Growing Together Spiritually

Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Connecting With Your Spouse and God

Dr. Scott Stanley helps Christian couples understand God's desire for their marriage and offers practical suggestions for developing a deeper spiritual intimacy to persevere through life's trials.

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Friendships Matter

Amanda Snodgrass

Having close friends is important. Friends can be a blessing to our marriages, too.

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Misconceptions About Family Leadership

Greg Smalley

What does spiritual leadership mean to you? When preconceived notions are inaccurate.

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Closer to God and to Each Other

Dr. David Clarke

To love with God's love in your marriage, you need to be connected to Him and joined spiritually to your spouse, placing God at the center of your relationship and growing closer to Him as a couple.

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Seeking Unity

Jaime Schreiner

Facing issues with a humble and gentle spirit is sometimes the only way to bring true peace. Unity develops when both spouses see the issue in the same light through the guidance of the Spirit.

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Mismatched Marriage: When One Spouse Is an Unbeliever

Lee Strobel

While there's no one-size-fits-all formula that will instantly revolutionize a mismatched marriage, a few principles and contribute to the health of a relationship.

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Iron Sharpens Iron

Krista Manchuck

God has given us a spouse to encourage us and help us become more like Him. He often uses our spouse to shape us into the unique individuals He has designed us to be.

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Courage to Obey

Emily Downs

We are called to die to ourselves and follow the Lord daily — not a physical death, but perhaps the loss of a relationship or an opportunity.

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Count Your Blessings

Rhonda Hensley

We may sometimes grow dissatisfied with our lives. But married couples do well to reflect on the things they know are blessings from the Lord.

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Faith Conversations: Endurance

Kimberly D. Henderson

God never said having a godly marriage would be easy. He tells us that doing His will requires much endurance on our part. Thankfully, He gives us many precious promises in His Word that we can cling to.

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Patience: Giving God Time to Work

Cheryl Brodersen and Brian Brodersen

Frustration, differences and disagreements are some of the best opportunities for patience to grow in marriage. The more that patience is needed — and exercised — the stronger it can grow.

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Do More? Be More

Rachel Dodd

Instead of resolving to do more, what about asking God to help you be more? What does your relationship need you to be? More loving? More attentive? More available?

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Focused on Christ

Emily Pardy

Keeping Christ in focus during the Christmas season might feel easier than any other time of the year. But keeping our hearts set on the life that Jesus lived is essential to our faith all year round.

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Couples' Faith: Finding Community

Jim Burns

God never intended couples to handle marriage and family issues alone. A community of fellow sojourners is an essential ingredient for a healthy marriage and a vibrant faith.

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Growing Closer by Serving Together

Mitch Temple

We're called to serve, whether it's feeding the poor, caring for the sick or teaching children. When you and your spouse answer this call together, you can discover new opportunities to enrich your marriage.

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Becoming a Selfless Spouse

Joshua Straub

Jesus laid down His life so that we might experience the new life that comes from His resurrection. In the same way, God calls us to lay down our own lives, serving our spouse unconditionally.

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Marriage Notes: I Feel Loved When

Greg Smalley

The best way to understand how you can nourish your marriage is to ask your spouse to finish this statement: "I feel loved when …"   The answers are a gold mine of  information.

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Faith Conversations: Love on Purpose

Jolene Ceravalo

Since love is shown through purposeful action, so we need to find ways each day to make the expression of our love a priority. We must study our spouse to know what makes him or her feel loved.

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Faith Conversations: Sacrificial Love

Evie Ogborn

Marriage requires sacrifice. Sometimes the sacrifices are small. Other times they're life-altering. No matter the size, the sacrifice means nothing without love.

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Faith Conversations: Unconditional Love

Courtney Roberts

Love is not only something God does; it's who He is. Spending time with Him can help us appreciate this aspect of God. Then His unconditional and sacrificial love can overflow into our marriages.

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A Marriage Worthy of Our Calling

Gary Thomas

Building a marriage "worthy of our calling" means that we recognize our enlistment in the most glorious work ever known: the advancement of God's kingdom.

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More Than Conquerors

Gary Thomas

If you want to grow together beyond your natural limitations, consider adopting spiritual practices that can lift your marriage above its natural limitations.

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Recognizing Spiritual Leadership in the Little Things

Greg Smalley

Spiritual intimacy can be a confusing issue for many couples. Dr. Greg Smalley offers personal insights on how husbands can be spiritual leaders and wives can see beyond basic spiritual disciplines for intimacy at home.

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A couple studying the Bible together.

Series

Studying the Bible as a Married Couple

When couples read and study the Bible together, they increase spiritual intimacy and a general sense of togetherness.

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