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Sex Life Getting Stale? Here Are 10 New Things to Try in Bed

Here's an email I recently received of someone wanting new things to try in bed with their spouse: We’ve been married for 8...

15 Funny Texts to Send Your Spouse

For all the talk about how harmful our phones, and texting, can be we often miss how wonderful a marriage tool they...
A Good Marriage Is Still Possible After Having Kids

A Good Marriage Is Still Possible After Having Kids

Last week I asked a few single friends about their views on marriage. Specifically I asked them to share what they most...
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10 Bad Habits That Lead to an Unhappy Marriage

Let's get this straight, we do not write from a position of getting marriage right. We make mistakes all the time and...
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“Root Cause Analysis:” a Boring Name For an Exciting Tool That Can Get to...

Why are you feeling distant in your marriage? There's a methodology called "root cause analysis" that says when you're trying to find an...
acceptance

Acceptance From Your Spouse Can Heal Your Past: The Science Behind Marriage’s Restorative Power

We're passionate here at Thriving Marriages about how our past affects our relationships. Today's post is 1) not directly about marriage and...
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Is Your Bedroom’s Atmosphere Interfering With Your Sex Life?

I was going to start (and finish) this post by simply writing… “Want to make your bedroom a great...
Christmas

How to Actually Enjoy Your Spouse This Christmas

You can actually enjoy your marriage this Christmas. Yep. I know you’re busy, but it’s true! And today Gaye...
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How to Build Emotional Intimacy in Marriage

For women, emotional intimacy in marriage is crucial to a deep, thriving relationship. And the research proves it! For our book, The Five Love...
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Your Marriage Won’t Be Happy Without Humility

Most people who are married have turned to their spouse and said, “You don’t act this way around anyone else” or “You don’t treat...
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The Destructive Danger of a Negative Spouse

A negative spouse reeks destruction on marriages. Here's how... Frederick Buechner is a brilliant writer who can jump between fiction and nonfiction like a champion...

The 1 Thing God Cares About More Than Your Marriage

This might surprise you to know, but I'm not just the editor of Thriving Marriages. A big part of my life right now is...

Your Sexuality Isn’t a Sin

Man oh man is this post about sexuality comes from Juli at Authentic Intimacy good. I've been spending a lot of time lately writing...

5 Ways to Be Your Husband’s Biggest Fan

Today's post from America's Family Coaches sounds like it's an easy one for us guys to read ... until you get to the accountability...

15 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Wife

Okay, first things first. This is not a list of "things I (Josh) do all the time because I'm a great husband." As a matter of...

1 Surprising Predictor of Marriage Success

I really love today's post from Les and Leslie Parrott. There is a huge difference between venting your marital frustrations to a friend, and...

Play Your Way To Better Communication

Sometimes I know a post is good for Thriving Marriages because, as I'm reading it, a part of my shrivels up inside and thinks...

You Can’t Have a Healthy Marriage, but a Sick Soul

Today's post comes from one of my favorite TM contributors, referencing one of my favorite authors, and one of my favorite books. This is...

Where is God When You’re Marriage is Struggling?

Today's post is from the always amazing Gary Thomas. If you are in a season of life in your marriage where things are tough,...

5 Quick Ways to Make Your Husband Feel Loved

Today's post comes from Ketisha at Pure Couples. If you're an overwhelmed mom trying to find quick ways to be a good wife, this...
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The Key To a Sexually Satisfied Marriage

Today's post about the key to a sexually satisfied marriage is a great one from Gary Thomas. So much of conflict regarding sex boils...

10 Ways to Transform Your Marriage in Under 2 Hours

So a disclaimer up front: our amazing content partner Sheila, from To Love, Honor, and Vacuum spends a lot of this post referencing a...

How I Got My Spouse to Start Apologizing

All marriages have a conflict style, and most of them are at least a little unhealthy ... i mean ... I've heard ... I wouldn't know...
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Three Letters I Send My Spouse Each Year

Brad Hambrick is a new addition to the Thriving Marriages family, but he's already one of my favorites. His site is PACKED with resources,...
What Christian Couples Can Learn From “Sleeping With Married Men”

What Christian Couples Can Learn From “Sleeping With Married Men”

Here at Thriving Marriages, we present marriage tips from a Christian worldview. But it's really cool when we can look at what the world...

