Strengthening Your Marriage

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Time For Your Marriage in the Christmas Season

Erin Smalley

Many people feel stressed by the Christmas season, yet they don't want to neglect their marriage. Connecting with your spouse is possible — even when you're busy.

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Why Can't She Lie to Me?

Charles Marshall

My wife’s painful honesty hurts my feelings. She must not know the strategy known as "the white lie." A time comes when each spouse is tempted to tell one. Is a white lie too much to ask for?

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"Why Can't You Be More Like..."

Jamie Driggers

A wife often finds herself jealous when she hears about a husband who does laundry. She’s learned to focus on what her husband does right — listens and shares his hobbies — instead of what he doesn’t.

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Who's Got Your Back?

Steve Sonderman

Embrace the risks and rewards of accountability by joining a men’s mentoring group where you’ll be challenged in area of integrity as well as in your relationships with your spouse and children. 

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A Wife's Influence

Sara Horn

 Your words and actions can influence your husband. If you've ever found yourself on the negative side of influence — you know, nagging, whining or manipulating — perhaps these lessons can help. 

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When You Have a Great One-Liner

Janine Petry

Showing disrespect has become a modern marriage pastime. We laugh as our favorite on-screen wives make fools out of their husbands. Watch out or you’ll be in danger of picking up that unhealthy habit.

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Digital Distractions

Terri Foster

Couples in this digital age face new relationship hazards. Although rekindling old flames is a leading concern, experts say it's not the only one. Read on to discover three other potential problems.

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Being Grateful for Your Spouse

Greg Smalley

Our expressions of sincere thankfulness can bless our wife or husband and strengthen our relationship. We are to rejoice in our spouse. But how can we bless our spouse by rejoicing in him or her? 

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How to Fight Selfishness in Marriage

Greg Smalley

Although he wasn't willing to admit it at first, Dr. Greg Smalley felt that God was making him aware of how selfishness causes issues in his marriage. Greg shares some of the things he's learned.

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Establishing Healthy Boundaries in Your Marriage

Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend explain what healthy boundaries in marriage are, and offer practical advice for establishing those boundaries and re-establishing them if they've been broken.

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Wooing Your Spouse Should Last a Lifetime

When we find the love of our lives, we don't want her or him to get away. We woo. We chase. We cleave. But we often stop our pursuit when we get married.

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Husbands, Want a Better Marriage? Listen to Your Wife!

Greg Smalley

When your wife says there's something wrong with your marriage, guess what, there's probably something wrong with your marriage. And for the sake of that marriage, a husband would do well to listen.

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Navigating Life Transitions

Shawn Stoever

Transitions — such as job changes, moves or new stages of parenting — bring their share of challenges to marriage. These changes can be fertile ground for stress and conflict, but they don't have to be.

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A Life-Changing Commute

Thomas Jeffries

Climbing the corporate ladder jeopardized Darin and Jennifer's marriage, but then a friend suggested that Darin listen to the Focus on the Family radio broadcast. Slowly Darin's heart was changed.

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Renewing the Adventure

Susan Mathis

It’s never too late to renew the thrill and wonder of marriage. You can find that loving each other is the great adventure you'd hoped for. Revisit these simple steps to help your relationship thrive.

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Shadows From the Past

Terri Clark

Everyone brings baggage from past relationships, but you can pull from the strengths you've gained from your past — maturity, patience, wisdom, godliness — to build a new marriage and family.

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How to Create Adventure Out of the Ordinary in Your Marriage

Alexandra Kuykendall

The boring zone can be dangerous for a marriage. It can lead to disappointment. How can you actively fight the mindset of dissatisfaction and relish each day God has given you together?

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A Better Response to Mood Swings

Brian Goins

Regardless of your wife's emotional temperature, you can choose to respond to her in a way that creates a warm, loving atmosphere. The call to cherish means you engage when you'd rather shrink back.

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Room to Grow

Henry Cloud

Imagine if couples were willing to give up some of the good things in their marriage to let the better things thrive — and if they said goodbye to the activities that take resources from their relationship.

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The Wife You Want to Be

Being intentional about your marriage means that you must establish a goal. What is your goal as a wife? A goal is something you want and have the power to make happen.

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Grace and Acceptance in an Imperfect Marriage

Mark Savage

When we bump into imperfection — our own and our spouse's — we often don’t handle it well. But we have two valuable tools available to us that most of us aren’t using often enough. 

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When You Don't 'Get' Him

Shaunti Feldhahn

When a couple's differences threaten marital harmony, it is easy to wonder: How can that man and I really become one? Rather than losing heart, discover a new perspective through some life-changing truths.

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Put a Spark in Your Marriage by Reigniting Your Friendship

Erin Smalley

Build your friendship with your spouse and you may be amazed at the romantic spark that is reignited when your husband or wife becomes your best friend.

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Course Correction

John Trent

When you quit making small adjustments in your relationship, you head toward serious trouble. But small changes can become powerful tools for moving a couple back toward caring, closeness and healing.

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