How My Meltdown Saved Our Marriage
For a while, expressing our needs was helping our communication. Until the day those needs were clearly in conflict. That’s when I lost it.
Dear Empty Nester Mama: A Note of Encouragem...
Your baby has graduated, leaving you an empty nester. But how do you grow your relationship with them while encouraging their independence?
7 Tips To Help Your Marriage Survive Inferti...
Infertility is exhausting, and it can make or break your marriage. Here are seven tips my husband and I learned along our own journey.
Marital Roles: 3 Things To Know
Your marital roles have less influence over who cooks dinner or takes out the trash. They serve to shape the way you serve your marriage and home.
6 Prayers for Marriage When You Need a Mirac...
Whether or not God answers your prayers for marriage the way you want Him to, praying is still worth the time and effort.
What Romance Is … and Isn’t
Do you and your spouse have the same definition of what romance is? Often in marriage, romance suffers an identity crisis.
A Ministry Marriage: Perks to Love, Dangers...
Ministry marriage can be complicated. Like money or sex or time, ministry can work in tandem with your relationship. Or against it.
Reunited: Rebuilding a Marriage After Separa...
If you’re rebuilding a marriage after separation, expect the road to be rocky. But know that God can rebuild your relationship into something better.
10 Ways to Say ‘I Still Do’ After 40 Yea...
No one has a perfect marriage—we certainly don't. But we strive daily to walk closely with God to have a marriage that glorifies Him.
The Good News for an Unhappy Marriage
An unhappy marriage is a form of suffering. But while culture suggests we avoid suffering at all cost, Scripture offers a different take.
Can Marriage Counseling Improve Your Sex Lif...
Before counseling, my husband and I misunderstood each other all the time. Which made vulnerability (and as a result, sex) difficult.
10 Ideas To Give Your Marriage a Fresh Start
Wading through a down season? A fresh start for your marriage means more than cooking up a few romantic moments.
What Does the Bible Say About Sex?
A sexual relationship in marriage teaches us something about the nature of real love—God’s love.
Saving a Marriage Through Separation
When most people think of separation, they think it's the beginning of the end. But the ultimate goal is reconciliation.
Happily Married? A 10-Step Relationship Asse...
It’s been a tough year on marriages. But make no mistake: happily married isn’t the same as easily married.
How To Be Single and Content
You want to marry your best friend—someone you’d have fun with whether traveling the world or washing your car. But how can you be single and content?
In His Corner: 32 Ways to Honor Your Husband
It’s far more acceptable for men to be pro-women—or women to be pro-women!—than to honor your husband. But it's been a jetpack for my marriage.
When My Husband Said ‘No’ to Aborting Ou...
I never expected to have another baby, period. Much less another baby who isn’t healthy. And even more, another baby who “should be aborted.”
Spouse or Children: Who Comes First?
Kids often take up most of our physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. But when it comes down to it, who comes first, spouse or children?
Is My Marriage Over?
When you’re asking, “Is my marriage over?”—it’s from a piercing, reeling position you never hoped to see. Is getting a divorce your only option?
Married to a Stranger? 5 Tips to Know Your S...
Ever find yourself thinking you’re married to a stranger? You aren’t alone. Here are a few ways to start getting to know your love again.
Real Love vs. Fake Love: What Does Real Love...
Wondering if what you have with your significant other is real love? True devotion might not look like you think it does.
Weekly Schedule Overload? 3 Questions to Ask
With the summer break, now is a great time to reevaluate your family’s weekly schedule. Before penciling anything in, here are three questions to ask.
6 Fun Date Ideas You Might Not Have Consider...
Running low on fun date ideas lately? Here are some creative ways to have fun with your spouse that you might not have considered.
The Cost of Raising a Child: How to Tell Kid...
Maybe you're feeling the cost of raising a child now more than ever. How can you tell your child, "We can't afford that"?
Before Marriage: 5 Things You Don’t Have t...
Before marriage, I thought I was overly prepared for married life. But over the years I’ve found marriage to be unpredictable.
Need a Summer Vacation With Your Spouse? 8 I...
Aching for a summer vacation with your spouse but don't know what to do or where to go? Here are eight creative ideas for a getaway with your love.
Laid Off: Moving Forward After Job Loss
Being laid off brings stress and struggles to make ends meet. But as you search for a job, don’t miss what's in the waiting.
When Your Spouse Has a Different Stress Resp...
As a married couple, you likely each have a different stress response. How can you leverage relationship stress to draw you together as a team?
When Your Spouse Faces a Layoff: 5 Ways to H...
When your spouse faces a layoff, hold back on the cliché, this-is-what-you-should-do responses. Instead, here are five ways to help.
Is Social Distancing Causing Distance in You...
Quarantines, social distancing and health hypervigilance have us out of our routines and comfort zones, causing a host of emotions erupting in marriage.
Losing a Spouse is for Life
There are many lessons I’ve gathered on the journey of grief, and one of them is this: The heartache of losing a spouse lasts a lifetime.
Whatever Bad Happens, I Choose Us
You can’t know everything that’s going to happen in marriage, but you can decide ahead of time how to handle it with the promise in your vows: I choose us.
4 Ways to Not Be a Coronavirus Divorce Stati...
A recent article predicted a rise in divorces due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Here are four ways you can avoid becoming a coronavirus divorce statistic.
Sick and Tired? Don’t Take It Out on Your...
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, being sick and tired together sucks the fondness right out. But this quarantine means we're stuck in this together.
How do I get my spouse to do it my way?
Often, we ask ourselves "How do I get my spouse to do things my way?" Yet arguments about the “right way” are rarely about what they seem.
10 Date Night In Ideas for When You Can’t...
Any semblance of date night just got drop-kicked out the door. But with a little commitment you can still make time together. 10 date-ins get you started.
When Your Spouse Suffers with Chronic Pain
Every morning I wake up wondering if it’ll be another day of doctors, supplements, tears, and doubts for my spouse who suffers with chronic pain.
3 Steps to Offering a Good Apology
Saying “I’m sorry” is one of the most important phrases you can say in any relationship. But it’s also one of the hardest.
How Can I Break a Porn Addiction?
Pornography drives our curiosity and shapes our sexual expectations. If you or someone you know is struggling, these tips can help.
4 Habits for More Joy in Marriage
The brain magnet has shown that attachment—specifically, joyful attachment—is the most powerful motivator in life. No doubt, joy in marriage changes a home.
6 Things My Parents Taught Me About a Strong...
I’m not married yet, but I’ve spent my entire life learning how to have a strong marriage through watching my parents' example.
3 Ways to Protect Your Marriage From ‘Gray...
I’ve always thought there was some marital finish line protecting your marriage on the other side. But few people warn you about gray divorce.
Where Can I Get Help For My Marriage?
We found out that no one is immune from marriage challenges. When we faced a serious conflict, I didn’t know where to turn for help for my marriage.
6+ Questions to Ask When You’re Making...
Wondering which direction you should go with a big decision? Don’t overestimate your ability to mess up your life by taking a wrong turn! 6 Q's to help.
Will you be my Bridesmaid?
As I narrow down my list of potential bridesmaids, I realize I need more than someone to plan a wedding shower. I need someone who will help me be the wife I long to be.
