Strengthening Your Marriage

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

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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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Article

Choosing to Love Your Spouse

Deb DeArmond

At any time between "I do" and "I don't anymore," our choices either deepen the relationship or deplete it, potentially damaging it. One key to successful marriage is making purposeful choices.

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Article

How to Create an Emotionally Safe Marriage Environment

Robert S. Paul

Three journeys fill the scope of marriage: the husband’s, the wife’s and the united (or marital) journey. The only journey you can walk without your spouse's consent is your own.

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Article

How Self-Care Can Turn a Good Marriage to a Great One

Robert S. Paul

Roadblocks to self-care affect marriages because a spouse who isn’t cared for comes to the marriage depleted instead of ready to give. A marriage thrives when each spouse is seeking his or her own care.

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Article

What Cherishing Your Spouse Really Means

Gary Thomas

For 20 years, I had loved my wife — serving, sacrificing, persevering. But I had conveniently forgotten to consider what it meant to cherish her. To do that, I had to figure out what cherishing meant.

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Article

I Disconnected for a Week ... and My Marriage Thrived

Suzanne Gosselin

Have social media become a time waster that is interfering with your relationship with your spouse? Consider disconnecting.

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Article

How Social Media Comparisons Sabotage Your Relationship

Kayla Aimee

Most of us can't abstain from using our smartphone. We need it for work, tracking teens, saving money on groceries and for emergencies. We can, however, limit our usage to improve our marriage.

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How to Add Value to Your Most Significant Relationship

Jeff Kemp

A consumer drains value from a marriage. He leaves little after taking what he wants. But an investor adds value to a relationship. He gladly sacrifices because he experiences a return on investment.

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Article

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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Article

Faith Conversation: Good Gifts

Lisa Bartelt

When married life doesn't turn out 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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Article

How to Have a Marriage That's 'Good Enough'

Erin Smalley

What could happen if couples embraced their marriage as being "good enough" —being satisfied with love and sharing a life-long friendship, where spouses treat each other with respect and kindness?

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Article

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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Article

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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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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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

Article

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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Article

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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Article

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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Article

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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Article

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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