Category Archives for Marriage

A Married Couple’s Guide to Complaining

My wife Tami felt angry. “All you do after you get home from work and eat dinner is sit on the couch. Why can’t we talk, or take a walk together, or do both?” Couples will always have complaints about each other. Unfortunately, instead of expressing their complaints, they resort to criticizing each other. Unchecked […]

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Use Love Maps to Cultivate a Thriving Marriage

Research reveals that one of the keys to a thriving marriage is in the details. This conclusion comes from Dr. John Gottman, professor of psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gottman presents key findings from over 30 years of research in his bestselling book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Many of his […]

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4 Signs Your Marriage May Be Making You Sick

Many health experts won’t tell you that married couples can actually prevent the common cold and seasonal flu by reducing the negative behaviors in their marriage. During the winter months when runny noses, coughs, and fevers are all too common, we’re reminded to wash our hands, avoid contact with sick people, and get a flu […]

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How Couples Can Manage Christmastime Stress

I admit it: I’ve often left the responsibility with my wife to buy Christmas gifts for the kids and manage our family’s holiday social calendar. It’s no wonder that her stress level increases this time of year. Perhaps that’s why she’s occasionally suggested we take a family vacation during Christmastime–that would be her way of […]

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A Couple’s Guide to Handling Holiday Conflict

After we got married, my wife Tami and I had our first holiday conflict over whose family to spend Thanksgiving with. Tensions flared as we defended our positions. Five hours of freeway separated our families. Tami is an only child. She couldn’t imagine her parents enjoying Thanksgiving without her. My parents were divorced, but I […]

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5 Simple Ways for Parents to Overcome Job Burnout

I was burned out on my job and it was affecting my parenting. I’d arrive home emotionally and physically exhausted. My four-year old daughter would ask me to play with her. I just wanted to eat, recline on the couch and watch TV. I needed to clear my mind from the stress of work. At […]

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21 of the Best Christian Marriage Quotes

I’ve selected 21 of some of the best quotes that apply to Christian marriages. In some instances, the original quote is applicable to relationships in general. But there is no better or more important human relationship than between a husband and wife. This is the relationship on which cultures rise or fall. My hope is that […]

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How to Rescue Your Marriage from Empty Nest Syndrome

When their three children were young, Lisa and Roger dreamed about what it would be like when their kids left home. They’d do the things they enjoyed together before they became parents. But by the time the last child moved out, their relationship wasn’t what it used to be. Their marriage was suffering from empty […]

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How to Avoid an Affair: The Shocking Prevention Myth

I had a crush on Katie Brown (not her real name) in high school. She also had a crush on me. Neither Katie nor I knew until more than 15 years later. She was divorced. The thought of striking up a romance now never entered my mind. I was happily married with children, and more […]

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4 Things a Wife Wants from Her Husband

Sitting in the counselor’s office, we learned at least one thing we didn’t expect. I think my wife-to-be mostly wanted to be sure she wasn’t making a mistake. I only hoped to gain insight into how I as her soon-to-be-husband could meet my wife’s expectations. My fiancé and I made an appointment for pre-marital counseling […]

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