words of encouragement

Words of Encouragement Can Revolutionize Your Marriage. Here’s How.

Let’s be our spouse’s chief encourager. No one else can offer them words of encouragement the way we can. It’s our job to survey whatever threatens our spouse’s physical and spiritual well-being and cooperate with God to say, “I have some good news for you. Some wonderful news…”
godly marriage

The Gift of Godly Marriage

Marriage is so commonplace we miss the miracle daily. Yet a godly marriage should be the cause of everyday thanks.

Stressed Out Spouse: 10 Ways to Help

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.
rekindling romance

3 Golden Rules for Rekindling Romance

Many couples expect romance to just happen, but we have found that intentionality is the key to rekindling romance. When the stress of life gets in the way of our romance, Cathy and I proactively apply what we call the “Three Golden Rules for Romance.”
better sex

Practice Your Way to Better Sex

For most couples it takes years to make sex work like clockwork, where you’re both enjoying it, and you both climax. Better sex is absolutely possible, if you practice!
negative emotion

Negative Emotion is Vital For a Healthy Relationship

An intolerance of OTHERS’ negative emotion is precluded by an intolerance of our own negative emotion. This dynamic is a marriage killer.
discouragement

How To Find The Other Side of Discouragement.

Have you ever faced a difficult season only to be told to trust in God? What does it actually look like to do that during discouragement? 
couples

It’s Important To Be Friends With Other Married Couples

Is it important to build and maintain friendships with other couples? Yes! Having friendships with other couples is very important.
angry

Angry? Don’t Ask “What?” But “Why?”

The default question most angry people ask is, “What?” What triggered my anger? But, that’s too easy and too general.
91 years married

91 Years Married – Persevering Love

Is the passage of time a friend or foe to your marriage today? Making it to 91 years married doesn't happen by chance.
delight

Delight: The Secret Ingredient of a Great Marriage

I’m leaning on Teresa to rediscover the joys and fulfillment (not just duty and obligation) of prayer. We can learn how to marshal the positive power of spiritual delight. Teresa is adamant that the only thing that wooed her away from sin were the superior pleasures she enjoyed while communing with God.
first seven years of marriage

7 Keys for the First Seven Years of Marriage

If we had it to do over, these are things I’d make sure we did as a couple to get a good, solid start to the first seven years of marriage.

All Marriage is Difficult – Here’s Why

If my wife and I have learned one thing in our marriage, it is how to sin against each other. This is why marriage is difficult -- for everyone.
fall in love

How to Fall in Love All Over Again

Celebrating love usually isn’t something that “comes over” you. You don’t just sit around and wait to fall in love again.
as long as we both shall live

The Meaning of Your Marriage Vows: “As Long As We Both Shall Live”

Some of the most powerful, life-giving, exciting words you will ever agree to are said during your marriage vows: as long as we both shall live.

The Surprising Secret for Marital Satisfaction

Today's post comes from Gary Thomas, who offers what might be a surprising spiritual secret for marital satisfaction. 
marriage commitment

Your Spouse Doesn’t Complete You

Your spouse is supposed to complete you, right? That might be true in romantic comedies, but let's talk about real life.
romantic

10 Tips for Becoming a More Romantic Husband

So what is being romantic? Love is a feeling; romance is love in action. Romance is something you do to express the love that you feel.
Christmas gift

The Best Christmas Gift You Can Give Your Spouse

What if Christmas “jump started” your family’s embrace of joy this season? What gift could be more important than stockings or candy canes?
depression

How to Love a Spouse Struggling with Depression

When supporting a spouse dealing with depression, there are going to be difficult days. In these moments, choose to be patient.
stressed

Stressed? Here’s God’s Solution For Anxious Couples

Everyone has some stress in their life, but far too many couples are out-of-control busy and tell us that their lives are just too hectic and stressed out.
weekend

Reclaim Your Weekend In Four Simple Steps

Do you spend your Sunday evenings dreading the end of the weekend? Here are four techniques to turn your weekend into rejuvenating breaks.
celebrating love

Celebrating Love Is How a Marriage Lasts Forever

Celebrating love is all about reveling in the emotional, physical, and spiritual connections that bond you to your spouse.
toxic

