cheerleader in marriage

How to be a Cheerleader in Your Marriage

"See to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts." 1 Peter 1:22 In the early 1990s, William and Esther flew...

The Secret to Finding “Happily Ever After” In Your Marriage (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say. “More, more.” I have God’s more-than-enough. More joy in one ordinary day. Psalm 4:6-7 Every couple about to be...
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How to Fall in Love All Over Again

Fall in love again? No one gets married thinking their love for their spouse will fade. We go in believing those butterflies we felt...
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A Marriage That Can’t Forgive, Won’t Survive

Miranda had been spending money on a secret credit card for months. She hid receipts, she removed price tags, she sometimes even...
tough love

3 Tough Love Truths About Your Marriage

A lay counselor who has worked with hundreds of premarital couples told me that he particularly looks forward to the session when...
infatuation

Infatuation Is Normal, And An Affair is Preventable.

In 1977, Avodah Offit wrote a popular book entitled The Sexual Self that became a favorite among many sex therapists. I’m not endorsing the...
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What I’d Tell Myself on My Wedding Day

Today's post comes from Pam Blosser and her blog, www.journeytohim.com.   A couple of weeks ago I watched my daughter walk down a flower-edged aisle dressed in...

11 Boring Habits that Build an Exhilarating Marriage

The truth is that every great accomplishment you've witnessed, whether in sports, the arts, or a great relationship, happened because of years of practice...
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How Your Family of Origin Impacts Your Marriage Now

The term family of origin is familiar to some but many not everyone.  Everyone should have an understanding of it, being that...
mercy

Mercy & Justice: A Healthy Marriage Balances Both. Here’s How to Do That.

What’s the best way to grow towards intimacy with your husband? Hint: that’s a trick question. There’s actually not a correct answer to that...
husbands

Husbands, Here’s What God Expects You to Be.

My love for Scripture is matched only by my love for Jesus, and the love of one is the expression of my...
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When Something We Value Is Broken, We Fix It.

One major key to our 30 plus-year marriage is that Ramona has been blessed with startlingly low expectations. Today she was ECSTATIC when I...
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You Already Have What You’re Looking For in Your Marriage

Today's post is a powerful reminder from Elisabeth Klein. If you like it, be sure to check out one of her books we've linked...
wife needs

The 1 Thing Your Wife Needs But Doesn’t Know How to Tell You

What a great, great piece of advice about what your wife needs from our friend at America's Family Coaches.  Every woman has times when she...
happy marriage

Want a Happy Marriage? Stop Asking Your Spouse to Do This.

Don’t you think it would be cruel to ask your spouse to hold down five jobs? Let’s say your...
in-laws

Issues With the In-Laws? Maybe You Need to Create Some Healthy Boundaries. Here’s How.

It’s important to establish healthy boundaries with your in-laws. Otherwise, you can add a lot of stress to your marriage relationship. But...
marathon

Your Marriage Is a Marathon You’re Running Together.

The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. What’s the difference? Think about the running events in the Olympics as an...
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...

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...
extramarital affair

An Extramarital Affair Is Always Intentional

Paul and Virginia Friesen are friends and co-workers in their ministry to married couples. I love their take on how every extramarital affair is...
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The “Seven-Year-Itch” Is Real … But You Can Avoid It.

My husband and I are leading a Bible study with mostly newlywed couples. After a few weeks, we noticed how often we...

An Emotional Affair Is Avoidable. Here’s How to Guard Your Marriage.

Today's post from Sheila at To Love, Honor and Vacuum is a great look at why an emotional affair is dangerous, but...
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Truly Loving Your Spouse Means Protecting Them

If you cherish some thing, you are committed to protecting it. In the same way, if you cherish some one, you will protect...
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6 Steps to Forgiveness in Your Marriage

Today's post about steps to forgiveness comes from America's Family Coaches. Who is supposed to initiate the process of forgiveness in a marriage relationship: the...

Can Marriage Survive When the Unthinkable Happens?

