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10 Questions To Tell If You’re Too Controlling in Marriage

If you get upset when someone says you are controlling, you just may be controlling. I find that most spouses are good-willed and...


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5 Questions Every Spouse Should Ask About Sex

How often should physical intimacy occur in your marriage?

Newsflash: there is no absolute answer for this one. Age, sex drives,...


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5 Ways To Communicate Even When You Disagree

Right now in our culture, there is a societal trend of rudeness, disrespect, and toxicity. No matter what the issue, disrespect,...


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We Don’t Talk Anymore: 10 Ways To Get Your Spouse to Connect

Some spouses are extroverted and social. Some are introverted and quiet. Depending on which personality you are—and which type...


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10 Ideas for How to Make Your Wife Feel Special

Valentine's Day is the national holiday of love and romance. Well, that holiday is over. So, now what? I can only speak for...


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4 Priorities for Every Marriage

I know three men who have lost their wives in the last five months. When their wives come up in conversation or they reflect on...


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Why You Shouldn't Follow Your Heart in Marriage

Desire makes a very poor guide, especially in marriage. Often, we don’t want to do the right thing. It is a reality of our flesh....


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One Simple (But Important) Tip for How to Date Your Spouse

When’s the last time you dated your spouse? My guess is, it’s been a while. You’ve probably fallen prey to the busyness of life....


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10 Things To Do Instead of Complaining in Your Marriage

My wife asked me to stop by the store on the way home to pick up some diced tomatoes. As I was checking out, a woman suddenly...


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How To Ruin Your Marriage in Two Words

A young lady ran into Walmart and made a beeline for the bathroom. When she walked out, about six inches of toilet paper was...


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10 Ways to Overcome a Boring Marriage

What do the Kardashians, PowerPoint presentations, rice cakes, and Shakespeare have in common? They are all once listed by Mirror...


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How Not to Help a Stressed-Out Spouse

Recently, a Grace Marriage participant’s husband was really stressed. She decided to help by telling him, “Calm down. Things are...


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Is Jealousy in Marriage a Good Thing?

I know a couple whose marriage is one that many would envy. This man and his wife have been married sixty years and regularly...


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10 Ways To Stay Married
By Brad Rhoads On December 23, 2021

10 Ways To Stay Married

Warning, severe congestion ahead. You've no doubt experienced this phrase. We hate congestion. My guess is you're already...


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How to Invest in Your Marriage

Your marriage is like your muscles. Not long ago, I hurt my back and was unable to work out or run. With some medical care and...


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Watch Out: Things that Destroy a Marriage

"OK" is not OK. When alcoholics have been sober for a while, they tend to quit going to support meetings and calling their...


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The marriage advice you don’t want to hear—but should.

Perhaps you've heard the saying, “Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” It's a true-ism that exists for fire safety. I recently...


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What no one tells you about discipline and wisdom in marriage

What is your first thought when you think about the spouse you want to be? Do you think of the areas you tend to fail, and long...


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How to love your spouse when they’re the hardest to love

Several years ago, Marilyn and I had the unfortunate privilege of being visited by bed bugs. Marilyn hates all bugs, but even the...


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Keep your married dates especially when you’re busy

Shingles, chiropractors, and brown recluse spiders. It wasn't too long ago that these three things were the topic of our everyday...


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3 steps to strengthening your marriage

Are you suffering from IDS? IDS is a common problem we face at Grace Marriage. IDS stands for “I Don’t Syndrome.” When working...


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The antidote for your struggling marriage

My mentor confronted me and said “your peace is dependent on your perception of your own behavior, not on the grace of Jesus. You...


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If we had it to do all over: advice for newlyweds

One morning I was getting ready for work in the midst of sad-wife syndrome and five-kid chaos. I was doing OK until lost keys...


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How to talk about money in marriage

We are probably all guilty of deciding (consciously or subconsciously) that dating our spouse is too expensive to do too often....


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What your busyness and distraction are doing to your marriage

In our current culture, marriage is scoffed at rather than held in honor. Busyness and distraction are two of the primary...


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One idea for how to listen to your spouse

I have a friend who calls certain challenges, "Opportunities to serve." What if we really thought of the challenges ahead of us,...


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3 marriage killers worth watching out for

Marriages struggle for many different reasons. That's no surprise. From communication to finances, each couple has to face their...


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The power of forgiveness in marriage

James Clear says, “Some people spend their entire lives waiting for the time to be right to make an improvement.” Let's be...


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How to affair-proof your marriage

The closer you are to God, the further you are from an affair. This is the simple truth. As believers, we know it’s important to...


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How to manage marriage and family

It's so easy for many married couples to blur the lines between work and home. Work emails, texts, and calls are answered at...


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10 technology tips to help you stay married

Technology can be a barrier to enjoying the moment and connecting with your spouse. Having the ability to act on almost every...


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5 reasons we reach for our phones in marriage

Are you missing an opportunity to connect with your spouse by over-connecting to your phone? Not too long ago, I was talking with...


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10 questions to know if technology is ruining your marriage

I often hear, “I feel like technology is ruining my marriage.” Desperate couples will often feel like something is wrong, but...


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How to have an intentional marriage

Anne was completely enamored with her new car. She washed it regularly and drove it proudly. There was only one minor problem....


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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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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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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 cowards....


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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 in...


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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 love...


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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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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 off...


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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 do...


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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 determined...


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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 on...


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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 not...


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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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