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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Characteristics of a Repentant Spouse
If you want a strong marriage, there comes a time to be honest about yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Great Love Life Without 50 Shades of Anyth...
These five steps have personally helped me have enjoyable and satisfying intimacy with my husband.
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.
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.
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.
Unrealistic Expectations Almost Destroyed My...
In the midst of my pain and self-centered complaining, I exhausted my husband and saddened God.
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.
Defeating Selfishness in Your Marriage
Marriage offers a tremendous opportunity to do something about our tendency to go our own way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Strangers Observe You as a Married Coup...
Our world is in desperate need of married couples who strive to love and to serve each other.
8 Decisions That Will Define Your Marriage
How we answered these questions set the direction and foundation for our married life.
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?
No Matter What, I Still Do
Every day, good or bad, my husband and I remain committed to our marriage
After 70 Years of Marriage, They Both Died W...
The love story of Kenneth and Helen Felumlee was anything but ordinary
Marriage Requires Humility
Every day, the world bombards you with messages of power, independence, and control. Jesus tells you the opposite: Die to yourself.
Believe the Gospel Today
Reaffirming the truth of the gospel each day is the most important thing we can do to mature in our faith and to build a stronger marriage and healthier family.
Treat Him Like a Man
Love your husband without expectation and respect him as the man God created him to be.
Connecting With Your Spouse
Two tips for battling the “illusion of permanence” in your marriage relationship.
Faith and Hypocrisy in the Family
The home may be the place where it’s most difficult to live out our faith—and also the most important.
Your Husband’s Two Biggest Fears
You can do something about your husband’s twin fears. In fact, he will never get over them without you.
Loving the Way Jesus Loves
Everywhere I go, and in every relationship I have in life, I need more of the love of Jesus.
Put Yourself in Your Husband’s Shoes
In order to truly appreciate my husband, I need to practice empathy.
When Your Spouse Breaks Your Heart
You have a choice—you can go through the experience or grow through it.
What Makes a Marriage Distinctively Christia...
Two factors that make a marriage distinctively Christian.
Understanding the Deeper Purposes of Sex
Until we understand why God created sex, we won't make sense of His commands regarding sexual purity, for His commands always relate to His purposes.
Recovering From a Double Mastectomy
How my husband’s love helped me understand that my breasts didn’t define me as a woman.
Marriage Secrets From the Real Experts
“Looking back, I’ve caused us a lot of grief simply because I was a bulldozer. Bulldozers are powerful machines.” “I was a very obstinate guy and wanted things to go my way. Unfortunately … I even hate to admit it … I cheated on my wife for about 10 years of our marriage. She never […]
Becoming Best Friends
My friendship with Jim is built on a foundation of 37 years of shared adventures
How Would You Define Love?
This perspective can make your marriage an oasis in the middle of a thirsty culture. It can give you the ability to love for a lifetime.
“I Now Understand That God Truly Wants...
A participant in a pilot showing of The Art of Marriage® shares his experience
I’m Glad They Stayed Together
My parents could have taken the easy way out, but they chose to remain committed because it was the right thing to do.
Tom Brady’s Boo Boo
It's probably going to happen to each of us—in a time of frustration, we’ll say something negative we regret.
Is it Really “Nobody’s” Fa...
If we believe in marriage like we say we do, it's time to start taking responsibility for our relationships.
Accountability With Your Spouse
Scripture proclaims the value of mutual support or accountability in marriage.
Can Marriage Get Better Over Time
High expectations for marriage don’t have to result in disillusionment.
Don’t Do Marriage Alone
These "connecting" components will help you grow spiritually as a couple beyond your expectations.
Are You Helping Your Husband Follow His Drea...
Passion in life isn’t just something that happens; it must be sought.
He’s Not Your Dad, You’re Not Hi...
Your marital relationship will change significantly when your baby comes.
Helping Your Marriage Thrive After a New Bab...
Your marital relationship will change significantly when your baby comes.
Your Husband Needs to Be Cherished Too
Admiring your husband is no less important now than it was the day you got married.
A Demonstration of Faith
When Gary was ready to become the leader in our home, I had to learn to trust in God and allow my husband to perform his God-given role.
How Do I Make Love With Children Wrapped Aro...
With a little creativity, you can plan some innovative romantic excursions at home.
You'll be amazed at how a mom can set up Daddy as the hero of the house in his children’s eyes ... and you'll be amazed at what this will do for your man.
Does Your Husband Need Encouragement?
Your husband needs to be reassured that you still think he's wonderful, even if the rest of the world doesn't. Here are three ways you can build him up.
Encouraging Romance From Your Husband
Three steps to provide your husband the safety and encouragement he needs to set foot upon the path to a more romantic marriage.
Preventing Bitterness in Your Heart
If you tend to carry resentment toward your spouse, here are three steps to help you prevent bitterness from destroying your marriage.
Things I Take for Granted
When was the last time you thanked your spouse for everything he or she contributes to your life?