That Same Stupid Fight: Handling Conflict wi...
Conflict with your spouse is inevitable for all couples. Whoever got the idea into our heads that “marriage should be easy” probably wasn’t married.
I Needed Her to Be More Than Just My Wife
Then I asked my wife a question that would change the nature of our relationship forever. I needed her to be more than someone who I did fun things with.
How Your EQ Determines Your Happiness in Mar...
One of the most important facets of marriage is highly overlooked—the idea of knowing yourself. Emotional Intelligence isn't as innate as it seems.
The Divorce Announcement Shouldn’t Hav...
We'd been sufficiently warned. We were working against all the odds to stay together: divorced homes. Demanding careers. And now, a chronically-ill child.
Cultivate Oneness in Your Marriage: Water Yo...
In your marriage, will you be the gardener or the consumer?
There Is Hope for Your Marriage
As bad as your situation might be, it is not beyond God’s power to fix.
When My Wife Told Me She Didn’t Love M...
My wife of 10 years told me she didn't love me anymore. I would have said our marriage was a 10 out of 10. How was I so blind to the deadness of her heart?
I Married the Wrong Person
In only a few short months, we had gone from gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes to glaring at each other with anger and disgust, each wondering – and not only to ourselves – if we had married the wrong person.
Help! Is My Spouse Manipulating Me?
Manipulation is a mind game leaving you wondering: Is my spouse manipulating me? We all have unhealthy ways to get what we want. So it’s worth considering.
Your Spouse Is Not Your Enemy
Satan is our real enemy, and he would love to divide our marriages through suspicion, jealousy, disrespect, and resentment.
Bad Boys and Hollywood Lies
Instead of looking to Hollywood for the answers about love and dating, find out what Scripture has to say.
A Gentleman Is Never Out of Style
The cultural confusion about masculinity has left many young guys to either shy away from their masculinity or use it selfishly.
How Far Is Too Far?
When dating, we often miss one very important truth of relational health: Intimacy should never exceed commitment.
When Your Spouse Rejects Your Love
My wife refused all my attempts to reconcile, keeping her distance both physically and emotionally.That scared me. And I had a choice to make.
Aah, Retirement. What could go wrong?
How could we possibly think retirement, changing health, and decline ahead wouldn't have surprises and challenges like our 40+ years of marriage?
Women, You’re Allowed to Enjoy Sex Too...
My grandmother said to prevent getting pregnant she just "...didn’t do the evil thing!” No disrespect to her but sex is not dirty or shameful.
How Often Should We Have Sex?
We've all wondered the long-echoed question: how often should we have sex? Likely you and your spouse don't agree, but there's no magic number.
Your Dating Questions Answered
Ten questions guys commonly ask and our best answers to these often tricky (and awkward-to-talk-about) situations.
Is It the Man or Woman’s Job to Preven...
Mike Pence, among many men, committed to not being alone with a woman in the workplace. Is this offensive to working women who don't have the same option in the male-dominant workforce?
4 Ways to Be a Better Husband
In year one of marriage, we did a lot of right things to be good spouses. But for marriage to last, it has to be based on more than a few early habits.
5 Reasons Your Marriage Isn’t as Bad a...
How do we know in the middle of deep despair if it’s time to throw the house key in his face? Or if we can check our emotions and reevaluate?
The Enneagram and My Marriage
I’m Jenn. I’m a 9. If you’re a 6, like my husband, you’re waiting to decide if I’m knowledgeable about the Enneagram until after you hear what I say.
7 Ways to Flirt on Social Media
Sure, social media has been known to ruin a marriage or two. But if used in appropriate ways, it's a tool to actually strengthen your bond.
Marriage Should Be Fun
Fun and laughter can illuminate our world by reminding us life is not supposed to be so serious.
Think Your Marriage is Dying? 7 Signs to Con...
It’s your billionth fight about the same thing. Your go-to conversations throw out divorce as a threat. What should you do if your marriage is dying?
7 Ideas to Get Your Husband to Talk to You
I don’t just want to connect with him just for me. I want to both know him and be known by him. I want my husband to join in our conversation too.
Dull Knives and Missed Opportunities
That’s when the crying turned ugly. The early tears were sadness. But these were regret. I was lamenting a missed opportunity.
When My Wife Wants Sex … But I’m Not...
On the fourth night of the honeymoon, I was like, “Babe, I’m spent. Can we just cuddle?” You ever been there? Turning down the lady’s advances?
Balancing Family and Career for the Young Pr...
More stuff means more bills. More bills require more work.The work life balance cycle is as paralyzing as it is addictive. And it is luring every American family.
What Marriage Counseling Is … And Isn...
Meghan McCain's version of marriage counseling is "drinking Jack Daniels, shooting some guns and hanging out." Is that what you should expect?
I Thought Our Debt Was His Problem
I didn’t want to work hard to hand my paycheck over to cover his debt. I wanted to spend my money my way. He is the one who went to college and accrued it!
15 Ways to Be a Better Wife
I polled other women on ways to be a better wife. Because I never want to assume that I have all the right wife answers. Let's see if our husbands agree.
Sex After Baby: From Her Side of the Bed
I struggled with a lot of fear when it came to sex after baby! I avoided telling my husband that I was wrestling with a lack of desire for quite awhile.
Sex After Baby: From His Side of the Bed
When and how do you get back into physical intimacy with each other after a new baby? As the husband, I have learned 3 nonnegotiables for sex after baby.
I Don’t Love Him Anymore
I no longer felt anything for my husband. That thought terrified me--I don’t love him anymore. "Would I be happier with someone else?" I wondered.
25 Things Husbands Should Start Doing
The following list is a great way to start loving your wife in a way that makes her flourish.
To The Newlywed Wife … From a Decade L...
I wish I could speak to that fresh-faced, 22-year-old newlywed. She needed some of the wisdom that God has deposited in me over the last decade of marriage.
‘I want sex more than he does!’...
One in five women have the higher sex drive. But when our husbands decline—or rarely initiate sex—it leaves us sexually frustrated.
If Bill Gates Can Drop Off His Kids, So Can...
When dads share the household responsibilities, it’s a win-win for the family and a win-win for society. Bill Gates, tech guru, and wife Melinda proved it.
When Your Man’s Long Hours Don’t...
Following a Major League Baseball career, my husband's work led to a new demanding position. So, I came home to an empty house and had dinner alone again.
Save Sex for the Honeymoon
There are benefits to abstaining from sex while engaged. Here are five reasons to say “I won’t” until you say “I do.”
Romantic Summer Getaways for Less
Invest time in your marriage so your family will have a firm foundation.
5 Keys to a Truly Romantic Marriage
Adding a little tenderness to your marriage is easier than you think.
We Didn’t Have a Clue We Had a Problem
Attending FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® early in our marriage gave us the tools we needed to build a healthy and sustainable union.
When to Call It Off Before the Big Day
Marriage is a big deal. It makes sense to work through the hard questions together so you're equipped to keep the lifetime commitment you're about to make.
How to Say ‘Not Tonight’ Without...
Is it ever okay to deny his advances? Everybody needs an occasional raincheck, right?
All My Husband Heard From Me Was ‘BOOO...
