Why Needing to Win is Killing Your Relationship

Through time I’ve come to realize it’s not just about what you say but also how you say it. And in a marriage or dating relationship, I’ve realized the mentality of needing to win is poison. It can and will destroy any relationship.
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3 Ground Rules for Experiencing Real Honesty with Your Spouse

Problems in marriage present themselves like spiders. You feel their effects—their webs—but you can’t always pinpoint the source. You feel like something’s wrong, but you don’t know the cause or root of the problem.
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25 Passionate Texts to Send to Your Spouse

Texting is a very practical way to flirt with your spouse as well. Just because we’re married, doesn’t mean we should stop flirting with each other. Send the text when they’re at work, out with friends, at the gym, or sitting next to you on the couch!
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The Ultimate Enemy of Intimacy

True intimacy involves an exchange. Someone offers vulnerability, and the other honors that vulnerability. Then the other person reciprocates that vulnerability, creating a beautiful cycle. And that bond is exclusive and hidden; it’s only for the two people to behold and be a part of.
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Protecting Your Spouse From You

We can get so comfortable with our family that we let down our guards to be who we want to be. It’s easier that way. But it’s not always better that way. There is a way that is better, every single time. The number one person you need to protect your spouse from is you.
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Escape

by Tim Walker If you’ve watched a lot of movies, or even the evening news, you know this truth . . . escapes are hard. People don’t just walk out free and clear. Well, that is unless you are the apostle Paul and Silas experiencing a divine jail break (Acts 16). But...

Humility in Marriage

by James Willoughby I have been married nearly 16 years by the grace of God. About halfway into these 16 years, my marriage nearly ended. Jody and I nearly called it quits and almost became a statistic. I'’ve never been one to do the ‘expected’ thing though. So...

Turn Offs

by Casey Caston I recently was talking with a friend who was telling me all the things her husband does that turns her off. Bodily noises made the list, but so did his lack of enthusiasm and desire towards her. She explained that she feels like a means to an end,...

10 Ways to Get Rid of Stress

by Casey and Meygan Caston Stress affects every area of our lives. Have you ever been around someone who has hit their limit? They’re no happy camper. We’ve had our share of bad days from overloaded schedules, to kids constantly fighting with each other, to finding...

3 Ways to Say Yes to Dating When Your Life Is Saying No

by Payden Montgomery We have a four-month-old, own our own business, and both work full-time jobs. I work outside the home and my husband has a schedule that requires him to be out of the house most mornings by 5:30 a.m. He doesn'’t even get home until around 7:30...

Panic Monster: How to Help Your Spouse When Anxiety Hits

by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott Anxiety. Most of us have been there: an issue that—–to the outside world–—seems arguably small, balloons into a crushing, suffocating weight. Our hearts race. Our palms sweat. We descend into a spiraling panic, and find that it’'s...

The Best Thing for Your Kids is for You to Leave

by Ted Lowe The best thing for your kids is for you to leave . . . for the night . . . with your spouse. We all love our kids and want what's best for them. We sign them up for activities and sports, which is good. We want them to have time with friends, which is...

21 Date Ideas

by Casey and Meygan Caston We fight when we don’t spend quality time together. I mean at each others’ throats, easily irritated and constantly nit picking each other for days on end. We thrive when we are together, in a place where we can connect and be intimate. It...

6 Ways a Woman Can Make Valentine’s Day Last All Year

by Jenn Murff This weekend marks the eleventh Valentine'’s day with my special Valentine . . . a.k.a., my main squeeze, my hubby, my love. It has been a CRAZY ride——4 kids, over 10 moves, 4 major career changes, not to mention the small “barista” type jobs along the...

The Should Monster

by Selena Frederick I don'’t really like the word “should,” especially when it comes to marriage. That'’s probably because I use it regularly. And whenever I get a case of the “should,” I always feel like I'’m not measuring up in one way or another. I’m left feeling...

Your Husband’s Greatest Fear

by Justin Davis There is a universal fear that every husband has. This fear keeps us up at night and wakes us up in the morning. It isn'’t talked about much because we don'’t like admitting we'’re afraid. Being afraid, we believe, makes us less of a man. Most of us...

The Man’s Guide to Making Valentine’s Day Last All Year

by Justin Murff Our romantic pre-Valentine’'s dinner consisted of an expertly prepared steak, served on the finest of paper china, and serenaded by the sound of laughing children and the soundtrack of The Land Before Time 14. OK, it was a far cry from the romantic,...

3 Shows Every Married Couple Should Watch Together

by Dave Willis I'’ve always believed that one of best things we can do for our marriage and families is to watch LESS television, BUT I also believe that watching the right shows can actually have a positive impact on us. I think every couple could benefit from...

2 Words We Often Need to Hear

by Consuela Parsons There are lots of things I strive for in life . . . Raise healthy kids Have a strong marriage Continuously grow in my faith and my relationship with God Create friendships Be a person who makes my community a better place to live Show others love...

4 Signs You’re Not a Nice Person

by Dave Willis One of my favorite comedians is Jeff Foxworthy. His "“You might be a redneck if . . ."…” jokes hit close to home because I grew up in Kentucky (home of many proud rednecks). We can all laugh at stuff like, "“If you walk your kid to elementary school...

Why You Need a Marriage Mentor

by Casey and Meygan Caston There we stood in our third year of marriage . . . more like enemies than lovers. It seemed the odds were stacked against us. We came from broken families, buried ourselves in over $200K of debt, are the MOST stubborn people you'’ve ever...

The Spectrum of Sex

by Ryan Frederick Regular and consistent sex is extremely important for a healthy marriage. But life gets busy, disconnection happens, and sometimes sex is burdensome. All of these things can lead to a lack of intimacy and a decrease in sexual satisfaction. If...