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  • Four Important Ways to 'Leave and Cleave' to Your Spouse 

    There are many ways to cleave to one another – physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Let’s take a look at some of these individually.

  • 4 Indicators of Sexual Abuse within Marriage

    “With its deeply personal nature, there are few crimes that devastate a victim like sexual assault. More than a trespass on the body, sexual abuse violates the mental, emotional, and psychological capacities of a person. As defined, sexual assault is an act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will sexually. It is also defined as a non-consensual touching of a person. Sexual assault is an umbrella term that covers a wide range of sexual acts.” --Jessica Pride, Sexual Assault AttorneyAccording to the testimonies of many clients, I’ve come to understand that the trauma of sexual abuse never happens just once. Instead, it’s compounded by the effect of the deafening, awkward silences they experience in their safest places—work, home, and within the church. In the world of people care, we refer to that phenomenon as secondary trauma—and as the body of Christ, it affects every single one of us.The silence I speak of doesn’t refer to advice pieces published on Christian platforms, or even the opinions of popular social media “influencers,” but within the relationships between real men and women who come together in the name of Christ. It’s an incredibly delicate topic, which most are either ill-equipped, or uncomfortable, to navigate.Sexual abuse in marriage is confusing at best. And if we hold onto the most literal, non-contextual applications of some of the scriptures regarding marriage and nothing else, it can be downright terrifying.One example can be found in 1 Corinthians 7:4, where we read, “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body, but yields it to his wife.” Some go on to ask, “How is it possible then for someone to experience sexual abuse in marriage? If your body doesn’t belong to you, then shouldn’t your spouse always have access to sex when they want it? How is that abuse?”Couples ask me this question every now and again behind the closed doors of my marriage practice. Indeed, the applications of scriptures like these by lay counselors and pastors have sparked much debate. Do men and women have a say in how their bodies are treated once they’ve entered into holy matrimony?Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Goroden Koff

  • "Married Sex Is Boring" and Other Myths

    What does sexual commitment actually look like once we’ve been together for a while? Here are 3 myths about married sex that Christians sometimes believe, and the truth that sets us free. 

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Husband Happy (and Your Marriage Better!)

    It doesn’t take much time or effort to see that our culture is pessimistic about marriage. A happy marriage seems more like a fairy tale that Pollyanna dreamed up fifty years ago. Many of today’s wives are complaining left and right about their husbands’ many shortcomings. So why should a wife make her husband happy when he’s not making her happy? I like what host Bob Lepine of Family Life Today says, “Our role is not to figure out how to fix our spouse. Our role is: How do we reflect Christ in the marriage?” The game changes when we as wives make it our aim to bring joy to the marriage for the glory of God. It’s no longer about “What have you done for me lately?” it’s about “What have I done for you lately?” Instead of being disappointed in what your husband hasn’t done, you can experience great peace knowing that you are doing him good and not evil all the days of his life (Proverbs 31:12). And guess what? I can attest that when you respect your spouse and practice making your husband happy, he will turn around and pour that love right back onto you. Ready to get started? Here are the top ten ways to make your husband happy:

  • How to Stay in Love in Your Marriage for a Lifetime

    God promises strength to persevere, but we have to submit to His plan and learn acceptance with joy. Here are three “Scripture nuggets” for long-marrieds to revive the romance and survive the challenges.

Marriage Communication
  • At Home With the Smalleys

    Join Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley for a fun discussion about marriage advice. What's the worst advice you were given? The best? Share your story! The post At Home With the Smalleys appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Helping Your Spouse When They’re Overwhelmed

    Your spouse is the one person with whom you can be truly honest and still feel seen and cared for. What do you do when your spouse is overwhelmed? The post Helping Your Spouse When They’re Overwhelmed appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • And They Lived Happily Ever After …

    We might laugh at Hollywood's ideas about marriage, but movies have the capacity to both undermine and inspire our relationships. The post And They Lived Happily Ever After … appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Un-Quarantining: 8 Important Questions to Ask Your Spouse

    It’s time to start gradually getting back to normal. What are your and your spouse’s expectations for this next stage? And how do you readjust — yet again? The post Un-Quarantining: 8 Important Questions to Ask Your Spouse appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • A Marriage Meditation: Kind Words

    Kind words are important to our marriage. We can use words that encourage our spouse or we can use words that hurt them. Which words will you choose? The post A Marriage Meditation: Kind Words appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Problems
  • Feeling Trapped?

