Keeping Your Husband Happy With the Next-Day Rule

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.
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10 Essentials For Surviving An Affair

My experience working with couples buried in the rubble of a broken covenant due to an affair and my work with them as they try to dig out and rebuild a marriage has taught me some of the keys to surviving an affair. If you're in this same situation, you can survive. I’ve seen it happen more times than I can count.
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3 Parent Hacks to Get Some Mommy-Daddy “Alone Time”

When you have kids, time seems to always be an issue. There is simply not enough of it…, especially when it comes to mommy and daddy getting some “alone time”.  Yes, I am talking about sex. And, yes, we need to be having lots of it…, even with kids in the house. Let’'s be honest. …It'’s a lot easier said than done. So, what are we supposed to do?
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Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot

It’s time to begin reclaiming sex for the glory of God. It’s time to invite Jesus back into the bedroom. It’s time to start the conversations that the church forgot. And to stand up, boldly, as a body of believers, and defend the most intimate act of worship and praise we’re free to know.
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Millennial & Married: What I’ve Learned Six Months In

In the summer of 2017, I made one of my boldest decisions yet. I committed myself in holy matrimony to the most beautiful woman I have ever known. My heart was happier than ever before. I couldn't have been more sure. And yet, the Millennial inside of me was wondering what on earth I was doing. Here are some of the things I've learned six months into marriage as a Millennial. I think they’ll be helpful for others going into marriage as well.
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Don’t Miss This One Great Thing For Your Marriage

by Dr. Beverly Bird As a long-time marriage therapist, one thing I have found to be true is this: After a few years of marriage couples let up on some of the things that came naturally when dating and first married. One of those things is the expression of gratitude...

15 Ways to Show Respect

by Casey and Meygan Caston Respect is one of those concepts we all hear often, but it seems fewer understand how it works and its impact in marriage. Here’s an all too common story from our marriage that will give you a better grasp on respect. Casey often goes into...

Improve Your Intimacy in 30 Minutes

by Casey and Meygan Caston Most of the questions we get from couples are about being stuck in a sexual rut. For years, we didn’'t talk about it because no one taught us how to have a healthy conversation about our sex life. That all changed when we discovered the...

Boxed Up

by Monica Humpal While leading a study recently by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, I had a huge "aha" moment. Well, not really that huge because I've known this was not a good way of communicating for quite a while, but oh boy does it keep creeping in to conversation...

Practice Your Promise: Who Gets Your Best?

by Amanda Maguire "I, Amanda, take you Jeff, to have and to hold from this day forward, for BETTER or for WORSE . . . " What did I know about those two words then I was 22! Jeff and I laugh. We are mostly amazed that many of us make the most life changing, single most...

Spiritual Leader

As a 21st Century man, I have many roles. I don’'t live in a world where a man comes home after a long day at work, sits on the couch and everyone scatters to serve him. I'’ve never lived in that world, I’'ve only seen it on TV. Most of the guys I know come home and...

Reaching “The Bar” Within Marriage

by Amy Martin When I was a little girl, I used to dream of getting married someday—as I'’m sure many young girls do. I would dream about marrying a man that had all the best qualities imaginable, and then some. Now, I can'’t vouch for men, but I imagine as young boys...

Sleep On It

by Shaunti Feldhahn Dear Shaunti, I’m about to pull my very tired hair out. My wife and I know we shouldn’t go to bed angry, but our arguments only get worse the later they go. I love my wife, but I truly can’t think straight after 11pm. Last night, I got so angry I...

10 Quick Tips on Dealing with In-Laws

by Casey Caston When you married your spouse, you married their parents . . . like it or not. And if you plan on going the distance in marriage, which we hope you will, they are in your lives forever too. We’ve heard reports of families with healthy relationships on...

Does God Really Love You?

by Joshua Straub A few years ago, I traveled to speak at a marriage conference in Texas. My wife, Christi, who was then in the middle of a 14-week stint of all-day sickness from her pregnancy, was unable to travel with me. So she stayed home with our then 18-month-old...

What Towels Have to Do With Sex

by John McGee A couple of years ago, I was late to a meeting and rushing out of the house when my wife said, "“I have some thoughts about our sex life.”" Suddenly I wasn'’t in such a rush! When I asked about her “thoughts”, she laughed as she said, “"Well, really...

Placing Your Spouse in the Front Seat

by Ron L. Deal God's design for the family begins with marriage laying the foundation for the home. But stepfamilies are at a disadvantage. Why? Because sometimes at the inception of a stepfamily, married couples find it difficult to establish their relationship as...

Married to a Grumpy Guy?

by Shaunti Feldhahn Dear Shaunti: My husband is an involved dad, a leader at our church, the type of guy people look to for advice, and he goes over and above his requirements on the job. But he is often grumpy and withdrawn at home. He gets upset at the littlest...

How To Kiss Like You Mean It

by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. Proverbs 24:26 At a church near our home in Seattle, a Japanese couple that had recently arrived in the States, was getting married. Despite their limited exposure to western customs, the...

3 One Liners That Make a Huge Difference in Our Marriage

When I ask people what it takes to have a great marriage, they mostly say one of two things: hard work or good communication. The problem with hard work is that most people work hard at work, and when they get home, they don’’t want to work anymore.

The “15 Second Kiss” Experiment

By Ryan Frederick A few weeks back, I met a gentleman at church named Tim. Tim and his wife had been married many years (I can'’t remember exactly, but it was at least 30) and weathered many trials through their marriage (cancer included). Naturally I asked him what...

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