Category Archives: Marriage

Our Best Advice to Nearly-Weds

Samuel and Bekah

Our fourth-born got married this month, just four days before he graduated from medical school, and is currently on his honeymoon. Before the wedding, he and his bride went through premarital counseling with a couple from their church. One of their first assignments involved both his and her parents filling out lengthy questionnaires to be read and discussed by the… Read more »

31-Day Prayer Challenge for Wives

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31-Day Prayer Challenge for Wives (with free printable)

Have you ever noticed that stuff isn’t built to last as long these days as it used to be? Unfortunately, the same thing can be said of modern marriages. Couples are splitting, families crumbling all around us — even those whose relationships seemed to be solid and good. That makes me sad, but it also makes me determined to safeguard… Read more »

“Bad” Advice that Might Save Your Marriage

"Bad Advice that might Save Your Marriage

I spotted an article earlier this week entitled “The Worst Marriage Advice of Every Decade Since the 1900s.” Curiosity compelled me to click through and read. I’ll admit that the advice from the most recent decades truly was horrible. No wonder so many marriages end in divorce, if the guidelines couples are attempting to live by these days revolve around… Read more »

How to Date a Husband Who’d Rather Stay Home

Tips for Dating a Husband who'd Rather Just Stay Home

Below is a follow-up question I received in reference to the Date Night post I published a few months back. This writer raises a good point! Here’s the whole scoop, along with my response: QUESTION: I really love this [Date Night] post! I’ve been reading your blog for a few days now and using your “praying from head to toe”… Read more »

6 Great Benefits to Kissing Your Mate

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It's Kiss Your Mate Day!

There was a song that was popular when I was in high school, and for thirty years, I’ve thought they were singing, “Your Kiss is on My Lips.” It wasn’t until recently that I learned the words of that song actually read: “Your kiss is on my list… of the best things in life.” And you know what? I like… Read more »

Winston Churchill Gives Sound Marriage Advice

A Little Marriage Advice from Winston Churchill

April 9th is Winston Churchill Day. This year marks the 53rd anniversary of Churchill’s being made an honorary U.S. citizen, so it seems fitting to spend a few minutes today reflecting on some of the words of wisdom for which he is so well known. Apparently, Churchill exercised the same dogged determination in love as he exhibited in war: Despite… Read more »

Love in Bloom: 5 Essentials for a Thriving Marriage

Love in Bloom - Are you willing to put in the work to really make your marriage blossom?

I just love this time of year. I love the bright blossoms and the emerging bulbs and the grass that grows greener every day. I love looking through flower catalogues and landscaping magazines and pinning ideas to my “Outdoor Living” Pinterest board. I love spring! I well remember my first foray into home gardening. I poured over a Breck’s wholesale… Read more »

10 Ways to Stop Arguing with your Spouse

10 tips for couples who want to quit quarreling

How can I stop quarreling in my marriage? That’s the message one of my readers sent in a few weeks ago. Only eight words, but they describe a big problem. How can the solution to such a simple, straight-forward question be so elusive? Even in the best of marriages, couples will occasionally “butt heads.” How do we keep conflicts from… Read more »

Can a Married Woman Have Male Friends?

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Should a Married Woman Have Male Friends

“What would be your advice to a wife on male friendships?” That’s the question one of my readers sent in a few weeks ago. From the signature, it appears to have been written by the husband, not the wife — which tells me the matter has likely become a point of contention in their marriage already. By way of response,… Read more »

How to Find Happiness: 6 Keys to Lasting Love

For a happy, lasting marriage, focus on what you can give -- not on what you can get.

I’m hoping the stats have changed since last year’s embarrassing security breach, but February 15th has historically been the busiest, most profitable day of the year for the adultery-marketing website known as Ashley Madison. Why is that? Why would record numbers of married folks go looking for an affair the very next day after Valentine’s? I can answer that in… Read more »