Archive | Family Matters RSS feed for this section
5 Keys to Success in Marriage

5 Keys to Success in Marriage

  There exists an age old question regarding which type of relationship style provides the best potential for a happy marriage.  What is the ideal blend of personalities, interests, backgrounds, experiences, and other characteristics that results in marital bliss?  There is not a single correct answer.  Couples manage to find success in marriage in all […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

The Power of Encouragement in Marriage

Research demonstrates that one predominate characteristic of exciting, satisfying relationships is that marital partners choose to encourage one another. This should come as no surprise. The necessity of encouragement is a repetitive theme in God’s Word.   Ephesians 4:29 tells us, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Ten Tasks for Rebuilding Marital Trust

Ten Tasks for Rebuilding Marital Trust

Perhaps the most devastating thing that can take place in a marriage is when trust becomes significantly damaged between husband and wife.  Restoring this trust is generally a difficult thing to do.  It is an undertaking that does not come naturally or instinctively, so it is something we must learn.  Below, ten tasks for rebuilding […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Telltale Signs of Troubled Marriage

There is no consensus regarding the factors that produce a happy marriage. Indeed, there are many and diverse positive characteristics that couples have discovered to make their marriages meaningful, satisfying, and mutually fulfilling. While certain themes tend to emerge in studying happy marriages not all happy marriages have all of the same positive traits in […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Love Yourself and Strengthen Your Marriage

Scripture declares that we should each love others in the same manner that we love ourselves (Lev. 19:8, Mat. 22:39, Mar. 12:31, Rom. 13:9, Gal. 5:14, Jas. 2:8). The “golden rule” taught by Jesus states that we should each treat others the way in which we would like to be treated (Mat. 7:12, Luk. 6:31). […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Exploring Sources of Marital Expectations

Everyone has expectations regarding the manner in which they believe a marriage should work. Whether you realize it or not, through the course of your life you have formed ideas, beliefs and assumptions about virtually every aspect of married life. The expectations that both you and your spouse have will influence your relationship in many […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Avoiding the Blame Game

When negative issues surface in a marriage one of the first things that both spouses typically do is begin to identify the ways in which their partner contributes to or is responsible for the problems. This is a natural and instinctive process. Very few people possess the humility and insight to perceive their own role […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Parent-in-Law Relationships

One aspect of marriage and family life that presents potential for difficulties is the relationship between an individual and the parents of his or her spouse. The nature of these challenges differs greatly depending on the personalities, family situation, and other circumstances of those involved. However, there are certainly several areas in which problems are […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Basic Relationship Styles

Marriage experts identify three primary relationship styles that are common in our culture. Although sometimes different terms are employed, these three types of relationships are typically known as complimentary, symmetrical, and parallel. For existing marriages the style has already been established and it generally remains static throughout the relationship. However, awareness of the various styles […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →

Couples Who Pray Together Stay Together

You have probably heard the old adage, “couples who pray together stay together.” You may be pleased to discover that this expression is more than just popular wisdom. Research studies have verified what Bible believing, God fearing people have understood for ages. Married couples who pray, study scripture, attend church, and otherwise jointly participate in […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →