Marriage Challenges

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Article

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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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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Episode

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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Article

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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Article

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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Article

Caregiving and Your Marriage

Jane Daly

When caring for an aging loved one, whose needs come first: the aging person or your spouse? Keeping your marriage a priority is vital to the long-term success of your relationship, and even your caregiving patience.

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Article

Building a Blended Family Doesn't Come Easily

Cyndi Lamb Curry

Many experts say it takes five years or more for a blended family to begin to feel cohesive. There's no way to force a family to bond, but with faith and persistent effort, families can grow closer.

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Article

Holding on to Faith When Life Doesn't Go Your Way

Laurie Polich Short

Whether you're dealing with an unfaithful spouse or a child who is wreaking havoc in your home, rest assured that you, too, can have faith in the dark.

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Article

Make Your Bed, Change Your Marriage

Greg Smalley

Dr. Greg Smalley hated making the bed but realized his resistance had become selfish. Read how he decided to serve and sacrifice for his wife.

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Episode

Encouragement for Remarried Couples (Part 2 of 2)

Gil and Brenda Stuart offer advice and hope to remarried couples as they address the difficult challenges stepfamilies face. (Part 2 of 2)

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Encouragement for Remarried Couples (Part 1 of 2)

Gil and Brenda Stuart offer advice and hope to remarried couples as they address the difficult challenges stepfamilies face. (Part 1 of 2)

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Dealing With the Past When You're Remarried

Brenda Stuart

Gil and Brenda Stuart brought memories, habits and history into their new marriage. They learned the importance of acknowledging the associated emotions and being able to talk about them.

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Article

Making Marriage a Priority in Your Blended Family

Katie Parsons

Intentional decisions you make to keep marriage a priority in your blended family.

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Article

Mopping Up Mother's Day

Mother's Day can be fraught with disappointment. Though we ask for little, we may still be unwittingly tangled up with unrealistic expectations.

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Episode

Marriage in the Stressful World of NASCAR (Part 2 of 2)

NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, offer encouragement to couples as they describe how God strengthened their faith and marriage during the grueling rigors of his long racing career. (Part 2 of 2)

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Marriage in the Stressful World of NASCAR (Part 1 of 2)

NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, offer encouragement to couples as they describe how God strengthened their faith and marriage during the grueling rigors of his long racing career. (Part 1 of 2)

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Series

Surviving the Stress of Moving

In 10 moves as a family, Susan Miller watched her children go through a roller coaster of emotions. Getting them connected to their new community quickly made a big difference in their adjustment.

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Staying Together When You Feel Like Leaving (Part 2 of 2)

Bill and Vicki Rose offer hope for troubled couples as they recount the severe problems their marriage faced, how they found faith in Jesus Christ and how God has restored and sustained their relationship. (Part 2 of 2)

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Staying Together When You Feel Like Leaving (Part 1 of 2)

Bill and Vicki Rose offer hope for troubled couples as they recount the severe problems their marriage faced, how they found faith in Jesus Christ and how God has restored and sustained their relationship. (Part 1 of 2)

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Article

The Ashley Madison Fallout — What Now?

Erin Smalley

Fallout from the data breech at Ashley Madison has been devastating, and as a result, many people have had their hearts broken. What now?

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'Everything Will Be Easier' ... and other myths about blending your family

Kathi Lipp

When expectations are realistic, a difficult reality becomes a lot less difficult. Overcoming blended-family myths.

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Article

In the Shadow of Infertility

Matt Appling

Every aspect of infertility can be a marital, spiritual and ethical challenge. What can a husband do to keep his marriage going during a season of infertility?

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Episode

Allowing God to Heal My Messy Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Domingo and Irene Garcia discuss the early years of their marriage which were filled with alcoholism and abuse, and how God brought about a miraculous healing to their lives and relationship. The Garcias offer hope and encouragement to other couples that they, too, can change destructive patterns and embrace God's plan for their lives. (Part 2 of 2)

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Allowing God to Heal My Messy Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Domingo and Irene Garcia discuss the early years of their marriage which were filled with alcoholism and abuse, and how God brought about a miraculous healing to their lives and relationship. The Garcias offer hope and encouragement to other couples that they, too, can change destructive patterns and embrace God's plan for their lives. (Part 1 of 2)

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