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Embracing Your Differences in Marriage

Editor’s Note: As her daughters began their married lives, Barbara Rainey wanted to share some of the lessons she learned throughout her own marriage as well as those gleaned from…

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Why Sex Is So Important to Your Husband

My husband, Dennis, and I received an email about the romantic differences between men and women. It began by asking, “How do you romance a woman?” Answer: “Wine her, dine…

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Why Sex Is So Important to Your Wife

Let me make something clear up front. You might be tempted to think that there would never be a time when you, as a man, would turn down the sexual…

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The “Superior Wife Syndrome”

On a recent Monday morning, I had turned on the Today Show to catch our local news and weather on the half hour. As I listened from the kitchen, I…

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When Opposites Attract in Marriage

According to legend, Emperor Huang Ti of China is reported to have said to his wife, Xi Ling Shi, “I have a problem. I notice that our mulberry trees are…

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The Eight Symbols of Isolation

The Eight Symbols of Isolation

Every day each partner in a marriage makes choices that result in oneness or in isolation.

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Q&A: Making Decisions When You Disagree

In your articles and on radio, you talk about male leadership in the home. But it’s also clear that, when you and Barbara are making a decision, you have a…

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Who Does the Housework?

Who Does the Housework?

How can we uphold what the Bible says about marital relationships and make good decisions about housework?

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How God Uses Suffering for His Glory

Since God is the source of all goodness, his glory is the wellspring of all joy. What God does for his own sake benefits us. Therefore whatever glorifies him is good for…

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He Returned Home a Troubled Man

When Rusty Mauney thinks about Iraq, he remembers the burn pits with the stench of incinerated food and scorched plastic. He remembers the open sewage that ran freely through the…

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What Are You Worth?

When I was a boy, I was involved in a small business as part of a 4-H Club project. By buying and selling lambs, including showing them at the county…

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3 Keys to Living in Contentment

3 Keys to Living in Contentment

We can learn to live happily even if we are denied things we consider essential.

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A Backdoor to Happiness in Marriage

Famed Russian-born ballet choreographer George Balanchine once said, “Ballet is woman.” The best male dancers recognize that their role is all about showcasing the female dancer’s beauty, particularly during pas…

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Does Your Spouse Annoy You?

One week before I got married, I bought a “muscle car.” My brother Tom and I spent a day and a half up in Pennsylvania rebuilding the engine. A few…

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7 Truths to Remember in Troubled Times

Years ago our family of eight and some dear friends of ours with their two kids vacationed in a small condo on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern…

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Communicating About Money

by Howard Dayton   While I was at work one day I received a text message from my neighbor, Carlos Garcia, asking to schedule an urgent meeting with him and…

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Getting Out of Debt

by Margaret Feinberg While visiting Alaska one summer, I met the man of my dreams. We began dating, and within a few months it became obvious to both of us…

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The Grand Illusion

I want to let you in on a little secret. Whether you know it or not, your marriage is susceptible to the “American Dream Syndrome.” Through an endless parade of…

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2 Steps to Keep Your Marriage From Going Stale

2 Steps to Keep Your Marriage From Going Stale

A husband and wife often begin drifting apart so slowly that they hardly recognize it’s happening.

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Marriage Always Turns Out Different Than Expected

Editor’s note: On April 21, 2008, the world changed for Jay and Katherine Wolf. Just six months after giving birth to a son, Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke….

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How can I keep my family strong in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

The older you become, the more you realize that trials and problems and even calamities are inevitable—they are a normal part of life. Things may be peaceful in your life…

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3 Weeds to Pull From Your Marriage Garden

3 Weeds to Pull From Your Marriage Garden

It’s important to deal with these threats to your marriage immediately, ruthlessly, and consistently.

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Adrift in Marriage

Adrift in Marriage

Jerry and Olivia Dugan wanted to stay married but didn’t know how.

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9 Steps to Defeat Isolation in Your Marriage

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.

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Face Your Blitzes With Confidence

Having played quarterback in college and for 11 years in the NFL, I’ve been blindsided a few times. And I’ve definitely been hit by some blitzes that I wasn’t ready…

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Growing Old Together: Like a Beautiful Old Building

Growing Old Together: Like a Beautiful Old Building

I wouldn’t trade our empty nest years for the relationship we had in our youth for anything.

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Staying Strong in the Midst of Suffering

The older you become, the more you realize that trials and problems and even calamities are inevitable—they are a normal part of life. Things may be peaceful in your life…

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She Was Ready to Leave Her Husband

She Was Ready to Leave Her Husband

Before she got a divorce, her mother had one task for her to complete.

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Do We Have to Talk About Submission?

Every few months, marriage is all the rage in the media. The morning talk shows bring in trusted “experts” for a discussion on what makes a marriage work. Sometimes the…

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Balancing the Family Budget

Balancing the Family Budget

Five pointers that will benefit any couple.

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