Four Good Reasons to Pray Together

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Contentment, Faith, Marriage Health, Reconnecting Leave a Comment

Prayer. It’s kind of a crazy idea when you think about it. The Creator of the Universe invites us into a conversation. We talk, and Almighty hears. We listen, and God has messages for us. Prayer is both intimate and powerful, and inviting God into your marriage relationship through prayer is full of possibilities. So while there are lots of great …

Dancing in the Minefields-Thoughts on Love and Commitment

Melody Morris Commitment, Conflict, Faith, Marriage Health Leave a Comment

Almost 20 years ago, my husband and I moved to a country in Eastern Europe that had just gone through a war. Orientation to our adopted home included land mine recognition training.  So the first time I heard singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson’s “Dancing in the Minefields” I had a weird flashback. The song is about marriage. And while the first line of the …

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Will You Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing in Your Marriage?

Matt Faith, Time Management, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Where is spiritual growth on your to-do list? It’s no secret; you have a lot to do. You and everyone else in the world. There are so many demands on our time, in fact, that the time we have with our spouses is highly limited. Distractions don’t leave, either, just because you’re under the same roof with your spouse. Kids …

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A Marriage Fit for Royalty

Matt Contentment, Faith, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones (Proverbs 12:4). A Wife of Noble Character Although the meaning has changed, apparently the idea of a trophy wife has been around for a long time. The author of Proverbs lays down a pretty stark comparison to show what he thought …

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When Three Isn’t a Crowd in Your Marriage | Marriage Dynamics Institute

Matt Faith, Marriage Health, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Learning to Include God in Your Relationship You’ve probably heard it. Two’s company, and three’s a crowd. If someone says those words to you, you’ll probably get your feelings hurt. If you’re not up to snuff on idioms, it means if someone is having an A to B conversation, you can C your way out. In other words, they want …

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Don’t Give Up. Surrender.

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You said divorce wasn’t an option. If you’re having second thoughts, consider this. Remember that old saying, “your word is your bond?” That’s not always true in relationships. Seems like it should be true in marriage, though. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Maybe it was yesterday, or maybe it was a long time ago, but the vows you shared …

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Fight the Temptation to Retaliate

Matt Faith, Patience, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Want to battle for your marriage? Want a healthier, happier relationship? Fight the temptation to retaliate every time your spouse hurts your feelings or angers you. Proverbs 24:29 says, “Do not say, ‘I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did’” (NIV). Proverbs is the ultimate guidebook for living a life …

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Grow Closer Spiritually with These 6 Ideas

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Want a happier, more fulfilling marriage? One route to greater intimacy in your relationship is to grow closer spiritually. Studies show that couples who share a steadfast devotion to their spiritual lives have happier marriages than those who don’t. While that sounds appealing, how does the couple who’s never been “religious,” or those who come from different backgrounds get started? …

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Banish Anxiety with Four Prayerful Steps

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.6-7). Do Battle with Your Fears by Enlisting Your Chief Warrior Heaven knows marriages are under the gun these …