tough times

Four Amazing Truths to Remember in Tough Times

All marriages hit tough times, and most of the time here at Thriving Marriages we focus on  how to survive them. A list of...
managing your money

What Jesus Mentions Most About Marriage Will Surprise You

This is the second in a series of posts excerpted from my new book, Preparing Your Heart for Marriage, a devotional for engaged couples. The second...
I was wrong

Why Saying “I Was Wrong” Will Transform Your Marriage

If you are old enough to recall the sitcom Happy Days, you’ll remember “The Fonz.” Henry Winkler played the character of Arthur Fonzarelli, the coolest...
better sex

Want Better Sex? ONE Thing You Must STOP First

Do you want better sex in your marriage? Does your spouse want that, too? The crux of many couples’ sexual intimacy struggles is that one...
wedding ceremony

A Marriage Lasting Longer Than the Wedding Ceremony

Looking for a great gift to give to an engaged couple that will help them get spiritually prepared for marriage? Are you half of an...
lonely

Why Do I Feel So Lonely In My Marriage?

With thanks to Thomas Nelson for sponsoring this post. I’m not sure if I can point to a single time in my life where I...
fall in love

How to Fall in Love All Over Again

No one gets married thinking their love for their spouse will fade. We go in believing those butterflies we felt when we first fell...
better sex

Practice Your Way to Better Sex

For many women, sex just isn’t that great at the beginning of the marriage. This week we’ve been looking at specific ways to have better...
negative spouse

The Destructive Danger of a Negative Spouse

Frederick Buechner is a brilliant writer who can jump between fiction and nonfiction like a champion American Ninja Warrior skips over a water obstacle....
marriage commitment

Your Spouse Doesn’t Complete You

When is the last time you felt disappointed by your marriage? Notice that I asked when, not if. Disappointment is a normal part of any relationship, but...
Warmth

How to Add Warmth to Your Frozen Marriage

It's easy for marriages to become civil but distant, where a continued lack of warmth slowly freezes out love. The good news, coming today...

Forgiveness is Better than Regret

Today's great post comes from our friends at Live Your Best Marriage. Enjoy! Ever noticed how difficult it is at times to forgive your spouse...

5 Steps to Freedom from Shame

When I was in elementary school, I was molested by a family member. That same family member introduced me to porn for the first...

Generosity: The Ultimate Aphrodisiac

This week we are celebrating our friends Cherie and Brian Lowe’s new book, Your Money, Your Marriage, with a series of posts all about the sexiness of...

The Magic Question That Will Change Your Marriage

This is the fifth post in an ongoing series from Gary Thomas featuring the message of Loving Him Well: Practical Advice on Influencing Your Husband. Since...

The Surprising Secret for Marital Satisfaction

Today's post comes from Gary Thomas. Some desires in marriage are never going to be fulfilled and need to be “crucified.” In fact, various studies have...

The Fastest Way to a Happy Marriage

Today's post is short and sweet, but man is it good. Dr. Les and Leslie Parrott discuss the importance of gratitude to a happy...

This 1 Powerful Truth Will Change How You See Your Spouse

Gary Thomas sets up this post on his own, so I'll keep my setup brief: you should read this!  This post continues an ongoing series,...

10 of the Hardest Adjustments to Make After Marriage

Today's post comes from Rebecca at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum. Enjoy! Adjusting to marriage can be difficult! There’s a lot of great stuff that comes...

How to Have an Increasingly Happy Marriage

I have always been annoyed by the whole "marriage is for holiness, not happiness" mantra, and in today's post Gary Thomas explains why: holiness...

I Hope My Child’s Marriage Isn’t As Happy As Mine

Today's post comes from friend, hair guru, and regular contributor at our sister site For Every Mom, Jenny Rapson. Hope you enjoy!! A long, long...

The Serious Task of Making Marriage Fun

I love the lightness of today's post from Gary Thomas, and the way it points us toward how fun marriage can be. Hope you...

10 Marriage Lessons After 10 Years of Marriage

Today's tip is a charming, honest, funny post from Celeste at Marriage Laboratory. Hope you enjoy! 10 years. Rich and I have been married 10 years! I...

10 Mental Habits That Fuel Anxiety

I (Josh) struggle with anxiety. So does my wife. Learning how to recognize our anxiety, communicate about it, and manage it has been one...

