Whether you're familiar with the term or not, your family origin impacts marriage in critical ways, for good or bad. Find out how.
Your hurtful words or actions open the loop by introducing pain. It is important to close the loop as soon as possible to deal with the pain and return the relationship to harmony.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her – Eph 5:25 Pastors often preach it, but are we living by it?
Understanding why your spouse doesn't pick up on your needs can keep you from unnecessary arguing or, worse, ongoing resentment.
The question is not if a marriage experiences conflict, but when. All relationships have issues, what matters most is how we resolve them.
These 3 tough love truths are healthy reminders for every married couple. So often we want to make it our spouse’s fault.
As much as I may not want to admit it, women are more advanced than men when it comes to emotions (and MANY other areas!). I want us to experience emotional intimacy in the way God intends and we all desire.
Whenever a marriage self-destructs, the heart is the heart of the matter. But it's also the reason a marriage thrives, and you choose which!
Address those issues that make it difficult for your spouse to cherish you. Don’t wait for explosions to address the weaknesses in your life.
Ryan and Megan thought they were fighting about the cookout. But the level of conflict of their fight was actually deeper. And that matters.
It’s important to establish healthy boundaries with your in-laws. Otherwise, you can add a lot of stress to your marriage relationship. But how do you go about it?
Couples trapped in a cycle of offense-hurt-anger with no idea of how to resolve their differences are caught in an “open loop of conflict.”
Love languages are great as tools to demonstrate love, but can they sour your relationship?
Your spouse has blown it. You don’t trust him/her anymore. But you want to save your marriage. How can you learn to trust again?
The moment you do or say something that hurts your spouse, you stand at a fork in the road, whether you are aware of it or not.
What do you do when you're not feeling it? Most marriages go through this. You might not want to hear it, but love is a choice.
It’s not a matter of if, but when, you will have an argument, but did you know there is a right way to do it? Arguments can be a good thing.
But, you say, there’s no such thing as ultimatums in marriage. Really? Sure there are. Only they’re disguised as boundaries, conditions, even as love. It’s time we each wake up and realize there are conditions with love and relationships.
Often cited as the number one problem is the lack of communication. I don’t believe that’s the case. I believe there's a deeper problem.
If we value fruitfulness as Jesus does, then literally, all of us need to weed out the toxic relationships that are around our marriage.
Our fights are either started by, perpetuated by or intensified by one of us being tired. It just makes every problem seem worse than it is.
Couples who don't consider the advice of "watch your tone," who are not careful with their communication tone in marriage, can quickly become “tone deaf.”
While not every marriage is struggling right this moment, nearly all marriages hit crisis moments at some point in time. Today's post from Elizabeth Klein is a great guide for prayers for a struggling marriage.
In married life we can misread and overstep our bounds. Even when this is under the umbrella of trying to help, beware of overreaching.
In whatever ways you and your spouse change with age, one thing about you should never change: that you accept your spouse just as they are.
Your spouse has blown it. You don’t trust him/her anymore. But you want to save your marriage, despite your broken trust. How can you learn to heal? You’re going to need to rebuild your marriage from the bottom up.
I want my wife to feel loved. I want us to feel connected, together, one. So let me ask you, how married do you want to be?
It's tough for your husband to share his emotions with you. Here's how to help your "tough dude" to open up at home.
I had to fight that internal battle to ignore fear and listen to the spirit of love so I could see, “You are not the obstacle in our marriage—you are my partner in overcoming obstacles.”
I’ve come to recognize that what works for one couple won’t work for another couple. Everyone must create their own rules for fighting fair.
Sometimes circumstances turn our sex life into something negative, but don't despair. It's possible to reset your sex life!
For many married couples initiating sex can be an awkward moment that leads to conflict or hurt feelings. They’re not sure what to say. They fear being rejected. This may begin to sound overwhelming, but there are few simple points to keep in mind when initiating sex with your spouse.
In the same way that I am benefited by reminding myself of God’s eternal perspective – I must remember that my husband also offers me a unique perspective that I shouldn’t so quickly dismiss.
The 50/50 marriage is an arrangement of trade-offs and compromises, with spouses keeping score so one person never gets more or gives more than the other. Serving and submitting to one another are replaced by an emphasis on getting what is rightfully yours. Marriages only work when each spouse is giving 100 percent.
Can you sense there might be a fight brewing? Let us encourage you: You can stop a fight before it even starts! Here’s how:
When I started to recognize the stinking thinking that I entertained, I was able to work on replacing them with thoughts that were true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable excellent and praiseworthy.
Today, it might feel like a thick wall is dividing you and your spouse. No one is willing to tear down the first brick to come together. But the truth is, you hold a weighty sledgehammer in your hand. Use the power of saying "I'm sorry" to break through to one another again.
I’ve given my life to helping newlyweds prepare start their marriages off right. Here are four common mistakes I see them make.
This is an excerpt from Cherie and Brian Lowe’s book, Your Money, Your Marriage, about how to avoid a financial fight.
Ever feel like your stressed out spouse is short with you? What are you going to do to help your spouse through stress? Here are 10 keys.
What if the arguments you had with your spouse was broadcast out for others to hear? What if every disagreement with you and your spouse was broadcast on Facebook live for all the world to see and hear?
Are you always irritated with your spouse? Funny how some things that attracted you to your lovely spouse now drive you up the wall.
An intolerance of OTHERS’ negative emotion is precluded by an intolerance of our own negative emotion. This dynamic is a marriage killer.
The power to forgive in marriage ultimately comes from God. And what you may not realize is there are some myths about forgiveness.
The default question most angry people ask is, “What?” What triggered my anger? But, that’s too easy and too general.
It's Not About the Nail was a popular marriage video that made the rounds (we've done a post on it!. This post is the other side of the argument that video is making. Sometimes, it IS about the nail. But even if you don't know what I'm talking about, this is worth your time to read. Enjoy!
What you have probably heard is the number one problem is communication in marriage. I believe this is a symptom of a deeper problem.
The hard truth about a Christian marriage is that your marriage will not be perfect just because you’re Christians. Don't buy these myths.
I do it because wearing a disguise is comfortable and easy, while being real requires vulnerability. Being real requires courage and risk.
The call to cherish your wife or husband is a call to respond in an understanding way to a sometimes imperfect and even unhealthy spouse.