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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

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THE GRIEF OF INFERTILITY

Love & Intimacy

Grief is a real part of infertility. It may be heightened in miscarriages or stillbirths, but it is just as real when a couple cannot conceive.

August 13, 2021

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HUMILITY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN MARITAL CONFLICT

Marriage

Pride leads to conflict in marriage, so what are you doing to nurture humility in your own heart?

August 6, 2021

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FOUR WAYS COUPLES CAN WAKE UP FROM FEELING STUCK IN MARRIAGE

Communication

Consider the following four ways to “wake up” and start moving toward healing if you feel stuck in your marriage, like a repeating bad dream.

August 4, 2021

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LISTENING IS THE FIRST STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.

Love & Intimacy

True listening requires you to be fully present — clearly and intentionally focused on your spouse. Intent focus shows that your whole heart, soul, mind and body are present.

July 27, 2021

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TAKING THE ‘I’ OUT OF MARRIAGE

Marriage

Selflessness is not a marriage strategy but a heart transformation in Christ.

July 26, 2021

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CAN SUMMER VACATIONS FIX MARRIAGE PROBLEMS?

Infidelity

Thinking that summertime fun will fix your marriage problems is unrealistic. But you can use the optimism of the season to improve your relationship.

July 21, 2021

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TEN SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE

Marriage

A successful marriage is possible! Here are 10 principles that will help you create and maintain a successful marriage.

July 12, 2021

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INTIMACY?

Love & Intimacy

What is intimacy? What is the definition of intimacy? Sometimes people will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. Is that being intimate?

July 1, 2021

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LIVING TOGETHER BUT NOT MARRIED? CONSIDER THE POWER OF THE VOW

Marriage

My marriage vow kept me from making a grave mistake. Without it, I would have lost a lifetime of love. This special promise is powerful — and we need it for many reasons. If you’re living together but you’re not married yet, consider the power of the vow.

June 28, 2021

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A BIG WEDDING DAY, A BIG HOUSE OR A MARRIAGE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME?

Marriage

Should couples invest the most resources in a dream wedding day, a dream house or a dream relationship — one that lasts for a lifetime?

June 22, 2021

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MAKING PERSONAL TIME FOR GOD AFTER MARRIAGE

Faith

When I was single, I was deeply aware of my need for God. He was the only other Person in my apartment to talk to on quiet evenings. He was the one who gave me peace when I was scared and loved me no matter what. And while those things were still true after I got married, suddenly it was a lot harder to make time for God.

May 19, 2021

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May 19, 2021

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LOGGING OFF TO FOCUS ON YOUR REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS

Communication

Author Wendy Speake describes how she grew closer to her spouse, her children, and God when she took a 40-day break from social media. She encourages listeners to consider how their own relationships would benefit from limiting their media consumption.
With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. Wendy and her husband, Matt, have three sons and reside in southern California. Learn more about Wendy at her website, wendyspeake.com.

April 7, 2021

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LOSING A CHILD LED TO THE HARDEST YEAR OF OUR MARRIAGE

Communication

My husband, Russ, and I are the parents of 12 kids through birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care.

March 15, 2021

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HOW CONTENT ARE YOU AS A SINGLE?

Marriage

 

 

If you experienced a low level of contentment as a single, expecting marriage to propel you to marital bliss probably won’t happen.

March 15, 2021

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SINGLE DOESN’T MEAN ALONE

Marriage

 

 

As a single parent, resist the urge to retreat from healthy relationships.

March 15, 2021

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DOES A NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE AFFECT YOUR MARRIAGE?

Emotional Health

 

 

A negative body image could mean that you see your body through a negative lens, feeling ashamed, anxious or self-conscious. This can have a profound impact on your confidence level and marriage relationship.

March 15, 2021

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INTIMACY — A PERFECT 10 MARRIAGE MEDITATION

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Intimacy is a lifelong invitation to let your spouse get to know the “real you” — your hopes, dreams, fears and secrets.

March 5, 2021

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RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE (Part 1 of 2)

Communication

 

If busyness, exhaustion, and distraction have caused you and your spouse to drift apart, listen in as Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife, Erin, offer practical suggestions for rekindling intimacy in a discussion based on their book Reconnected: Moving From Roomates to Soulmates in Your Marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

March 5, 2021

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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE IN AN EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

Emotional Health

 

 

Three types of emotional abuse can easily be disguised: gaslighting, retaliation and projection. Recognize when you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship.

February 25, 2021

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7 WAYS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH WITHIN YOUR FAMILY

Emotional Health

 

 

Discovering how to improve mental health is a family affair. Here are seven ways to improve mental health within your family so that you can better handle any of life’s curveballs.

February 18, 2021

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HOW TO KEEP BUSINESS TRAVEL FROM KILLING YOUR MARRIAGE

Communication

 

 

Kim and Randy learned to live independently while Randy was traveling for work, but they lost the sense of unity that’s critical for a marriage. Here are tips to fix the troubles caused by travels.

January 25, 2021

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STAYING CONNECTED WHEN ONE SPOUSE IS TRAVELING

Communication

 

 

Travel is tough on a marriage. But with a bit of planning, you and your spouse can stay connected when one of you is away from home.

