Category Archives for Marriage

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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3 Reasons Smart Husbands Accept Their Wife’s Influence

My friend Joe and I stood at the kitchen sink after a church potluck lunch. He washed the dishes, and I dried. Joe’s in his early forties, married and a father of two—a boy and girl. “You want to know my secret to happy marriage?” he asked. “I learned a long time ago that my […]

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3 Proven Methods to Rekindle Romance in Your Marriage

Famed physicist, Albert Einstein passionately wooed his first wife Mileva. But after the passion that led to their 11-year marriage subsided, the marriage deteriorated. Even a genius can have a difficult time rekindling romance in his marriage. Many marriages arrive at a point when at least one spouse wonders how to rekindle romance in the […]

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4 Reasons to Say ‘No’ to a Job Promotion

I’m glad I knew when to say “no” to a job promotion. I was tempted to say “yes” as soon as my manager made the offer. The higher salary and more prestigious job title sounded great. But accepting a promotion is a decision that needs to be made carefully, weighing the pros and cons, and […]

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