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I Don’t Trust God with My Wife

That may sound strange, but last month when my wife had yet another serious heart surgery, I struggled to trust God more than I thought I would…and even more than Susan did.  My lack of trust came in part from my own helplessness…not being in control. She was in the hands of a surgeon who doesn’t know or love her like I do. But control is a bit of a myth…there are so many things I cannot control in life.  Sure, I...
Sep 21, 2018 / Husbands

5 Unfair Expectations on Your Wife

When our expectations for our wives become unreasonable, we are really setting our marriages up to falter and perhaps even fail. Here are some unfair expectations husbands should avoid. First, that she always needs you to fix it. Just because Susan tells me about a challenge doesn’t mean she wants me to fix it. She usually knows how to fix something and just wants me to listen to her. Second, you should not just...
Sep 10, 2018 / Husbands

A House Divided

Somehow a small disagreement turned into a major dispute.  You and your spouse continued to fight until it got out of control.  Now you’re left standing alone in the kitchen, knowing she’s upstairs in the bedroom with a hurting heart.  Our first instinct is to stand our ground and “win” the argument.  But, when you do that, nobody really wins. So, what should you do? Hold your spouse higher than your pride. Don’t...
Aug 21, 2018 / Husbands

5 Things Wives Wish Husbands Knew

We all want to be the best husband we can be.  But it’s not easy. Why? Well, women are different—their desires and their ways of communicating are often not like our own.  Here are 5 things wives wish their husbands knew.  First, that women desire appreciation.  Wives want to feel valued. And being a mom is hard work, so never take them for granted.  Second, that wives desire attention.  So in a world where...
Jul 26, 2018 / Husbands

10 Questions to Ask Your Wife Every Year

Every couple will face difficulty and disagreements. One of the best remedies for marriage conflict is learning how to communicate with your wife.  Asking great questions and listening to your wife’s answers is so important to having a better relationship. So here are 10 questions to ask your wife every year.  First ask, “What do you think is going right in our relationship?”  Positive affirmation will encourage...
Jun 26, 2018 / Husbands

Confession: What I Learned from a Fight with My Wife

Last night, Susan and I got into an argument.  So is this simply a confession? No. I’d like for good to come out of it. Here are the cardinal relationship rules that I broke last night.  First, I broke our 9pm curfew on having serious discussions. We’re usually tired and cranky after that time so we shouldn’t talk about important topics. Last night, it was really late, about 11:30pm. Second, I broke the one issue...
May 29, 2018 / Husbands

Marital Train of Thought

As you're listening to your wife explain a situation or problem, here are a couple of questions to ask yourself: "How does she feel as she’s telling me this?" and "Why is this important to her?" One of the biggest challenges in marital communication is not understanding the emotion and motive behind the message. So, the next time you're not quite following your wife's train of thought, instead of pushing her to...
Apr 17, 2018 / Husbands

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