After we'd been married awhile, I realized I had gone from Dave's biggest cheerleader to his biggest critic.
‘I Told God I’d Rather Die Than Be Marri...
Meet Dave and Ann Wilson, the new cohosts of FamilyLife Today® who bring the authentic voice of a couple who has struggled greatly in their marriage—yet found hope and help in Christ.
How Should We Feel About B. Smith’s Hu...
Suffering from Alzheimer's, lifestyle guru B. Smith hardly seems to recognize the other woman now living in her home. Should we sympathize with her husband?
I Am a Married Single Parent
I am still legally married. But all the things that a marriage typically brings, especially in the world of parenting, do not exist in our marriage.
10 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Improve Yo...
Maintaining great Christian married sex isn't always easy. Here are some ideas to help you improve your sex life by coming together often.
Guard Your Heart From Adultery
The core issue regarding sexual temptation is the condition of our hearts.
Kids Are Worth Every Single Penny—and More
At the end of my life, I won’t be sad about what I couldn't afford. I’ll be thankful for the rich memories and lives we’ve built with our children.
Young, Married, and Unable to Have Sex
Having grown up in the church, it came as a shock to me when my husband and I encountered difficulty consummating our marriage.
Making Resolutions for a Thriving Marriage
Setting goals is important to maintaining a healthy marriage. Here are a few ideas to help you stick to them.
Soothing the Shopping Itch Without Breaking...
Ideas to help you feel like you’re living in luxury without spending much money … or any at all.
Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together Before...
Here are five reasons I wish my husband and I hadn’t moved in together before saying “I do.”
What I Wish for Jeff Bezos and Tim Tebow
Despite their differing marriage scenarios, my prayer for both the Bezos and Tebows is the same: a happy ending
Maintaining Our Individuality in Marriage
When you look at our marriage you see unity, but you also see each one of us as a different and unique person.
For the New Bride: 4 Things to Remember Afte...
I had no idea what being a wife meant other than we’d live together forever, hopefully have some kids, and file a joint tax return.
A Marriage License Is Not a Receipt, It’s...
Exchanging one spouse for another isn’t as easy as returning the wrong pair of shoes. Choose wisely from the beginning and forget the return policy.
How to Ruin Your Sex Life in 10 Easy Steps
It takes little energy, time, or even thought to take your married sex life from great to nonexistent. Here are some tips on what not to do.
Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage
The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeper—to God’s daily involvement. Because we can’t uphold our vows without Him.
Our Favorite Weekend to Remember Stories of...
Marriages are being transformed at Weekend to Remember® marriage getaways. Here are just a few of our favorite stories guests shared with us last year.
Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy...
When we became parents, our entire universe shifted. What happened to the couple we were?
George H.W. Bush and the Marriage America Ne...
I want my own marriage to resemble the one our 41st president had with his late bride, Barbara.
Not All Millennials Wait For the “Righ...
There’s no doubt that marrying my high school sweetheart benefited us for the better.
Is “Happy Divorce” a Thing?
And if there are really no tears, no heartache, and we can remain friends–is divorce really the most healing and whole option?
When Was the Last Time Your Marriage Had a P...
You might make sure to head to the doctor each year like clockwork, but when is the last time your marriage had a physical?
Not Another Top-Ten List
You don’t have to look far in order to find advice for how you can improve your marriage. Articles are all over the internet about what you should say to sustain your spouse’s interest, the type of clothes you should wear to appear more attractive, and how you can be even more intimate with your partner.
After ‘I Do,’ Now What?
Marriage is a relationship that will transform you, if you let it. Saying “I do” is only the beginning of a lifetime of laughter, frustration, forgiveness, happiness, and deep joy. It’s worth it.
Not Another Statistic
What was the last negative statistic you heard about marriage? Most of us can quickly cite sources that point to the fact that half of all marriages end in divorce.
Why You Need to Get Away
Spending an entire weekend learning how to communicate, grow in oneness, and love one another better was like hitting a reset to our busy lives.
Young and Married: Five Things We Learned fr...
There’s a secret that nobody likes to tell dating or engaged couples: Marriage is really hard.
Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your...
Communication in marriage is not easy. But the fight to communicate is worth the work. In the end, you’ll find a thriving marriage rooted in oneness, not division.
Your Marriage Is Not Your Parents’
Having divorced parents doesn’t mean your own marriage will also end in divorce. You are not destined to live out the same mistakes as your parents.
Marriage Is Not an Island: Our Need for Comm...
At the Weekend to Remember marriage retreat I found a profound sense of community. It reminded me of one simple fact: We are not alone.
Marriage Is for Me… Right?
Conflict over money and infidelity might be some of the most common reasons for getting a divorce in our society, but I’d argue that there’s a more common root to most separations:“I’m just not happy anymore.”
Our Fixer-Upper Marriage
My husband and I have learned much about putting our relationship into the hands of the Master Renovator.
4 Ways to Prioritize Your Spouse Above Your...
In our crazy, fast-paced lives, it’s easy to be distracted from what is most important. Here are some ideas to make more time for the person you love most.
The Secret to My Marriage
One simple concept will guide you into the relationship you always wanted to have.
Why Sex Matters In Marriage
Married couples who have sex regularly live longer, have better heart health, enjoy a deeper connection, and can let go of annoyances easier.
Billy Graham’s Incredible Ministry … and...
Billy’s marriage to Ruth was a partnership that had a worldwide impact.
I’m Not a Nag, Am I?
Four suggestions on how to be nag free and make life easier for you and your family.
Learning to Pray With My Wife
My journey of committing to praying with my wife for 30 days and the tips I learned along the way.
11 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband
Some wives don't understand how important respect is to a man. Here are some ideas for how a woman can give her spouse the esteem he longs for.
4 Ways to Harness Your Power for Good in You...
God has given us women the privilege and the ability to bring life to our husbands with our love.
5 Ways to Help Your Husband Step Up to Manho...
A wife plays a pivotal role in her husband’s transition from boyhood into manhood.
9 Ways to Feed the Passion in Your Marriage
We need to make a practice of tending fully to the love of our life for a few moments a day, every day.
5 Communication Tools That Saved My Marriage
Early in our marriage, these simple principles changed our hearts and transformed our relationship.
6 Steps for Resolving Conflict in Marriage
There is no way to avoid conflict in your marriage. The question is: How will you deal with it?
25 Anniversary Ideas for Couples
Are you looking for some new ideas to help your next wedding anniversary really stand out? Take steps now and begin planning a memorable celebration.
3 Ways to Recapture the Romance
If you want to rekindle the romance in your marriage, you'll find it doesn't require a lot of money, and it often doesn't even take that much time.
5 Romantic Needs of a Woman
I've spent a lifetime learning about how to satisfy my wife's romantic needs. That means meeting her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
7 Things to Remember About Sex
Your spouse approaches intimacy much differently than you. Here are some things husbands and wives need to know about sex.
When You Lose Interest in Sex
After you marry you have a duty before God to meet your spouse’s sexual needs. But sometimes healing and restoration must happen first.
Your Wife’s 3 Relationship Nonnegotiab...
As you study your wife and learn how to define romance according to her dictionary, you will become an irresistible man.
What Should Be the Husband’s ‘Ro...
