Marriage Challenges

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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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Faith Conversation: Battling Together

Heather Greer

While our spiritual armor is enough to protect us, God has also given us a secret weapon — our spouse. There's no better partner in the battle against sin than a praying, encouraging husband or wife.

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4 Ways for Empty Nesters to Connect Spiritually

Erin Smalley

The term "empty nest" evokes an array of reactions. Some couples wonder about the future of their marriage after the kids move out. But you can grow closer to your spouse and the Lord during this time.

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Faith Conversation: Living Peaceably

Laura Sohl-Cryer

We all have colleagues, family members or friends who seem difficult to get along with. Unfortunately, the turmoil caused by our struggles with these people often overflows into our other relationships. 

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Parents listening to doctor while daughter lies in hospital bed

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Keep Your Marriage Strong During a Crisis of Illness

Greg Smalley

Health scares can test the strongest of marriages. So, when someone — or everyone — in the family becomes sick, what are the best ways to manage the marriage relationship and remain a strong team?

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Immerse Yourself in Recovery

Is your marriage in trouble? I know things may look bleak right now, but I hope you'll take what I'm about to say to heart: Don't give up! You can turn things around.

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What Husbands Need to Know About Menopause

W. David Hager

While menopause is natural and normal, husbands and wives are often caught off guard by changes in their marriage relationship. Many husbands become confused by the behavior of their wife in menopause.

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A Stronger Marriage When You Parent Grandchildren

Jeanie Jacobson

Many grandparents are assuming parental roles, which can mean huge lifestyle changes. Don't allow these disruptions to bring discord; instead, address issues before they became major hindrances.

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Discipline Discord

Terri Clark

In blended families, conflicts often run deeper than the surface issues. Letting go of the past and establishing trust through open communication is vital to building a healthy marriage and family.

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Hard Times and Hidden Opportunities

Arlene Pellicane

When you go through hard times in your marriage, why not view them as opportunities for greatness? As you commit to learning from them, God can build a rock-solid marriage. 

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Unrealistic Expectations and Time With Family

Greg Smalley

When pressure to have the perfect holiday builds relationship tension, we need to change our unrealistic expectations. Then we can better appreciate the time spent connecting with family members.

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Garage Sale

Daren Streblow

I like garage sales in general. I mean, why put your garbage in Hefty bags when you can sell it? The problem is, the stuff my wife wants to get rid of is not garbage — it's my collection of treasures.

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Illustration of a woman who is green with jealousy, speaking angry words to her husband who sits in a chair with his daughter reading a book

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Defusing Jealousy

Todd Gangl

Feelings of jealousy can drive stepparents to compete with a stepchild for their spouse's attention. The embarrassment of feeling jealous of a child may keep stepparents from speaking about it.

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Avoid Yuletide Tension: Talk About Expectations

Pam Woody

Couples often have unspoken expectations about the Christmas season — and that's where the problems begin. Unfortunately, each person might think his or her way of celebrating the holidays is "right."

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Coping With Family Tension at Christmas

Bill Farrel

There is no formula for settling Christmas conflicts because they're highly emotional interactions with the people we care about the most. But knowing what some other couples have done can help.

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Get Over Yourself

Phil Hodges

I had an EGO problem — with EGO standing for edging God out. I'd been promoting and protecting myself out of fear and pride, rather than focusing on God as my source of security and self-worth.

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Don't Let Christmas Gift Giving Stress Your Marriage

Vance Fry

An often-forgotten side to the gift-giving tradition is that your spouse is sharing something meaningful, possibly as a way to spend quality time together. Learning that is a big part of marriage.

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How to Align Your Dreams as a Couple

Greg Smalley and Erin Smalley

I wasn't fully on board with my wife's dreams to adopt. But we finally found ourselves on the same page. We have some suggestions for aligning your dreams so that you're headed toward the same goal.

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Why Is it so Hard to Believe I'm Beautiful?

Elisa Morgan

How can women learn to be more receptive to the positive feedback God wants to give them? How do they accept God's view of them, especially through the words of their husband?

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A Marriage on the Brink

Thomas Jeffries

The storms of life had her marriage at risk for divorce, but a timely broadcast showed Barbara a love she'd never known

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New Challenges, New Normal

Upon returning home from deployment, it's typical for service members to feel out of sorts.

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Solo Duty

This practical guide to holding down the fort highlights what the spouse at home needs to be in control of when the other spouse deploys.

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Christmas Expectations

Juli Slattery

The best gift you can give each other is the gift of grace. Extending grace begins with prayer and intentionally communicating about your expectations, anxieties and hopes for this holiday season.

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