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What Happens When You Don’t Listen to Your Wife?

It happens all too often…wife sits down with husband and shares her thoughts, feelings and emotions. After a short time, husband starts to tune out, looks down at his phone and then his mind wanders to other things. But when we don’t listen to our wives, here are 4 things that often happen.  First, wives become distant.  A woman can’t help but feel rejected when the thoughts she shares with her husband aren’t...
Mar 20, 2020 / Communication

A Daily Checklist to Avoid Storms in Marriage

The weather app on my phone gives me a forecast for the cities I travel to.  Recently, I began thinking how helpful it would be to have a marriage app…an app that would forecast what kind of weather to expect at home every day. Even though I haven’t invented such an app, I can share with you a daily checklist that will help avoid oncoming storms in your marriage.  First, check the forecast.  Look at the upcoming...
Feb 17, 2020 / Communication

5 "Do-Over" Rules in Marriage

We’ve all seen it before.  We say something to our spouse and, immediately, we can see their face starting to turn red with rage. Well, if you realize you’ve offended your spouse, or have been misinterpreted, you can ask for a “do-over,” where you rephrase the statement so that it’s kinder and clearer. First, when you see your spouse bristling, stop the conversation immediately.  Second, ask for the do over with...
Jan 20, 2020 / Communication

What are the Five Love Languages?

When you try to convey love to your spouse, does the message get through clearly, or is it lost in translation?  You see, we’re all different.  What I consider a loving gesture—a nice gift—might not mean anything to my wife… not because she’s unappreciative, but because there’s something else that makes her feel loved…like when I tell her I appreciate her sacrifices for our family.  Dr. Gary Chapman says there are...
Jan 09, 2020 / Communication

The Five Love Languages

Do you know what "love languages" are? In his book, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, Dr. Gary Chapman says a love language is how someone wants to be shown love because it satisfies a deep-seated need. According to Dr. Chapman, the five love languages are Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service and Physical Touch. Quality Time refers to spending time...
Jan 19, 2019 / Communication

Are You Speaking Your Spouse's Language?

Guys, have you ever bought your wife a nice gift and wondered why she did not jump for joy?  Wives, have you ever given your husband a compliment only to have it fall on deaf ears?  Author Dr. Gary Chapman suggests that there are five love languages, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.  And, everyone has a language that makes them feel the most loved.  So, take...
Jan 09, 2019 / Communication

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Words are powerful. Words can build up. Words can tear down.  It’s so important to be careful what you say, especially in marriage.  There are four toxins of the tongue that can cause great marital harm.  First, sarcastic words.  Sarcastic comments like, “Hey, the laundry doesn’t clean itself” cause discord and can corrupt what was once a happy relationship. Second, unsupportive words.  Your spouse shares with you...
May 03, 2018 / Communication

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