If you apply these concepts correctly, you'll experience freedom in your roles and work better as a team to combat isolation and conflict in your marriage.
15 Things Wives Should Stop Doing
I asked some girlfriends, “What should a wife stop doing if she wants to improve her marriage?” This list is based on their responses.
Seven Things I Wish Id Known About Men Befor...
Growing up with my stepdad and younger brother I thought I knew a thing or two about men. While I knew not to change the channel during a football game, not to serve quiche for dinner, and not to attempt to fix a broken doorknob with a rubber band, there were a few important things […]
It’s Not Your Husband’s Job to Make You...
The only way you can experience true joy is by pursuing intimacy with Christ on a daily basis.
40 Consequences of Adultery
The counterfeit pleasure of an affair can never overcome the ways infidelity can destroy a life and marriage.
3 Ways to Move Toward Oneness in Your Marria...
Marriage is like a three-legged race; these suggestions will help you cross the finish line in first place.
Shock Your Spouse and Kids With This Questio...
Here’s a practical way to revolutionize your relationship with your family. But it requires some risk.
Building a Marriage That Lasts
Isolation can be defeated if you are willing to make the right choices to build oneness and intimacy.
Building Your Family With the Right Set of B...
Like the box top of a puzzle, God’s Word provides a necessary picture of what our lives are supposed to look like.
Do I Deserve Marriage My Way?
Our selfish nature distorts our view of life and marriage. But God has a different plan.
Embracing God’s Purposes for Marriage
Women have the tendency to pursue secondary purposes over God's primary purpose.
5 Essentials for a Thriving Marriage
Take a few minutes to evaluate how you can improve your marriage relationship.
Improve Your Marriage by Being Worse Parents
Parents often put their marriage relationship on the back burner. These four principles will help you balance working on your marriage while attempting to raise children.
Is Marriage a ‘Dying Institution’...
Marriage is facing some big challenges today, but that doesn't mean we should replace it with something different.
Is Marriage Just a ‘Piece of PaperR...
A growing number of couples are choosing to avoid marriage altogether.
On the Mountaintop or in the Valley
We found that attending a Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway was a different experience at different points in our lives.
The Futility of the 50/50 Plan
One the surface, this approach to marriage sounds reasonable, but in the end it won't work.
How Should We Define Marriage Today?
What does it mean for followers of Christ to live in a culture that often defines marriage differently than the Bible does?
A Surprise Celebration
What started as a family reunion turned into a time of intense gratitude for the goodness of God in giving us the years my husband and I have had together
What the Latest Shooting Taught Me About Pro...
How a husband can best protect his wife from the evil that lurks in this world.
6 Ways to Make Yourself ‘Marry-able’
In these days it takes an intentional effort to arrive at marriage with optimal spiritual, relational, and emotional health.
A Marriage Struck by Lightning
When Ryan and Sarah were jolted by forces out of their control, they saw God transform the circumstances into good.
Afraid of Commitment?
The story of two people who realized that commitment to one another is grounded in surrender to Jesus Christ.
Are You Preparing for a Wedding or for a Mar...
A wedding is not the completion of engagement but the beginning of a new life.
Proposal Stories to Remember
When I asked my coworkers about how they got engaged, I discovered some proposals that put a smile on my face.
Sabrina’s Wedding: The Covenant
October 2003 Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a three-part series. You can read part one here and part two here. Our wedding day couldn’t have been more beautiful. The sun was shining, and the breeze was cool. My first waking moments were serene. “It’s my wedding day,” I thought as I enjoyed […]
Still Looking for Prince Charming
If you want a truly "happily ever after" ending, you need to look for love the wise way
Stopping the Cycle Entering Marriage as a Ch...
So you’re getting married! Congratulations! According to the latest research, if you are under the age of 30, there is a 58% chance that you are entering your marriage as a child of divorce. Do you fall into this category? If you’re wondering what on earth that has to do with the fact that you […]
The 8 Symbols of Isolation in Marriage
Every day each partner in a marriage makes choices that result in oneness or in isolation.
3 Characteristics of a Repentant Spouse
If you want a strong marriage, there comes a time to be honest about yourself.
Who Does the Housework?
How can we uphold what the Bible says about marital relationships and make good decisions about housework?
Can God Do the Impossible in a Marriage
I wrote an article for The Family Room ezine called “She Hated Her Husband.” It was about Brian and Julie Moreau’s disintegrating relationship and the key role that a Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway played in saving their marriage. A skeptical reader posted this comment below the article: “If this story is really true maybe […]
‘Indivisible’ Deals With Conflicts in Wa...
New film tells the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner, who survived on the battlefield but almost lost his marriage in the process.
What Should Be the Wife’s ‘Role...
While the Bible doesn't apply our modern word "role" to marriage, the Scriptures are clear about the unique responsibilities God assigns to a wife.
Managing Emotions in the Midst of Disagreeme...
The goal of a balanced communicator is to properly manage and express both thoughts and emotions.
What Does the Bible Say About Divorce? When...
Too many couples today decide that if their marriage isn't working, they should get out. But the Scriptures point to a God who can bring healing.
Why Sex Is So Important to Your Husband
God wired men and women very differently. And a man's sexual performance with his wife is an inseparable part of who he is.
50 Things To Say to Your Husband to Make Him...
Your words have great power in the life of your husband ... they can lift him up and give him confidence, or they can beat him down.
Are You Married and Lonely?
Most people believe marriage is the cure for loneliness, but you actually began battling the dreaded foe of isolation when you drove off on your honeymoon.
Surviving ‘Engagement Season’ as a Singl...
If you’re anything like me, you dread the feelings this season brings.
Does Your Marriage Need Help?
In a culture of self-sufficiency, seeking help may seem shameful or weak, but teachable followers of Christ know better.
5 Biggest Little Ways to Improve Your Marria...
A few small actions carry surprising power in building a lasting relationship.
3 Practical Steps to Biblical Leadership in...
For the sake of our wives, we must once again assume our role as leaders who execute our God-given responsibility with humble hearts and loving service.
Do You Love Your Wife Out of Obligation?
It takes courage for husbands to fulfill God’s calling to love their wives for a noble purpose.
Romance for Dummies
Romance isn’t something you bring out on special occasions. It's one way you can express your care and love for each other.
10 Rules for Good Communication With Your Hu...
Good communication requires certain rules and guidelines, which are simple in one sense and extremely difficult in another.
Avoid the Greener Grass Syndrome
The best way to protect yourself from an affair is to water your own marriage.
My Father’s Secret to Staying in Love
As a wonderful example of a godly husband and father, I've always been able to go to my father for advice about anything.
State and Local Counseling Organizations
The purpose and objectives of this list of state and local counseling organizations are strictly informative and educational.
His Lies Finally Caught Up With Him
Mary Murray felt betrayed, and Mike felt desperate and suicidal. That's when God stepped in.
He Didn’t Know His Marriage Was Dying
Alberto and Debbie Rodriguez were two strangers living in the same house. One was getting lonelier and lonelier … while the other was clueless.
It’s Never Too Late for God to Save Yo...
If you drink deeply from the well of God’s love, you will inevitably pour that love into each other.
He Returned Home a Troubled Man
Rusty Mauney couldn’t forget his wartime experience in Iraq. As he found relief in alcohol, his wife, Marsha, began asking God to save their marriage.
