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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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Tags: Money, Divorce, Parenting,

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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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

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...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

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...


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

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...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

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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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

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....


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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

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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Tags: Money, Divorce, Faith,

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...


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Tags: Money, Divorce, Relationship,

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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Tags: Divorce, Faith, Relationship,

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...


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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...


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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

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...


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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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Tags: Divorce, Parenting, Faith,

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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Tags: Faith, Relationship, Communication

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...


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Tags: Divorce, Relationship, Communication

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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Tags: Divorce, Relationship, Communication

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...


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Tags: Divorce, Ministry, Faith,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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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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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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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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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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