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ENDURING BONDS OF MARRIAGE: BUILDING A LASTING LOVE

Love & Intimacy

Authors Bill and Pam Farrel look back on some of life’s storms that helped them build a lasting, enduring love in their marriage. They offer some tips that will help you do just that.

June 18, 2024

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Living Together but not Married? Consider the Power of the Vow

Love & Intimacy

A marriage vow is a special and powerful promise — and we need it for many reasons. If you’re living together but you’re not married yet, consider the power of the vow.

May 15, 2024

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Five Newlywed Pitfalls

Communication

Navigating a new marriage may not be as easy as the movies make it seem, but with an attentive eye and an earnest heart, you can avoid these pitfalls and have a beautiful newlywed season.

April 22, 2024

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The Creation of Woman: Affirming Your Daughter’s Identity

Faith

For Christian families, there’s an overwhelming importance upon understanding the roles of female and male. However, our culture emphasizes different aspects of these roles from Christianity. In the Christian context, the origin point for this conversation lies at the beginning: the creation of woman and man.

April 18, 2024

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BUILD A KINGDOM MARRIAGE THROUGH DEVOTIONS FOR COUPLES

Faith

One way to strengthen your marriage is to study the Bible together. To start, you can read these devotions adapted from the Kingdom Marriage Devotional by Dr. Tony Evans.

April 12, 2024

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UNDERSTANDING THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES

Love & Intimacy

There are five basic love languages – five ways to express love emotionally. Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved.

March 26, 2024

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LIVING TOGETHER BEFORE MARRIAGE: HOW TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE MAKING THE WRONG CHOICE

Marriage

How do you counsel someone against living together before marriage — a decision counter to God’s Word? The first step is to seek knowledge.

March 13, 2024

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Affirming Mothers Every Day

Marriage

Wives and mothers desire expressed and demonstrated respect rather than the mere avoidance of disrespect.

May 18, 2023

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IS CHILDHOOD TRAUMA IMPACTING YOUR MARRIAGE?

Children

Each person comes to their wedding with a unique set of life experiences and levels of childhood trauma that impact the marriage relationship.

May 9, 2023

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FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE, AVOID THESE 5 RS

Marriage

The most common complaint among married couples is a lack of communication. Too much conflict is among the top five reasons people divorce.

May 5, 2023

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HEALING FROM INFIDELITY: HOW TO REKINDLE INTIMACY AND CONNECTION IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Infidelity

It’s hard work to rebuild trust and intimacy after the betrayal of infidelity, but when both partners are willing to do the work, it’s worth it.

April 28, 2023

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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 26, 2023

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DISCOVER THE JOY OF HELPING YOUR SPOUSE SUCCEED

Marriage

When you discover the joy of helping your spouse succeed, you begin to establish or restore emotional health, respect, support and encouragement in your marriage.

April 26, 2023

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April 21, 2023

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CHOOSING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AND AWE IN MARRIAGE

Marriage

Is it possible to practice a deep sense of awe and an attitude of gratitude in the ordinary moments of marriage?

April 21, 2023

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ADHD AND MARRIAGE: HOW TO HANDLE COMMON CONFLICT PATTERNS

Communication

When ADHD and marriage go together, you can face repeating conflict patterns. But you can lessen those patterns and strengthen your marriage.

April 21, 2023

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Depression in the Christian Family

Emotional Health

Many godly, Christ-centered homes struggle with clinical depression. Here’s one family’s story.

April 20, 2023

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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 18, 2023

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DATE YOUR MATE

Love & Intimacy

If we are not diligent to date our mate, the business and busyness of life can infringe until we spend less time together now that we are married than we did before our vows.

April 17, 2023

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MARRIAGE AND MONEY: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Managing Money

Having open and honest communication around money management, you and your partner can share personal goals and concerns, understand each other’s financial habits, establish alignment, and agree upon a shared vision.

April 11, 2023

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MISREADING YOUR SPOUSE

Marriage

How false assumptions may be hurting your marriage

March 31, 2023

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DATE YOUR MATE

Communication

If we are not diligent to date our mate, the business and busyness of life can infringe until we spend less time together now that we are married than we did before our vows.

March 16, 2023

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TRAINING DAY: HOW HUSBANDS CAN PREPARE FOR ADVERSITY

Marriage

As I strive to honor God in my marriage, I am consistently learning—and observing—that a godly marriage is strengthened when a husband meets the highs and lows of life with consistent faithfulness, love, and devotion.

February 27, 2023

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FISHING FOR CONNECTION WITH MY HUSBAND

Marriage

Understanding my husband’s hobbies brought us closer together

February 15, 2023

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HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WHO HAS MARRIAGE PROBLEMS

Marriage

We need the encouragement of friends and family — not just when a marriage begins, but to keep it from ending. Our loved ones can make the difference between relationship life and death.

February 1, 2023

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IS YOUR MARRIAGE WORTH IMITATING?

Communication

Our kids are constantly watching us, and how we treat our spouse is probably how our children will treat their own spouse someday. Your marriage is your child’s blueprint for intimacy and relationships.

January 31, 2023

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WOMEN ADDICTED TO PORN: GOD WANTS TO SET YOU FREE

Infidelity

God wants to heal women addicted to porn, just as he did with me. He wants the best for you and your marriage. Here’s what you should know.

January 30, 2023

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RESPONDING TO THE MUSIC

Marriage

God has called husbands and wives to serve as unique vessels of His love for the other.

January 26, 2023

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MARRIAGE: A SACRED DANCE

Marriage

A basic understanding of God, and how He created humans, will help develop deeper intimacy in marriage.

January 18, 2023

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Mom: Friend or Foe?

