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How to Revive a Dying Marriage

There are some things we need to survive physically—air, food, water. There are some things we need to survive emotionally in marriage—things like love, trust, truth and understanding. When a marriage is deprived of such things, it can slowly start to die. Here are 3 ways to revive a dying marriage.  First, stop suffocating your marriage.  Your words are powerful—the words you say out loud to your spouse and the...
Jun 17, 2024 / Saving Your Marriage

What to Do When You Feel Like You Can’t Do Anything Right in Marriage

Because you and your spouse are two imperfect people, your marriage will be imperfect as well.  In my marriage, Susan and I aren’t always on the same page with what we need from each other.  As a result, we’ve both sometimes have had that feeling like, “I can’t do anything right.”  Instead of getting frustrated, here are 3 steps to take when you feel that way.  First, be sure you and your spouse define what is...
Jun 10, 2024 / General

How to Help Your Spouse Have an Affair

In marriage, there are two people and two sides to every story.  When it comes to affairs, both spouses can often point to things that led to the infidelity.  The person having the affair cannot justify it…it’s never a good thing…but there may be some things that pushed them in that direction.  Here are some ways to push your spouse toward an affair.  First, don’t really listen.  Be sure to glance down at your...
Jun 03, 2024 / Saving Your Marriage

7 Love Actions to Show Your Spouse

Romantic movies often give us the wrong impression of what love is.  They tell us that it takes grand gestures to show real love.  However, I’d suggest that many small acts of love add up to much more than one big gesture.  So, here are 7 love actions to show your spouse day in and day out.  First, write a note.  It can be a long love letter or just a short sticky note with words of encouragement.  Second, buy...
May 31, 2024 / General

Confession: What I Learned from a Fight with My Wife

Last night, Susan and I got into an argument.  So is this simply a confession? No. I’d like for good to come out of it. Here are the cardinal relationship rules that I broke last night.  First, I broke our 9pm curfew on having serious discussions. We’re usually tired and cranky after that time so we shouldn’t talk about important topics. Last night, it was really late, about 11:30pm. Second, I broke the one issue...
May 29, 2024 / Husbands

How to Show Your Wife You Love Her

Your wife wants to be celebrated, cherished, and loved.  So here are 4 simple ways to show your wife you love her. First, write your love story and share it with her. Write about how you met, how you fell in love, and how you knew she was “the one.” Second, put together a video collage of your life together. Be sure to include old pictures and home video clips.  Next, create a book of encouragement. Secretly ask...
May 21, 2024 / Husbands

Filling the 4 Chambers of Your Husband's Heart

Just like your physical heart has four chambers that need to be consistently filled with life-giving blood, there are four emotional chambers of every man’s heart that need to be filled as well.  Here are the four chambers. Chamber 1, Validation. Validate his value, his gifts, his worthiness, and his manliness. A husband really does want his wife to see him as her superman, a man who can “leap tall buildings in a...
May 20, 2024 / Wives

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