The Surpassing Greatness of His Power
The key to building the type of marriage and family that we long for.
Understanding Your Romantic Style
You probably fall into a pattern when it comes to romance. Here’s help in understanding what you prefer … and even more important, what your spouse desires.
Respect your Husband Like a VIP, Then Watch...
Respect is both a verb and a noun—an action and an attitude.
Q & A: A Wife’s Job Description
What is a wife’s job description? What are the duties and responsibilities involved?
The True Story Behind ‘The Vow’
When Krickitt Carpenter emerged from a coma following a car accident, she didn't know her husband. Here's the story behind the film, 'The Vow.'
Speaking From The Heart
"We have realized now that actually Charlie's ALS is a blessing because God has allowed him to be a voice to share His message of hope and encouragement."
Secrets to Matrimonial Friendship
If friendship has grown cold in your marriage, or was never given an opportunity to develop in the first place, these suggestions can help you change that.
Slaying the Phantom in Your Life
All of us have unattainable mental images of our roles in life, but there is a way to live free from their terror.
So the Romance Doesn’t Die
Don't mistake passionate love for romantic love; only one goes the distance.
Are You Married to Your Smartphone?
Technology is evolving so quickly that many of us are barely aware of how our changing behavior threatens our most important relationships.
When Romance Is Gone
In our busy world, it’s easy for the feeling of romance to fade away. Take some steps this week to enhance or reignite romance in your marriage.
When a Man Loves a Woman
A woman has seven basic needs that a man must learn to meet if he desires to love her as fully as God intended.
Fifty Shades of Caution
A few years ago my wife, Merry, said to me, “I’ve been hearing about this new book, Fifty Shades of Grey. I wonder if that would be good to read?” “Well, it’s a book about sexual bondage and sadism,” I replied. “Does that sound like something you want to read?” “I don’t think so.” It […]
Till Death Do Us Part
If you’re caring for an aging or ill loved one, you’ll find encouragement in the lessons learned and lived by former seminary president Robertson McQuilkin.
How Can I Motivate My Husband to Get Right W...
Many wives are growing in their faith but are married to men whose Christian growth seems stagnant.
Sex Is a Reflection of Oneness
Difficulties in a couple’s sex life often reflect deeper issues in their relationship.
Enjoy Life With the Woman Whom You Love
It's the little things that remind me how much I enjoy life with the wife God has given me.
Have You Lost that Lovin’ Feeling?
My husband and I lost our romantic spark, and our sense of adventure and fun. We got off track and stopped caring about each other.
Why We Need Marriage
In an age when so many question the need for marriage, it's helpful to remind ourselves why this was the first institution God created.
The ‘Good the Bad and the Ugly’...
Couples need to learn how to love each other with the love of God.
When Everything Is About Me! Me! Me!
In my effort to build a lasting marriage, I've realized I face a never-ending battle against my natural sinfulness and selfishness.
What Does God Think About Sex?
The Song of Solomon provides an excellent description of God's intention for sex between a husband and wife.
How Your Husband Defines Romance
In order to meet your husband's need for romance, you must understand that it means something different for him than it does for you.
The Foundation of a ‘Oneness Marriage...
God has given us divine blueprints that offer hope, direction, and purpose for marriage.
Superglue Your Marriage
The world's 50/50 Plan for marriage is destined for failure. God's plan calls for something much greater.
4 Clues Your Spouse Isn’t Listening
Communication struggles need to be identified before they can be repaired.
Just Tell Me What I Want to Hear
Even when it stings, I'm thankful for a husband who is straightforward.
The Number One Problem in Marriage
Open communication is essential to the life of a marriage relationship.
Walking With God in Your Marriage
These seven spiritual disciplines will help you build your house on the rock-solid foundation of Jesus Christ.
It's easy for a married couple to get into ruts—doing the same things together, year after year. Here are some ideas on how to plan a date night.
How Can I Increase Romance and Non-sexual In...
The foundation of a marriage is a commitment of unconditional love. Romance is an outward expression of that love ... and a thermometer of your relationship.
15 Ways to Please Your Husband
Enhance your husband's self-worth by discovering—and doing—what pleases him.
10 Ideas: Helping Your Marriage Last a Lifet...
Advice from couples who have been married over 50 years
11 Rules on Marriage You Won’t Learn i...
Here's some practical, counter-cultural advice on how to make marriage work.
After 25 Years, Am I Part of a Dying Breed?
In a world where life hits us hard at every turn we all long for a soft spot with arms that hold, eyes that embrace, and a heart that loves us in spite of ourselves–forever
5 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Covenant
It's time to realize our marriage vows are a covenant—a solemn oath made by a husband and wife to each other and to God. Here are some ideas for making a covenantal commitment a reality in your marriage.
Marriage Is Never What We Expect
I noticed three common themes that developed among responses to a recent series of Marriage Memo articles
After 72 Years They Died Holding Hands
Over many decades of marriage, Gordon and Norma Yeager were hardly apart.