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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 Lie Number Two: Marriage is an outdated institution.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

7 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Spouse in Public

A husband and wife should be on the same team. But sometimes we don’t act like it…we embarrass or disrespect our spouse in public. So here are some things you should stop doing to your spouse in public. First, stop criticizing your spouse to others. Second, stop making your spouse the punch line. This behavior belittles your spouse and suggests that you don’t care, even if you do. Third, stop sharing the details...
Apr 13, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage


Being married to someone means knowing all of their flaws—their impatience, their mistakes, their lack of self-control...the list goes on and on. So it’s no wonder that knowing your spouse’s imperfections makes showing them respect a huge challenge. But here are 2 truths to remember when struggling to respect your spouse. First, respect is an act of the will. Respect isn’t something you just give your spouse when...
Mar 31, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Rebuild Trust in a Relationship

Well, you might think the immediate answer is “Yes.” But that’s not necessarily the case. Forgiveness is an act of undeserved favor toward someone. It is instant. It is not earned. But trust is having complete confidence that someone is who they say they are and does what they say they’ll do…it’s earned over a period of time. If someone steals from me, I can forgive them and be completely sincere, but that doesn’t...
Mar 30, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

10 Ways to Push Your Spouse Away

You’re juggling the needs of your kids—their homework, their sports, their friends. You’re busy preparing for a big presentation at work. You’ve got a bunch of emails to reply to and, oh yeah, you have some Facebook posts to make. Your schedule is absolutely full. You’re doing some great things, but what about your spouse? Are they enjoying the fruit of your activities? Or are they just getting your leftovers? If...
Feb 19, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage

Lessons from The Song movie

The easiest thing to do is to look at your spouse…I mean, they’re the reason that you’ve got problems in your marriage in the first place, right?  Well, let me ask you, have things gotten better since you blamed your spouse for all your problems?  Hmmm…my guess is…no. The movie The Song, which is now available on DVD, shows us how it really does take two to tango. How more often than not, both a husband and wife...
Feb 11, 2015 / Saving Your Marriage



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