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Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

9 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Rush Into Marriage (or Remarriage)

9 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rush Into Marriage (or Remarriage)

By Engagement, Marriage 2 Comments

Getting married–whether it’s your first marriage, or whether you’ve been married before–is a major step in your relationship and your life. It’s a decision that will have a ripple effect on your future. Because who you marry so deeply affects the trajectory of your life (and oftentimes, those around you), it’s not a decision you should rush into. There are many reasons why you should approach marriage in a measured, cautious manner. Let’s look at nine of the top reasons why. 1. You’re feeling intense outside pressure. It’s common for unmarried individuals to feel pressure to marry or remarry. Pressure…

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5 Ways to Give Your Spouse the Best Version of You

5 Ways to Give Your Spouse the Best Version of You

By Marriage, Self Reflection One Comment

When we’re dating, we give the best of ourselves to our partner. We’re getting to know one another, falling in love, and we want to make a good impression. Focusing completely on one another and the future we’re building makes us feel happy and fulfilled. After we marry, though, we sometimes find ourselves giving less than our best to our spouse. Life gets hectic, and there are so many obligations to fulfill. Oftentimes, it happens before we realize it. Whatever the case, it’s crucial to find ways to start giving your spouse the best version of yourself again. You can’t…

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Thank your spouse...starting today

4 Ways to Genuinely Thank Your Spouse…Starting Today

By Marriage 2 Comments

Gratitude is an important part of a healthy marriage. It’s crucial for spouses to intentionally cultivate a sense of gratitude toward one another to maintain harmony and happiness in the relationship. If you’re looking for a way to deepen your love and get closer with your spouse, practicing regular gratitude is one way to make that happen. Gratitude, patience, and empathy can carry you through all sorts of challenges in your life together. When you express genuine gratitude toward your spouse, it will resonate with them. And when you make it a habit to do so, you’re creating fertile ground…

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Planning to Grow Your Family – Part 2

By Parenting One Comment

Last week, we shared Part 1 of a two-part series about some of the discussions you and your spouse should be having as you plan to grow your family. We’ll continue the series this week. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, you can find it here. Here are some of the conversation points we covered last week: You and your spouse should be sharing and negotiating expectations before you have children, if at all possible Likewise, discussions on how to divide responsibilities also need to happen early Discuss how to prioritize one-on-one time with one another, even as your…

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Planning to Grow Your Family – Part 1

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Are you and your spouse expecting a child? What about planning for future children? Either way, it’s going to be important for the two of you to put your heads together and start making plans for the coming changes. Adding children to your family, whether it’s your first child or your fifth, always brings change, and that’s a wonderful thing. But if you and your spouse haven’t discussed the everyday things that will inevitably shift, you need to start communicating as early as you can. Having a plan for how you’ll handle daily obligations and resolve potential conflicts will help…

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Spiritual Intimacy Roundup: Connecting With Your Spouse on a Spiritual Level

By Intimacy, Scripture One Comment

One of the most overlooked aspects of a solid, godly marriage is spiritual intimacy. This connection between you and your spouse transcends all others, creating a lifelong bond that will carry you through every season of your marriage together. If you’re interested in deepening your spiritual intimacy, then this post is for you. We’ve collected some of our top resources on spiritual intimacy to give you and your spouse a running start at this all-important aspect of your relationship. 1. The Importance of Spiritual Intimacy Many married couples don’t talk enough about spiritual intimacy. In fact, that topic tends to…

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Listening 101: Tips to Help You Better Hear Your Spouse

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A common theme in marital conflict is the idea that one or both spouses don’t feel heard. Has your spouse ever told you that you’re not hearing them? If so, there are some things you can do to help them know that you’re listening–or that you’re working to understand where they’re coming from. It’s frustrating to hear that your spouse feels unheard or misunderstood, especially if you’re doing your best from one day to the next. However, it’s possible for effective communication to break down before either of you realize what has happened. The good news is, it’s possible to…

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My spouse doesn't hear me

Help! My Spouse Doesn’t Hear Me. What Can I Do?

By Communication No Comments

Do you feel unheard, unseen or misunderstood by your spouse? If this sounds familiar to you, keep reading. It’s common for people to feel as though their spouses don’t fully understand where they’re coming from–or even hear what they’re trying to say at all. The good news is, you’re not alone. Even better, it’s possible to solve this problem. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about some ways to help you reconnect with your spouse and rekindle the intimacy you’re missing. Step 1. Tell Your Spouse How You’re Feeling If you haven’t already tried to broach the subject with…

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Couple with strong communication

5 Important Ingredients for Stronger Communication in Marriage

By Communication 2 Comments

Communication is key to a successful marriage. This likely isn’t a surprise, but it bears repeating. You and your spouse may share a life together, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re communicating effectively. Issues with communication often translate into other problems, such as a loss of intimacy. Many couples have stronger communication in the early days of their relationships, through dating and the honeymoon period. But ongoing, strong communication requires a consistent effort from both spouses, through all seasons of life. Being able to talk to and understand one another is one of the primary components of intimacy. If…

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Recreation Roundup: How to Make Time and Memories Together This Summer

By Recreation, Time No Comments

Looking for ways to enjoy recreation and shared activities with your spouse this summer? We can help. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our best resources on recreation and shared time to help inspire you throughout the summer months and beyond. Ready to learn more? Let’s jump into it. 1. Seek Adventure Together It’s easy to make memories together when you’re seeking adventure as a couple. What adventure looks like to you will vary from season to season. For example, newlyweds on a budget might enjoy a quick weekend getaway to a local tourist attraction or national park. Parents…

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