Today's post from Intimacy in Marriage is real, and raw, and a gruelingly painful description of a marriage fighting to survive the death of...
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3 Lies That Lead to An Affair

There are three lies that every couple should not believe because they could lead to an affair. A common pitfall, which all...
lies

We All Believe Lies. Which Ones Do You Struggle With?

A few weeks ago I moderated a late night panel at the Merge premarital class at Watermark Community Church. The panel included two couples who...
forgiveness

6 Ways Forgiveness Isn’t What You Think It is.

Forgiveness can be costly. A major step in the process of forgiveness is releasing your offending spouse, giving up on revenge and...
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How to Get Engaged –When You’re Already Married

Recently we sat on the floor in a crowded airline terminal and played a game of Scrabble on our trusty iPad. We had about...
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4 Commitments I Made in Marriage (or: How I’m not the Hulk Anymore)

Today's post is written by me (Josh), your friendly neighborhood Thriving Marriages editor. If you'd like to know more about me, well you're about...

Practical Ideas for a High Maintenance Marriage

Today's post comes from the wonderful Jim Burns at Homeword. Check out the discussion questions at the end and have a conversation with your...
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10 Ways to Get Back the Spark in Your Marriage

How do you get that spark in marriage if you feel like you’ve lost it? How do you rekindle...
love is a choice

Love Is a Choice, Especially When You’re Not Feeling It.

  When my wife and I were going through marriage problems, the last thing that I wanted to hear was love is a...
emotional affair

Is Your Marriage in Danger of an Emotional Affair?

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy says national surveys indication 15 percent of married women and 25 percent of married...
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1 Easy Way to Have a Great Weekend with Your Spouse

Want to have a great weekend with your spouse? Sometimes here at Thriving Marriages we post long, detailed content that dives into the deep waters...
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7 Ways to Avoid an Affair (#4 is huge!)

It's worth studying how to avoid an affair. As someone who got dangerously close to an affair myself, several of these points rang true...
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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...
sex life

Does Your Sex Life Feel Broken? You Can Always Rebuild It! Here’s How.

Today a reader is asking, “how do you reset your sex life?” What if it’s been really difficult in the past, but now...
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Boundaries in Marriage: How to Be a Joseph, Not a David

David and Joseph. Two prominent people in the Bible. Both were godly men who faced sexual temptation. One yielded and paid a...
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You Can Choose a Good Marriage, Starting Today.

There's a moment in the recent film The Way Back I can't stop thinking about. Ben Affleck plays a deeply troubled, alcoholic coach of...
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Therapy Can’t Save Your Marriage, but it CAN Help

In some spheres of Christianity, therapy is looked at suspiciously; however, here at Thriving Marriages we're a huge fan of (good) therapy and believe...
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10 Marriage Lessons After 10 Years of Marriage

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

How Married Do You Want to Be?

How earnestly do you want to feel close to your spouse? Enough to kill something for it?
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1 Secret Every Man Needs to Know About Their Wives

Every day we hear from men who desperately want help and encouragement for their wives. Most commonly, they complain that their wives...
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“True or False?” Don’t Turn Love Into a Test

This morning, I met with a group of friends to encourage each other in our marriages. As we talked, one of the...
3 habits of couples who persevere

3 Habits of Couples Who Persevere

Every couple I have ever known has times when they are disillusioned, angry, depressed, tired, or just plain ready to give up. It could...
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The Danger of ‘Choice Paralysis’ When Your Marriage is Struggling

Today's post comes from Gary Thomas and is an adaptation from his new book Loving Him Well: Practical Advice for Influencing Your Husband. While the...

What Do You Want to Believe About Your Spouse?

Today's great post on what we choose to believe about our spouse comes from Marriage Laboratory. Enjoy! There is a person in my life with...
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Your Spouse is More Important Than Work

It seems like this conversation happened just yesterday, but it actually happened before Cathy and I had kids. I was a youth...
close the loop

Close the Loop: The One Vital Habit That Will Keep Your Marriage Moving Forward

The moment you do or say something that hurts your marriage partner, you stand at a fork in the road. Whether you...