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What to Do When Your Spouse is Close but Distant

We all know what it’s like to have someone sitting right next to us, but whose mind is miles and miles away.  In marriage, this can play out when our spouse is physically beside us, but is emotionally distant.  To reconnect, here are 3 steps to take when your spouse is close, but distant.  First, recognize it.  Avoid being so focused on your own issues and “to-do” list that you’re unable to see when your spouse is...
Jun 29, 2018 / Saving Your Marriage

Time for Marriage Counseling

The best time for marriage counseling is before you need it.  Marriage counseling teaches couples how to work through their differences, communicate better, and solve problems in the relationship.  So why don’t more people do it?  Well, many couples feel that their private life should be just that—private.  They feel there is a stigma associated with seeking counseling.  But there are times when a third party...
Aug 19, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

Make Your Apology Sincere

From cheaters and domestic violence to red-handed corporate executives and red-faced politicians, we hear apologies galore. But does simply saying, “I’m sorry” mean they’ve taken responsibility for their mistakes? No.  Sometimes it just means they are sorry they got caught. There are four steps toward a true apology. First, acknowledge what you have done wrong. Second, grieve that wrong. Third, ask for...
Aug 05, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

Who Should You Trust for Marriage Advice?

Many people will offer advice for your marriage, but not all can be trusted.  Signs of those who aren’t trustworthy include people that have never been committed to your marriage’s success, and people who are manipulative for their own benefit.  However, signs of people who are trustworthy include those who have overcome big past failures by taking responsibility, and those who have peace in their life and in...
Jun 29, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

Why Your Marriage May Be Better Than You Think

A lot of couples look at other married couples and think their marriage isn’t so good. But here are some reasons why your marriage may be better than you think. First, you live in the same house and sleep in the same bed. Believe it or not, there are married couples who don’t live together or sleep in the same bed. Second, you are faithful to your spouse. You may not feel like you’re married to the most ideal...
Jun 25, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

7 Signs Your Marriage May Be in Trouble

It’s hard to watch a marriage crumble, especially when one or both spouses stubbornly refuse to seek help. So here are some signs that may indicate that your marriage needs outside help. First, when communication on meaningful issues is almost zero. It’s a big red flag when spouses cannot have a civil discussion on something important. The second sign your marriage may be in trouble is when the only shortcomings...
Jun 22, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

10 Strategies to Restore an Ailing Marriage

Just because your marriage is ailing, doesn’t mean your marriage is failing. So here are 3 strategies to restore an ailing marriage. First, stop taking one another for granted. Instead, appreciate your spouse by thanking them for the little ways they serve you each and every day. Second, surround yourself with healthy relationships. Intentionally spending time with strong couples will encourage you to remain...
Jun 08, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage



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