Toxic People Can Poison a Fruitful Marriage

If we value fruitfulness as Jesus does, then literally, all of us need to weed out the toxic relationships that are around our marriage.
have other friends

Why Your Spouse NEEDS You To Have Other Friends

There’s something wonderful you can do for your marriage that will feed and protect it.  I’m not talking about reading a marriage book, or even praying together. The gift you can give to your marriage that I want to talk about this week is intentionally to have other friends outside your marriage.
better sex

Want Better Sex? ONE Thing You Must STOP First

Do you want better sex? Is your spouse hungering for better sex, too? If so, what’s the one thing you must STOP first? 
selfishness

Selfishness is the #1 Threat to Your Marriage’s Health

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.
anniversary

Anniversary Celebrations: 30 Unique Ideas

Every married couple wants to celebrate their anniversary in a fun and memorable way. Here are 30 ideas you can steal or borrow!
second half of marriage

The 2nd Half of Marriage. Prepping for Life Post Kids.

If you don’t choose to move toward each other in the second half of marriage, you fill up the free time with independent pursuits instead.
nag

Nag or Treasure? How Do You Treat Your Wife?

Pastor Brandon Cox drops an important truth bomb: when a guy continually complains that his wife is a nag, she might not be the main problem.
seven-year-itch

The “Seven-Year-Itch” Is Real … But You Can Avoid It.

The seven-year-itch is not inevitable doomsday. And even if you hit these predictable road bumps, they don’t have to derail intimacy. My husband...
how to have self control

About to Lose Your Cool? Self-Control Keys

Do you ever lose your cool in an argument? Self-control comes from our thoughts, which influence how we feel and how we...
perfect marriage

Help, My Imperfect Spouse Is Ruining My Perfect Marriage!

Let’s say it plainly because we all know it’s true: Nobody has a perfect marriage. Your differences and flaws can lead to...
fun in your marriage

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...
marriage tips

7 Marriage Tips You Won’t Hear In Church

This article about marriage tips you won't hear in church originally appeared at FrankPowell.me. Check out Frank's site for more of his great content.  Ever wish...

Boring Marriage? What Should You Do?

What should you do if you feel like you have a boring marriage? Unless you're Belle from Beauty and the Beast, you probably don't...
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...
lead to an affair

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...

Marriage Lessons: 18 from 18 Years

One pastor shares the real-life marriage lessons he's learned over the last 18 years with his wife. On June 14, 1997, I married...
how to write a love letter

Not Sure How to Write a Love Letter? Here Are 100 Love Letter Prompts

If you want to know how to write a love letter, check out this best list of love letter prompts on the...
protect your marriage

7 Words to Protect Your Marriage

Our marriage is always a work in progress, but we know that if we ever let up, the enemy will win. You should actively protect your marriage. Here's how:
great marriage

A Great Marriage Is Built Day-by-Day

Great marriage doesn’t consist solely of the big days like a wedding day and the birth of your children.

A Magic Question That Might Change Your Marriage

Sometimes a better marriage is closer than you think. Listen to Rich and Pat's story, and the power of one simple magic question. Although Rich...
disagreement

8 Ways to Preserve Unity During a Disagreement

I’ve always wanted to be a good husband. But I’ve found marriage can't truly be a blessing if my wife and I don’t handle disagreement well.
tough times

Four Comforting Truths to Remember in Tough Times

Do the hard work during tough times. In the process both of you will become closer to the best version of who God made your marriage will be.

79 Hobbies for Couples to do TOGETHER!

Married couples need to have some fun together! And one of the best ways to do that is to find hobbies for couples.
20 years of marriage

After 20 years of Marriage, We Have Hope For 20 More

In seven months Kristen and I turn 20 years old in our marriage. our marriage is almost old enough to drink and...

Loving, Not Resenting, That Your Spouse is Different.

I have sought to suck the marrow out of life. Since I am married for life, I want to be intensely married, to explore...
stuck

Stuck at Home? Here are 11 Links To Help Mix It Up.

When you’re stuck at home, caring for both yourself and your relationships can become a challenge. However, there are ways couples can do...
think

Think About It: Who You Focus On Is Who You Love

Do you want to cultivate and enjoy a great marriage? Do you want to be more energized and less discouraged, regardless...