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Why Teammates Shouldn't 'Help' Each Other

Erin Smalley

The house and children aren't solely my responsibility. And the chaos isn't entirely mine, either. My husband, Greg, is an equal partner with equal responsibility. He's not simply "helping" me.

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Faith Conversation: Forgiveness

Amy Lanham

God forgives our mistakes. When it comes to marriage, we need to have that same kind of love. Although we'll inevitably fail each other, we can offer forgiveness and display God's love for us. 

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How to Recognize the Challenges of Your Unmarried Friends

Lisa Anderson

Many married couples never think about what single people navigate in a society that celebrates "couplehood." But there are tangible, helpful ways to encourage single friends and family members.

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How to Strengthen Your Marriage Through Doing the Dishes

Erin Smalley

Researchers found that it’s important for couples to share the load of doing the dishes. Here’s my takeaway: Women who had a husband who helped with washing dishes were happier in their marriage.

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Marriage as an Adventure: How to Become Love

Marianne K. Hering

In their years of marriage, Bob and Maria Goff have teased out a few principles that have allowed their love to grow. "Love isn't something you fall into," Bob says. "It's someone you become."

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Faith Conversation: Learning to Wait

R.J. Griffith

We can learn to be patient with our husband or wife because we know it fosters harmony and growth in marriage. This devotion offers questions to start a conversation about patience.

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Faith Conversation: Motivated by Love

Cami Summers

For many, fear, desire and ambition are more familiar motives than love. But God's love changes us. This devotion offers you and your spouse questions to start a conversation about motivation and love.

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Laura Schupp with her husband, daughter and son-in-law preparing food in the kitchen

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Cooking Up Community — How Food Fosters Togetherness

Author Laura Schupp and her husband, Thom, have been building community through hospitality for more than two decades. Laura hopes to pass along her skills and knowledge to her children.

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God Uses Your Scuff Marks in Marriage

Chrystal Evans-Hurst

Marriage is messy, but God uses our blemishes and imperfections. Relationship intimacy is the perfect test kitchen for God to mature us and change us into utensils He can use for His purposes.

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Lies Women Believe

Erin Smalley

Christian women treat most everyone kindly —  except themselves.We all harbor hidden, negative lies that affect how we live. Learn how to replace the lies of negative self-talk with God’s truth.

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Faith Conversation: Needless Worry

Heidi Braden

It’s easy to let worry creep into our lives. Doing so, though, adds unnecessary stress to our marriage. This devotion gives you and your spouse questions to start a conversation about the topic.

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'Working Out' My Faith

Juli Slattery

How might your walk with the Lord change if you took spiritual discipline seriously for 90 days? Your most important work, really your only work, is to be a worshiper and lover of the almighty God.

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Reaching Out to Reconnect with Your Spouse

Becky Thompson

Reaching out means turning our heart and our attention toward our spouse whenever opportunities arise. If we remember what we did during seasons of closeness, we can reach out again in the same ways. 

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Mr. and Mrs. Clean

Kim Wier

Your marriage, like your home, needs a seasonal cleaning to sweep away the irritants that settle in. Whether you need a dusting or a deep spring-cleaning, the result of your efforts can be refreshing!

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Venting Too Much

Leah Clancy

Early in my marriage I complained to someone that I felt mistreated by my husband, Dan. The incident had long-ranging consequences and showed me the importance of guarding what I say about my husband.

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A Need for Grace

Dr. Larry Crabb

The more we realize that our performance will never reach God's level of perfection, the more our excuses shatter. God's patience makes it possible for us to learn deeper levels of repentance and joy.

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Reconnecting Through Conversation

Jim Daly

Early on, my conversations with my wife, Jean, felt deep and meaningful. Now mealtime talks tend to revolve around our boys. We need to be more intentional about having more significant conversations.

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Small Ways to Make Marriage a Priority

Shaunti Feldhahn

Dory had been eager to return to part-time work. Her family needed the income, and she loved her new job. But Dory now realized that her work outside the home was stressing her marriage in ways she hadn't anticipated.

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Java with Juli: Priorities in Marriage

Juli Slattery

Engaging in productive and even spiritual activities can ultimately take us away from the higher calling of being a wife. Here are three ways to keep your marriage a priority in during busy times.

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How Your Husband Needs You

Erin Smalley

Most husbands share a certain set of needs and desires. Some of your husband's needs may surprise, but you can learn how to move beyond your expectations to build a marriage that goes the distance.

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A Close Connection with God Brings Hope to Your Relationship

Sandy Ralya

The key to a fruitful marriage relationship is abiding in the Christ-Vine. Carving out time to humble oneself and listen is a spouse’s secret to getting the most out of a connection with God.

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Happy Marriages Are Based on Deep Friendship

Erin Smalley

The qualities of common kindness, honesty, empathy, loyalty and trust are gifts that each spouse gives to the other. This friendship foundation enhances relationship happiness throughout the marriage.

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Saying 'I Love You' With Random Acts of Kindness

Greg Smalley

Complacency and routine can push out the small, but important, acts of kindness in a marriage. But it's not too late. You can start showing kindness to your husband or wife today.

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A Wife's Response to Mental Burdens

Erin Smalley

During some seasons, you might become bitter as a result of feeling like you're doing more than your spouse. If this issue resurfaces often for you, Erin Smalley has some suggestions to help.

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