3 Keys to Living in Contentment
We can learn to live happily even if we are denied things we consider essential.
10 Tips for Leading Marriage Small Groups
As you prepare for facilitating a small group, you will find God strengthening your own marriage and giving you a heart to minister to others.
A Great Love Life Without 50 Shades of Anyth...
These five steps have personally helped me have enjoyable and satisfying intimacy with my husband.
Why Mike Pence Is Wise to Protect His Marria...
Constructing "zones" or "hedges" around marriage can help protect against temptation and appearances of impropriety.
What Husbands Wish Their Wives Knew About Me...
A wife can help her husband be what God wants him to be by understanding his needs.
A Backdoor to Happiness in Marriage
If you want a great relationship, learn to showcase your spouse.
10 Ways to Let Your Husband Know You’r...
Don't let another day go by without communicating admiration for your husband.
3 Priorities for Every Married Woman
No matter what your marriage stage—newlyweds, raising young children or teenagers, empty nest with grandkids—we share some common needs as wives.
3 Tips for Investing in Your Husband
Likewise, you can strengthen your husband's self-esteem. But first you must recognize where he needs bolstering.
Remembering How God Is Working
A couple weeks ago, in my work here at FamilyLife, I was feeling lazy and listless, uncreative and unmotivated. Looking for some inspiration, I began reading through a pile of comments from couples who attended a recent Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway in Indianapolis. It took me all of two minutes to shake away my […]
30 Ways to Love Your Wife
Here's a list of non-sexual ways to make your wife feel loved, valued, cherished, and affirmed. It will do wonders for your marriage.
Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages
If research showed you there were five things you could do to turn a marriage around or to keep a marriage strong, and that they were easy and free, what would you do? Well, here’s your chance. Shaunti Feldhahn spent years interviewing couples to find the ones who had the happiest marriages. Her purpose was to […]
Unrealistic Expectations Almost Destroyed My...
In the midst of my pain and self-centered complaining, I exhausted my husband and saddened God.
I Decided to Give the Whole ‘FaithR...
During the early years of their marriage, Jim and Nina Roesner made some life-changing decisions at Weekend to Remember getaways.
The Enemy of Your Marriage
It doesn’t take long for fear to replace trust, for intimacy to be broken. Just look at what happened in the first marriage.
A Marriage Raised From the Dead
Less than 12 months after Tim and Teena Hoover married, their vows to God and to one another were shattered.
What if I Want Sex More Than My Husband Does...
If your needs are vastly different than your husband's needs, work together to find the right balance or compromise for mutual sexual fulfillment.
7 Truths to Remember in Troubled Times
Concerned about economic, political, racial, and moral instability in our culture? Disheartened by struggles in your personal life? Here’s what to focus on when the ground shakes beneath your feet.
Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage
Marriage offers a tremendous opportunity to do something about our tendency to go our own way.
Wondering If God Will Give Me a Husband
I have come to see that I must think about my singleness in terms of a space for growth toward Christlikeness.
Would She Walk Out on Her Marriage?
Troy and Sara Groves once said divorce was not an option. But they didn’t anticipate the struggles they’d face with weaknesses, expectations, and bitterness.
Recovering Intimacy After an Affair
If you're willing to wade into the deep waters, God will help you put the pieces of your broken relationship back together. You can survive—and even thrive.
What’s the Real Problem in Your Marria...
Instead of focusing on treating the symptoms, identify the underlying "disease" in your marriage with these six suggestions.
Wrestling With God Over a Broken Marriage
Trusting my husband was not an option, but I wondered if I could trust God.
Shut Up and Listen
It was one of the biggest conflicts of our marriage. And as I sat there full of anger and self-righteousness, I knew that I hadn't handled it correctly.
When Your Husband Needs Help—and Doesn’t...
You have strengths your husband doesn’t have. It takes a bit of wisdom and skill to help in a harmonious, nonthreatening way.
10 Things a Man Needs to Know About Marriage
In a culture of counterfeits and mistruths, marriage needs to be re-branded as an awesome, noble, and challenging adventure.
2 Steps to Keep Your Marriage From Going Sta...
A husband and wife often begin drifting apart so slowly that they hardly recognize it's happening.
What Are Your ‘Sexpectations’?
It's easy to allow unrealistic or harmful expectations about sex to run rampant through my mind. When that happens I need to stop and ask a few questions.
Reader Responses: Marriages We Most Admire
Editor’s note, May 2015: In a recent FamilyLife contest, participants were asked, “What marriage do you most admire, and why?” Here’s a selection of their responses. For more, read “The Marriages We Admire.” 1. My former pastor and his wife … they are both with the Lord now. They had very different strengths but they […]
Shut Up and Let Her Talk
Your wife's need to be heard is her way of letting you be the caretaker and confidant her mother and friends used to be.
Marriage Always Turns Out Different Than Exp...
My wife's suffering taught us that marriage can bind our hearts together in an unconditional love that our human emotions could never manufacture on their own.
15 Ways to Refresh Your Marriage
No matter where your marriage is, it can always become stronger. Here are some ideas for those who want to shake things up a bit.
Are You Listening?
Three communication tips based on wisdom gained from years (and years) of trial and error.
When Sex Is at the Bottom of Your List
Marriage has taught me how different I am sexually from my husband.
10 Questions to Ask Your Wife Every Year
An annual exercise to listen to your wife's words and hear from her heart.
Nourishing and Cherishing Your Wife
The goal of our love is to see our wives become more like Christ. I must be ready to die to myself as I cleanse her, nourish her, and cherish her.
Embracing Your Differences in Marriage
The unique, fresh traits that attracted you to your spouse can become tiresome after you are married.
3 Weeds to Pull From Your Marriage Garden
No matter how much effort goes into a garden, it will all be in vain if you don't deal with weeds.The same goes with marriage.
Reader Responses Ideas for Special Getaways
We asked readers to send us ideas on special getaways with their spouse. Here are some of the replies.
Romancing Your Man
Renewing romance in your marriage means taking the time to work on your relationship. Epress love to your husband like you want him to express it to you.
9 Steps to Defeat Isolation in Your Marriage
Every marriage, no matter how good, needs a plan to combat isolation and to bring about intimacy.
How to Write a Love Note
The most meaningful of love letters are simply true, humble expressions of the heart. Learn about the elements of a love letter and things to avoid.
Face Your Blitzes With Confidence
When you face hardships, it helps to know the truth about God’s peace and sovereignty.
The Same Old Argument
It seemed like the 1948th time we’d had the same exchange. But the solution this time was different.
I Never Made It to the Super Bowl
As an NFL quarterback, I yearned to make the big game. But as much as I love football, I realize it can easily distract us from more important goals.
7 More Things a Man Should Know About Marria...
In last week’s Marriage Memo, I wrote of seven things men need to know about marriage. In a culture of counterfeits and mistruths, it’s important to understand what marriage is about. Here are seven more things men should know. As you read through the list, ask God to remake you and help you understand what […]
7 Things a Man Needs to Know About Marriage
The North Star of relationships is is knowing Jesus Christ and His purpose for marriage, and trusting in His strength.