January 25, 2021

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A MARRIAGE MEDITATION: KIND WORDS

Communication

 

 

Kind words are important to our marriage. We can use words that encourage our spouse or we can use words that hurt them. Which words will you choose?

January 25, 2021

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HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS CREATE HEALTHY MARRIAGES

Emotional Health

 

 

Because the health of marriage is ultimately determined by individual health, we need to be diligent about emotional, mental, physical and spiritual fitness.

January 25, 2021

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HOPE AND FAITH DURING SINGLE PARENT STRUGGLES

Marriage

 

 

Armed with a strong faith, you can raise resilient, successful kids.

December 31, 2020

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SINGLE MOMS

Marriage

 

 

Observations on Life With Kids After Divorce

December 31, 2020

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MONEY AND MARRIAGE — HOW TO THRIVE IN LOVE AND MONEY

Managing Money

 

 

Money and marriage. A recipe for disaster or a chance at growth? Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn share ways for couples to succeed financially and relationally.

December 31, 2020

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GET ON THE SAME FINANCIAL PAGE WITH YOUR SPOUSE

Managing Money

 

 

I used to see my husband as the villain because he spent more money than I did. I wanted to save every penny and be the hero. But we’re now in agreement on budget issues. Here’s how we did it.

December 31, 2020

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CREATING A SHARED VISION FOR BLENDED FAMILY FINANCES

Managing Money

 

 

Every couple needs to talk about their values related to money and how they will create a shared vision for combining incomes and debt while planning for the future care of their children.

December 31, 2020

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MAKING A FINANCIAL PLAN MATTERS TO YOUR MARRIAGE

Managing Money

 

 

Many couples struggle with money, but making a financial plan can reduce stress in your marriage and help you set goals for the future.

December 31, 2020

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AVOIDING AND ENDING AN AFFAIR

Infidelity

 

 

Meeting your spouse’s needs is one way to avoid infidelity.

December 31, 2020

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RECOVERING FROM AN AFFAIR

Infidelity

 

 

Whether you or your spouse recently confessed extramarital affair, we want to help you recover from the affair amid this overwhelming pain.

December 31, 2020

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A MARRIAGE MEDITATION: TIME

Communication

 

 

Your marriage needs commitment. Especially a commitment to time with your spouse. Make the most of the little moments and watch your marriage grow.

December 31, 2020

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HELPING YOUR SPOUSE WHEN THEY’RE OVERWHELMED

Communication

 

 

Your spouse is the one person with whom you can be truly honest and still feel seen and cared for. What do you do when your spouse is overwhelmed?

December 31, 2020

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MARRIAGE MEDITATION – LOVE IS A VERB

Communication

 

 

Marriage begins with a promise to love. But promises are empty words unless the couple acts on them. Love is a verb. It requires action.

December 31, 2020

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A PAST ABORTION IN MARRIAGE

Communication

 

 

Keeping heartbreaking information from your spouse can cause even more pain. Here are several ways to deal with a past abortion in your marriage.

December 31, 2020

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SEX IS ABOUT UNION

Love & Intimacy

 

 

The union between a husband and wife is ultimately beautiful because it too stands as a picture of the union between Christ and the church.

December 28, 2020

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INTIMACY? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE INTIMATE?

Love & Intimacy

 

 

What is intimacy? What is the definition of intimacy? Sometimes people will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. Is that being intimate?

December 28, 2020

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HUSBAND’S SEXUAL NEEDS

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Time and culture have changed the venues of expression, yet the power of a man’s sex drive has remained a constant force of both intimacy and destruction.

December 28, 2020

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GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX AND WHY IT MATTERS

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Learn how to share Jesus’ love with those who’ve experienced the pain of sexual brokenness! Slattery places our sexuality in the broader context of God’s heart and work for us on earth; offers a framework for seeing the whole picture instead of focusing on one problem; and provides practical steps to implementing sexual discipleship.

December 28, 2020

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THE GLORIOUS STORY OF SEXUALITY

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Christians have a far more beautiful story to tell about the glorious nature of human sexuality than most imagine.

December 28, 2020

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THE POWER OF SEXUAL THOUGHTS

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Teen guys will learn about abstinence, the difference between love and infatuation and the effects of sexual intimacy outside of marriage, as well as the regrets of a guy who got involved in pornography.

December 28, 2020

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: BUILDING THE CORE OF YOUR MARRIAGE

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Busyness is the enemy of marriage. Restoring intimacy to marriage requires an intentional effort to spend time communicating openly and empathically with one another.

December 28, 2020

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IS OUR MARRIAGE READY FOR A BABY?

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Before, you were a couple. Now you’re “Mom” and “Dad.” How can you and your spouse prepare your relationship for some of parenthood’s unique challenges?

December 28, 2020

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BAGGAGE IN THE BEDROOM

Love & Intimacy

 

 

True healing occurs when sexual baggage is no longer ignored but is understood and integrated into the larger truths of who you are and who God is.

December 28, 2020

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ARE WE FALLING OUT OF LOVE?

Love & Intimacy

 

 

Sustaining the emotional excitement of romance can be difficult at best.

December 28, 2020