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What to Do When You Are Lonely in Marriage

  Once you got married, you thought you’d never feel lonely again. You had high hopes that your spouse would be the lifelong companion who saved you from loneliness.  But over time, you unintentionally disconnected from one another. Now that loneliness has crept in. How do you deal with it? Here are 3 ways to reconnect.  First, forgive past hurts.  This means knocking down the walls of bitterness between you and...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

14 Ways to Affair Proof Your Marriage

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 1...You start by sharing your problems with them; they share their problems with you. Then the friendship deepens. You start giving each other mutual support and encouragement — especially about your unmet needs. That encouragement becomes an attraction . . . like a powerful magnet. Then, before you know it, you may even...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Two Sides to Every Story

Some people wouldn't say much, but some would say degrading things about their spouse. Sure, affairs do happen when things are going well in a marriage. But sometimes, there have been years of neglect and loneliness…years of two people failing to give and love. As my wife and I often say to each other, there are always two sides to every story. And just as it may take two to pull the relationship apart, it takes...
Jan 01, 1970 / 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 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

Time for Marriage Counseling

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 that is a stigma associated with seeking counseling. But there are times when a third party perspective is just what the doctor ordered. ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage

The “D” word

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. And the threat of it keeps couples...
Jan 01, 1970 / Saving Your Marriage



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