    If you're in a chronically unhappy marriage, you may feel trapped and hopeless. But transformational options exist for those in a stressful marriage. The post Feeling Trapped? appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 2 of 2)

    Bob and Audrey Meisner share the dramatic story of how their seemingly "perfect" marriage was nearly destroyed by an affair. They offer hope for marriages damaged by infidelity as they describe how God's grace led them along the hard road to reconciliation and restored their marriage. (Part 2 of 2) The post Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 1 of 2)

    Bob and Audrey Meisner share the dramatic story of how their seemingly "perfect" marriage was nearly destroyed by an affair. They offer hope for marriages damaged by infidelity as they describe how God's grace led them along the hard road to reconciliation and restored their marriage. (Part 1 of 2) The post Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Setting Boundaries to Create Safety: Healing an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

    If emotional abuse is present in your relationship, setting boundaries is crucial. If you think your safety’s at stake, learn the steps to effectively set boundaries. The post Setting Boundaries to Create Safety: Healing an Emotionally Abusive Relationship appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • A Marriage Worth Saving?

    Two wounded souls discover what it takes to restore a relationship in ruins The post A Marriage Worth Saving? appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Success
  • Giving Your Spouse the Gift of Self-Care

    Self-care is an act of stewardship, or caring well for the life God has given you. Rightly understood, self-care in marriage becomes a gift to your spouse. The post Giving Your Spouse the Gift of Self-Care appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The Marriage Mission: Love One Another

    A couple that loves well will often extend that love to their children, their neighbors and the passersby with whom they share their world. As iron sharpens iron, these loving couples push each other to be better members of their community. The post The Marriage Mission: Love One Another appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation: The Fruit of the Spirit Is Peace

    If peace means resting in another’s promises, we can bring peace to our marriage by trusting our spouse and by becoming a trustworthy husband or wife. The post Marriage Meditation: The Fruit of the Spirit Is Peace appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation: The Fruit of the Spirit Is Patience

    It’s easy to be angry. But God challenges us to live differently. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us “The fruit of the Spirit is … patience.” The post Marriage Meditation: The Fruit of the Spirit Is Patience appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Three Ways to Invest in Your Marriage (and Have Fun Along the Way)

    Investing in your marriage doesn't have to be difficult. Start with a simple conversation every day, plan a weekly date night and then an annual adventure! The post Three Ways to Invest in Your Marriage (and Have Fun Along the Way) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage – Sex and Intimacy
  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 2 of 2)

    Bob and Audrey Meisner share the dramatic story of how their seemingly "perfect" marriage was nearly destroyed by an affair. They offer hope for marriages damaged by infidelity as they describe how God's grace led them along the hard road to reconciliation and restored their marriage. (Part 2 of 2) The post Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 1 of 2)

    Bob and Audrey Meisner share the dramatic story of how their seemingly "perfect" marriage was nearly destroyed by an affair. They offer hope for marriages damaged by infidelity as they describe how God's grace led them along the hard road to reconciliation and restored their marriage. (Part 1 of 2) The post Overcoming the Obstacles of Infidelity (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • A Marriage Worth Saving?

    Two wounded souls discover what it takes to restore a relationship in ruins The post A Marriage Worth Saving? appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Sex After Having a Baby

    Your honeymoon phase doesn’t have to end the minute your baby is born. You can still have fun and exciting sex after having a baby. The post Sex After Having a Baby appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Major Turn-Offs to Intimacy

    Couples in sexless marriages are missing out on an important and beautiful part of marriage. Many factors are involved, but sometimes, the solution is just avoiding your spouse’s major turn-offs. The post Major Turn-Offs to Intimacy appeared first on Focus on the Family.