelong union.

January 5, 2022

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6 SMART WAYS TO BE MORE PATIENT IN MARRIAGE

Marriage

Practical steps for developing a fruit of the Spirit in your marriage — patience — which will help you better love your spouse

January 3, 2022

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LAUGH TOGETHER AS A COUPLE

Love & Intimacy

A simple way to keep your marriage fresh and fun — take every opportunity to share laughter-filled moments with your spouse

December 31, 2021

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12 PIECES OF ADVICE I’D TELL NEWLYWED ME

Marriage

For my 12 year anniversary, I’ve highlighted 12 pieces of newlywed advice I wish I could share with the newlywed version of myself.

December 30, 2021

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HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOUR SPOUSE OUT OF HIS OR HER COMFORT ZONE

Marriage

There are many reasons your spouse may be hesitant to leave the familiar and try something new — even if they really want to.

December 28, 2021

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12 QUESTIONS EVERY FATHER SHOULD ASK HIS FUTURE SON-IN-LAW

Marriage

What questions should you ask a young man who wants to marry your daughter? Answers to these 12 big, important, overarching questions might hold the key to your daughter’s future happiness.

December 22, 2021

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YOUR CHRISTMAS MONEY PLAN

Managing Money

For so many couples, Christmas and the gift-giving experience can move from feelings of anticipation to disappointment. The Palmers share ways to turn frustrating exchanges into opportunities.

December 10, 2021

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MARRIAGE: A TIMELESS TREASURE

Love & Intimacy

All Christians are called to preserve the God-ordained institution of marriage and share with their neighbors its benefits and His ultimate reasons for it.

December 7, 2021

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THE PROBLEMS OF PORNOGRAPHY: SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION AND BEYOND

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not new, but ED is no longer occurring only in middle-aged and older men. Many men with ED are under 40. Research suggests this might be the result of pornography addiction.

November 30, 2021

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SPEAKING HIGHLY OF YOUR HUSBAND

Marriage

A wife can talk about and treat her husband as either an incompetent dad or a wonderful father. Are you willing to frame your husband as a “hero” to your kids?

November 27, 2021

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November 27, 2021

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND’S PORN CONFESSION

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Relational problems often get worse before they get better. Some husbands wait weeks after the discovery of porn use before they admit to additional bad behavior. Here’s what wives need to know.

November 26, 2021

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HOW PORNOGRAPHY PREVENTS INTIMACY IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Does viewing pornography as a couple enhance intimacy in marriage? Marital sexuality is to be exclusive. So, pornography not only decreases true intimacy in marriage but actually prevents it.

November 22, 2021

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VULNERABILITY IN FIGHTING PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

You can’t keep hiding. You can’t kick the habit on your own; no one can. If you really want to be free, you’re going to have to open up to others. You’re going to have to learn to be vulnerable.

November 18, 2021

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PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTS MIGHT BE AVOIDING TRUE INTIMACY

Infidelity

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Pornography can be an unhealthy substitution for sex with one’s spouse, but often it’s a symptom of a deeper issue and a way to cope with unresolved pain. The user may be avoiding true intimacy.

November 14, 2021

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5 REASONS TO TELL YOUR SPOUSE ABOUT YOUR PORN PROBLEM

Emotional Health

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

You’re ready to quit using pornography. Should you tell your spouse about your struggle? Ask yourself, If I maintain the secret, is that really the intimacy I’ve always longed for in my marriage?

November 10, 2021

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THE TRUTH ABOUT EMOTIONAL AFFAIRS

Infidelity

Emotional affairs venture into dangerous territory. They may not lead to physical involvement, but can still devastate marriages.

November 7, 2021

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A PORN ADDICT’S WIFE: FEELING INADEQUATE AND UNWANTED

Infidelity

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Karen was raised in a dysfunctional home where family members did not discuss issues. But as painful as talking about her husband’s use of pornography was, Karen simply could not ignore it.

November 6, 2021

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SHOULD YOU TELL YOUR SPOUSE ABOUT YOUR PORN PROBLEM?

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Counselors have seen that the major benefits of truth-telling are worth enduring the challenges. Before you tell your spouse about your secret past, you have to admit a few things to yourself.

November 6, 2021

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RESTORING TRUST AFTER PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Restoring trust in light of your spouse’s pornography addiction

November 4, 2021

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HOW TO OVERCOME PORN ADDICTION AND RESTORE RELATIONSHIPS

Communication

NO PORN NOVEMBER:

Forgiving a pornography user too quickly can hinder recovery because it avoids the problem. Bravely acknowledging the emotions associated with betrayal is imperative to the true forgiveness process.

November 1, 2021

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PERFECT ISN’T THE POINT

Marriage

Perfectionism isn’t healthy for us or our relationships. It feeds discontent. It fosters judgment. So, how do we get out from under the pressure of perfectionism? It all starts with grace.

October 12, 2021

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SURVIVING UNEMPLOYMENT IN MARRIAGE

Managing Money

How can my spouse and I survive my recent job loss? Without my income I can’t see how we’re going to make ends meet. What will we do if I can’t find another employment opportunity?

October 11, 2021

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REBUILDING THEIR FAMILY — AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL

Marriage

After two kids and 25 years of marriage, Mike told his family he was leaving. They all thought it was forever

October 8, 2021

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HOW COULD DIVORCE AFFECT MY KIDS?

Communication

We now have an enormous amount of research on divorce and children, all pointing to the same stubborn truth: Kids suffer when moms and dads split up.

September 20, 2021

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LIVING WITH HEALTHY GRIEF

Marriage

Learn how to deal with the grief that comes from the death of a loved one or from divorce. It includes the stages of grief and provides teens with ideas on how to walk through the process of grief after a loss.

September 20, 2021

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10 WAYS YOUR MARRIAGE CAN SURVIVE THE CORONAVIRUS QUARANTINE

Marriage

These weeks haven’t been easy. But there are things you can do to lower the stress level and find peace during the coronavirus quarantine.

August 30, 2021

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SACRIFICIAL, AGAPE LOVE IN MARRIAGE

Marriage

“Love” can be defined in many ways. Christ’s love for us is an unconditional love, and this is the love we are to seek in marriage.

August 16, 2021