30 Pieces of My All-Time Favorite Marriage Advice

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.

What Every Couple Can Learn from Mary and Joseph

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.

3 Things the Corporate World Taught Me about Marital Communication

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.

How Can I Get My Wife To Understand How Important Sex Is To Me?

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.

3 Ways to Plan a Cheap Vacation

My husband and I aren’’t cheapskates—but we do love saving money. When we can combine saving money with traveling, it feels like we’re getting away with something. For our travels, there are three things my husband and I have taken into consideration: location, season and friends.

Things You Can Do Today to Start Improving Your Marriage

by Sarah Anderson Stubborn people have a tendency to pick fights. That’s me. It helps that I argue like a boss. When you come from a family of politicians, arguing and winning are your thing. This is where I shine. So winning conflicts in my marriage isn’t necessarily...

Finding Your Fun US

by Tim Walker What’'s unique about your US? By your US, I mean you and your spouse. Because if you really think about it, you'’re a little different, aren'’t you? You’'re not a clone of other couples you know. Sure, you have some similarities, but there'’s just...

The Sneaky Trap That Will Kill Your Marriage

by Shaunti Feldhahn For both men and women, we often completely forget (or brush off altogether) the fact that we are very different, and thus have very different insecurities. Different doubts, worries, needs, and desires. Which means: things that wouldn’t bother us...

Four IKEA Hacks for Your Marriage

by Crystal Chiang The audience was on their feet. There was celebration. Trumpets. Confetti. The crowd went wild. Okay, none of that happened. But that’s how it felt the first time my husband and I stepped out of an IKEA store and realized that we had made it through...

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...

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