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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

Unlocking the Door to Intimacy in Marriage

The key to unlocking the door to intimacy is trust. Just like a check being deposited in the bank, each time your spouse is authentic, keeps their word or tells the truth, they make a deposit in your personal trust account.  And one of the benefits of having a full trust account is that you’ll have the security of knowing that you can be completely vulnerable with your spouse in the most intimate way – both...
Apr 30, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

7 Lies about Marriage

There are many conflicting opinions about marriage today and we need to sort out the lies from the truth. Lie Number One: Marriage is just a contract. If we accept this lie, we accept the idea that a marriage is more a transaction, not a covenant. Lie Number Two: Marriage is an outdated institution. If we accept this lie, we remove the God-created foundation for the family. Lie Number Three: Marriage is a 50-50...
Apr 27, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Identify Your Real Marriage Issues

There’s nothing simple about marriage conflict. It’s messy, it’s moody…and it’s mostly, a misunderstanding. So here are 2 ways to identify the real issues in your marriage. First, with honesty. Start with what’s on the surface—how you’re hurt over changed plans or dirty dishes in the sink. Then, share the deeper truth—how you’re really hurt…maybe because you feel neglected or not appreciated. Second, identify the...
Apr 21, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

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