Facing Crisis

husband comforting wife during a marriage counseling session

Article

Sexual Trauma and Its Effect on Marriage

Aline-Vanya Guillaume

Spouses who have suffered sexual trauma and haven't dealt with it go on participating in normal activities, while secretly struggling in their marriage. Here’s what you need to know.

Read more
abused wife angry husband

Article

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Mark A. Mayfield

There are distinct differences between an unhealthy exchange and verbal or emotional abuse. Married couples need to understand and recognize the differences. What are some indications of abuse?

Read more
a middle-aged woman holding her aging mother's hand

Article

Caring for the Caregiver

Pascual Chen

Taking care of a loved one without caring for yourself harms your emotional, relational and physical health. These tips will help you develop self-care strategies to strengthen you and your marriage.

Read more
Couple looking sad

Article

How to Know When Your Marriage Is in Trouble

Mitch Temple

Marriage problems vary in complexity, and most problems won't need the help of a professional counselor to solve. However some situations indicate you should consider guidance from an expert.

Read more
depressed woman sitting on bed while her husband is trying to comfort her

Article

Hope for a Marriage Challenged by Mental Illness

Caroline Cooper

If your marriage is chaotic because of erratic behaviors, there is hope for restoration. An unhealthy marriage where mental illness is present is a result of the disease, not a failed marriage.

Read more
sad wife husband crossed arms

Article

How to Recognize Where Your Marriage Is Vulnerable to an Affair

Dr. Angela Bisignano

Some telltale signs can help couples identify vulnerabilities to infidelity. Keeping these areas of susceptibility and their antidotes in mind could ward off a potential affair.

Read more
sad woman trying to get her stone-faced husband to look at her

Article

Coping with Alienation, Anger and Anxiety in Marriage

Christy Billings

Strong emotions don’t have to threaten your marriage. Here’s how to minimize three unhealthy behaviors and the hurt that results from them. These godly principles can help you heal your marriage.

Read more
woman weeps as her husband looks on

Article

Crisis: A Pivotal Point in Marriage

Deborah Bauers

Many couples struggle during critical events that create an emotional crisis. Crises can stress marriages even to the point of divorce. Here’s how to draw closer even during a crisis.

Read more
couple holding hands facing a counselor

Article

How We Built a Successful Second Marriage

Kelly J. Stigliano

Statistics doom second marriages like Jerry and Kelly's. Seeking premarital guidance from a Christian counseling ministry was the logical choice to proactively protect their marriage.

Read more
thoughtful wife hugging her husband

Article

PTSD and Your Marriage

Doug Vaughan

For victims of PTSD and their spouses, there is hope. Treatment and time can help heal the inner injuries of a person battling PTSD and mitigate PTSD’s devastating impact on marriage relationships.

Read more
woman reading a Bible

Article

What to Do if Your Spouse Is Done

Clint and Penny Bragg

A troubled marriage ignites a rush to find an immediate solution, a quick fix to save the marriage. Instead, you must choose to pursue God and wait on Him, not on your spouse or your circumstances.

Read more
traumatized woman in counselor's office

Article

Defining and Understanding Trauma

Mark A. Mayfield

Not all traumatic experiences are equal, but the way the body reacts to trauma is similar in every situation. Two broad categories might be called trauma with a capital T and trauma with a small t.

Read more
Couple in living room on sofa cuddling and drinking coffee

Article

Faith Conversation: Searching for Hope

Focus on the Family Magazine

If your marriage has an area that needs a miracle, seek God. You may not understand how He is working, and the miracle He brings may look different from what you expect, but He is always faithful. 

Read more
wife hugging sad husband

Article

Living With a Depressed Spouse

Craig Cato

Craig's best efforts at helping his depressed wife made him exhausted, bitter and resentful. Then, prompted by God, he made a decision that changed his life and began her healing process.

Read more
two couples having coffee

Article

When to See a Therapist Instead of Just Asking Friends for Help

Mike Bechtle

When you have problems with your marriage, you might reach out to friends, who bring value that a professional can't. But when should you get professional help?

Read more
portrait of Al and Lisa Robertson

Article

Al and Lisa Robertson: 'Forgiveness Changed Everything'

Benjamin Hawkins

The pain of an affair drove both Al and Lisa to despair. They were shattered, exhausted and drained of all pride. But the crisis was also a turning point — what they now call "desperate forgiveness."

Read more
man and woman in a heated conversation; man is faced away from her

Article

How to Overcome Porn Addiction and Restore Relationships

Michelle Habel

Forgiving a pornography user too quickly can hinder recovery because it avoids the problem. Bravely acknowledging the emotions associated with betrayal is imperative to the true forgiveness process.

Read more
husband and wife in serious discussion

Article

How to Help Your Husband Who Was Sexually Abused as a Child

Greg Smalley

One of every six boys is sexually abused. And men carry the impact of abuse with them long afterward. Without a safe space to process his story, a man may simply shut down and lock away his memories.

Read more
Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Healing Our Hurting Marriage

Pastor Paul Westbrook and his wife, Melody, talk with openness and honesty about the marital crisis they faced and describe how a four-day intensive experience at Hope Restored helped save their marriage, and gave them tools for better communication in the future.

Listen
woman walking between rows or dark trees but light at the end

Article

Mile Markers on the Path From Hurt to Hope

Meg Wilson

After your spouse confesses a pornography addiction, you might feel stuck. The journey to healing starts by acknowledging that you’re not alone. Here are some mile markers to guide you along the way.

Read more
man with tangled lines of confusion above his head

Article

Pornography, the Brain and Bonding

Nick Stumbo

God created the brain to bond sexually with one person: a spouse. When we understand how our brains really work, we're free to enjoy God’s design and trust that it’s far better than we imagine.

Read more
man hold a crying woman

Article

Keeping Your Marriage Intact While Grieving the Loss of a Child

Mary Ann Vincent

The death of a child can set you on the most difficult trek of your life, one that challenges your connection in marriage. As dark as this time is, there’s hope for the future — and your marriage.

Read more
mac and mary owen sitting on a garden bench

Article

From Meth Addiction to Ministry: A Grand Plan for Mac and Mary Owen

Travis Thrasher

One couple tells about the heartache of placing a child up for an adoption, drug addiction and co-dependency. Find out how God mercifully redeemed their marriage and family by rewriting their story.

Read more