What if My Spouse has Major Depression?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Hope, Mental Health, Patience, When Life is Difficult

Most of us get a little blue sometimes about life or things happening around us. Such feelings of sadness are normal, and they are usually temporary, and don’t indicate major depression. But what if your spouse is sad for weeks on end and nothing seems to help? Or their behavior changes and you feel like you are living with a …

What is love?

Real Love: What It Is—What It’s Not

Marriage Dynamics Institute Celebration, Commitment, Connection, Faith, Intimacy, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Patience, Selfishness

Got any special plans for Valentine’s Day this year? In this season, we often feel obligated to demonstrate feelings of love by purchasing things like candy and flowers, or even more expensive gifts.  And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with giving and receiving gifts, there’s a lot more to real love than hearts and flowers. Love is powerful. It is …

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Don’t Let These Marriage Misconceptions Derail Your Relationship

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Conflict, Contentment, Marriage Courses, Marriage Health, Patience, Uncategorized

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 …

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

Marriage Dynamics Institute Commitment, Communication, Contentment, Intimacy, Listening, Marriage Health, Patience, Quality Time, Selfishness

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 …

holding hands - staying united during marital disagreements

Marital Disagreements – Don’t Air Your Dirty Laundry in Public

Matt Communication, Marriage Health, Patience

Know the right time and place to tackle marital disagreements. Pop quiz: What’s one of the most awkward things to endure? Is it: Accidentally telling your boss “I love you” before you get off the phone. Having someone point out to you that you’re pants are unzipped. Having someone point out that you forgot to wear pants. Watching a married …

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Show Your Spouse You Care by Doing This

Marriage Dynamics Institute Contentment, Patience, Quality Time

“I’ll have the root canal, please.” Said no one ever. Still, that’s how many people act when subjected to the thought of spending time doing certain things their beloved enjoys. It’s not the easiest thing to embrace your spouse’s interests when they are nothing like yours. Maybe you’ve been there? An evening at the opera just isn’t your thing. Or you …

Marriage By the Numbers – What are you willing to give?

Marriage Dynamics Institute Marriage Health, Patience

When you get married, there is no question you are in for a lot of work. But how much, exactly? Having just an average marriage takes a lot of effort, but what if you want an exceptional marriage? Let’s take a look at it by the numbers. Is Marriage a 50-50 Proposition? You may have heard that marriage is a 50-50 proposition.  …

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Are You Willing to Follow? – Thoughts from Joshua 1:9

Marriage Dynamics Institute Faith, Patience

If you are willing to follow God’s leading, it will strengthen your faith—and your marriage. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). The United States military is one of the most powerful in the world. Decisive …

Spending Time at the Airport Could Help Your Marriage

How Spending Time at the Airport Can Help Your Marriage

Marriage Dynamics Institute Communication, Patience

Let me guess what one of your top ten favorite things in the world isn’t: sitting at the airport waiting for a flight. It’s not like the experience is traumatic – at least not usually. Waiting is usually just annoying. But it can wear you down. Slow moving security lines. Gate changes. Flight delays. These all have the potential to make …