Communication and Conflict

married couple talking at a table

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Learn to Identify Your Emotions

Milan Yerkovich and Kay Yerkovich

Using "soul words" helps develop a greater awareness of your inner experiences. And once you begin the awareness process, you will be amazed at how thoughts, feelings and reactions become clearer to you.

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Are You Kind to Your Husband?

Shaunti Feldhahn

Shaunti Feldhahn shares from the results of her recent research, pointing out that she found the answer to having a great marriage was simple—be kind.

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Peace on Earth ... and Goodwill Toward Your Man

Erin Smalley

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the busyness of the season and financial pressures can lead to stress, which breeds conflict and leads to a disconnect in marriage.

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When You and Your Spouse Can't Agree

Teri Reisser

Perpetual disagreements don't have to derail your marriage. Most unsolvable problems won’t harm your relationship if you have an adequate set of communication skills and follow a few basic principles.

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Mastering Your Spouse's Love Language

Gary Chapman

Can struggling relationships be reborn? The answer is yes if couples become aware of the nature of love and learn how to express it in a language their mate can understand.

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Husband talking to unhappy wife in the living room

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When Your Wife Doesn't Like You

Eric Christiansen

Your relationship with your spouse is often gauged by a "like meter," which describes how you feel about him or her. What can you do to lift the needle? 

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Discover the Joy of Helping Your Spouse Succeed

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.

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30-Second Marriage Boosters

Bill Farrel

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.

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Honest Affirmation Can Make Your Marriage Great

Erin Smalley

Amid the busyness of life, Erin Smalley incorporates simple affirmation into her marriage relationship and watches her husband thrive.

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Strong Women and Married Life

Cynthia Tobias

Most strong-willed women handle marriage the way we do almost everything else — we have the capacity to bring out both great passion and great friction.

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Wife and husband standing back-to-back, both appear unhappy

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How Can I Forgive My Spouse?

Tony Evans

To overcome unforgiveness, we need to deal with our emotional wounds and let them heal.

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How Childhood Experiences Impact Marriage Relationships

Kay Yerkovich with Milan Yerkovich

Our childhood experiences and the way our parents related to us have imprinted certain thought patterns and behaviors on us.

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Reconnect Through Meaningful Conversation

Greg Smalley

It takes intentionality to overcome the tendency for talk with your spouse to morph from meaningful to administrative. Deep, meaningful conversation is a must for couples hoping to stay connected.

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Darrell and Stevie Waltrip in the late 1970s.

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NASCAR'S Darrell Waltrip: Racing Through Life

Matthew Branaugh

NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, raced through life until a recorded sermon and an almost fatal accident changed their lives.

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Emotional Safety in a Troubled Marriage

Vicki Morgan

Taking responsibility for a better marriage begins by recognizing your need for help and then creating emotional safety in your relationship.

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Women and Anger

Learning how to attack the issues without attacking the people you love can be a challenge. This series of articles can help you overcome anger and build stronger relationships.

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Learn to Fight Fair

Dr. Les Parrott with Dr. Leslie Parrott

If you cultivate a cooperative attitude with your spouse, you will save yourself a lot of grief. And you will have found the secret to fighting a good fight.

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Wife and husband jogging together on wooded path

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The Husband Whisperer

Erin Smalley

Create a heart-to-heart connection, even when your man is reluctant.

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Illustration of a couple walking away arm-in-arm from their objects of warfare: a pile of household items, each with an arrow shot into it

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Marriage Is a Battle . . . But Not Against Each Other

Greg Smalley

Every marriage has a mortal enemy, a mighty nemesis named selfishness. Dr. Greg Smalley offers insights on how to win the battle in your marriage without fighting each other.

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frustrated married couple

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Humility Makes a Difference in Marital Conflict

Greg Smalley

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

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married couple praying before a holiday meal

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Giving Thanks Together

The holiday season is a perfect time to count your blessings and to offer thanksgiving to God. See if your heart change doesn't impact your mood, your relationships and your perspective.

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Fight for Your Marriage When Your Spouse Is Emotionally Distant

Greg Smalley

When we feel threatened, we build emotional walls that don't allow our spouse into the deepest parts of our hearts and minds. The emotional distance can cause marital problems.

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Get Through This Year’s Football Season With Your Spouse

Greg Smalley

It's that time of year again — changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Football season is here. Does your spouse feel like a football widow?

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When Your Apology Falls Flat

Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas

People have different apology languages just like they have different love languages. A person may apologize, but the apology is not perceived as sincere because it's spoken in a different language.

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