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Intimacy

7 Ways to Renew Joy in Your Marriage

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Daily life is hectic, and it’s a little too easy to forget to live joyfully in the midst of busyness. In marriage as in the rest of life, cultivating joy is essential. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort to make sure we’re giving time and effort to joy. If you’re looking for ways to renew joy in your own marriage, we’ve gathered some quick tips on how to do so. Read on to find out how! 1. Be intimate. When we’re busy and stressed, intimacy is often one of the first things we push to the side. Instead of…

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How to Fall in Love With Your Spouse All Over Again

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Building a strong, lifelong marriage takes consistent, intentional effort over time. Emotions ebb and flow with seasons and life circumstances. Sometimes love feels like hard work, while other times it’s effortless. Many couples experience times in their relationship when they feel as though they need to refocus on one another. If you feel as though you’ve drifted apart, it might be time to fall in love with your spouse again. The great news is that there are many ways to reset and refresh your marriage. Want to know more? Let’s dive in. Reevaluate your expectations. Often, when feelings between spouses…

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3 Romantic Ideas for a Valentine’s Date Night In

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year, why not enjoy a romantic date night at home? There are a number of fun, entertaining, and romantic date nights you can create in the comfort of your own space. A date night at home means your comforts are at your fingertips, and it’s a great way to connect intimately with your spouse in multiple ways. Want some ideas for creating an unforgettable “date night in” this Valentine’s Day? Read on. 1. Share a Candlelit Dinner Everyone loves a nice meal, and you can create one in your own kitchen….

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How to Appreciate Your Spouse More

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Do you appreciate your spouse enough? It’s easy to get swept up into our daily routines and forget to show them appreciation. But fully appreciating your spouse is one key to keeping your love alive and your marriage thriving. Want to know how to appreciate your spouse more? Read on. Notice the Little Things Again Appreciation is all about taking notice of the details that slip past us when we’re caught up in the daily grind. To notice the little things, we have to slow down and be intentional. We must mean to notice the details if we want to…

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How to Keep Dreaming with Your Spouse in an Uncertain Time

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Dreams can help anchor you when other things in your world are out of control. If you and your spouse are navigating an uncertain time right now, then it’s crucial to keep dreaming together, no matter what’s happening in the world around you. Wondering how to stay focused on your dreams when you’re living through chaos or uncertainty? Read on. 1. Revisit old activities, pastimes, or talents you’ve abandoned. Often, we let go of talents and passions that make us happy because life gets in the way. Reigniting your love of a specific pastime, talent, or activity could help to…

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The Best Gift You Can Give This Christmas

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It’s not unusual to experience the familiar push-and-pull between holiday gift-giving and the higher purpose of the Christmas season. Exchanging gifts with family and loved ones is the highlight of Christmas for many, and that’s wonderful–gifts bring joy to both the giver and the receiver. However, a seasonal gift exchange is fleeting, and we’re back to our regular lives before we know it. But what if we gave a gift this Christmas that was permanent? So many of us recognize that Jesus is the true reason for the holiday we love so dearly. But we don’t always keep that in…

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How Laughter Can Help You and Your Spouse During Tough Times

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Have you and your spouse taken time to laugh together lately? Laughter can be an incredible relief on an ordinary day, but it’s especially important during difficult times. In order to endure tough times and come out stronger on the other side, we must be able to laugh. Wondering how laughter can help you and your spouse during tough times? Let’s take a look. Laughter lightens the mood. Going through a time of prolonged challenge can make us prone to dark moods, negativity, and pessimism. When we make an effort to laugh, we have the power to lighten the mood…

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4 Ways to Grow Closer to Your Spouse This Fall

By Intimacy, Marriage, Recreation, Relationships 7 Comments

The seasons are changing, and we’re headed into fall. Fall is a time of profound change in the natural world as the leaves change color, then drift to the ground. It’s also a time of warmth, gratitude, and giving. There are many ways you and your spouse can use the fall season to draw closer to one another. Let’s look at a few ways you can get cozier with your husband or wife this fall. 1. Play more together. New seasons often mean new opportunities for play. When the weather changes, or when certain sports or activities cycle in, that’s…

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3 Reasons to Stop Idealizing Your Spouse

By Communication, Intimacy, Marriage 4 Comments

It’s common for couples to idealize one another early in their relationships. For many people, idealization is the peak of romance. It’s infused in the rush of new love and the excitement of the honeymoon period. But the truth is, idealizing your spouse is harmful to your marriage long-term. That’s because idealization isn’t the same thing as being enamored with, or in love with, your spouse. In fact, idealization is in direct contrast to the Christlike love we should cultivate for one another. It may sound odd, but putting your spouse on a pedestal can damage your marriage. Let’s take…

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8 Ways to Deepen Your Intimacy During Difficult Times

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Difficult times can refine or break your relationship. That’s why it’s so important to stay connected. Through intentional action, it’s possible to deepen your intimacy during hard seasons. Let’s look at eight ways you and your spouse can deepen your intimacy, despite being in the midst of a difficult time. 1. Listen to one another. Communication is important at all times in a relationship. But during difficult times, it becomes more important than ever. As a couple, take time to talk with, and listen to, each other. Your conversations don’t always have to be centered around the hard things that…

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