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 …

Surviving the Empty Nest

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The eighteen years or so that a child is at home are filled with all kinds of activity, and a wide range of emotions. And when that child leaves home—for college, or the military, to move into their own apartment or get married—the house may seem incredibly empty. If weekends have been filled with sporting events, dance competitions, youth group …

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 …

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The Question That Could Change Your Marriage

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Richard Paul Evans is the No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 35 novels. He has received numerous awards for his books, as well as his humanitarian work to help abused and neglected children and teens. Yet none of this helped him when his marriage began falling apart. The tension between Richard and his …

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Keep Your Marriage Running on All Cylinders

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Thoughts on oil changes and marriage… What do you make time for, even when life gets busy? Does routine car maintenance make the list? When there’s a lot going on, it can be more than a little inconvenient to get the oil changed in your vehicle (or to change it yourself, if you’re so inclined). But it’s one of those …

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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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10 Things to Try if You Regret Getting Married

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Does this story sound familiar? You met the man or woman of your dreams. You went out for coffee or a meal and couldn’t believe how easy they were to talk to. The two of you began dating, and you felt so alive when you were with them. As time went on, you began to imagine what it would be …

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself if You Are Considering Divorce

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This powerful post about divorce was written by our friend, Pastor Brian Jones. It was originally posted at happinessable.com, and it is published here with permission. Also, if you are struggling in your marriage, please reach out for help. We offer several marriage courses, and our transformative A New Beginning workshop is specifically designed for couples who are in crisis and headed for …

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10 Simple Ways to Celebrate Your Love Every Day

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What if every day were Valentine’s Day? I know, I know. You want to show how much you care for your spouse, but it feels like it takes a ton of effort and thought just to make the officially recognized holiday special. Just hear me out. Think about the mindset that makes February 14th such a romantic day.  The happiest …