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  • A Comforting Letter to a Disappointed COVID Bride

    Dear COVID bride, You have had quite a difficult year. But one thing has remained constant. You are a bride, in love with a groom. And you want to get married and have a wedding.

  • A Biblical Guide for Praying over Your Marriage

    This is why we must pray for our marriage through changing circumstances, our commitment is to love our spouse in good times and bad just as God loves us. We should pray for our marriage when things are going well, when times are tough, when we feel alone, when we’re making goals and are excited about the future, and when we feel apathetic and unmotivated. Basically, in all things involving our marriage (and life) we should pray.

  • 4 Loving Ways God Uses Marriage Conflict to Help You Grow

    When two people decide to share their lives in marriage, no matter how much they love each other, there will be some friction.Marriage between a man and a woman is a beautiful picture that reflects the relationship between Christ and the Church. It can also be one of the most powerful ways that God can show us what it’s like to be on the other side of ourselves, especially when we experience friction and disagreements with our spouse.The highs of marriage can help us to experience the joy and connection that God loves feeling towards us and helps us to get to know his heart for his people even deeper. The lows of marriage can help us get to know God’s heart towards us too—his great patience and mercy, even when we’re being impossible!It’s inevitable that when two imperfect humans are around each other as much as married couples are, sparks will fly. And not always the good kind.But disagreements, irritation, and even anger at our spouse don’t have to be relationship killers. When we are open to God’s leading in our hearts through our marriage relationship, He can (and will) use those times of conflict to help us grow and become more like Him.Proverbs 27:17 tells us that “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” That process might not always be a pleasant one with our spouses, but with God’s guidance, it can be beautiful.Here are a few ways God can help us grow when we get irritated or mad at our spouse.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Deagreez

  • How to Find Peace When Longing to Have Your Own Family

    The dream of having a family, yet not yet having one can ache the heart to its core, this is something many noble women in the Bible know all too well.

  • Are You Allowed to Have Sex if You're Engaged?

    Whenever someone asks me this question, I know they have the best of intentions. I’ve had a number of close friends in my life who fully intended to marry their fiancé or fiancée, but they struggled with the wait-until-you-get-married conviction.This could’ve owed to the fact that many of them lived together, and so they had a harder time facing that temptation, and others believed that since they’d already committed to a marriage, and didn’t plan on backing out, that waiting an extra year or two for a wedding didn’t make any sense.With all the love and excitement and hormones rushing around after getting engaged, it can feel like an extra dose of torture knowing that you are so close, and yet so far.So what happens if we get engaged? Can we have sex if we fully intend to marry this brother and sister in Christ? Or does the wait-until-you-get-married conviction apply in this case?Know, before we dive into answering this question, that I want to dive into this topic with as much grace and respect as possible. Coming from a limited celibate perspective, I may not have all the answers, and as is the case with many of these articles, you should read Scripture, pray, and consult the advice of a Christian mentor or pastor. It would also help to consult Christian married couples who have been together for a long period of time and hear about their experiences as well.But thankfully, God’s opinion about sex before marriage is straightforward. With that in mind, let’s confront this question.Photo Credit: ©Unsplash/Gift Habeshaw

Marriage Communication
  • At Home With the Smalleys

    Your words can build or break your marriage. How do you rebuild trust after letting secrets slip? Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley share answers on Facebook live. The post At Home With the Smalleys appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Intimate Details: Rebuilding Trust After Your Spouse Shares Personal Information

    What could be the impact of sharing intimate details about your spouse without their blessing? And what can you do about it after it happens? The post Intimate Details: Rebuilding Trust After Your Spouse Shares Personal Information appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation — The Fruit of the Spirit Is Self-Control

    Getting Started Watch today’s Marriage Meditation video. Read today’s marriage devotion. Share today’s question with your spouse. Today’s Video Today’s Devotion Scripture Reading Galatians 5:22-23 — “The fruit of the Spirit is … self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 — “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” Titus 2:11-12 The post Marriage Meditation — The Fruit of the Spirit Is Self-Control appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Six Scriptures to Help You Avoid an Angry Marriage

    Learn how to avoid an angry marriage by memorizing these six verses and asking God to remind you of them when you’re tempted to lash out at your spouse. The post Six Scriptures to Help You Avoid an Angry Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation – The Fruit of the Spirit Is Faithfulness

    The fruit of the Spirit is faithfulness. Faithfulness means more than keeping your wedding vows. It involves being consistent, reliable and trustworthy. The post Marriage Meditation – The Fruit of the Spirit Is Faithfulness appeared first on Focus on the Family.

Marriage Problems
  • How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship

    You may want to know how to help and support someone you love who’s in an abusive relationship. Here are several ways that can enable you to be there for them. The post How to Help Someone in an Abusive Relationship appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Knowing Our Weaknesses, Finding God’s Strength

    Trisha Davis explains how her tendency to be a rule-follower, and her husband's tendency to be a rule-breaker, set them up for disaster when their marriage was tested. Hear how they found healing in Christ. The post Knowing Our Weaknesses, Finding God’s Strength appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • 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.

Marriage Success
  • 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.

  • Just the Two of You

    The empty nest years don't have to be filled with longing for the good ol' days with the kids. By adding some effort, the two of you can thrive together. The post Just the Two of You appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Marriage Meditation – The Fruit of the Spirit Is Goodness

    The fruit of the Spirit is goodness. What does goodness look like in our marriage? (Hint: It might be tougher than you’d think!) The post Marriage Meditation – The Fruit of the Spirit Is Goodness appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • Dreaming Together in Marriage

    The most powerful benefit of dreaming together in marriage is the synergy it creates. What you can do together is far greater than what you can do alone. The post Dreaming Together in Marriage appeared first on Focus on the Family.

  • 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.

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.