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The Six People in Your Marriage… Who Gets Priority?

The youth pastor at our church got married last month. While I wasn’t able to attend, I heard the pastor made a point not often discussed: there are six people that enter into the marriage—you, your spouse’s expectation of you, God’s view of you, your spouse as they understand themselves, your expectation of your spouse,…

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Improve Your Marriage By Refocusing Your Thoughts

You will keep perfectly peaceful the one whose mind remains focused on you, because he remains in you. —Isaiah 26:3 I heard a pastor’s wife share her story of how her marriage became better in the first few years the other day. Her story was one with the potential to strengthen any marriage at any…

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The Gift of Disappointment

All marriages face disappointment. It doesn’t matter how well matched or how mature we are. We shouldn’t feel worried about occasional bouts of disappointment. We should feel concerned if we get stuck there. When we experience disappointment and it’s neither spouse’s fault (such as a loss of employment due to corporate downsizing or infertility), we…

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Overcoming Hurtful Words — Interview with Janell Rardon

In Janell Rardon’s book, Overcoming Hurtful Words, she challenges readers to “reflect, reframe, and reauthor” their thinking to thrive in all areas of life. Focusing on the foundational importance of communication in marriage, I asked Janell, a Board Certified Life Coach, about the power of words in marriage, finding hope in trying times, and where…

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“Always” & “Never”: Finding Helpful Words in Your Relationship

Always and never. These two words are the reason for so many of our conversations escalating into arguments, calm demeanors changing into defensiveness, and resentment and discouragement brewing in our own and our spouse’s hearts. We use the words like knives and they never de-escalate the situation. They always amp it up. When they’re said…

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