Marriage Challenges

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Don't Let Christmas Gift Giving Stress Your Marriage

Vance Fry

An often-forgotten side to the gift-giving tradition is that your spouse is sharing something meaningful, possibly as a way to spend quality time together. Learning that is a big part of marriage.

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How to Align Your Dreams as a Couple

Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley

I wasn't fully on board with my wife's dreams to adopt. But we finally found ourselves on the same page. We have some suggestions for aligning your dreams so that you're headed toward the same goal.

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Why Is it so Hard to Believe I'm Beautiful?

Elisa Morgan

How can women learn to be more receptive to the positive feedback God wants to give them? How do they accept God's view of them, especially through the words of their husband?

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A Marriage on the Brink

Thomas Jeffries

The storms of life had her marriage at risk for divorce, but a timely broadcast showed Barbara a love she'd never known

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New Challenges, New Normal

Upon returning home from deployment, it's typical for service members to feel out of sorts.

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Solo Duty

This practical guide to holding down the fort highlights what the spouse at home needs to be in control of when the other spouse deploys.

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Christmas Expectations

Juli Slattery

The best gift you can give each other is the gift of grace. Extending grace begins with prayer and intentionally communicating about your expectations, anxieties and hopes for this holiday season.

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Illustration of a teenage boy waving goodbye to his dad, stepmom and stepsiblings as he walks toward a waiting car driven by his mother

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The Ex Factor in Your Blended Family

Ron Deal

Parents who are in a second marriage often have to make difficult choices. But they can't afford to let their fear of what an ex might do overrun their commitment to their current marriage.

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Healthy Opposite-Sex Friendships in Marriage

John Townsend

Some couples choose not to have opposite-sex relationships because of the risks. But the couple must make sure all the "nutrients" from others in the body of Christ are present.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Finding Unexpected Blessings in Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Contemporary Christian music artist Laura Story and her husband, Martin, offer hope and encouragement as they discuss how God has strengthened their faith and relationship after Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in their marriage. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Finding Unexpected Blessings in Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Contemporary Christian music artist Laura Story and her husband, Martin, offer hope and encouragement as they discuss how God has strengthened their faith and relationship after Martin was diagnosed with a brain tumor early in their marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

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Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling author Lee Strobel and his wife, Leslie, discuss the struggles they experienced while he was an atheist and she was a new Christian, offering hope and practical suggestions for living out your beliefs while being faithful to an unbelieving spouse. (Part 2 of 2)

 

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling author Lee Strobel and his wife, Leslie, discuss the struggles they experienced while he was an atheist and she was a new Christian, offering hope and practical suggestions for living out your beliefs while being faithful to an unbelieving spouse. (Part 1 of 2)

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No More Waiting

Julie Holmquist

Bill and Kim dismissed various "nudges" to consider adoption until one Sunday when their pastor mentioned an event called Wait No More, an event for anyone exploring adoption from foster care.

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Maintaining Your Marriage When You Become Parents

Gary Chapman

God ordained marriage and encouraged couples to multiply. So there must be a way to have a healthy marriage and be good parents. Dr. Gary Chapman offers advice to strengthen your marriage after you have children.

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The Benefits of Losing Control in Your Marriage

Kimberly Wagner and LeRoy Wagner

LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner have suggestions for husbands or wives who attempt to control their spouse. The cycle is fueled by three basic heart issues: pride, ingratitude and fear.

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Staying Together When Tragedy Strikes Your Marriage

Jay and Katherine Wolf describe how God's grace has sustained their marriage and family since Katherine suffered a massive, debilitating brainstem stroke in 2008.

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Time Out for Two

Ginger Kolbaba

Instant-family couples aren’t afforded the same luxuries as first-time married couples. They don’t get privacy or generous amounts of uninterrupted time together like pre-kid couples do.

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Every Blended Family Needs a Little Help

Daniel Huerta and Jim Ware

Most couples in a second marriage could use some expert help right from the start. Counseling provides guidance and the kind of insight that's often difficult to muster on your own.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 2 of 2)

Speaker and author Juana Mikels shares the dramatic story of how she abandoned her marriage after three years, found faith in Jesus Christ and reconciled with her husband, with the two of them recently celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 1 of 2)

Speaker and author Juana Mikels shares the dramatic story of how she abandoned her marriage after three years, found faith in Jesus Christ and reconciled with her husband, with the two of them recently celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary. (Part 1 of 2)

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Remarriage Doesn't Wipe Away Memories and Old Habits

Ginger Kolbaba

Remarriage may start a clean relationship slate, but it doesn't wipe away memories and old habits. Your best response to your spouse's remarriage mistakes may be uncommonly simple.

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Give Your Marriage a Second Chance

Juana Mikels

Juana Mikels decided that she had married the wrong person, so she left her husband. Then she became a Christian and had a change of heart. She shares a few ideas to help get your marriage back on track.

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