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...
Nicolas Sparks

Actually Nicholas Sparks, Marriage ISN’T About Compromise

There's something about my personality that enjoys deconstructing clichés and today's article from Tarah Avery at Start Marriage Right is a great example of...
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Bringing Sexy Back to Your Self-Image

Today's post comes from Joy McMillan, author of XES: Why Church Girls Tend to Get it Backwards...And How to Get It Right, and Friend of the Newsletter™...

The 1 Thing Your Husband Needs Most

When America's Family Coaches post something, they go for it. Today's post is long, but it's full of great content and well worth your...

“My Spouse Doesn’t Do It The Way I Do!”

Today's post comes from our fried Brie Gowen. Check out her blog, books, and other resources here. If you’ve ever had a house on the...

Looking Forward in 2018, by Not Looking Back

Today's post comes from Sheila at to love, honor, and vacuum One of the things I love most about the Christmas season is the ability...

Finding Margin for Your Marriage

Today's post comes from our friend Jenny Howell. Check out her blog here. I excitedly packed my bag for an overnight getaway with my man in...

“My Husband Doesn’t Care”

Today's post comes from our sister site, For Every Mom, and the fantastic Jenny Rapson.  My eyes glance toward the clock on the microwave as...

Removing “Negativity Bias” from Your Marriage

Today's post comes from our friend Lisa Brookes Kift and her fantastic site, love and life toolbox. A common thread in my couples therapy practice with...

A Marriage Better than “Happily Ever After”

Today's post comes from our sister site, For Every Mom and fitness coach, speaker and writer Jen Roland. As I sat on my daughter’s bed...
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8 Conversation Starters for Married Couples to Use

Today's post about conversation starters for married couples comes from our sister site, foreverymom.com and guest poster Chelsea Damon. Both have great content that...

When you run out of love

I got absolutely shredded by my pastor's sermon Sunday. He was talking about the story of the prodigal son, and I was nodding along...

“What Happened When My Kids Saw Me Kiss My Wife”

Today's post is from Jenny Rapson and our sister site, foreverymom.com. If you're a mom, this is a fantastic resource you should check out...

20 Ways to Lead Your Wife

Today's post comes from our friend Sara Horn. You may not agree with all of it - neither does everyone here at Thriving Marriages! -...
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If Wedding Vows Were Honest …

Today's post about wedding vows comes from our sister foreverymom.com and our long-time contributor Frank Powell. It’s been six years since Tiffani and I exchanged...

3 Things God Will Not Do in Your Marriage

Today's post comes from Brie Gowen and our sister site, foreverymom.com. They're both great resources for moms that you should check out! Also, while this...

Finding Intimacy in Every Part of Your Marriage

You and I are created as unique, whole, integrated human beings. You can’t separate the physical, emotional, relational, or spiritual parts of you from...

How to Remove “Bad Carbohydrate” Conflict from Your Marriage

Carbohydrates: once they were good, then they were bad, now they're ... both? You probably have heard this, but nutritionists these days believe that...

Why Asking God “Why?” is Okay

Today's article from Phil Callaway isn't specifically about marriage, but it absolutely applies there too. We hope you connect with this honest, all-too-relatable story...
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6 Easy Ways to Keep Fighting With Your Spouse

No one wants to keep fighting with your spouse, so here's some real help. There's a famous quote from the Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy that...

5 Ways to Strengthen Your Marriage’s Foundation

Today's article comes from our friends over at bettermarriages.org. You can check out the work they're doing here. While this article applies to all...

How to Calendar Your Way to a Healthy Marriage

You've probably heard this before, but if you want to see what someone values, look at their calendar. The events that fill up our...

7 Ways to Avoid an Affair

We talk about lust, porn and affairs a lot here at Thriving Marriages. The reason is we live in a sex-saturated culture that is...
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The 2 Questions That Destroy Marital Dysfunction

So there's this show I've been watching lately called BoJack Horseman (note: I'm not recommending you watch this show. It contains content some will...
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1 Vital Conversation to Keep Your Marriage on Track

I recently started a fantastic new book titled You Are What You Love. It's not a book about marriage exactly, but it's definitely worth checking out. There's...