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  • 7 Reasons You're Drawn to People Who Are Wrong for You

    Some broken part of our human nature seems to crave things that are wrong for us. If you find yourself drawn to potential romantic partners who are wrong for you, here are 7 possible reasons why.

  • 5 Scriptures to Study to Be a Better Spouse

    When it came to scripture passages to choose for our wedding, there were two passages that seemed to be the go-to choices: we could go broad with 1 Corinthians 13 and its exhortations to love in a humble, don’t-keep-score, love-covers-all kind of way, or go deep with Ephesians 5 and its marriage-as-a-model-of-Christ-and-the-Church vision of service and submission. Both passages are rich and true, and it wasn’t until we’d been married a while that I realized exactly how much I needed the “love doesn’t keep a record of wrong” detail spelled out: marriage will reveal the secret score-keeper in all of us.The passages on husband-wife relationships in Ephesians and Colossians have similarly provided much instruction and challenge: the call for husbands and wives to model themselves on the leadership of Christ the servant seeking the flourishing of his bride, the Church will provide a lifetime of inspiration and instruction.And yet marriage is often so much more “everyday” than that: we get frustrated about socks and schedules, we get offended and hurt, we need to figure out the dinner schedule and the budgets and how we will care for those entrusted to us: first small children, and much later our aging parents.Does Scripture have more for us than a big picture vision? Is there practical advice from our ancient text for the nitty-gritty frustrations of modern married life?Yes it does: Scripture has a rich treasure trove of practical wisdom on how we can be better spouses, and it is hiding in plain sight.Photo Credit: ©Unsplash/Cassidy Rowell

  • Narcissistic Men and the Women Who Love Them

    “The ego of a narcissistic man will bruise easily. He will expect special treatment," explains Dr. David.

  • 5 Practical Ways a Husband Should Lead in a Relationship

    In a world far from old-fashioned, men assume women do not want their authority. Men, listen. Chivalry is not dead. Women are maternal and natural-born nurturers. An allure so strong we'll be practically anybody's mother. But in marriage, we did not sign up to "parent" our husbands.As we are busy tending to everyone else, we yearn to be nurtured. But, when a man won’t lead, a woman will instinctively lead. (Someone’s gotta do it). The sea of ambiguity drowns them with too many decisions and a plate overflowing with frustration.A marriage without biblical leadership lines up problems that fall like dominoes. Beginning with a meltdown in communication trickling like a leaky roof all over the relationship.  Women want their husbands to lead. Innately, we desire to be pursued, and a man desires to pursue. However, for leadership to be effective, it must be Christ-centered.A faithful leader will inspire his wife to succeed, and they work together as a team. The Bible clarifies that marriage is a partnership (Ephesians 5:21-24). No woman wants a man to lord over her with demands and a dictatorship spirit in the home. The Bible says we are to submit to one another, illustrating that leadership is not one-sided.God appointed leadership authority to the husband but first mentioned equal submission.John Piper explained that the submission is a "happy response." He says that when men are leading correctly, most women love it and respond in a supportive way. If we reflect on how Jesus shared the gospel and how he led the church, that is the quintessential picture of how a husband should lead his wife. Can you imagine Jesus demanding anything?So how do we apply the teaching of Jesus with leadership in marriage? Here are five ways men can lead like Jesus.Photo Credit: ©iStock/Getty Images Plus/Prostock-Studio

  • 4 Ways to Win Back Your Wife's Affection

    Sonia slammed her purse on the couch, “My husband’s mother, his own mother had to remind him it’s my birthday!” she huffed. “When he said 'I do,' he should have said, 'I don’t'—I don’t have a clue about being a loving husband.”Ouch! Those words hurt. But are they justified? She thinks so. And if we were to ask hubby, he might have his very logical explanation.He and Sonia are examples of millions of marriages who left the lane of love and headed down the street called “strife and ended up in the house of tension.” Small incidents added together become major difficulties.And that combination lit the wick of dynamite that eventually explodes. All get hurt including the kids. But as they pick up the shattered pieces and consider a visit to divorce court, they realized where they went wrong. They missed the guidance God provides.But Who could blame them? Life is crazy busy. They allowed their time spent reading and reflecting on God’s Word to slip to the bottom of the priority list. As a result, they headed through life on their own.They did as they allowed God’s message to fade away in the mess of a busy life. Consequently, they inadvertently distorted God’s definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13.When God says that  "love is patient," they rationalize they’ve been patient long enough.God says that "love is kind.” But when life happens, kindness goes out the window.Love "...does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud..." Couples don’t intentionally violate these instructions, but when they’re driven to stand their ground, eventually, love gets buried in the I’m-right-and-you’re-wrong argument.But not all is lost. God’s redeeming love for each couple offers second chances. Both husband and wife have to return to their commitment to stay together.This article will focus on the husband’s turn to put down the remote control and become the hero. He defeats any notions of pride or doubt and wins back his wife’s affection and respect. The task is simple as it comes in these 4 gestures:Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/kkshepel

