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Marriage and Loneliness

Maybe you’re lonely because your spouse is never home.  Maybe they’re at home but still very distant…you’re searching for intimacy with your soul-mate, craving their companionship.  What can you do when you’re feeling so far away from your spouse?  First, communicate your need to your spouse in a non-confrontational and non-accusatory manner.  Let them know that you love them and want to spend time with them. ...
Feb 07, 2020 / General

10 Things Wives Want to Hear from Husbands

Yesterday we talked about what a husband wants to hear from his wife.  Today we’ll talk about the 10 things wives want to hear from their husbands.  So men, here’s what you can say.  Number one… “Thanks for all you do for our family.”  Number two… “You are a great mom and wife.”  Three… “Let me do that for you.”  Four… “I love you so much.”  Be sure to tell your wife the rest of the 10 things wives want to hear...
Feb 05, 2020 / Husbands

10 Things Husbands Want to Hear from Wives

Well, maybe you’re not saying what he wants to hear.  What your husband craves are words of praise and validation from the most important person in his life.  There are 10 things your husband wants to hear from you.  Number one… “I love being your wife.”  Number two… “You’re an outstanding father.”  Three… “I’m really attracted to you.  You are the Man!”  Four… “I really respect the decision you made.”  For the...
Feb 04, 2020 / Wives

What to Look for in a Spouse

There are lots of qualities that matter: character, integrity, stability. But here’s something else to consider: look for someone who encourages you and has a positive outlook. It’s hard to have a happy marriage when your partner constantly criticizes you or makes you feel inadequate. Your spouse should be trying to build you up, not tear you down. And, it’s easier to have a happy marriage when you’re with someone...
Jan 24, 2020 / General

5 "Do-Over" Rules in Marriage

We’ve all seen it before.  We say something to our spouse and, immediately, we can see their face starting to turn red with rage. Well, if you realize you’ve offended your spouse, or have been misinterpreted, you can ask for a “do-over,” where you rephrase the statement so that it’s kinder and clearer. First, when you see your spouse bristling, stop the conversation immediately.  Second, ask for the do over with...
Jan 20, 2020 / Communication

How Affairs Happen

I’ve been hearing that question more and more lately.  People who’ve had affairs often say that they had some unfulfilled need that slowly began to be met by someone other than their spouse—a friend, co-worker, old flame, a neighbor.  From there, it was a slippery slope to a full-blown extramarital affair and a broken marriage.  So what can you do? Well, be aware of danger signs and take action.  The best way to...
Jan 16, 2020 / Saving Your Marriage

8 Mistakes I've Made in My Marriage

I am so grateful for my 23 years of marriage to my wife, Susan.  She’s awesome! But I can tell you that I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my marriage. Here are 8 of them. Mistake number one…thinking that Susan was responsible for my happiness. In my early years of marriage, I felt like an important part of Susan’s “duty” as my wife was to make me happy. I was a bit more focused on me than us. Mistake number...
Jan 10, 2020 / General

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