Marriage Challenges

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The Unhappy Marriage

Greg Smalley

Why do couples struggle? How can you repair your broken relationship and find contentment? It’s possible to identify problems and find healing through commitment, communication and Jesus Christ.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Lowering the Bar

Paul Westbrook shares the hope he discovered after seeking marriage counseling with his wife, Melody. Listen to the full program here.

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Why You Shouldn't Give Up on Your Marriage

Teri Reisser and Paul Reisser

Divorcing or staying stuck in a miserable marriage are not your only options. You can stay together and develop three key marital attitudes that may ultimately help you develop a better marriage.

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Gift-Giving: Be Better This Year

Vance Fry

Worried that your gift will miss the mark? The toaster flopped? Don't despair. With constant learning and creativity, you really can find a present that speaks to your wife's heart this Christmas. 

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Learning from Your Mistakes

Tammy Daughtry

Most of us in second marriages can clearly see that adding education, personal awareness and intentionality to our current marriage can create a new, mutually satisfying relationship.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Love With Style

Every marriage has obstacles to overcome. Jim Daly shares about a couple who turned their greatest challenge into something that deepened their love even more.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Just Love Him

Opal Erickson describes how God began to work in her life to restore her broken marriage. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Restoring Hope to Your Marriage

Ron and Opal Erickson discuss the marital struggles they experienced as the result of an affair, and describe how God repaired their marriage. They also talk about their music ministry and their efforts to help heal troubled marriages as a Hope Restored host couple.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Don't Explain — Just Say You're Sorry

When a couple experiences conflict, excuses can make matters worse, not better. Jim Daly explains why in the heat of conflict you don't need to explain your side of the story, just say you're sorry.

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How to Support Your Husband Through a Work Crisis

Greg Smalley

Is your husband moody, angry or fearful? He may have difficulties at work. Dr. Greg Smalley offers practical methods that his wife, Erin, has used to help him navigate these work-related challenges.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Way Out of Whack

Dr. David Clarke describes how he helps a couple begin to heal their relationship. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Looking in the Mirror

It's easy to blame your spouse for issues in the relationship, but maybe that's not the real source. Dr. David Clarke describes how he encourages couples to do a little self-examination. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Ted Cunningham talks about his personal experiences with anger and explains how he worked through his emotional struggles in order to protect his marriage. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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The Weight of Expectation

Ted Cunningham reflects on how he came to realize the weight expectation placed on his interactions with others. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Resolving Anger in Your Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Ted Cunningham talks about his personal experiences with anger and explains how he worked through his emotional struggles in order to protect his marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Minute

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Count It All Joy

When you face difficult situations, how do you see them? Ted Cunningham gives a different perspective for tough times. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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How Much Are You Willing to Lose?

Satan uses pornography to steal, kill, and destroy your marriage. Pam Farrel offers some wisdom for wives who have discovered their husband has a problem with pornography. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Navigating the Common Challenges of Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Best-selling author Gary Chapman addresses conflicts that arise when expectations meet reality in marriage, and provides steps to better communicate with and love your spouse. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Navigating the Common Challenges of Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Best-selling author Gary Chapman addresses conflicts that arise when expectations meet reality in marriage, and provides steps to better communicate with and love your spouse. (Part 1 of 2)

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Faith Conversation: Growth Through Suffering

Carolyn Bennett Fraiser

Suffering of some sort is inevitable in marriage. When we learn to turn our eyes and hearts to God during those times, we can draw closer to each other as a couple, as well as to our heavenly Father.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Rebuilding a Stronger Marriage

Pastor Chris Beall and his wife, Cindy, share their dramatic story of how his pornography addiction led to his infidelity, and how God used their brokenness and a loving church community to restore their marriage.

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Focus on the Family Minute

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His Grace is Bigger

As the old saying goes, confession is good for the soul. Chris Beall explains how it might be difficult, but necessary. Listen to the full program here.

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This Two-Step Process Can Cure Your Lonely Marriage

Greg Smalley

Maybe you never learned teamwork. Maybe you came from a broken home. Or the dynamics of your marriage may make it difficult to connect. Whatever the reason, loneliness in marriage can be overcome.

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