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How to talk about money in marriage

Most of us are aware Jesus taught on money matters more than any other topic He addressed. I still find that fascinating. What...


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Tags: Money, Faith, Relationship,

Should we stay married for the kids?

I have heard it said many times, “We are not going to stay married just for the kids.” There are some real flaws and often...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Relationship,

5 ways to make the most of your next date night

How do you prepare for things you are excited about? Do you ever buy new clothes for the holidays? Do you decorate your house...


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Tags: Parenting, Faith, Communication

How to reconnect with your spouse

Stop and think with me for a moment. Have you ever thought about where you'd be without your spouse? Have you thought about...


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How to improve your marriage in the easiest way possible

One of my favorite games to play is Spades. In the game, each player decides how many tricks they will be able to take, or...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

How to resolve conflict in marriage

I have been seeing couples for nearly two decades. And while there are many techniques and skills that are important to help...


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Tags: Money, Parenting, Faith

How to improve your marriage without talking about it

Are you a person who makes decisions quickly? Do you respond in conversation with the first thought that pops into your head?...


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Divorce statistics tell the story. Or do they?

I have heard it said that “Sixty-five percent of stats are not true.” In the marriage and divorce arena, you'll hear stats all...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

How to grow your marriage: make it a couple’s project

It seems like my husband always has a project he is working on. Most (if not all) of the time, it's a project I’ve asked him...


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Tags: Relationship, Communication

In-laws or out-laws? Asking the right questions before marriage

In my years of premarital counseling, the most contentious topic with couples-to-be was the blending of two extended families. 


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Tags: Parenting, Faith, Relationship,

Why fighting for your marriage is so important

Are you a warrior or coward when it comes to your marriage? I can speak as a husband, great husbands are warriors, not...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

Cheap date night ideas for married couples

The word “cheap” gets a bad rap in our modern culture. If something is labeled cheap, then it isn’t expected to be fun or...


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Why couples drift apart and how to overcome it

As a mother of four children born within six years, I often heard a question that started like this: “Mom, where is my…?”...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

The secret to a happy marriage. Seriously.

Honey, “Will you go to the basement and grab two cans of beans and some toilet paper?” 

Hey babe, “Would you mind going...


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How to talk about tech and marriage boundaries

At the end of each week my phone gives me a “screen time report.” This report surprises me every single week. It shouldn’t...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Relationship,

Living by faith not fear in your marriage

Fear of getting hurt. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of death. Fear of uncertainty. I had all of it. I tried to fit...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

Living out your wedding vows
By Cheryl Goss On February 18, 2021

Living out your wedding vows

My husband and I married in 2007. It was a beautiful, traditional wedding. My son walked me down the aisle. Our first pastor...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

Quality assurance and the secret for how to fight fair in marriage

“This call may be recorded for quality assurance.” 

We’ve all heard this line before. Companies record conversations to use...


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10 secrets your divorce attorney may never tell you

At Grace Marriage, we strive to bring you resources that will infuse grace and affection into your marriage as you strive to...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

Living sacrifices: learning how to serve your spouse

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

Five unique date ideas for your marriage

Marilyn made me a cake for my birthday not long ago. The cake was good, but the icing really made it. When you add icing, it...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

Marriage and divorce: a 13-year-old's perspective

We received an article from a 13 year old expressing her perspective of marriage and divorce. It's enlightening to read this...


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Tags: Divorce, Interviews, Parenting,

Who are you chasing in your marriage?

Who Are You Pursuing?

Some folks will tell you to chase after your spouse. Some will tell you to take care of yourself...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

Better marriage: cutting the grass and keeping your word

I knew I would marry my husband the day he told me, “Babe, when we get married you will never have to cut the grass.” Done....