5 Tips for Investing in Your Wife
Your wife needs your creative energy if she is to become all that God designed her to be.
Growing Old Together: Like a Beautiful Old B...
I wouldn’t trade our empty nest years for the relationship we had in our youth for anything.
“Boss” in the Workplace, “...
How does marriage work when the wife has a high-power position in the working world?
10 Surprising Ways to Increase Romance
Believe it or not, these small changes can amplify your feelings of love without mood lighting or lingerie.
Bill and Vonette Bright and the Early-Marria...
Early in their marriage, Bill and Vonette Bright realized they needed an anchor for their relationship.
The Courage to Resist Temptation
One foolish choice made in a moment of weakness can wipe out years of integrity.
After the Affair: Rebuilding Our Marriage
When Brad left a note saying he was moving out for good, I wondered where God was.
Don’t Let Bitterness Poison Your Marri...
Over time, repeated hurts can build up to destroy a relationship, but these suggestions can help you heal before the damage is done.
Building a Spiritual Foundation for Your Mar...
Make sure you use all the resources and tools God makes available to build oneness in your relationship.
10 Classic Romantic Films Your Husband Won&...
These movies fall somewhere in between 'chick flicks' and 'man movies,' with strong romance to please wives, and enough other elements to attract husbands.
Affair Proof Your Marriage
In this on-the-go, always-plugged-in culture, our lives are hectic and our schedules are packed. Here are some ideas to improve intimacy in your marriage.
Romance in a Busy Marriage
For mothers, parenting children can be an enemy of romance. Check out these practical tips for reining in a busy lifestyle.
4 Tips for Giving Grace in Your Marriage
Don’t let little issues grow into resentment and isolation.
8 Steps for Redeeming Your Marriage Relation...
The next time you and your spouse find yourselves in a “discussion,” follow these steps for resolving relational conflicts in marriage.
Choose Your Conflict Style
It's nearly impossible to connect your life to another and not have significant disagreements. These ideas will help you direct your conflicts in a positive way.
Avoiding the Tough Conversations
Let me encourage you to step into the relationship rather than away from it. Be courageous.
Do You Have Unrealistic Expectations for You...
Because God is faithful, powerful, and willing, you can be realistic and hopeful about your marriage at the very same time.
Emotionally Destructive Relationship Questio...
Help in evaluating the emotional health of your marriage.
I Love Fall So Ill Overlook Halloween
One of the most important principles for resolving conflicts or differences in relationships is overlooking an offense.
My Husband Is an Overbearing Jerk … an...
When did our culture decide that marriage was supposed to be light and fluffy?
She Learned Her Lessons the Hard Way
Practical suggestions that any married couple could apply—no matter how healthy your relationship.
Tired of Fighting About the Same Things?
Here are three principles that can help you address the issues that keep popping up to disrupt your marriage relationship.
Who Is Your Closest Neighbor
What could be closer than your own home, and who could be closer than your own spouse.
Why Do We Keep Arguing?
Once we understood each other’s dreams, and once we each realized what the other person was valuing, our attitudes changed.
She Was Ready to Leave Her Husband
Before she got a divorce, her mother had one task for her to complete.
Are You in an Abusive Relationship?
An abuser typically has a well-stocked arsenal of ways to exert power over you.
8 Keys to a Successful Marriage
Looking back, it was easy for us to fall in love. But staying in love, well … that takes hard work.
An Investment in Your Marriage
Even before I began working for FamilyLife, I used to tell people that the Weekend to Remember® was the “best conference I’ve ever attended.” Merry and I went when we were engaged, and we’ve attended several times since then. The weekend provided an invaluable foundation for our marriage—a clear biblical understanding of God’s purposes for […]
The Ashley Madison Bomb
If your name is on the Ashley Madison list, or if you have some other secret infidelity like pornography or strip clubs, here are some steps to take right now.
They Got an Annulment for Their Divorce
Alex and Jill Averitt learned that nothing is impossible for God.
Do We Have to Talk About Submission?
Submission is one of those often caricatured, rarely understood parts of the Christian life.
10 Principles to Keep Christ at the Center o...
God has a purpose for our lives and for the homes where we spend those lives.
Those Little ‘Foxes’ That Rob Ma...
How do you balance motherhood with being an attractive, romantic, interesting wife?
She Never Gave Up on Her Husband
Tom Flippin resisted God nearly all his life. But in the end, God answered his wife’s prayers.
Becoming the Man of Her Dreams
Your wife needs you to pursue a relationship with her—not just when you want sex, but as a way of life.
Honoring and Encouraging Our Wives
First Peter 3:7 tells me to live with my wife “in an understanding way” and to “grant her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life.”
Memories That Make Us One
During the first two days of our recent vacation in western Montana, the air was filled with smoke from forest fires. My wife, Merry, and I could barely make out the outline of the Bitterroot Mountains. Then a cold front swept out the smoke … and replaced it with rain and low-hanging clouds. We drove […]
What Happens When Couples Pray
Seven stories of couples who decided to make prayer a daily discipline.
20 Ideas for Dating Your Wife
Only you know how to best cultivate and guard the woman God has given you.
The Freedom of Forgiveness
The result of obeying God and forgiving your spouse is not bondage, but freedom.
Praying Together Makes Our Joy Complete
A radio listener tells how God used the radio to get her attention.
The Danger of Flirting
Protect your marriage by watching how you talk with the opposite sex, even in jest.
Remembering How God Is Working
Letters from a Weekend to Remember marriage getaway show that people are still hungry to know Christ.
4 Reminders for the Directionally Challenged
Some would call me “directionally-challenged.” While my husband, Jim, seems to know where he is at all times, I have difficulty following a map or someone’s directions. I’ve been lost more often than I’d like to admit. It happened again when I went to visit a new friend who lives in the country. She gave […]
A Real Life Vacation
My wife, Merry, and I have enjoyed some wonderful, adventurous, and romantic vacations over the years. We’ve been on trips to London, New England, Montana, Oregon, Washington D.C., New York City. We’ve relaxed on sunny beaches in Hawaii, Florida, and South Carolina. And then we’ve taken lots of vacations like the one last week: working […]
Astonished at Radical Obedience
If your spouse wouldn’t talk to you for a day or two, you’d probably find it difficult. But what if your spouse refused to speak for three years? That was the situation June Sims faced after 34 years of marriage to her husband, Lamar. As you can read in a fascinating article by Mary Larmoyeux, Lamar […]
What Every Husband Needs to Know
Most men are not necessarily unwilling to meet their wife's needs; they simply are unaware of what those needs really are.
Don’t Get Stuck in the Empty Nest
As we've moved through this new season of our lives, we've realized that God has something great planned for our future together.
Three Pitfalls to Avoid in an Empty Nest Mar...
When your kids leave the home, you are forced to consider your marriage relationship in a new light.
8 Ways to Protect Your Marriage
These suggestions will help you stand firm in the battle for a strong marriage.
Avoiding Emotional Adultery
As I began to delve once again into God's Word, I recognized three steps I should have taken when faced with the temptation.
Found With Another Man
Strange as it may seem, it was a relief when I realized my husband knew my secret.
Lust Love and Loyalty
As I read through several articles about an MSNBC.com/iVillage survey “Lust, Love & Loyalty," I was struck by the fact that I was reading a lot more about lust and love than I was about loyalty.
