Category Archives for Marriage

6 Awkward Conversations Your Child Needs to Have Before Marriage

Perhaps the best counsel a parent can offer their child before marriage is to get to know your potential partner well. There are things to talk about before marriage that are awkward, but important. Too many married couples discover things about their wife or husband they wish they’d known before they said, “I do.” Judgment […]

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1 Simple Way to Make Your Spouse Love You More

If you want your husband or wife love you more, there’s reason to hope. Researchers at a University of North Carolina have discovered a simple way to do it.   It’s all in how you express gratitude to your spouse.   Don’t do it this way. Say you usually do the dishes after dinner and […]

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5 Ways for Dads to Teach Their Sons to Respect Women

Dads need to teach their sons to respect women. When fathers fail to step up and teach this important lesson, they contribute to a problem that puts their wives and daughters, and other women at risk of abuse and violence. Both men and women are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Women are entitled to […]

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Why You Need to Plan Now for an Empty Nest

Our kids are still at home, but my wife and I are preparing for our empty nest now. Our daughter is 20 years old and spreading her wings. We expect our 13-year-old son to be around for a few more years. But we’ve realized that if we don’t prepare now, once the nest is empty […]

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7 Signs You’re Not Trustworthy

We all want to be trusted. But there are traits that can make a person untrustworthy. One of those traits is gossip. I’ve done this, and maybe you have too. You’ve shared a concern about another person with someone as a way to connect. “Hey, did you notice she’s been showing up late a lot, […]

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7 Priceless Mother’s Day Gifts from Dad to Mom

What a mother wants most for a Mother’s Day gift may not be a card and flowers. The gifts we give from the heart… The gifts that require personal effort, sacrifice and commitment… The gifts we can’t buy from Hallmark or at the local florist… These are the gifts that mean the most.  These gifts are priceless. If […]

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1 Rule Husbands Should Break for a Happy Marriage

There are rules to a happy marriage. I’ve written about those before. But, there’s one rule you husbands should break if you want your marriage to thrive. Here’s something that might surprise you. There are times in my marriage when I act more like a child than and adult. A Game Without Winners If I […]

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What is Love? 7 Vital Ingredients for Lasting Love

What is love? The casual glance in my direction, when her chocolate-colored eyes connected with mine, invigorated my imagination. In my mind’s eye, I imagined a mutual infatuation, and in my daydreams we’d sneak off to a secret place, hold hands, and kiss. My First Love If I still had my journal from my early […]

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1 Thing You Must Stop to Make Your Marriage Thrive

There were times in my marriage when I kept a mental checklist. I used the checklist to keep score. Keeping score was a way to keep the marriage “fair.” You know what I mean? Everything 50/50. But a fair marriage isn’t a thriving marriage. To help my marriage thrive, I realized I needed to throw […]

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4 Secrets to Becoming Your Spouse’s Best Friend

My wife Tami is my best friend. But it hasn’t always been that way in our marriage. We didn’t start out as best friends. Many husbands and wives don’t. In the beginning, we enjoyed spending time together. I once left my university dorm room in the middle of the night and drove almost 7 hours […]

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