Marriage Communication
  • At Home With the Smalleys

    On the next Facebook live event with Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, we'll talk about the recent Perfect 10 Marriage event and answer questions that viewers asked during the online presentation. The post At Home With the Smalleys appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation — Best Marriage Advice: You Can’t Change Your Spouse

    The best marriage advice says you can’t fix your spouse. But God specializes in fixing broken things. He cares about your marriage. The post Marriage Meditation — Best Marriage Advice: You Can’t Change Your Spouse appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation — Don’t Go to Bed Angry

    Don't go to be angry. You've heard it before. Why is it important? The Bible has much to say about anger and the damage it causes a marriage. The post Marriage Meditation — Don’t Go to Bed Angry appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • How to Deal With a Past Abortion in Marriage

    Keeping heartbreaking information from your spouse can cause even more pain. Here are several ways to deal with a past abortion in your marriage. The post How to Deal With a Past Abortion in Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The First Year of Marriage as an Interracial Couple

    Every married person knows there’s a learning curve as newlyweds work to become one. For interracial couples, the curve may be steeper. The post The First Year of Marriage as an Interracial Couple appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Problems
  • Help for Abusive Relationships – Archive

    No one should feel unsafe. If you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, here are some resources to help you take steps toward safety and freedom. The post Help for Abusive Relationships – Archive appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 2 of 2)

    Speaker and author Juana Mikels shares the dramatic story of how she abandoned her marriage after three years, found faith in Jesus Christ and reconciled with her husband. (Part 2 of 2) The post Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 2 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 1 of 2)

    Speaker and author Juana Mikels shares the dramatic story of how she abandoned her marriage after three years, found faith in Jesus Christ and reconciled with her husband. (Part 1 of 2) The post Giving Your Marriage a Second Chance (Part 1 of 2) appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Struggling in Marriage With a Special Needs Child

    Lots of couples can’t cope with the stress of having a child with special needs and they eventually divorce. Here’s some guidance on how to make a marriage strong enough to last. The post Struggling in Marriage With a Special Needs Child appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Is Divorce the Right Answer? 15 Questions Couples Should Ask

    Marriage struggles are normal. But often, couples ask, "Is divorce the right answer?" These 15 questions will help you evaluate your marriage. The post Is Divorce the Right Answer? 15 Questions Couples Should Ask appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Success
  • Navigating Political Issues as a Married Couple

    Political issues can be challenging in any relationship, but they’re especially challenging for a married couple. No matter how serious your political differences may be, those differences should never impact your marriage covenant. The post Navigating Political Issues as a Married Couple appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Protect Yourself from Marriage Burnout

    Many couples are experiencing marriage burnout because of pressures and daily aggravations related to the pandemic. Some people mistakenly start to think that something is wrong with their marriage. The post Protect Yourself from Marriage Burnout appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Perfect 10

    Join the Perfect 10 Marriage Event from Focus on the Family! Saturday, October 10, 8:30 p.m. EST. Premieres on YouTube. The post Perfect 10 appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • The Divorce-Proof Marriage

    The number of people pursuing divorce was 34 percent higher during the period of March through June 2020 compared to the same time the previous year. But by following eight straightforward guidelines, most marriages can thrive. The post The Divorce-Proof Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation — The Fruit of the Spirit Is Gentleness

    The Fruit of the Spirit is gentleness. Gentleness is often misunderstood, but when applied to your marriage, gentleness can strengthen your relationship. The post Marriage Meditation — The Fruit of the Spirit Is Gentleness 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.