My Wife’s Affair Shattered and Saved O...
Our marriage was a mess, and we needed to break a lot of bad habits in how we related to each other.
Rental Car: $211.15 … Protecting My Marria...
Some women would feel comfortable taking a four-hour drive to the airport with a trusted male friend. I didn’t.
Sharing Past Extramarital Affairs with Your...
Your affair may have ended in the past, but unless it's dealt with, it will continue to impact the present and threaten the future.
Every Marriage Needs Renewal and Refreshment
“Just a week before the I Still Do™ event,” she said, “I used the ‘D word’ against my husband in front of our daughters.” The “D word” is “divorce.” And that’s a word that children don’t like to hear from the lips of their parents. “My 9-year-old broke down and cried, exclaiming ‘What’s happening?’ She […]
Every Marriage Needs Renewal and Refreshment
Comments from the I Still Do event show the power of getting away to get it together.
Walking Through Tragedy: Looking for Graces
The blessings that took place in my life after tragedy gave me hope and reminded me that there was someone larger than this life who is in control.
When a Spouse Dies
Sometimes the futility of life strikes hard and we're forced to look for the hidden treasures.
Are You Done Making a Difference?
Too many men over 55 think their best days are behind them. It’s time to resurrect the noble mantle of “patriarch.”
Dancing With the Stars? Not Exactly.
I learned more than rhythm while taking dancing lessons with my husband.
Loving the Prime Time Years
Part of our passion is encouraging couples to determine how God can use them after their children leave the nest.
Overcoming Loneliness When Your Children Lea...
Adjusting to a new reality can be an especially difficult task.
Overcoming the Challenges of an Empty Nest
A couple can either move toward the death of their relationship, or look forward to what this new season of marriage has to offer.
The Midlife Question: Who Am I?
When you define your identity vertically, you will be able to stand even when the things around you are passing away.
This Old Sack of Bones
The older we grow, the more our bodies deteriorate. And that's not necessarily bad.
How to Say ‘Yes’ to Forgiveness
It's very difficult to ask God to forgive those who hurt us, especially when the hurt runs deep.
Twenty Ways to Pray for Your Wife
This topical list will guide you to praying for your wife in every area of her life.
Ten Things a Husband Can Say When His Wife F...
Here is some advice that can help you navigate these waters successfully, including a few good lines that always work.
6 No-No’s for Relating to Your Woman
If you want to understand and love your wife, here are some things you should never do.
8 Mistakes I’ve Made in Marriage
After 25 years, I can see a few things I should never have done (and sometimes still do).
Do You Have the Courage to Take Your Spiritu...
These five suggestions are not for the weak of heart.
He’s Been Gone for Years
We talk about how important marriage and family is, but where are we directing our emotional energy each day?
Give Your Wife a Mom’s Night Out
When my husband surprises me with a night out, he shows me that he has a sincere desire for me to have some time to myself. And that makes my heart soar.
What Did Jesus Do?
How do you love your wife as Christ loves the church? For husbands, this involves understanding what Christ does for us, thinks of us, and becomes for us.
What Will Be Your Legacy?
A challenge for men to become the sacrificial lovers and servant-leaders of their families.
What Wives Wish Their Husbands Knew About Me...
Husband's don't need to 'fix' the problem, just show that they care.
Men, Who’s Wearing the Pants at Your H...
Why is it that some men can initiate great tasks and conquer overwhelming obstacles at work and remain so passive in relationships or in leading at home?
Why Can’t Women Just Come Out and Say...
Whatever you mean by the statement, it doesn't cut it with husbands in the truth department.
Why Do I Act Like I Don’t Love My Wife...
It’s the underside of marriage, the reality of living with someone day in and day out in a fallen world. We need to see ourselves as we really are.
Even after more than 40 years together, our need to forgive each other is as fresh as it was on our wedding day.
If You Were Sexually Involved Before Marriag...
I believe a negative attitude about sex wages war against Christian marriages.
A Ship With Plenty of Power
Dennis Rainey and Bob Lepine, co-hosts of FamilyLife Today®, returned recently from FamilyLife’s third annual Love Like You Mean It™ cruise. The same week of the LLYMI cruise, another cruise ship made headlines when it lost power and had to be towed back to port, but Dennis reports that the LLYMI cruise had plenty of […]
Changing a Sour Attitude: The Readers Respon...
I could tell I touched a nerve in my recent Marriage Memo on “How Do You Change a Bad Attitude?”. When I asked for input from readers, quite a few began by admitting to the same problem. “I have found myself in the position you describe far more times that I like to admit,” one […]
Give Your Wife a ‘Moms’ Night Ou...
Moms need to recharge, to be appreciated and encouraged. Not just once a year, but every day.
Meet America’s Longest-Married Couple
John Betar and Ann Shawah grew up across the street from each other in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They fell in love, but her father had arranged for her to be married to a man 20 years her senior. So John and Ann eloped. That was in 1932. John and Ann recently celebrated their 81st anniversary, […]
My FamilyLife: Connecting Through Your Smart...
There’s no doubt about it—for many people, life seems to revolve around the smartphone. It’s their connection to friends and family. It’s their source of information and entertainment and distraction. It’s what they use to read and listen and watch. It’s their phone, their camera, their map, their appointment calendar, their address and phone book, […]
Readers Comment on Date Nights
In a recent Marriage Memo, “Reclaiming Date Night,” Suzanne Thomas wrote of her dismay after asking FamilyLife Facebook readers about what they do for date nights with their spouses. “I expected people to respond with some creative ideas, but I was surprised at the response,” she wrote, “Nearly everyone said they have no date nights […]
Readers Talk About Negotiating the New Norma...
After Dennis Rainey’s June 10 Marriage Memo, “Establishing the ‘New Normal’ in Your Marriage,” a number of readers wrote to tell about the struggles they faced with this issue. As Dennis wrote of the “new normal” dilemma: Each of you brings a different background and a different set of expectations into your marriage. Your family […]
Meet America’s Longest-Married Couple
Eighty-one years ago, John and Ann Betar were told their marriage wouldn’t last.
Letting Go in Emotionally Destructive Relati...
Three steps for experiencing healing and growing in maturity.
10 Ways to Create a More Romantic Bedroom
The bedroom should be a place where love and romance are cultivated, encouraged, and celebrated. And yet it is often treated as a storeroom for clutter.
4 Ideas to Improve Your Lovemaking
Your sexual relationship can be an oasis for the two of you in marriage. These ideas can help relief from routine and a refuge from stress.
Before You Touch Her Body
For romance to deepen, here is a truth that should be emblazoned on the heart of every husband.
10 Ideas to Help You Renew Romance in Spring
This spring, why not bring back to life the buds of romance you once enjoyed? These ideas can help you make romance come alive in the season of new birth.
Keeping the Love Tank Full
Marriage is designed to meet the need for intimacy and love. Perhaps deep inside a hurting couple is an invisible "emotional love tank" with its gauge on empty.
More Than a Love Letter
Words don't cost anything, and yet when used the right way they are priceless ... truly a gift of the heart.
Not in the Mood? Ask Yourself, ‘Why No...
