Growing Together Spiritually

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Faith Conversation: Bold Prayers

Amanda Casanova

Prayer has power when you unite with your husband or wife to ask God for help. God asks you to seek His counsel daily, so pray boldly for your spouse and for unified prayers for your families. 

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Faith Conversation: Authentic Prayer

Rachelle Wiggins

Prayer draws individuals closer to God. Authentic, transparent prayer can benefit marriage, too. Couples who come together to share their heart with God often enjoy greater intimacy with each other.

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Faith Conversation: Meaningful Worship

Focus on the Family Magazine

Explore ways to make worshiping with your spouse more meaningful. You might try serving together or reading a book related to faith. Even small steps can help you to worship more intimately as a couple.

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When Your Spouse Goes Through a Faith Crisis

Greg Smalley

A serious illness or the death of a loved one can shake a Christian's faith to the foundation. So when your spouse has a crisis of faith and stops praying, what can you do to encourage him or her?

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Seven Steps to Restoring Your Soul (and Marriage)

Ann White

Do you wonder if your marriage is beyond repair? The acronym COURAGE stands for seven steps you can take to embrace healing for your troubled marriage as well as other areas of your life. 

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Faith Conversation: Priorities

Max Lucado

What's your priority in life? Are you open to following Christ's direction and giving up your own plans? This devotion gives you and your spouse questions to start a conversation about the topic.

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Faith Conversation: Trying to Earn God's Love

Amy Simon

Our pride can make us feel as if we need to earn God's forgiveness. Admitting that we have nothing to offer God requires humility. This devotion will help you and your spouse talk about the topic.

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Faith Conversation: The Weight of Worry

Rhett H. Wilson

Anxiety can weigh us down. So husbands and wives should help each other trust God with their cares. This devotion offers some questions to ask your spouse to start a conversation about the topic.

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Faith Conversation: Unshakable

Jaime Schreiner

If we're worried about the possibility of losing something, we might be putting too much stock in the wrong things. Here are some questions to ask your spouse to start a conversation about the topic.

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Hoping Together

John Stumbo

If we reduce hope to an emotion, we might experience despair. True hope is the conviction that God is working on our behalf. That's when we find strength to move ahead in spite of our emotions.

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The Intimacy of Prayer

Ted Cunningham

Praying with your spouse intensifies and strengthens your spiritual bond. When you pray together, your vulnerability with your heavenly Father deepens and enriches your marriage relationship.

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Faith Conversations: The Highest Virtues

Focus on the Family

Scripture indicates that one virtue — love — has supreme value above all other virtues. But when you don't feel particularly loving, you don't have to try to muster romantic feelings for your spouse.

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The Gift of Grace

Janine Petry

If we want our marriage partnership to be beautiful, meaningful and lasting, then we ought to be living out God's grace by extending it. And that means building each other up one word at a time.

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The Spiritual Dance: Letting Him Lead

Tricia Goyer

Who's the spiritual leader in your family? Some husbands may be intimidated by their wife and don't want to fail, so they do nothing. Maybe the best solution is to let God work in their lives.

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Faith Conversations: Offering Understanding

Focus on the Family

Appreciating our husband's or wife's emotions can be difficult. But we can give our spouse a special gift by seeking to thoroughly understand him or her before reacting.

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When the Enemy Attacks Your Marriage

Rhonda Stoppe

Warning signs alert us when the Enemy is about to attack our marriage. What couples do with those signs determines how victorious they will be in fighting off the Devil’s treacherous schemes together.

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Faith Conversations: Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

Sandra Samoska

It's easy to think that feeling thankful is dependent upon our circumstances. But Scripture tells us to give thanks in all circumstances, to rejoice always, regardless what is going on around us.

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Faith Conversations: Unselfish Love

Tez Brooks

Denying our own interests doesn't come naturally, but it conditions us toward a more sacrificial love. Dying to self proves we're serious about loving our spouse in the same way Christ loves His church.

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Can We Change Our Focus to See the Scenery of Tomorrow in Our Marriage?

Martha Bolton and Christin Ditchfield

I wonder what our lives would be like if we reframed how we thought about our tasks. What if we regularly took time to stop and see how far we've come, and then gave thanks for our progress?

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Handle With Care

Joshua Straub

Sometimes we're quick to defend ourselves, quick to cast blame and slow to be gentle. So how do couples develop an attitude of gentleness toward each other?

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How To Strengthen Your Spiritual Connection In Marriage

Greg Smalley

Building a shared spiritual relationship can feel like a roller coaster ride. But Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley have discovered three key experiences to help strengthen a couple's spiritual connection.

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Faith Conversations: Believing God's Promises

Jennifer Aaron

Jesus had told His disciples He would be crucified but rise again on the third day. Still, Jesus' resurrection surprised everyone. Sometimes we have difficulty believing God's promises.

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Marriage Notes: How do I truly forgive?

Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

You might think you've forgiven your spouse, but true forgiveness comes with a sense of peace. And the ability to forgive others — and yourself — only comes from God.

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A Beautiful Love

Jaime Schreiner and Alice Zvacek

All the excitement about Valentine’s Day makes it easy for us to spend a day focusing on romantic love, but committing to act in love all year long is more difficult.

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