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Why It’s Time to Start Dating Your Spouse Again

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It’s time to start dating your spouse again. Dating is the foundation of most new relationships. It’s a time when you’re excited to be together. You’re doing your best to impress and attract one another, and you’re getting to know each other. When you’re dating, you’re taking the time and effort to be curious about one another and to learn as much as you can. You’re excited to be together, and you can’t wait for the next date. There’s a sense of anticipation for each meeting, and you can’t seem to get enough of being together. Contrast that with married…

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Help! We’re Staying Married for the Kids. Is That Enough?

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It’s not uncommon for married couples to drift apart and experience loneliness, particularly after having children. Maybe there’s a lack of emotional intimacy or shared activities. Either way, you’re not spending much time together anymore, and you’re starting to feel like you’re only staying in the marriage for the kids. Humans crave intimacy and connection. During the newlywed years, we tend to have an abundance of this intimacy and closeness. But when life’s obligations begin taking over, it can start to feel like we’re drifting away from each other. We might expect to maintain the same level of closeness during…

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4 Ways to Practice Generous Grace in Your Marriage

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Marriage isn’t always easy. Living life with another human being, as closely as you must live with your spouse, means that there will be times when you need to extend grace. And it’s essential to be generous with your grace. We’re broken people building lives together; that’s just reality. When we marry, our quirks, flaws, and selfishness come along with us. These very human characteristics inspire disagreements, frustration, and friction from time to time. How we choose to respond to our spouse’s shortcomings builds and shapes our character. And our ability to extend grace, forgive, and correct our own mistakes…

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5 Ways to Focus on Rest and Rejuvenation With Your Spouse

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Life is hectic, with so many challenges and daily distractions to keep us busy and exhausted. Many of us struggle to find time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Does this sound familiar to you? When you have careers, a marriage, a family, and outside obligations, it’s easy to let your needs fall by the wayside. Oftentimes, sleep and self-care are the first things to go when you’re overwhelmed. But in order to live life to its fullest, you and your spouse both need to know how to make more time for rest so you can refresh yourselves on a regular…

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Before the Wedding: Resources for Engaged Couples

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Wedding season is approaching, and many couples all over the world are getting ready for the big day. Are you and your fiance prepared–not just for the wedding, but for your married life, too? Whether you’re newly engaged, planning your wedding, or walking down the aisle this year, there are some important things you need to know before you get married. In this post, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources for you, all in one place. We want to equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to succeed for years to come. Ready to dive in? Let’s go….

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How to Balance Your Priorities in Marriage – Part 2

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Last week, we began a two-part series on balancing your priorities in marriage. We discussed what unbalanced priorities can look like in marriage, and we began sharing tips on how to start getting your life into better alignment. If you missed that post, you can read it here. To briefly recap last week’s post, the first two things you and your spouse can try doing to get your priorities in order are to open a dialogue about the issue, then practice empathy as you begin to explore it. Showing understanding to one another will go a long way toward helping…

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How to Balance Your Priorities in Marriage – Part 1

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Every married couple has to revisit and balance their priorities from time to time. It’s natural for life to ebb and flow, and it’s also common for couples to occasionally find themselves struggling to meet one another’s needs in some way. Whatever out-of-balance priorities look like for you, we want you to know that it’s possible to navigate this challenging situation and come out on the other side stronger than before. So what does it look like to balance your priorities in marriage? The answer is, it really depends. Today, we’re sharing a few general tips to help you and…

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What To Do When Your Spouse is Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness (Part 2)

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In our last post, we began a discussion about how to support your spouse when they’re diagnosed with a chronic illness. These diagnoses can be debilitating, and have the potential to permanently alter what your life looks like from now on. How you respond to the situation, particularly by supporting your spouse, will affect your shared experiences going forward. If you’d like to read part one of this series, you can do so here. As a quick recap, the first things you can do to support your spouse include: Pausing to understand your spouse’s condition and how it might be…

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What To Do When Your Spouse is Diagnosed With A Chronic Illness (Part 1)

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When we get married and say our vows, we commonly include the phrase “in sickness and in health.” And when we’re young and vibrant, it’s often difficult to grasp what this actually means. For some married couples, one spouse might eventually be diagnosed with a serious chronic condition. When either partner receives this kind of diagnosis, it can rattle the entire landscape of the life you’ve built since the beginning of your marriage. In many ways, illness can alter the way your day-to-day life looks–not only for the spouse who received the diagnosis, but for your whole family. A serious…

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5 Tips for Igniting More Romance in Your Marriage

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When it comes to igniting more romance in your marriage, having a deep connection with your spouse is key. Many married couples find themselves sucked into their daily routines and busy schedules, and they’re experiencing less romance and intimacy than they did when they were dating or newlyweds. If this sounds familiar to you, read on. Even though you might be feeling disconnected and discouraged right now, it’s possible to reignite more romance in your marriage. We’ve gathered some tips you can start putting into practice right away to help you do that. Romance doesn’t exist in a vacuum; it…

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