Married Life

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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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How Marriage Mentors Can Strengthen Your Relationship

Do you and your spouse have mentors for your marriage? Forging a friendship with a couple who has been married

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Slow Down Your Marriage

Jim and I (Doug) meet with too many couples who have created a script for their marriages that substitutes Jesus’s

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Do My Words Count?

On average, women speak 20,000 words a day. That’s 13,000 more daily words than our male counterparts! Yet how often

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Love That Stands Watch

He squeezed my hand as my body shook with pain. I clawed at the sheets as the fire grew in

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4 Expectations That Injure a Marriage

Expectations are critical for the success of any good relationship—especially a marriage. If you have false expectations, you will have trouble

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I’m Just “Helping”

God called Eve Adam’s “helpmate,” and as a helpmate myself, I take my job seriously. I help my husband drive

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When Your Husband’s Former Spouse Dies

There are often seasons in a stepmom’s life when she wishes her husband’s ex would move far, far away. Or,

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When You’re Angry for Your Husband

“Lately, my husband cries a lot,” my friend Debbie shared. “He’s distraught about how his kids have to deal with

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6 Things You Must Know About Your Husband

When we first started having kids, my husband, Mark, was sometimes critical of me. It seemed as though every week

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The Healing Power of Marriage

My husband, Keith, and I will be empty nesters in the fall, and we’re planning on doing some major changes

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