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A Close Connection with God Brings Hope to Your Relationship

Sandy Ralya

The key to a fruitful marriage relationship is abiding in the Christ-Vine. Carving out time to humble oneself and listen is a spouse’s secret to getting the most out of a connection with God.

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Happy Marriages Are Based on Deep Friendship

Erin Smalley

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.

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Saying 'I Love You' With Random Acts of Kindness

Greg Smalley

Complacency and routine can push out the small, but important, acts of kindness in a marriage. But it's not too late. You can start showing kindness to your husband or wife today.

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A Wife's Response to Mental Burdens

Erin Smalley

During some seasons, you might become bitter as a result of feeling like you're doing more than your spouse. If this issue resurfaces often for you, Erin Smalley has some suggestions to help.

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Facebook and Your Marriage

Tricia Goyer

Although Facebook can be fun, it's not always the best thing for a marriage. When you get wrapped up in your online social life, even innocent interactions can divert your time and attention.

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The Billy Graham Rule and Friendships With Someone of the Opposite Sex

God wants us to have friends — to be in relationship with one another. And that can include having friends of the opposite sex. But those friendships should come with some pretty important stipulations.

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Candace Cameron Bure ... and Her Own Full House

Andrea Osmun

Americans watched Candace Cameron Bure grow up on the TV sitcom "Full House." Now, she's trying to balance a career and raising a family.

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Saying 'I Love You' Without Uttering a Word

Leslie Parrott with Les Parrott

Kissing, holding hands and hugging communicate love and romance to your spouse. Giving simple acts of affection shows deep appreciation and devotion, expresses support and builds intimacy.



 

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Improve Your Marriage Through Thankfulness

Janine Petry

A genuine spirit of thankfulness is more than politeness, good manners or an attempt to muster positive feelings. It flows deep from the heart and can continually refresh your marriage relationship.

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At Home With TobyMac

Jeremy V. Jones

Every successful married couple has to find ways to navigate and negotiate their similarities and differences. Toby (TobyMac) and Amanda McKeehan have the added challenge of differing cultural customs.

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Maintaining Your Marriage With Teens in the House

Jerusha Clark

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.

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When Clutter is an Obstacle to Marital Unity

Joshua Becker

It is not uncommon for one spouse to have a propensity toward hanging on to things while the other is quick to get rid of nonessentials. How do you handle that debate in a healthy manner?

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Discover What Rejuvenates You ... and Your Marriage

Greg Smalley

Taking time to rest—physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally—is in the best interest of you and your marriage. God doesn't want you to be an empty, exhausted person with nothing to give.

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Does a Negative Body Image Affect Your Marriage?

Erin Smalley

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.

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Is Your Smartphone Coming Between You and Your Spouse?

Greg Smalley

The smartphone has become a "third wheel" in many marriages, causing husbands and wives to feel they are competing with their spouse's phone for time and attention.

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Are You Looking for the Hero in Your Husband?

Juli Slattery

Wives have the power to frame husbands as either failures or as heroes. Every choice, every word, every response has the potential to build or to tear down.

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Illustration of a family with three kids and a dog. Two of the children are playing with toys, one is sleeping in a cradle. The parents are sitting on the floor, and the husband, focused on his wife, is giving a rose to her.

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Loving Your Spouse With Kids in the House

Patrick Schwenk and Ruth Schwenk

It's amazing how fast you can go from being an energetic young married couple to riding in a minivan loaded with kids. And the transition from married to "married with kids" is not easy!

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Illustration of a mother with three children hanging off of her and two perched on the back of her neck. She is hurrying and three clocks reflecting various hours of the day float around her.

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What Is Your Busy Schedule Doing to Your Marriage?

Alli Worthington

Mother of five and business coach, Alli Worthington, offers two simple steps to help moms break busy in their world so they can refocus on their marriage.

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Chores and Your Marriage

Greg Smalley

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.

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Wholeheartedly Loving Your Husband

Erin Smalley

Being wholehearted means giving ourselves fully in every aspect of our relationship with our spouse. We serve not out of a sense of duty, but because we're ultimately serving the Lord.

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Making Love A Verb

Andy Stanley

When discussing love, New Testament writers talk about it in terms of something one does as opposed to how one feels. While most of us were content to merely fall in love, New Testament authors instruct us to behave in love.

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Five Ways to Add Fun to Your Marriage

Ted Cunningham

Where you are and what you do are simply factors in the equation, but they are not the summation of a good time. Stop looking for fun in your marriage and start creating it!

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Maximizing Everyday Moments in Your Marriage

Greg Smalley

We're too busy. Instead of waiting for long, uninterrupted blocks of time to strengthen your marriage, take advantage of key moments that happen every day.

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A Laugh Between Us

Kathi Lipp

Laughter was natural when you were newly married. But sometimes you have to work a bit harder at laughing together. If you want to put the laughter back in your marriage, we have some ideas for you.

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