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Marriage Enrichment Articles

Marriage, like our spiritual health, physical health, and personal cleanliness requires constant investment and upkeep! The BFM regularly shares marriage enrichment articles and resources to help you and your spouse explore different ways to enrich your marriage.

Scroll below to find different marriage enrichment resources including articles, videos, recommended readings and more!

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Marriage Enrichment Articles

Article: New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Marriage

There’s one area that many people overlook when it comes to New Year’s resolutions: their marriage, and yet resolving to improve certain areas of a marriage is just as important as resolving to be…

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Article: How to Give Comfort to a Spouse

Therapist Lori Epting helps us to understand why it can be so hard to support our spouses when we feel responsible for their suffering - and offers 6 helpful suggestions to help us navigate…

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Article: Are Friendships With the Opposite Sex Possible (or Wise) in Marriage?

This blog post tackles an important topic for many married couples - that of navigating opposite-sex friendships. VS Glen stresses the importance of respecting your spouse's opinion in this area, and offers some helpful…

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Article: Don’t Raise an Entertainment Junkie • Love & Logic

Parents give their kids an advantage in life by understanding that children need plenty of opportunities to find themselves in a rather dull or “boring” situation in order to develop and practice creative ways…

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Article: Caring for Aging Parents Can Strain Your Marriage

The many challenges of caring for aging parents can put unbelievable strain on a marriage. Here are some research-based tips to help couples deal with the stress of caregiving and strengthen your marriage as…

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Article: How to Be Proactive and Protect Your Marriage

Scott Stanley, PhD is a research professor who conducts studies on marriage and romantic relationships. In this blog, he reveals 8 research-based things that couples can do to help couples protect and strengthen their…

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Video: Four Ways to Stop Any Fight

Drawing on his 25 years of experience working with couples, relationship coach Bruce Muzik uses this short video to demonstrate four tried and true strategies to stop any fight from escalating. More Articles

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Article: Making Time For Your Spouse

We all know that a good relationship is the product of time spent with people, but there is often a breakdown in our thinking when it comes to our marriages. In this blog, marriage…

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Article: Resetting Negative Patterns in Marriage

Check out these clear steps for any couple to reset their negative patterns!

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Article: Before You Change Your Spouse, Try Changing Your Marriage

In his latest blog, Gary Thomas addresses a classic challenge that many marriages face at one time or another - the tendency to drift apart. He gently reminds us of how important it is…

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Article: Changing Our Bad Relationship Habits is Possible!

Even though our personalities are basically set, the meaning we attach to events and behaviors isn't. Neither are the choices we make in how we choose to show up in the world, treat ourselves…

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Article: Ground Rules for Effective Fighting

All couples fight, but how they fight can determine if their arguments lead to erosion of their relationship or to bolstering it. In this article, Bob and Judith Wright offer some ground rules for…

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Article: Reintroducing Date Night!

In this article, Erin Smalley reminds couples of the importance of shared experiences and having fun together. Whether we are newlyweds or empty nesters, we need to nurture the friendship aspect of our marriages,…

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Video: Building Unity in Every Season of Marriage

This short video by Ryan and Selena Frederick suggests concrete ways to fortify our marriages and maintain unity as couples. Their full-proof recommendations include praying together, playing together and staying together! Read Full Article…

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Article: Growing Spiritually as a Couple

Spiritual growth can be challenging and spiritual growth as a couple even more so. Bloggers and marriage experts Justin and Trisha Davis suggest some simple changes we can make in our marriages that can…

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Article: Starting the Conversation About Sexuality and Marriage

In this article, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott remind us that the purpose of sexuality in marriage is to create and maintain a bond that is 'soul-deep' and suggest that God actually created sex…

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Article: Focus on Growth Rather Than Happiness in Marriage

Julie Compton shares in this article how Nate Bagley, creator of The Loveumentary Podcast, discovered that while he couldn't always make his wife happy, he could create important opportunities for communication. Read Full Article…

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Article: Weathering the Seasons of Love

All marriages go through predictable stages and transitions, but because we are often unfamiliar with what they are, we often over-react to them, which creates extra strain on our marriages. To help couples understand…

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Video: In Laws and Healthy Boundaries—Is it Possible?

Setting healthy boundaries with your in-laws is one of the most practical—and difficult—tasks for any couple. Here are a few simple tips to get started. More Articles

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Article: Help! My Spouse Doesn’t Listen to Me!

Many couples complain that their husband or wife isn't really listening to them or retaining important information that is shared. In this article, Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott offer several practical strategies that we…

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Article: Why It’s Important to Praise Your Spouse

Successful entrepreneur and NY Times bestselling author, Michael Hyatt talks about why praising our spouses in ...

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Article: How to Make Your Marriage Easier During Hard Times

Caretaking for a spouse can be a challenge during times of hardship, and it can be just as stressful for the receiver of care. This insightful article by Jill Suttie suggests that gratitude can…

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Article: Our Tone of Voice Speaks Volumes in Marriage

Language is one of the essential ways we interact with the world and each other, and our tone of voice speaks volumes. It turns out that the old adage, "It's not what you say…

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Article: Letting Go of the “Perfect” Marriage

Sometimes our idealism and our unexamined expectations can block us from appreciating the good stuff that is happening in our marriages. She explains that when couples can begin to 'let go of perfect', they…

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Article: How to Deal With the Ebb and Flow of Attraction in Marriage

Professional counselor Debra Fileta offers some helpful advice for those who no longer find themselves attracted to their spouse. What does that do to the sexual relationship? How should we respond? Fileta combines real-world…

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Article: 2 Ways to Keep the Emotional Connection Strong in Your Marriage

Dr. Angela Bisignana gives clear guidance for how couples can strengthen and maintain their emotional connection by simply turning towards each other on a regular basis. Read Full Article More Articles

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Article: How to Make Time for Your Marriage

This blogger shares a simple, yet effective technique that his couple uses when the demands of work and family get in the way of their emotional connection. Read Full Article Read More Marriage Enrichment…

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Article: 4 Ways to Balance Personal Goals in Your Marriage

When our spouse expresses a strong desire to go to undergraduate or graduate school, whether it's a new idea or one they have been thinking about for awhile, the ramifications and adjustments needed as a…

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Article: Three Rituals That Can Prevent You and Your Spouse From Drifting Apart

Most marriage therapists agree that couples need strategies to stay happy over the long haul, and a practical plan whereby they can nurture the positives in their marriages. This article recommends three simple but…

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Article: How to Make Your Marriage a Priority

This marriage blog discusses the importance and the challenges of making our marriages a priority, no matter what stage of life we are in and offers practical suggestions for how to do it! Read…

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