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4 Ways Cooking with Your Spouse Can Help Your Marriage

By: Shannon Whitmore

September 05, 2020

Marriage would be so easy if life didn’t get in the way. You’re tired, talked out, touched out, and at the end of the day, you just want to veg out on the couch alone and watch some TV before falling asleep and repeating it all tomorrow. Your husband is more like a roommate, a friend, or perhaps even a friend with benefits. But internally, you know something is missing.

If you suspect that you’ve hit one of those rough patches in your marriage, consider this one habit that changed my marriage for the better. Check out this article below to find out WHY!

How to Keep a Marriage Alive in a Simple Step

July 22, 2020

Dr. Neil Jacobson’s research uncovered the one thing you can do every day to keep your marriage alive: have a stress-reducing conversation. He found that after couples got into a groove, most of them relapsed—except for the couples who had a daily connection session. Click below to find out how to do this. 

3 Ground Rules for Experiencing Real Honesty with Your Spouse

Fierce Marriage

August 16, 2020

Problems in marriage present themselves like spiders. You feel their effects—their webs—but you can’t always pinpoint the source. You feel like something’s wrong, but you don’t know the cause or root of the problem. Some examples:

  • Your communication just feels off; every conversation ends in an argument.

  • Your sex-life has diminished or become non-existent.

  • You feel like your trust is fading and you’re not sure how to rebuild it.

  • Maybe you feel indifferent toward each other; you don’t know why, but you just do.

Almost every married couple has faced or will face issues like these in their union. The thing is, they’re usually just symptoms of a greater problem; one that can’t be identified without honest conversation.

Check out their 3 Rules below!

7 reasons "Getting Away" is good for your marriage

Fierce Marriage

August 22, 2020

Check out this article about why getting away with your spouse is a vital part of keeping things renewed and fresh. They suggest, there’s just something special that happens when you leave your normal routines in favor of deepening your friendship with each other. This means taking time to intentionally disconnect from your everyday world and reconnect with your life partner. I strongly believe that getting away should be a regular (at least monthly) occurrence in marriages; here’s why…

Click below to find out!

4 Common Attitudes That Lead to Lousy Marriages

By: Stacey Sumereau

July 13, 2020

Stacey points out in this great article that, there is no question that marriage and family life in all stages demand daily sacrifice. In the busyness and constant giving, it’s easy to fall prey to things that destroy a marriage. And I’m not just talking about affairs and fights about money. Here are 4 common attitudes that lead to lousy marriages.

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Old Natural Law Theory, Marriage, and Sexual Ethics


September 24, 2019

“Old natural law theory” begins with the natural end of our sexual faculties and derives ethical principles from there. But this approach has to rely implicitly on prior value judgments in order to distinguish between biological facts that are axiologically or morally relevant and those that are not. The second in a two-part series.

Sexual Ethics, Human Nature, and New Natural Law Theory


September 23, 2019

“New” natural law theorists and “old” natural law theorists both see human flourishing as the proper end of all ethics, including sexual ethics. Yet they disagree about how human nature informs practical reasoning. This first in a two-part series.

6 Things that Keep an Emotional Connection in Marriage

By: Susan Merrill

April 06, 2018

It’s important to keep an emotional connection as a couple, and Mark and I have learned some ways to make that happen. I say make that happen because if you don’t put your mind to staying connected to your husband, a thousand other things will get in the way of doing it. Or, in my case, 5 children — even though I loved them —  had a habit of getting in the way.

These 6 things will help you stay connected to your husband.

5 Habits of Happily Married Couples

By: Cassandra Soars

November 15, 2019

Research shows in order to have a happy marriage, you must do 5 nice things for every negative one. 5 to 1! This morning my husband and I had a negative interaction. Because he didn’t sleep well, he was tired and stressed, and I didn’t respond well to his grouchiness. We didn’t argue; we just didn’t have a positive experience with one another. This simple negative interaction is probably a common occurrence for many couples.

I had no idea that it would take us both being intentional to make sure we had 5 positive interactions to make up for this 1 negative one. Healthy habits are a powerful tool in a relationship. Want to be happily married for a long time? Try making these 5 things a habit.

3 Little Things You Can Do this Week for a Better Marriage

By: Nancy Jergins

January 01, 2020

My son is into sports. So I find myself using sports analogies pretty often to help him understand a concept or motivate him. That’s how I came upon a quote by John Wooden, one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, that applies not only to motivating 13-year-olds but also to marriage.

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur… Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

Try these 3 little things you can do this week for a better marriage.

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5 Ways to Share Your Love Story

By: Dana Hall McCain

December 21, 2018

Your love story has value! Remembering how a friendship became a romance and a romance became a marriage can comfort and encourage a couple. And the celebration of that love is a blessing to your kids as well. We’re realists here though: We know that few relationships read like a movie script. Real life and real relationships have ups and downs. But don’t let the trials in your love story discourage you from retelling it. The fact that you overcame them is one more reason to celebrate! Find out 5 ways!

The "15 Second Kiss" Experiement

by Ryan Fredrick

April 09, 2014

A few weeks back, I met a gentleman at church named Tim. Tim and his wife had been married many years (I can’t remember exactly, but it was at least 30) and weathered many trials through their marriage (cancer included).

Naturally I asked him what the secret was – as I usually do when I meet someone with an epic marriage. “How have they stuck together through everything?” – I asked him this knowing that we shared our faith and reliance on Jesus Christ.

He simply replied, “The 15 second kiss.”

Expressing gratitude makes us healthier

Who wouldn't be grateful for that?

April 27, 2017

"New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication shows that, “Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased likelihood of helping others, optimism, exercise, and reduced reports of physical symptoms.” 

Theology in the Older Couple’s Bedroom

by Christopher West -

March 16, 2016

"I don’t hear much in the Theology of the Body teachings as relates to older couples,” went a question someone recently submitted on Facebook. “There are different challenges in the bedroom after menopause. This burning desire you refer to so often is not always present for both spouses. Things that were once pleasurable may no longer be so. Please share whatever TOB has to say about this season in a marriage. Thanks!”



Carrying A Spouse – Hard Truth about Marriage

The Catholic Husband

January 15, 2016

It will happen to you. That is just a fact. At some point in your marriage you will either carry your spouse, or be carried by your spouse. In reality – you will probably both spend a good deal of time carrying each other.

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