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20 most popular marriage posts of 2020

It's been a busy year at Grace Marriage. We've tried to challenge and encourage you and your marriage over the year on our...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Interviews,

Merry Christmas, Darling! Fun questions to ask your spouse this holiday

Whenever my husband and I attend a Grace Marriage session, our favorite lessons are the ones that involve a quiz about our...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

Loved people love people: the power of forgiveness in marriage

“Hurt people hurt people.” Most of us have heard this phrase before, and its meaning is pretty clear. When someone has...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

Conflict resolution in marriage: 4 habits for every situation

Married couples will experience conflict. Most marital conflict is because of miscommunication, finances, or physical...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

Serving your spouse and the power of now

Serving your spouse isn't always easy. I know. It can be tough. I have a friend. He's a great guy. He’d give you the shirt...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

The Healthy Marriage Checkup

The season is always right for a healthy marriage checkup. As a pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist, I do...


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5 questions for your next date night

Have you lost that lovin’ feeling? It is easy to do when life seems to suck all our energy and time away. Being intentional in...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

5 things you’re missing in managing marriage stress

How do we manage life without feeling overwhelmed? How do avoid feeling like life is this huge responsibility to fulfill? How...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

When sarcasm infects your home

I don’t know if you ever wake up like this, but today I woke up really sad. Last night, things went south at our house....


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

5 ideas for a thriving marriage instead of being married to your job

“Help, my spouse is married to their job.” This is what gets said so often in struggling marriages.

 

Are you the one saying...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Ministry,

Newlywed advice: learning to dance through the minefield of marriage

We’ve all been to wedding receptions or other places where we’ve seen people dancing. Have you noticed how the couples dance...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

How to fix a marriage by rejecting these two lies

John and Susan met through an online dating service. The techno-virtual matchmakers of the day ran the algorithms and...


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Turn, turn, turn: the changing seasons of marriage

As we move from the long, free days of summer into the colorful days of fall, I always try to take a moment to meditate on the...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Parenting,

Want to connect with your spouse? Learn 9 ways to connect with God

Do you want to truly connect with your spouse? I believe you must first learn to truly connect with God. Now, do you ever feel...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

How to save your marriage: ask this vital question

Maybe your marriage doesn't quite need "saving". But, there’s a phrase that Dr. Phil coined—or at least popularized—that's a...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Faith,

How to fight for your marriage
By Dan Darling On September 16, 2020

How to fight for your marriage

Eighteen years ago, a man waited by a church stage in Chicago as a beautiful young woman from Texas walked down the aisle....


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

From frantic to free: what makes a good marriage

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that we are living in the most frantic and “connected” society the world has...


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Slow down: 10 ideas for how to connect like never before

When our son was 4 years old, a friend was visiting our home. Our son gently grabbed her face and gave her a soft, slow kiss...


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What happens to marriage after kids arrive on the scene?

This is disturbing. Over the last 30 years, twice as many marriages of those over the age of 50 now wind up in shreds. Some of...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

7 reasons for divorce and how to overcome them

Why do people file for divorce? Well, it all depends on who you ask. Now, these seven reasons aren't in any order. And, I'm...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

Lover or manager? How to handle money arguments in marriage

Early in our marriage, I caught the “Get out of Debt” bug. And, honestly, I wasn't great at knowing how to handle money...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Relationship,

How to handle COVID without driving yourself—and others—crazy

I hate uncertainty. With all that's going on in the world, how do you handle COVID without driving yourself—and others—crazy?...


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Tags: Faith, Relationship, Communication

10 questions for couples to ask right now

Have you ever considered the fact that Jesus was the greatest question asker the world has ever seen? Think about that for a...


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3 at home date night ideas to keep the romance alive

At home date night ideas. Sounds, fun right? Well, let me ask you something else: is romance a priority in your marriage? I...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Faith,

How to stay married during a pandemic

These are some trying times we’re living in. No one could have predicted that we’d all be working remotely, wearing masks in...


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7 trails to a better marriage

In our marriage of 34 years, hiking has become one of our favorite activities.  Whether we’re hiking close to our home in...


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Really, who doesn't have marriage problems?!

Working in ministry, I receive many prayer requests. They include issues related to depression, anxiety, self-worth,...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

I'm not better: how the sin of pride creeps up on us.

