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They Were Living in Survival Mode

For Dusk and Amy Bennett, the early years of marriage started like they do for most couples: They learned to adjust to each other’s habits and preferences. They shared their…

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They Left the “Rat Race” to Save Their Family

In many ways, Allen and Carmella Bryant appeared to be just like any other typical American couple—always on the go, every moment of every day packed … busy. But in…

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She Was Repulsed by Her Husband

When Star Molegraaf reluctantly stepped foot into the marriage counselor’s office, she had no real desire or hope to repair her broken marriage. Surely, she thought, God would not want…

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One Couple … Two Very Different Marriages

There were no warnings. Not when Silas and Natalie met that fall day of her freshman year in 1995 at Seattle Pacific University. Not in the two years they dated….

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He Led a Double Life

Scott Jennings never dreamed he would cross the line. But somehow it happened. He was unhappy at home. He loved Sherry, but … well, she was the boss at her…

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I Wanted Him to Die

Brad and Cindy* had been married for less than three years, but something was very wrong with their relationship. Brad had not been himself and Cindy suspected that he was…

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He Had Two Affairs in 18 Months

Chris James pulled his car over to the side in the middle of the bridge. He came to a rolling stop. Can I do it? he wondered. Can I jump?…

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The Family She Never Had

After a fragmented, unstable childhood, Julie Boyd prayed that God would begin a new legacy with her own family.

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My Husband Married Trouble

A story of answered prayer and transforming grace.

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Dennis Rainey Announces His Successor at FamilyLife: David Robbins

After helping strengthen tens of millions of marriages and families in 109 countries for more than four decades, Dennis Rainey announced to his team of 400 staff members August 2…

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She Told Her Husband He Had to Leave

Three-year-old Valentia and her two brothers hid silently under their bed, listening as lamps crashed, books hit the wall, and two high-pitched voices shouted accusations back and forth. The children’s…

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Was It Time to Give Up on Their Marriage?

For three years after Lori and Henry Thames married, their home was filled with chaos. Their children often heard Lori and Henry yelling and slamming doors. It got so bad…

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She Hated Her Husband

Little Madissen and her big brother, Branden, often huddled in the closet together, wondering when their parents’ yelling would stop. Brian and Julie Moreau didn’t protect their kids from their…

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Two Strangers Living Together in Marriage

Adam Brown felt he was at the end of his rope. The money was gone; bill collectors were calling, and he was responsible to take care of his wife, Laura,…

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What Happened to Her Prince Charming?

Something was going on in Rick’s marriage, but he just couldn’t seem to put a label on it. There were harsh words … a sense of distance … things just…

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He Wanted a Divorce She Wanted a Marriage

After 18 years of marriage, Scott Garmon woke up one morning, looked at his sleeping wife and thought, Who is this woman lying next to me? He began to weep….

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I Fell in Love Again With My Wife

‘I Fell in Love Again With My Wife’

Their marriage was all but over when Dolores Hardin offered an astonishing and radical proposal to her husband, Al.

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I Still Do … Every Day

I am now in my thirtieth year of marriage to Ellie. Am I surprised we made it this far? Not at all. If I had it to do all over…

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The “Experts” Were Clueless About Marriage

On May 28, 2000, the pastor at Rosedale Park Baptist Church in Detroit made an odd announcement: “There’s going to be a wedding after the service. Hank and Ruth invite…

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Four Words That Revived a Dying Marriage

After less than a year of marriage, Guy Williams was moving out. He and Vivian had each been married previously, and they were overwhelmed by the frustrations of blending their…

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Keeping the Peace Almost Destroyed Our Relationship

I had a surprise for my fiancé, Jose, back in 1997: I was pregnant. After the initial shock wore off, we decided to move our November wedding up to July….

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We Buried Our Old Marriage

by Florence Bastin It seemed like my husband cared more about people in the church than the kids and me. Greg was pastor at our church in Nantes, France, and…

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She Felt Oppressed by Her Marriage

Minutes after Dave Ashford left for work on August 31, 2009, a large moving van pulled up in front of his four-bedroom home. Without his knowledge, his wife, Sonya, had…

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FamilyLife’s 40th Anniversary: Dennis and Barbara Rainey Share 13 Milestones of God’s Faithfulness

FamilyLife began in 1976 as a marriage preparation ministry within Campus Crusade for Christ and no vision to take it further. But God had other plans. Dennis and Barbara Rainey…

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FamilyLife’s 40th Anniversary: Dennis and Barbara Rainey Talk About 6 Early Milestones of God’s Faithfulness

FamilyLife began in 1976 as a marriage preparation ministry within Campus Crusade for Christ with little vision to take it further. But God had other plans. Dennis and Barbara Rainey…

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It Was as Though God Was Crying Through Me

‘It Was as Though God Was Crying Through Me’

Looking back at how God used an unlikely person to help start FamilyLife.

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Never Too Late to Ask for Help

Editor’s note: This year FamilyLife is talking about anniversaries—ours and yours. In 2016 we celebrate our 40th year of God working through us to give help and hope to people…

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The Judge Kicked Them Out of Divorce Court

Even the air felt heavy as Tom and Maureen Santacroce waited for the judge that Monday morning. Tom sat by his attorney and Maureen by hers. They were about to…

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FamilyLife Articles

‘Our Marriage Was Dead’

Nobody knew Dale and Laura Danser were experiencing problems in their marriage. Attending an I Still Do event was the turning point.

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Can One Weekend Really Change a Marriage?

by Briana Brunner Last year, my husband, Mark, and I were not getting along well. We had been in and out of counseling, and it seemed like we were always…

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