Why #GivingTuesday Matters for Marriages in Crisis

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Marriage is the most intimate of human relationships. That’s what makes it so beautiful. But that’s also what makes it challenging.   And even the best relationships require tune ups and tweaks. They need to be nourished along the way to become strong and resilient, able to weather whatever life brings.   But when a marriage is in trouble, a …

Grateful for the past—Anticipating the future at MDI

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An open letter from our Executive Director: Fall classes are winding down, and we have one more A New Beginning workshop on this year’s calendar. It’s hard to believe, but very soon we’ll say goodbye to 2019 and launch into a new year. So much has happened! Marriage Dynamics celebrated 25 years of ministry this year. Recently, I sat down with our …

Gratitude: It’s Good for your Marriage

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When someone mentions Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? Turkey defrosting in your refrigerator? Traveling to see extended family? Preparing your home for out of town guests? Perhaps you think about watching the big games on television. While enjoying another slice of pumpkin pie. And after that the annual backyard football game with your siblings or cousins. Thanksgiving is marked by …

The Gift of a Strong Marriage (Part 2) — Stability

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When you decide to get married, you start making plans. And after you marry, you keep making plans. But you know what they say. Life is what happens while you are making plans. My husband and I had a five year plan when we married. We knew what we wanted to do and where we wanted to be. And we …

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Communication: You Can’t Have a Great Marriage Without It

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You can stay married – maybe even for a long time. You can raise happy, healthy children. And your life may appear successful. Others may see you and want what you have. But you know the truth. At home when all the kids are in bed—or grown and gone—and it’s just you and your spouse… are you lonely? Many couples …

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Don’t Let These Marriage Misconceptions Derail Your Relationship

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Before getting married, most of us believe we have some idea of what makes a marriage successful. Consciously or subconsciously, we have formed opinions as we’ve made observations and absorbed information from other people, books, the internet, TV, or other sources. Unfortunately, some popular beliefs about marriage aren’t accurate. Some may contain a bit of truth, but they are not …

Gray Divorce-Older Couples Calling It Quits

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Do you ever wonder why so many couples make it through twenty-five, or thirty or even forty years of marriage and then call it quits? “Gray divorce” usually refers to baby boomer couples who split up after a long marriage. And while the divorce rate in the United States has fallen slightly over the past twenty years, divorces among those …

Anniversary Celebration Ideas: Mark Milestones and Make Memories

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How are you celebrating your wedding anniversary this year? Quiet dinner for two? Day trip? Tropical adventure? Is this year a milestone anniversary you celebrate with all the kids and grands? You don’t have to spend a lot of money or make every anniversary a huge event. Sometimes that’s not possible or even appropriate. But committing yourself to another person …

The Gift of a Strong Marriage (Part 1) — Fulfillment

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People get married for lots of reasons. But according to a telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the number one reason people marry is love. Shocker. Reasons two and three are also unremarkable. People marry because they want to make a lifelong commitment. And they marry for companionship. No surprises there. Human beings are created in the image …

Four Ways to Support Your Spouse in Tough Times

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Ever been caught unexpectedly in a severe storm? There aren’t many things more terrifying. Even if you are not physically harmed by the wind or high water, the long term after-effects of a major storm can derail your life as you deal with damage to home and property. Forbes recently published a list of some of the worst storms ever …