Emotional Health

Ask the Lord to give you empathy for your mother, to help you understand, and to show you how you can love and support her in her struggles.

January 12, 2023

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HOW TO HANDLE ARGUMENTS IN MARRIAGE

Communication

Conflict can lead you toward a deeper marriage connection

January 11, 2023

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STRENGTHEN YOUR EMOTIONAL CONNECTION IN MARRIAGE BY BUILDING YOUR FRIENDSHIP

Communication

Friendship in marriage is vital, but the busyness of life can squelch it. Don’t let emotional connection in marriage fade away — revive it using these tips.

January 11, 2023

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LOVE FOR THE LONG HAUL

Marriage

With the right spirit and actions, any marriage can be restored.

January 10, 2023

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SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE IN MARRIAGE

Emotional Health

Emotional abuse in marriage is one of the hardest forms of abuse to recognize, but unrepentant patterns are the key to identifying it.

January 9, 2023

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SETTING GOALS TOGETHER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Marriage

Do you want to draw closer as a couple in the new year? Try sharing and then setting your goals for the next 12 months together.

December 28, 2022

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5 WAYS TO STAY ON THE SAME TEAM

Communication

If you and your spouse are going to function as teammates in marriage, you need to actually understand each other’s situation and validate each other.

December 23, 2022

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LOVE YOUR HUSBAND BY LOVING YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW

Communication

Learn how to strengthen your marriage and love your husband by building a good relationship with your mother-in-law.

December 23, 2022

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HOW TO BE CONTENT AS A COUPLE AT CHRISTMAS

Faith

One awful eve of envy helped me learn how to be content at Christmas instead of creating conflict in my marriage. Here’s what I learned.

December 13, 2022

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CASH CLASH: WHAT’S BELOW THE SURFACE?

Managing Money

If you and your spouse argue about the same money issues over and over, it may be time to look below the surface.

December 13, 2022

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NOURISH: TREAT YOUR SPOUSE IN VALUABLE WAYS

Marriage

When you treat your spouse with compassion, it creates a safe environment to share your deepest thoughts and feelings.

December 12, 2022

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Why is Advent Important?

Children

Why is Advent important? Advent is a time of hope. When we show our children Advent’s profound truths, they receive a higher hope than anything this world can offer.

December 8, 2022

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UNHAPPY MARRIAGE? FIX IT WITH THESE SIMPLE HABITS FOR MARITAL HAPPINESS

Communication

How can you fix an unhappy marriage? Learn how you can develop effective, yet simple habits for marital happiness.

November 27, 2022

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4 HEALING PRAYERS FOR MARRIAGE RESTORATION

Marriage

If your marriage is in trouble, you can cry out to God with these prayers for marriage restoration. Remember that nothing is too hard for God.

November 27, 2022

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HOW TO PRACTICE TOTAL HONESTY IN MARRIAGE

Marriage

Practicing complete honesty in marriage and having nothing to hide isn’t as scary as you think. Being transparent can transform your marriage.

November 27, 2022

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DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS

Infidelity

Couples in this digital age face new relationship hazards. Although rekindling old flames is a leading concern, experts say it’s not the only one. Read on to discover three other potential problems.

November 23, 2022

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MARITAL FIDELITY IN A SOCIAL-MEDIA WORLD

Infidelity

For thousands of years, husbands and wives have been making bad decisions. But today, enticements often come with a new twist because of the anonymity and accessibility that come with social media.

November 22, 2022

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LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES

Communication

Most of us in second marriages can clearly see that adding education, personal awareness and intentionality to our current marriage can create a new, mutually satisfying relationship.

November 16, 2022

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MARRIAGE AS AN ADVENTURE: HOW TO BECOME LOVE

Marriage

In their years of marriage, Bob and Maria Goff have teased out a few principles that have allowed their love to grow. “Love isn’t something you fall into,” Bob says. “It’s someone you become.”

November 16, 2022

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4 STEPS TO DEAL WITH CONFLICT IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Marriage

Conflict is inevitable in marriage and can create damage or discovery — we choose which it will be. Discovery means learning new ideas, approaches and solutions if we fight together for our marriage.

November 8, 2022

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CHOOSING AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE AND AWE IN MARRIAGE

Marriage

Is it possible to practice a deep sense of awe and an attitude of gratitude in the ordinary moments of marriage?

November 4, 2022

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LAUGHING TOGETHER, HAVING FUN HELPS HEALING PROCESS

Marriage

Enjoying life and laughing together again as a couple is important after experiencing a hard season together. Here’s how to have fun again.

October 28, 2022

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HOW TO OVERCOME UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IN MARRIAGE

Communication

Learn how to identify the two most dangerous expectations in marriage and open the door to a healthy relationship with your spouse.

October 28, 2022

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HOW TO CARE FOR ‘NEGATIVE’ EMOTIONS IN YOUR MARRIAGE

Emotional Health

Emotions — even anger and hurt — have a purpose. These strong feelings need to be appropriately understood, valued and utilized so you can better care for yourself and know your spouse deeply.

October 26, 2022

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WHEN YOUR SPOUSE HAS A TERMINAL ILLNESS

Communication

When you learn your spouse has a terminal illness, everything changes in an instant. What’s important to know as you begin this hard journey?

October 20, 2022

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HOLDING TIGHT THROUGH THE LOSS OF A CHILD

Children

Steven and Mary Beth Chapman have guided their kids through grief and confusion. They’ve done this by being real and sharing openly as they’ve grappled with their own emotions and unresolved questions.

October 10, 2022

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HOW DO WE PRAY TOGETHER?

Faith

How do you pray together as a couple? Try the following seven ideas for praying together and increasing spiritual intimacy in your marriage.

October 10, 2022

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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