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Change your focus, change your marriage

When you’re talking about something as complex and complicated as two people coming together in marriage, it can be easy to focus on all of the problems that need to be solved. 

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Q&A: Can't get spouse to open up and talk

Question: How can I get my spouse to open up and talk with me? We’ve been married for almost two years, and I don’t understand him any better than I did before our honeymoon. 

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Praying for your spouse: The good, the bad and the barriers

“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my spouse to keep”?

That's not the bedtime rhyme you teach your four-year-old, but it should be the ditty that guides your married prayer life. To pray in a healthy, Christ-like way, you need to learn to navigate the good, the bad and the barriers you may face as a prayer warrior for your spouse and your marriage.

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Love and money: How to keep one from ruining the other

Money. It’s a subject that people tend to avoid. It’s considered a faux pas to talk about how much you make, how much you owe, how you spend it, how often you think about it and how it does – or does not – drive you. But the reality is money affects everything – especially marriage. 

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Then and now: What your vows really mean

If you were to look back on your wedding day right now, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? 

Do you think about how much money could have gone toward investing in a house rather than in a venue? Or the drama of your wedding party? What about your first kiss as husband and wife? Or the wave of relief you felt as you walked back up the aisle together? 

There might be something important missing from your nostalgic look back on your big day – your vows. If you had to, right now, would you be able to stand with your spouse and repeat them word for word? 

The answer is probably no. 

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