My wife Ashley and I have had the privilege of doing marriage ministry for many years. In our travels and speaking and online ministry, we’re often asked “What’s your all-time favorite marriage advice?” It’s a tough question, because it’s nearly impossible to limit the best advice to one sentence.
Can you imagine for a moment how the Christmas story might have been written if Mary and Joseph had not had the capacity to adjust to things beyond their control? To begin with, Joseph had to adjust to the fact that Mary, his fiancée, was pregnant.
Some years back, I was in the midst of a “discussion” with my wife when I realized I was using the same techniques I’d taught a team of support reps earlier that day. In that moment, I learned a life lesson that has since altered my business and my marriage.
Most men do not fully understand what sex means to them, and therefore cannot communicate their desires. Many women believe “he just wants more sex.” They miss the fact that, for men, sex is more about feeling desired than about the physical act.
My husband and I aren’t cheapskates—but we do love saving money. When we can combine saving money with traveling, it feels like were getting away with something. For our travels, there are three things my husband and I have taken into consideration: location, season and friends.
It’s one thing to ignore opposing political opinions when they’re coming from the internet or co-workers. But it’s much harder to have a political divide when it’s your spouse! So how do you deal with a politically-divided marriage?
Life is busy. We used to think that the next season of life would be less hectic, less stressful, less busy than our current season. Life doesn’t seem to get less busy with time; it only picks up steam. It is easy to go days, weeks and even months without intentionally connecting with your husband or wife.
It amazes us how few couples actually talk about their sex life. Research shows a healthy sex life is critical to marriage satisfaction. What’s strange is that I couldn’t think of a more stimulating (see what I did there?) topic of conversation than sex. What’s preventing couples from talking about sex?
Did you know that 20 percent of divorces involve Facebook? As a former social media manager and avid Facebook user, I’m not surprised by that statistic. Facebook’s convenient social engagement is an excellent way to stay in contact with old friends. But this convenience is also why Facebook is so dangerous for modern marriages.
To combine, or not to combine? It’s a tough decision for many newly-married couples. Consider these pros and cons, and find out where this couple ended up.
One of the most difficult issues to face in your marriage is the realization that one of you resents the other. This can be a devastating revelation, but it doesn’t mean you can’t overcome these intimacy-killing emotions.
The fact of the matter is pornography and a distortion of sex is completely destroying us. Christian pastors continue to be found in infidelity, sex scandals, and secret sin. A Christian’s sexual behavior can hardly be distinguished from the non believing person.
Men get angry. Some express their anger in different ways. Some men have learned skills to handle it better than others. But why is anger so often the go to emotion for men, even towards the women they love?
Marriage is about the everyday, not just the big day. But a wedding is still a significant occasion for any married couple. So your wedding anniversary a great opportunity to connect every single year. It can be a point of tension or anxiety for some couples. But here are a few things you can keep in mind to ensure that your anniversary is a day to look forward to, not dread.
No one wants to marry the wrong person yet somehow so many people do. The key to your dating and engaged months & years is to ask each other some tough questions. The way your partner answers and responds will be very telling and eye-opening.
Do you and your sweetheart repeatedly cancel out each other’s votes in the elections? Well, join the party. I consider myself a Libertarian and lean to the left when I must due to my upbringing, while my partner is as far right-winged as they come. I won’t even venture to say that we’ve got all the logistics of that mess figured out, but we’re working on it.
If we want a happy husband (and a happy marriage) we have to learn how to address things in a way that doesn’t cause that regular, unseen, punch-in-the-gut feeling to our man. Based on my research, there are two clear steps you can use to determine whether or not you should speak up, and how.
When we get married, we aren’t just marrying our spouse. That’s because our spouse usually has a family of their own—parents, siblings, grandparents, and cousins. When we get married, we become a part of that family.