20 Quick Tips for a Great Marriage

I love how today's post from Richard Nicastro and Love and Life Toolbox doesn't try and reinvent the wheel. There's a reason so many marriage...

Your Spouse Doesn’t Deserve Your Love

One of the most challenging and beautiful aspects of the Christian faith is grace: undeserved kindness. Today's post comes from our longtime partners at...

What to Do When Your Marriage Feels … Boring

Unless you're Belle from Beauty and the Beast, you probably don't connect "intimacy, passion, connection" with "reading a book." But today's post from Gary...

Your Marriage is More Than Free Sex and Housekeeping

Today's post from Juli at Authentic Intimacy is a great reminder - our marriages are more than just a contract, a routine, or an...
fuel marriage

Running on Empty? Here’s How to Keep Your Marriage’s Fuel Tank Full

Today's marriage tip comes from Patrick Schwenk as a guest blogger for Gary Thomas's site. It leads to a great question: what's one way...
keep romance alive thriving

5 Ways to Keep the Romance Alive and Thriving

I (Josh) have been working here at Thriving Marriages for awhile, which means I've read a LOOOT of blog posts about marriage. When I...
celebrity marriages

Should We Care About Celebrity Marriages?

I tend to be a little (a lot) cynical about celebrity marriages, and why we get so worked up about them. But this fantastic...

What A Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs

First off, yes that title is a reference to a Christina Aguilera song and no I don't apologize for that. Second, to all you gentlemen...

Re-finding the Fun In Your Marriage

You know, sometimes it's not complicated. Today's post from Juli Slattery is a simple reminder that marriage needs to be - and CAN be -...

That Bad News You Heard about Marriage Isn’t True

Sometimes it's easy to be cynical about love, marriage, and happiness, but - with Valentine's Day right around the corner - we figured it...

7 “Romantic” Hollywood Lies

Today's post comes from a frequent TM contributor, Frank Powell. While it's easy to know how unrealistic our culture is about romance, that doesn't...

7 Marriage Tips You Won’t Hear In Church

This article originally appeared at FrankPowell.me. Check out Frank's site for more of his great content.  Ever wish you had the answers to a test before...

Why Marriage DOES Exist for Your Happiness

Today's post comes from Tami Myer at startmarriageright.com. Their site is FULL of great resources for your marriage, so if you like this article...

10 Ways to Make Your Wife Feel Loved This Weekend

In the five months I've (Josh) been on the Thriving Marriages team, I've noticed that a lot of the marriage content out there is written by...

Seeing Your Marriage Through Positive Goggles

Recently I was speaking at a marriage conference and passed out a pair of cheap swim goggles to each couple. First I had all...

How to Get Your Marriage “In the Zone”

Today's marriage article comes from our friends over at simplemarriage.net Right now, my married life seems to be clicking, or in the zone. My wife changed...

The Important Role of Play in Your Marriage

This post from our friends at For Your Marriage is a refreshing reminder not to take ourselves so seriously. What are some ways you...
marriage stages

4 Marriage Stages We All Go Through

Social scientists have observed that marriages typically move through a series of at least four marriage stages. According to Dr. Paul R. Giblin on...
common

1 Quick Way to Change How You Feel About Your Spouse

Today's post is from our friends at refineus.org. They have a great book you should absolutely check out. You can find out more about...
marriage

What Moana Teaches Us About Marriage

I have two small children, which means I have seen the Disney movie Moana approximately 3,504 times, which is fine because that movie is...
antidepressants

Attacking Anxiety Pt. 2 – Antidepressants

This is part two of a series we're doing here at Thriving Marriages about anxiety. As I said in part 1 ,my personal struggles...
Ted talks

5 TED Talks for Your Marriage

Our friends over at simplemarriage.net recently posted 5 TED talks for your marriage that would be great for you and your spouse to watch...

1 Thing Missing from Many Marriages

A few weeks ago, Trish and I were signing books after a speaking engagement and a young guy handed me his book and began to...

Why Marriage Is a Laboratory.

Marriage is the perfect laboratory for human growth (marriage laboratory? hey! that’s the name of your blog!). We grow. We change. We mess up. Its...

A Simple Perspective on Enjoying the Life You Have

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how...

Begin Expecting Good Things Today

Admit it…you want a great marriage. No wife grew up thinking “I can’t wait to get into a miserable marriage.” And no husband got married...