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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: 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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Article: How to Increase Spiritual Intimacy in Marriage

In this article, Justin Davis addresses a common problem that many faith-based marriages face - that of growing spiritually as a couple. He explains where the challenges come from and offers practical steps to…

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Article: How Your Marriage Can Benefit From Less Screen Time

Marriage bloggist Shana Bresnahan shares about what happened when she and her husband made the shift from reality shows to actual reality, by cutting down on TV time. Read Full Article Read More Marriage…

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Article: The Domino Effect of Marriage

Most of us have experienced times in our marriages when frustration and resentment get the better of us. In this article, marriage expert Michelle Weiner Davis reminds us that change is reciprocal and offers…

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Video: “I Don’t Think You’re Listening to Me” by Marriage365

The staff of Marriage365 performs a lip sync to Tyrone and Elina Wells song titled " I Don't Think You're Listening to Me". It's a hilarious example of the challenges couples face in communication—and…

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Article: Attributes of Healthy and Connected Relationships

When our relationships go through the inevitable dry patches, it can be helpful to remember which aspects contribute to maintaining and strengthening them. This concise article is like a refresher course and offers us…

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Video: Love Language #5—Physical Touch

Here is the final video on the Five Love Languages. This one describes the fifth love language of physical touch. If this is your love language or that of your spouse, it is important…

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Video: Love Language #4—Acts of Service

This weeks' video describes Acts of Service as the fourth Love Language, and explains what it might look like if it is our love language, and how we might communicate with our spouse if…

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Video: Learning the Third Love Language—Giving Gifts

This week we will hear a brief explanation of the third love language; that of giving gifts. People who value this love language tend to show and express their love by giving thoughtful and…

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Video: Understanding the Love Language of Words of Affirmation

Last week we posted a video giving an overview of the 5 Love Languages. This week, the next video in the series explains the first love language more thoroughly: Words of Affirmation

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Video: Understanding Our Partner’s Love Language

Most people are familiar with the concept of 5 love languages, but here's a review to help us utilize this understanding in our day to day interactions with our spouses. Read More Marriage Enrichment…

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Article: Going Deeper in Love

Developing spiritual intimacy in marriage means nurturing the soul of our marriages and the souls of each other. here are three spiritual practices that can help us to transcend superficial bonds and go deeper,…

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Article: Smart New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Marriage

Since January is the month for making new goals, Alysse ElHage asked seven of the top contributors to the Institute for Family Studies website to share their best advice for making New Year's resolutions…

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Article: Negative Bias Can Wreak Havoc on Our Marriages!

This article describes the common problem of "negative bias" in marriage, where one partner (or both) anticipates the other will behave a certain way and gets defensive before anything happens Sound familiar? Read on…

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Article: Applying What We Do in Our Friendships to Our Marriages

In this article, Anita Chlipala suggests that we take what we do in our closest friendships, and apply it to our marriages. In our friendships, for example, we take the good with the bad…

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Article: Surviving and Thriving in All the Seasons of Marriage

Marriage therapists recognize that the quality of a marriage relationship cycles just like the seasons do, and when we find ourselves in the fall season, we need to change course and intentionally invest in…

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Video: When Sex Becomes a Problem

It is estimated that 1 in 3 married couples struggle with mismatched sexual desire. If this is something that comes up in your marriage, listen as relationship guru Michelle Weiner Davis, helps couples stop…

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