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  • 5 Good Habits to Start as Newlyweds

    Everyone has marriage advice for newlyweds, and for a good reason. Newlyweds are (understandably) caught up in the bliss of their union and, because of that, may be unprepared for any choppy seas that lie ahead.For this reason, it’s wise for newlyweds to peer over their rose-colored glasses every now and then and take advice from longtime spouses who have learned how to navigate life’s inevitable challenges and keep their marriage afloat. Here are five marriage-fortifying habits that newlyweds can put into practice from the start.Photo credit: © Unsplash/David Thomaz

  • 4 Benefits of Marriage That Are Worthy of Celebration

    Married life can sometimes sound like a drag. We have heard the term “the old ball and chain” or seen the sitcoms that portray the middle years of marriage in a less-than-glamorous light. Others of us have seen people we look up to bail on their marriages for a variety of reasons that have led us to abandon the institution altogether for fear we may find yourself heartbroken in the future.Marriage is not an easy commitment to keep. A lifetime together means a commitment to forgive, grow, and change as life brings new challenges and joys. Beyond that, we can’t control the actions of others and sometimes people you love do things that are hurtful. Unfortunately, no relationship comes with guarantees, but even with all the challenges married life brings, the potential for joy outnumbers them when you lean in and make a love-filled home happen.The world may think that there are no benefits if you're already living together, but God's plan for marriage was put in place so you can be better cared for. God loves you and he came up with the idea for marriage because He knows that two are better than one.More than that, to remain unified as a couple, commitment is required! Marriage is the place where we enter into a covenant that signifies our loyal allegiance to one another through all the season life brings. It’s a very important step in building a love that lasts the test of time.Let’s explore the many beautiful benefits of married life.Photo Credit: ©iStock/Getty Images Plus/PeopleImages

  • 6 Things Your Friends Can Give You That Your Spouse Can't

    Inviting these friends into life and doing life with them adds to life so that it is not just the two of you doing life; rather, there is a vibrancy of having others on your team around.

  • 7 Fun Date Night Ideas for a Valentine's Day In

    After swaying to the music, snuggle up on a blanket together to enjoy your cake and count the stars. Date nights help keep you close, especially when life gets full.

  • What Do I Do if His Mother Doesn't Approve?

    Maybe you knew before you got married that his mother didn’t approve, or perhaps something changed over time. Either way, his mother not approving of you can cause immense heartache and strain on your marriage.While I’ve written this with married women in mind, these principles apply in a dating relationship, during an engagement, or really, to any strained relationship.So, what should you do if his mother doesn’t approve of you?Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Motortion

Marriage Communication
  • The Billy Graham Rule: Should You Have Opposite-Sex Friendships?

    God wants us to have friends. And that can include having opposite-sex friendships. But those friendships should come with boundaries. The post The Billy Graham Rule: Should You Have Opposite-Sex Friendships? appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • 6 Smart Ways to Be More Patient in Marriage

    Practical steps for developing a fruit of the Spirit in your marriage — patience — which will help you better love your spouse The post 6 Smart Ways to Be More Patient in Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Laugh Together as a Couple

    A simple way to keep your marriage fresh and fun — take every opportunity to share laughter-filled moments with your spouse The post Laugh Together as a Couple appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

    Based on his book Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. The post The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day

    Do you love your spouse, or do you truly cherish them? Gary Thomas encourages couples to make a daily effort to go beyond the ‘duty’ of love, and combat the natural inclination to drift apart by choosing to see the best in their spouse. The post Cherishing Your Spouse Every Day appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Problems
  • Autism and Marriage: 3 Signs Your Spouse May Be on the Autism Spectrum

    Marriage stressors reach a whole new level if one spouse is on the autism spectrum — and the couple isn’t even aware of it. If one spouse has ASD and the other does not, the two have significant differences in the way their brains are wired. The post Autism and Marriage: 3 Signs Your Spouse May Be on the Autism Spectrum appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • When the Love Is Gone in Your Marriage

    Hope Restored is a marriage intensive experience that works with couples who feel the love is gone for them The post When the Love Is Gone in Your Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

    Debra Fileta will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage. (Part 2 of 2) The post Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

    Debra Fileta will help couples better understand the four seasons of healthy relationships, what to expect during each one, and how to carefully navigate them for a stronger marriage. (Part 1 of 2) The post Loving Your Spouse Through the Seasons of Marriage (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Changing Bad Money Habits

    What do you do when it feels like you and your spouse can't agree about money? John and Erin will share how to be patient when you and your mate are struggling to find financial unity. Featuring Mr. Chuck and Mrs. Ann Bentley. The post Changing Bad Money Habits appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Success
  • How to Stay Married When Life Is Tough: Keep Paddling

    Facing tough times is like paddling a kayak against a strong ocean gale. How do you stay married when life threatens to swamp your relationship? The post How to Stay Married When Life Is Tough: Keep Paddling appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • No S’more Competition in Our Marriage

    Could we go from counting how many times we each did things for each other to counting on each other . . . and be rid of the competition in our marriage? The post No S’more Competition in Our Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage

    Based on his book Defending Your Marriage, Dr. Tim and Noreen Muehlhoff share about the reality of spiritual warfare against marriages, and how to combat the enemy’s lies with the truth of God. The post The Spiritual Battle for Your Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • In-N-Out Burger Owner and Husband Grateful to Be Serving God Together

    Lynsi Snyder-Ellingson and her husband, Sean, share how thankful they are for God’s grace and the joy of doing ministry together. The post In-N-Out Burger Owner and Husband Grateful to Be Serving God Together appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • How to Encourage Your Spouse Out of His or Her Comfort Zone

    There are many reasons your spouse may be hesitant to leave the familiar and try something new — even if they really want to. The post How to Encourage Your Spouse Out of His or Her Comfort Zone appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage – Sex and Intimacy
  • Finding Healing from Sexual Brokenness

    Pornography is a dangerous trap that sadly many people are caught in today. But instead of keeping it a secret, it must be brought into the light. John, Erin and Greg discuss how having trustworthy friends around you can help save your marriage from pornography. Featuring Mr. David and Mrs. Kirsten Samuel. The post Finding Healing from Sexual Brokenness appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The Best Way to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Your Marriage

    It’s not unusual for spouses to have different levels of sexual desire. Learn how to manage your mismatched libidos and make your sex life a blessing. The post The Best Way to Deal with Mismatched Libidos in Your Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Rescuing Your Marriage from Pornography (Part 2 of 2)

    Rosie Makinney examines the damaging impact of porn on marriage and explains how couples can protect themselves against it. (Part 2 of 2) The post Rescuing Your Marriage from Pornography (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Rescuing Your Marriage from Pornography (Part 1 of 2)

    Rosie Makinney examines the damaging impact of porn on marriage and explains how couples can protect themselves against it. (Part 1 of 2) The post Rescuing Your Marriage from Pornography (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Eliminating Distractions, Finding Intimacy

    Let's be honest, sometimes, it's easy to get distracted when your spouse is trying to tell you something. If it feels like distractions are pulling you away from each other, please know you're not alone. John talks with Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley about why it's important for couples to eliminate distractions and connect on a spiritual level. The post Eliminating Distractions, Finding Intimacy appeared first on Focus on the Family.