Strengthening Your Marriage

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Faith Conversation: Honor

Jim Daly

When you see your marriage through God's eyes, you'll discover the divine purpose He had in mind when He brought you together. Here’re a few questions to start a conversation about that topic.

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Faith Conversation: Good Gifts

Lisa Bartelt

When married life doesn't turn out like as hoped, we often question whether God truly gave us something good. Receiving a gift with grace means trusting in the goodness of the giver, no matter what.

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How to Reconnect When You're Lonely in Your Marriage

Don Morgan

Experts identify seasons of marriage prone to producing loneliness. The challenge is to anticipate those lonely periods, learn how to navigate them and turn them into growth opportunities.

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How to Appreciate Your Spouse's Unique Personality

Greg Smalley

Just as a flavors can spice up a dish, differences improve our marriage. While differences bring variety, they also create challenges. So how can a couple use their differences to strengthen their marriage?

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Faith Conversation: Earnest Love

Troy Griepentrog

Wholehearted love can be recognized by the forgiveness — the covering of sins — that's freely shared. When you earnestly love your spouse, you help foster grace and forgiveness in your marriage.

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Drawing Closer to God and Each Other (Part 2 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas explains how a husband and wife can foster oneness in their marriage by pursuing God together.  (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Drawing Closer to God and Each Other (Part 1 of 2)

Author Gary Thomas explains how a husband and wife can foster oneness in their marriage by pursuing God together.  (Part 1 of 2)

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Jeremy Camp with his wife, Adrienne, sitting on bench

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Love Notes: How Jeremy and Adrienne Camp Live in Harmony

Marianne K. Hering

Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp, and his wife, Adrienne, find ways to stay united even when they're miles apart. Knowing that each day is a gift from God, they strive to be best friends.

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Making Room for the Important Things in Your Marriage

Robert Crosby

Marriage requires making room for someone else in your life. To add this relationship to your life requires letting go of some of your other commitments and giving your spouse priority consideration.

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Elements of a Great Love Story

Greg Smalley

Every popular romance story portrays a loving bond so special it comes just once in a lifetime. How can you ensure that your own romance has a lifetime filled with those happy-ever-after endings?

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Affair-Proof Your Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Dave Carder offers couples practical advice for protecting their marriages from adultery in a discussion based on his book Anatomy of an Affair: How Affairs, Attractions, and Addictions Develop, and How to Guard Your Marriage Against Them. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Affair-Proof Your Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Dave Carder offers couples practical advice for protecting their marriages from adultery in a discussion based on his book Anatomy of an Affair: How Affairs, Attractions, and Addictions Develop, and How to Guard Your Marriage Against Them. (Part 1 of 2)

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The Most Romantic Gift

Greg Smalley

True romance is more about being captivated by your spouse than buying flowers or chocolate. And captivation is all about curiosity and interest — being allured by your spouse.

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Redeeming Your Thoughts

Sarah Stirman

Transformation of a marriage starts with renewing our minds. When we let go of our destructive thoughts through prayer and fill our minds with reminders of God's love, more than our thoughts change.

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What's the Secret to Great Marriage in the New Year?

Erin Smalley

As we head into a new year, many people are contemplating their future. Most couples could use a renovation in some area of their relationship. What part of your marriage would you like to improve?

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Time For Your Marriage in the Christmas Season

Erin Smalley

Many people feel stressed by the Christmas season, yet they don't want to neglect their marriage. Connecting with your spouse is possible — even when you're busy.

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"Why Can't You Be More Like..."

Jamie Driggers

A wife often finds herself jealous when she hears about a husband who does laundry. She’s learned to focus on what her husband does right — listens and shares his hobbies — instead of what he doesn’t.

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Why Can't She Lie to Me?

Charles Marshall

My wife’s painful honesty hurts my feelings. She must not know the strategy known as "the white lie." A time comes when each spouse is tempted to tell one. Is a white lie too much to ask for?

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Who's Got Your Back?

Steve Sonderman

Embrace the risks and rewards of accountability by joining a men’s mentoring group where you’ll be challenged in area of integrity as well as in your relationships with your spouse and children. 

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A Wife's Influence

Sara Horn

 Your words and actions can influence your husband. If you've ever found yourself on the negative side of influence — you know, nagging, whining or manipulating — perhaps these lessons can help. 

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Digital Distractions

Terri Foster

Couples in this digital age face new relationship hazards. Although rekindling old flames is a leading concern, experts say it's not the only one. Read on to discover three other potential problems.

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When You Have a Great One-Liner

Janine Petry

Showing disrespect has become a modern marriage pastime. We laugh as our favorite on-screen wives make fools out of their husbands. Watch out or you’ll be in danger of picking up that unhealthy habit.

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How to Fight Selfishness in Marriage

Greg Smalley

Although he wasn't willing to admit it at first, Dr. Greg Smalley felt that God was making him aware of how selfishness causes issues in his marriage. Greg shares some of the things he's learned.

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Being Grateful for Your Spouse

Greg Smalley

Our expressions of sincere thankfulness can bless our wife or husband and strengthen our relationship. We are to rejoice in our spouse. But how can we bless our spouse by rejoicing in him or her? 

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