Whether it’s bad breath, a headache, or hot flashes, something often gets in the way of sex. Here are some ways to overcome roadblocks to intimacy in your marriage.
Rekindling the Fire of Romance
It doesn't require much money to revitalize the spark of romance in marriage. What you do need is the commitment to do it.
The Marriages We Admire
Responses from readers show that the love you demonstrate for your spouse will be one of your greatest legacies.
Reader Responses: Marriages We Most Admire
Editor’s note, May 2015: In a recent FamilyLife contest, participants were asked, “What marriage do you most admire, and why?” Here’s a selection of their responses. For more, read “The Marriages We Admire.” 1. My former pastor and his wife … they are both with the Lord now. They had very different strengths but they […]
Bitterness Is Like a Dirty Diaper
Forgiveness is the key to getting rid of the nasty emotions churning inside you.
Forgiving the Unforgivable: Marital Unfaithf...
My husband could not ignore the fact that I had an affair, but he chose to let go of my offense. Then I had to learn how to receive it.
Help! I Married a Sinner
It didn't take long for me to realize my spouse would fail. It gave me the opportunity to practice what I preached.
It All Starts With the Cross
Kirk and Chelsea Cameron describe what has made their “Hollywood marriage” work.
What It Means to Forgive
Thinking about forgiveness in terms of four basic decisions helps us forgive others the way God forgives us.
When It’s Hard to Forgive
As Christians, we can excuse the unforgivable in others because God has excused the unforgivable in us.
5 Things We Can Do to Build Up Marriage
The most important cultural question is not, “What are we going to do about same-sex marriage?” It’s, “What are we going to do about marriage?”
An ‘Oh, Wow!’ Insight on Marriag...
After one of my messages, a man told me about the turning point in his marriage relationship.
Are You Settling for Artificial Intimacy?
A good marriage isn't something you find; it's something you make. And you have to keep on making it.
Married for 71 Years
Who doesn’t enjoy a good story? Especially a love story? As a writer for FamilyLife, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing lots of men and women about their marriages and families. But no one has been married as long as Orvil and Edith Thomas. Their commitment to one another has never wavered for more than […]
My First Christmas Without Laurie
On July 8, 2009, my wife Laurie was diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost three long years later, she died on April 4, 2012. Soon my two sons and I will have our first Christmas without Mom. Although it hasn’t been easy, I am filled with hope. Like lots of other people I know, Laurie and […]
The Big Fat Cheap Wedding
Many couples today view the wedding as a celebration of what they’ve attained rather than a commitment to spending their lives together.
I’m Not Going Anywhere
In marriage we need a love that is faithful to the end—because Christians are a people who lean into the covenant of grace.
Would They Throw Away 22 Years of Marriage?
Tracey Penrod refused to give up when she learned her husband was having an affair with his ex-wife.
An Extra Reason for Rejoicing
by Abraham Lara As Christmas day approaches many of you will be finishing last-minute details at work, or driving to Grandma’s house, or shopping for groceries before the big meal. As we gather with friends and family to celebrate Christmas, I am reminded of couples who have an extra reason for rejoicing this year. Couples […]
A Remodeled Barn and a Transformed Marriage
Jim and Penny Nally's barn was once a sore spot in their troubled marriage, but now is a place of hope.
What Makes an Unforgettable Wedding?
Why is God so often absent from our ceremonies, except as a token prayer or Scripture reading?
Would She Choose Her Husband … or Her Fath...
An unexpected trial in the early years of one marriage.
8 Decisions That Will Define Your Marriage
How we answered these questions set the direction and foundation for our married life.
3 Questions That Can Transform a Marriage
No matter what your situation, I'm confident that there is hope for any marriage.
Doing Nothing Is Not an Option
Join us in standing firm for families and committing to faithfulness in marriage.
When Your Marriage or Family is in Crisis
Here are four biblical reminders when you face serious family problems.
National Counseling and Conflict Resolution...
National Counseling and Conflict Resolution Organizations
A Final Gift to a Grieving Wife
In death as in life, my brother reflected Christ’s love and compassion.
What Are You Worth?
If people can come to grips with the real purpose of money and understand the truth about it from God's perspective, their lives and marriages will benefit greatly.
40 Things Husbands Should Stop Doing
Some down-to-earth, practical advice for men who want to step up to their responsibilities.
Why the 50/50 Plan Won’t Work in Marri...
If you're keeping score in your marriage, you're in trouble.
Wishing He Were Your Husband
When you're caught in emotional adultery, these four steps will help guide your heart back to your spouse.
The Popular Sport of Male Bashing
Your spouse is likely to reflect what he or she hears and feels from you
Q & A: Encouraging Husbands to Lead Spir...
It's important to realize there are different ways to give spiritual leadership in the home.
50 Ideas to Inspire Your Husband
A wife has the unique ability to help her husband feel the freedom to reach his fullest potential as the man God has created him to be.
3 Things Your Spouse Needs to Hear
These simple, heartfelt statements will deepen your love for each other.
A Tribute to Barbara
As their 40th anniversary approached, Dennis wrote the following letter to his wife.
10 Ideas: Workday Encouragement
Even simple acts of support can give your spouse the boost he or she needs during a busy work week.
30 Ways to Start a Conversation With Your Sp...
A list to keep you talking with your spouse for a whole month.
A Small Harbor of Reconnection
Just a five-second look helped connect my mom and dad during a frenzy of activity.
Do You Really Need Your Spouse?
True partnerships are cemented by couples who frequently and specifically verbalize their need of one another.
Q&A: Engaging an Unresponsive Spouse
Recognizing what is your responsibility and what you need to leave in God's hands.
Reclaiming Date Night
Intentional sharing and meaningful time together are too important to the health of your marriage to be neglected.
Talking Through Difficult Issues
You can’t avoid the tough conversations in marriage, but you can conduct them in a way that will ultimately bring you closer to your spouse.
The Bass I Found on the Bargain Rack
Using word pictures was the key to communication in our marriage.
Why It’s Important to Get Away With Yo...
When did you last have time to talk about the important things of life?
Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages
Research shows that five little things separate great relationships from the rest.
Divorce Changes the Flavor of Memories
How many couples considering divorce underestimate the impact it will have on their children?
Editor’s Note: Here are three recipes mentioned on the July 12, 2014, broadcast of FamilyLife This Week®. The bon bon recipe is very old; if you try to make it, we hope that you are successful and have fun! Bon Bons (Dalcie Rainey) 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup white corn syrup 1/2 cup whipping cream […]
No Matter What, I Still Do
Every day, good or bad, my husband and I remain committed to our marriage
Does Your Spouse Annoy You?
Accepting your differences will help you mature beyond the downsides of your personalities.
Is Marriage All About You
In 2007 the Pew Research Center surveyed over 2,000 Americans for a study on attitudes about marriage and family. In one of the questions, participants were asked: Here is a list of things which some people think make for a successful marriage. Please tell me, for each one, whether you think it is very important, […]
Raising Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Hom...
Regardless of how we arrived in our unequally yoked marriage, we are part of God's plans and our spiritually mismatched homes are vital to His purposes.
After 70 Years of Marriage, They Both Died W...
The love story of Kenneth and Helen Felumlee was anything but ordinary