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Marriage in the Real World

Whether you’ve been married five years or fifty, you know life with your spouse is filled with its share of magic (when your relationship’s firing on all cylinders) and laugh-outloud moments — as well as those moments of outright miscommunication and downright conflict. Perhaps your needs for intimacy no longer match those of your partner, and you’re battling frustration or discouragement. Perhaps your relationship suddenly seems one-sided, or has become sidetracked by something as seemingly innocuous as fascination with social media or by pressing parenting problems, job changes, or even health concerns. Then there’s that little thing called “romance.”  Yes, romance is the icing on your marriage cake, but let’s face it, life often isn’t very romantic. The act of continually knitting together the busy lives of two imperfect people into a healthy Christian marriage can be a daunting task requiring loads of hard work, creativity, and reliance on God.

Anyone who’s been married for any length of time can relate to the challenges that crop up whenever you seek to build a more positive, joyful, and God-honoring union. That’s married life in the real world. The following articles will help you celebrate the unique life you share with your spouse in all its wonder — for it can be wonderful! — as well as guide you in your desire to up your love, better serve each other, and bridge the gap between differing needs – physical and emotional – and communication styles, so your marriage can stand the test of time.

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Marriage and Illness: How to Find Your Way By Learning to Grieve Together

“I just don’t understand why you can’t clean the garage,” Kevin declares one afternoon. He’s in a mood. We both

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The Redemptive Power of Marriage: A Christmas Story

Over two thousand years ago, you could not find a position much lower than a poor, Jewish girl. Under Roman

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Bah! to Christmas Memories

Chuck and I met on November 19, 1983 in Dearborn, Michigan—a suburb due west of Detroit. It was a blind

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The Best Gift for the Holidays: Restore a Broken Relationship

“Most of all, love one another deeply. Love erases many sins by forgiving them.” (1 Peter 4:8, NIRV) With the

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Cleaning Up the Messes in My Marriage

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Love Means Telling the Truth

ABC News correspondent John Quinones began hosting a hidden-camera television program in 2008 called What Would You Do? The show

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From Miserable to Miraculous

I made a profile on Quora Digest, an internet site where people ask their peers questions about anything and everything.

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Romance Defined Differently: Finding Out What Romance Means To You

When Steve and I were dating, he would drive 30 minutes across town during his lunch break just to drop

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Learning To Understand Your Wife Through Prayer

My wife and I met with a couple for pre-marriage counseling. The man asked, “How can I be an expert

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How Financial Fidelity Creates Marital Fidelity

Upon exiting the parking garage, I swiped my debit card through the self-pay machine, the cross-arm lifted, and I slammed

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