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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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). […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Controlling Behaviors in Marriage

Attempting to control one’s spouse – whether purposely or unintentionally – is a sure way to erode affection in the relationship and eventually destroy it. Unfortunately, it is a very common phenomenon. In fact, research reveals that controlling behavior is the top reason why marriages become dissatisfying and ultimately end – accounting for 20% of […]

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The Blessing and Benefits of Marriage

The Bible teaches us that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman that was designed and ordained by God. In a successful Christian marriage the participants enter into a life-long covenant and commitment with one another and, together, with God. Because God instituted marriage and is, Himself, a part of the marital […]

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Contentment in Marriage and Life

  Usually when we consider the topic of contentment, we think of money and materialism. However, the concept extends to many other areas of life, including marriage. While most Bible references on contentment deal with the topic of wealth and possessions (i.e. Mat. 6:24-33, Phil. 4:11-13, 1 Tim. 6:5-11, Heb. 13:5-6), the same principles certainly […]

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