I was reflecting on the great impact of Ravi Zacharias after we heard that he passed away. The first time I saw him he was...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

What does transformation in marriage look like?

It's been exciting to see so many couples make a shift in their marriage. From complacent to intentional. From dull to...


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Chaos or avoidance? 3 skills to master for fighting fair in marriage.

One of the keys to having a fulfilling and enduring marriage is the ability to resolve conflict well. I’ve learned through the...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

Marriage advice for newlyweds: you married three people.

I have been to many weddings officiated by my childhood preacher, and he always admonished the couple with these words:...


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Pastor Jamaal Williams on ministry and marriage

Brad interviews Pastor Jamaal Williams of Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, KY. Jamaal shares with us the impact of seeing...


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Tags: Interviews, Faith, Relationship

Marriage help during quarantine (free video series)

We are providing FREE weekly video sessions that will help your marriage during quarantine. Researchers say there will be an...


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Tags: Money, Interviews, Ministry,

Grace and hope during COVID-19: Bill Rieser (Video)

Brad Rhoads talks with Bill Rieser about anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. They offer encouragement, hope, and grace even more!


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Tags: Divorce, Interviews, Faith,

Preventing the drift and protecting your marriage (3 minute video)

Preventing the drift in marriage is vital. You must learn to protect your marriage.


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What women want most in their marriage. (Video)

Ladies, thanks for your input! We asked earlier this week what YOU desire in your marriage. We asked Marilyn to help us unpack...


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Tags: Communication

Communication in marriage is tough. Here's a checklist.

When you were a child, did you play the game of Telephone?Do you remember the premise for the game? The first person starts...


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5 ways to fight selfishness in your marriage

How do we keep selfishness from festering and becoming a major problem in our marriages? Here are five easy ways to fight...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

Parenting differences
By Grace Marriage On September 6, 2019

Parenting differences

We hear, "We don't agree on the way we parent our kids and we don't know how to handle our differences." Though that can be...


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Tags: Parenting, Relationship, Communication

Focus on the Family broadcast featuring Brad & Marilyn Rhoads

Co-founders of Grace Marriage, Brad Rhoads and his wife, Marilyn, were interviewed live in studio at Focus on the Family. They...


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Tags: Interviews, Ministry, Parenting,

Fixing your spouse? (Video)

Ever feel like you need to fix your spouse? Brad shares his recent attempt to "fix" Marilyn…and the results. 


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

Pet peeves
By Grace Marriage On August 23, 2019

Pet peeves

Pet Peeves are part of being alive and sharing life with other people. How do we handle the little annoyances that happen in...


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Sacrificial love: when small things are big.

Hopefully, this post serves more as a reminder to you than anything. Marriage is a picture of God’s love for His bride, the...


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How did Grace Marriage start?

We recently had the privilege of spending time with our friends at LifePoint Church | Smyrna, TN. What an amazing,...


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Church leaders: a plan to do less marriage crisis counseling

Prevention in marriage is three times more effective than intervention.  Plus, as the average couple is unhappy six years...


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Focus on the Family Video and Audio (Parts 1 and 2)

We are thankful for the opportunity to have spent time with Jim Daly and John Fuller in Colorado Springs.  After the...


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Brad & Marilyn Rhoads on Focus on the Family Broadcast

We are thankful for the opportunity to be on the Focus (“Focus”) on the Family Radio show. Focus helps countless families and...


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The productivity enhancer
By Grace Marriage On October 14, 2018

The productivity enhancer

Many people feel like they are working at capacity and doing their best, when in reality they are working and serving well...


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A culture of affirmation
By Grace Marriage On September 10, 2018

A culture of affirmation

I once had the poor judgment to ask my wife, upon my return from work, “What have you been doing all day?” Taken aback by my...


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True Love Dates features Grace Marriage founders

We don’t often get to take a candid look at real marriage. We live in a culture in which pulling back the “veil” on marriage...


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