Strengthening Your Marriage

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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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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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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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Lacy's Surprise

Thomas Jeffries

Lacy Matthews wasn't about to give up on her marriage. For her 14th anniversary, she wanted to do something special. So she showed up at the airport to greet her husband — in her wedding dress.

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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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Become Your Spouse's Publicist

Les Parrott and Leslie Parrott

Few things boost a person's self-esteem more than hearing that his or her spouse has been saying positive things to others about him or her. When a couple does that, they reap a double dose of love.

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Don't Go It Alone

Greg Smalley

God created us to be in relationship — with Him and with others. This is why we need to be intentional about regularly connecting with other like-minded couples. We need a strong community surrounding us.

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Unity in Marriage

Tony Evans

The healthiest marriages are those in which both parties maintain separate identities and purposes as they unite under the shared purpose of fulfilling the rule of God in and through their partnership.

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Giving Your Spouse Grace

Greg Smalley

Grace believes the best about your spouse. It fights through the messiness of a particular moment or behavior and remembers that your spouse is a son or daughter of the Most High King.

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Upgrading Me

Greg Smalley

A successful marriage requires two mature individuals who are committed to personal growth and development. You won't reach perfection in this life, but you can continue to pursue Christlikeness.

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Are You Emotionally Connected to Your Family?

Greg Smalley with Shawn Stoever

It's true that emotional connection doesn't come easily for many men. But God desires that we engage our families wholeheartedly — with all our heart, soul, mind and strength!

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Keep Up the Chase

Vance Fry

The fun little things that we do early in our relationships often seem impractical and somewhat unnecessary after we're married. But the pursuit of one's spouse is a mission without end.

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The New and Improved Spouse

Kathi Lipp

Are you trying to change your spouse, or are you helping your spouse discover and fulfill God's plans for his or her life?

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Guides for the Marriage Journey

Dr. Les Parrott with Dr. Leslie Parrott

Marriage mentoring is one of the most effective means of slowing the divorce rate and helping couples enjoy lifelong love. Every marriage needs mentors.

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How You May Be Betraying Your Wife

Gary Thomas

Every husband has inside information on his wife — a health issue, something from her past, a secret fear. We must hold that vulnerability as a sacred trust.

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What Speaks Love to Your Man?

Erin Smalley

Erin Smalley has learned that cherishing her husband starts by focusing on what she values about him and that nourishing their relationship involves putting love into action.

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Torn Between Being a Wife & a Mom

Juli Slattery

Almost every married mom can relate to the dilemma of whether to spend time with the kids or time with her husband. There's angst when they feel like they have to choose between those they love.

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