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How to Protect Your Marriage from Online Affairs

Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are in the business of connecting people. Long-lost friends and classmates can be easily found, and relationships restored. But there’s a downside to social networking, too, especially when an old flame makes contact. In fact, marriages are breaking up over these “re-acquaintances.”  For some people, the temptation is just too much to handle. Your spouse should be...
Feb 18, 2013 / Saving Your Marriage

Beethoven and Bitterness in Marriage

After suffering poor health for decades, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in 1827 from lead poisoning. It was a slow and painful death. Bitterness in marriage is like that.  To find the antidote, we need to answer three questions.  First, what causes bitterness? Usually it’s not a single event, but several things that build up over time.  A wound here, an offense there… disappointment… betrayal. Second, what’s...
Feb 13, 2013 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage

If you have, make up your mind that you will never use it again.  The “D” word is divorce.  It can come up when you’re fighting, “I’m sick of you – I want a divorce!”  Or when things aren’t perfect, “If you do that again, I’m outta here!”  Well, you need to replace a divorce mindset with a commitment mindset.  You see, if divorce is even an option, you’re more likely to consider it.  Are you thinking about getting...
Feb 11, 2013 / Saving Your Marriage

Trial Marriage?

The marriage rate has been on a steady decline over the past five decades.  Why this disturbing trend?  It’s because some people think that living together rather than getting married is the way to go.  The number of unmarried couples living with each other jumped from 1.6 million in 1980 to 13.6 million in 2008.  Are there consequences for co-habitation?  Well, findings from Pennsylvania State University indicate...
Jan 22, 2013 / Saving Your Marriage

Marriage Turbulence? Fasten Your Seatbelts.

As a private pilot, I can tell you that bad weather and air turbulence are just a part of flying. Sometimes it can be avoided…other times, it can’t. Building an intimate marriage is kind of like flying a plane – sure, most of us would like to avoid turbulence in our marriage, but sometimes you just have to fly through it. The key to navigating through it is to learn to resolve conflict and communicate with each...
Feb 13, 2012 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Avoid Emotional Affairs

I'm not talking about the kind of affair that includes physical infidelity. There's a more subtle form of unfaithfulness that is damaging to a marriage as well. Emotional affairs begin when a married person begins confiding in someone other than their spouse. Maybe it's a husband, talking with a female coworker, sharing some struggle he's having at home. Maybe it's a wife who runs into an old boyfriend and...
Oct 27, 2011 / Saving Your Marriage

Preparing for Storms in Marriage

Business author Jim Collins says, "How you do when the storm comes depends on what you did before the storm comes." In the same way, how you and your spouse weather difficult times in your marriage depends on how well you prepared beforehand. So, how do you get ready for those dark, cloudy days? First, you and your spouse must decide together that you're committed to each other for life—for better or worse, no...
Oct 17, 2011 / Saving Your Marriage



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