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How to Have a Good Marriage on Bad Days

There are times in your life and in your spouse’s life when you feel completely defeated. Abandoned. Sometimes trampled on by the circumstances of life. You may feel as if you are stuck in tiny, dark, pungent room and you work tirelessly to leave, only to find there is no way out. Satan is very…

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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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“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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