Dating Your Spouse

married couple in santa hats exchanging a gift

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A Christmas Date

Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley

This date idea will give you the opportunity to invest as a couple in the well-being of someone else. You'll likely experience a deeper marital bond and sense of intimacy through serving together.

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Sharing the Load

Greg Smalley

We often hear about marriage being an exercise in teamwork — but what does that mean, exactly?

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A Guy's Guide to Romance

Bill Farrel

Most guys have only a vague idea what romance really means to their wives. But romancing your wife doesn't have to be complicated. Bill Farrel found something that eliminates the guesswork and stress.

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6 Ways to Make Your Marriage Happy

Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott

Happiness is in short supply for too many couples. And the reason may be that they don't work at it. Happiness, after all, is not something that happens; it's something you make.

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Remember How it All Began

Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

Few things prepare your children for success more than growing up with a mom and dad who thoroughly enjoy each other. They need you and your spouse to be great parents and great lovers.

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All Things Reconciled

Of all the seasons of the year, Christmas is the best time to set our "Me-and-God" theology aside and discover afresh what it means to participate in the Global Brotherhood of the Redeemed.

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Give Thanks

To love and to cherish, till death do us part.

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Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast

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Dating Your Mate: Overcoming the Challenges

In a discussion based on their book Take the Date Night Challenge, Greg and Erin Smalley address common questions and hurdles that couples face in planning for a regular date night in the midst of a busy schedule.

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Make Date Night With Your Spouse a Weekly Habit

Erin Smalley

Date nights may need to look different in each season of family life, but whatever the season, they help to maintain a healthy marriage as they put a husband and wife back on the same page.

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Love-Speak

Focus on the Family’s marriage experts have found that genuinely thriving couples typically excel in twelve key areas of marital life.  One of those areas is mutual nourishing.

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Choosing to Enjoy Married Life

Ted Cunningham

Culture says that chemistry and compatibility are keys to an enjoyable marriage, but character and commitment are really the essential qualities.

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A man helping a woman climb to the top of a mountain.

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Carpe Diem!

In normal usage, carpe diem! often sounds like a brazen call to a hedonistic lifestyle. But there's another way of looking at this familiar saying.

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Two in One

Have you heard about the other way of writing the word "intimacy"?—"INTO ME, SEE." There's a valuable piece of marital wisdom embedded in this clever play on words.

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No Losers

When conflict arises in a thriving marriage, both partners win when they remember that, ultimately, they're on the same team.

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Priming the Pump

How can a couple keep the fires of sexual passion alive in the middle of the humdrum, day-to-day routine of the average marriage? Believe it or not, this is a fairly common question. If it’s come up recently between you and your spouse, take heart. You’re not alone.

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The Parts and the Whole

What is a marriage? It’s a question well worth pondering.

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The Center of the Circle

The parallel between romantic love and God’s relationship with His people is a theme that runs all the way through Scripture, and it has a great deal to teach us about the spiritual dimension of marriage.

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Heart Talk

The best research indicates that healthy marriages are always built around a solid core of open, honest, and empathetic person-to-person conversation.

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Outside the Box

The way to stay excited about being together is to sprinkle in a judicious pinch of spice now and then. It's all about "getting outside the box" every once in a while.

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A couple looking at each other next to a harbor

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The Thrill of Commitment

We live in a culture that has either forgotten or rejected the idea of marriage as a covenant.  Couples who want to go the distance in their relationship need to rediscover it.

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A family singing Christmas carols

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A Time for Singing

Greg Smalley

Ecclesiastes says that there is a time and a season for everything.  December is the season for singing.

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Back to the Future

Greg Smalley

If cherishing is to be pushed to an even higher level in a couple's present experience of marriage, it will happen because they find ways not only to keep in touch with the past, but to project the past into the future.

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A couple thinking of problem solving

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Creative Problem-Solving

Greg Smalley

When was the last time you and your spouse truly viewed yourselves as a team?

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A couple hugging in the kitchen

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Foreplay Redefined

Greg Smalley

Every couple knows that sexual intimacy, celebrated regularly and passionately, is vital to any healthy marriage. What many don't understand is that sex is more than just sex.

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