Falling in Love All Over Again–A Dozen Autumn Dates

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It may be 95 degrees at your house, but the calendar says Autumn has arrived. And the change of seasons brings a return to some familiar rhythms of life. Because kids are back in school. Friday night lights are ablaze in cities and towns across the country. And pumpkin spice is absolutely everywhere. After the lazy days of summer, life …

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 …

One Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Marriage Right Now

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Recently I flew to visit my mother and took advantage of free on board wi-fi to catch up on emails. My husband was traveling in Africa, and we connected by Face Time just long enough for me to tell him I was on a plane and would try to reach him later. I looked at my phone, and felt incredibly …

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14 Fun Fall Date Night Ideas

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Have you taken time for a date lately? Just the two of you, with no little ones in tow? With the colorful foliage and a slight chill in the air, fall is a wonderful season to enjoy a romantic afternoon or evening together. Here are some fun ideas to inspire you… 14 Fall Date Night Activities Go for a hike …

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Get Closer By Serving Together

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How’s your serve? Kick your relationship up a notch by serving together. People devote untold amounts of energy to drawing closer together with their spouse. At MDI, we’ve developed entire courses to help you achieve this critical task. We do our best to keep you stocked with helpful tools and resources to stay on track in your marriage. It’s what we’re …

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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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15 Terrific Date Night Ideas

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We all know that date nights are a great way to reconnect, have fun, and keep the spark alive in a marriage. But let’s be honest—all too often, date night ends up being either a string of errands that you didn’t have time for during the week OR packing the kids off to Grandma’s for the night and binge-watching Netflix …

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Seven Tips to Help You Survive March Madness Together

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Can love and basketball coexist? If you’ve seen the 2000 romantic movie Love & Basketball, you’d think so. The film, starring Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, shares the story of neighbors who pursue basketball careers and eventually fall in love. But in the middle of March, it may seem like the challenge is too much to overcome. They call it …

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6 Ways to Stay Connected When You Have a Busy Schedule

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Keeping communication lines open when life gets crazy With work, family, church, and the occasional nap competing for space in your life, it can be hard for you and your spouse to stay connected. With all the directions you find yourself pulled, the two of you may feel like two ships passing in the night. It’s evident that a busy …