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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

Every Man's Battle with Steve Arterburn

We’re constantly being bombarded by sexual images—in movies, magazines, television…the list goes on and on. And unfortunately, these seemingly small temptations have the power to ruin relationships. But instead of giving up and giving in, here are 3 ways to fight against sexual temptation. First, fight with your eyes. When tempted, don’t take that second look. Second, fight with your mind. Instead of dwelling on...
May 16, 2024 / Husbands

6 Questions to Ask Before You Call It Quits in Marriage

Before you pack your bags and call it quits, here are some questions to ask. First, ask, “Have we done everything we can to rehabilitate our marriage?” It’s important to fight hard for your marriage—whether it’s by seeking counseling, slaying addictions or reprioritizing your life. Second, ask, “Is there unresolved conflict?” Instead of covering up your hurts, try sharing and working through those feelings...
May 13, 2024 / Saving Your Marriage

What to Remember Before You Call It Quits in Marriage

Before you take the first step down that painful path, here are 3 truths to consider.  First, remember your vows.  You promised to have and to hold your spouse from this day forward for better or for worse.  This commitment was meant to be for a lifetime.  Second, remember what marriage is.  It’s not a conditional contract, but an unconditional covenant of love.  The difference?  A contract is all about what you...
May 09, 2024 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Talk through Tough Topics with Your Spouse

My wife, Susan, and I have different styles of communication. So, to help us, we use what’s called the speaker/listener technique. Here’s how the speaker/listener technique works. The speaker holds a pen or some other object to show they have the floor. The speaker then makes a short statement or point. After the speaker makes their first point, the listener repeats it back or paraphrases what they heard so that...
May 01, 2024 / Communication

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