seasons

Finding Hope in Every Season of Marriage

As we enter a new season, I find my thoughts slowly shifting from warm, sunny days enjoying the freedom and flexibility of a summer...
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10 Signs Your Marriage May Be Drifting

Most people don’t get married so they can be unhappy. Most people don’t stand in front of a church full of people and pledge...

Why You Should Be Nice … Even When Your Spouse Isn’t

Being nice to your spouse is easy! Until they're not nice to you. Today's post explains why we should fight for nice, even when it...

Your Wife Doesn’t Know How to Tell You She Needs This

What a great, great piece of advice from our friend at America's Family Coaches.  Every woman has times when she feels discouraged, misunderstood, or afraid....
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Why My Wife Was Sneaking Out of Bed at 2 A.M.

This article comes from Jerrad Lopes, the dad and husband behind the DadTired.com community, which helps men lead their family well! Jerrad originally shared...
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3 Lies That Lead to An Affair

A common pitfall, which all of us can be vulnerable to, is convincing ourselves that “so and so” at work understands us...
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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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How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

In 25% of current marriages one or both spouses are cheating. That's 1-in-4. It's a staggering, heartbreaking statistic, and highlights an important truth: every marriage is...
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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...
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Still Fighting, After 45 Years

Today's fantastic post comes from Grace and Graffiti. There's a lot of great writing from someone looking at a decades long marriage, and it's...
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Last Year Was One of the Hardest Years of My Life … but One...

Most of the time here at Thriving Marriages we bring you the best content we've found around the web for building a...
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6 Ways to Make Your Marriage Last a Lifetime

The Christian life is a marathon, not a sprint. What’s the difference? Think about the running events in the Olympics as an...
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Is My Marriage Too Broken, Even for Counseling?

Today's post comes from Andre and Timberly at livingourpriorities.com. Do you feel like your marriage is so far gone that even counseling won’t work? Well, we...
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Are You Taking Your Low-Maintenance Spouse For Granted?

Traps You Can Fall Into If Your Spouse Is Low-Maintenance 1. It’s easy to put your needs before their needs. Marriage calls for us to...
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Practical Tips For Applying the 5 Love Languages

Here are a few ideas to enhance your marriage by applying your partner’s love language. The most valuable marriage advice I have ever been...
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Most Romantic. Gesture. Ever.

Today's very romantic post first ran on our sister site For Every Mom, and is written by Mary Carver. You can check out her blog here. In...
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The Two Words that Kill a Marriage: “I Deserve”

Our Thriving Marriages community has grown a LOT in the past year, which is exciting! It also means that most of you missed out...

Do You Know Your Marriage’s Superpower?

I really, really enjoyed this post from Scott Kedersha. It's a creative angle on a topic we haven't covered much here at Thriving Marriages,...
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The 1 Threat to Your Marriage’s Future That No One Talks About

Back in 2001 a low-budget indie film called Memento shot a then little-known director named Christopher Nolan into the Hollywood A-list. The movie is about Leonard,...
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3 Steps to Create Positive Change In Your Marriage

Fully own it.  Owning it means taking responsibility for your actions and validating the emotional implications for your partner.  Period.  Sometimes people almost get...
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How to Make Your Spouse Less Annoying

Minimize the Annoying Moments in Marriage It’s obvious there are some marriage issues that are so big they cannot be ignored. Left unresolved, these large...
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How Boredom Is Ruining Your Marriage

People often show up in Dr. Barbara Bartlik’s office ready to bolt from a marriage because they’re bored. “I tell them that changing partners...

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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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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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...
affair

An 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 affair is an...
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How to Improve the “Offense and Defense” of Your Marriage

Whether it's in sports or relationships, the way to win is to have both a strong offense and defense. In today's post our friend...
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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...
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7 Steps to Get the Most out of Marriage Counseling

This isn't the first time we've said this, but we're a big fan of therapy (done well) here at Thriving Marriages. Today's great post...

Actually, You CAN Change Your Spouse. Here’s How.

While today's post from Sheila at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum is written to women, it is full of GREAT advice for all of...

The Affair You Don’t Even Know You’re Having

Now more than ever, technology addiction is a threat to meaningful connection. Far too often I (Josh) give the best of my time and...

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...

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...

4 Easy Habits That Will Transform Your Marriage

Today's post comes from Phil @ Connected Marriage I try to invest my time, my money and my resources on things that will pay me...
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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...

7 Ways to Avoid an Affair (#4 is huge!)

Confession: I HATE writing clickbaity headlines like the one above. The only reason I (Josh) wrote today's, is because I really do believe #4...
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Do You Feel Like Your Spouse’s Lowest Priority?

We often hear from people who feel as if they just aren't a priority in their spouse’s life. Often it's the wife who feels...
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Remember, Your Marriage is Only Two People (here’s looking at you, kids)

Today's post comes from Melissa Edgington and originally appeared on our sister site, For Every Mom, which - if you ARE a mom -...
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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...
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How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage: the dangerous person profile

Every Monday in the month of July we’re doing a series called “How to Affair-Proof Your Marriage.” While each week can stand alone, here...
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How Much Time Do You Give Your Marriage?

“The average marriage today is weaker than the average marriage of yore, in terms of both satisfaction and divorce rate, but the best marriages...

Is Your Marriage’s Health At Risk? Here’s How to Find Out

Today's post from America's Family Coaches is absolutely right on. Behind all the details and distractions, how is the heart of your marriage doing?...
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The Best Christmas Gift You Can Give Your Spouse

“But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will...

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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6 Steps to Forgiveness in Your Marriage

Today's post comes from America's Family Coaches. Who is supposed to initiate the process of forgiveness in a marriage relationship: the offender or the offended?...
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10 Things Kids Learn from Their Parents’ Marriage

What do kids learn from their parents' marriage? Not long ago, I was asked if I intentionally taught my kids about marriage. My answer...
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What Winemaking Can Teach You About Marriage

Today's post comes from Monique Chambers & Start Marriage Right. The butterflies ceased, the kind words of affirmation came to a halt, and those go-out-of-my-way...
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How 2 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Marriage

Today's post comes from Gary Thomas, and our friends at Homeword. While working on my book Cherish: The One Word That Changes Everything for Your Marriage, I...
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Why You Should Join a Cult

Today's post comes from our friends at www.scottkedersha.com Neither my wife nor I am deaf. But I used to tell her that I wanted to learn...
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The Meaning of Your Marriage Vows: “As Long As We Both Shall Live”

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