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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: Moving Past the Fear in Your Marriage

In this Youtube clip, marriage expert Jayson Gaddis explains why we get stuck in our marriages, and what we can do to break through our fear and continue growing together.

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Article: How to Interrupt Bad Behavior and Prevent Relationship Erosion | Debby Gullery

Every couple fights. It is inevitable. And everyone who is in a couple has experienced those moments of profound regret when they've said hurtful things to their partners. So, what can be done? How…

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Article: Dialing In To Your Partner’s Wavelength

Don't roll your eyes at the concept of 'love languages' just yet because when we use them with our spouses, it really works! It is an incredibly effective way to tune in to our…

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Article: The Happiness Expectation in Marriage

Richard Nicastro, PhD looks at finding “meaning over merriment” in marriage and challenges us to monitor our expectations that marriage “should” bring happiness.

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Article: The Difference Between Criticism and Complaint—And Why it Matters in Your Marriage

Marriage experts agree that habitual criticism can erode the very foundation of a marriage. This is why it's important to understand the difference between criticism and complaint, and to learn how to communicate our…

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Article: Giving Our Spouses a Confidence Boost

Marriage educators Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot suggest four areas to focus our attention, affirm our spouses and give them a confidence boost.

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Article: Talking Points | Debby Gullery

Remember that saying from our childhood: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Do any of us actually believe this old adage? Of course not. We all know…

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Article: Can We Talk?

Dr. Cutlip discusses how couples can speak their truth without causing World War III.

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Article: Revisiting Our Relationship Goals

In this article, Catherine Winter talks about the value of revisiting our relationship goals in order to encourage honest sharing and foster teamwork.

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Article: Getting the Spark Back

In this interview from The Science of Happiness, listen to or read what Ayesha Mattu has to say about how she brought the spack back to her marriage of ten years.

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Article: Safety First | Debby Gullery

When I ask people what the most important ingredient for good communication is, they almost always say “being a good listener”, and I agree that it is very important. But what I’ve come to…

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Article: Sharing Our Feelings: Too Much or Too Little?

Is it wise to share every single feeling we have with our spouses in hopes of connection? Is it healthy to keep our feelings and desires inside for fear of rejection? Author John Amodeo…

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Article: God-Centered Benchmarks for a Healthy Marriage

Sexual Intimacy is one of the most important aspects of a healthy marriage, but often one of the most problematic and misunderstood areas. In this video, authors Ryan and Selena Frederick tackle this topic…

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Article: Our Assumptions In Marriage Can Get Us Into Trouble!

Let's face it - we have assumptions about everything. But sometimes our assumptions can get us into trouble, especially in the marriage arena. This article highlights five unhelpful assumptions we often make that can…

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Article: Generous Listening

Listening well, with generosity, is a learned skill. None of us are born being great listeners. And since all couples have trouble getting through to each other sometimes, it makes sense for us to…

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Article: Seriously. What’s the Point of Marriage?

No, really, this is a serious question. What’s the point? If you don’t have a goal, objective, or specific outcome in mind, or if you don’t know what you and your partner’s needs are…

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Article: Safeguarding Our Marriages Against Stress

Life is stressful! There is no avoiding those days where we feel we have too much ...

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Video: World Peace Really Does Begin With Marriage and the Family

In this TEDx Talk, Julie Schwartz Gottman uses findings from studies on love and diplomacy to ...

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Video: Getting Out of the Doldrums!

The Own Show consulted a panel of relationship experts to suggest some simple steps to help us take our marriages from dull to delightful!

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Article: In Marriage, Money Problems Are Rarely Just About Money

Money problems are rarely about money only. This article by Mary Hunt, the founder of 'Debt-Proof Living', illustrates how important it is for couples to learn to manage their differences in terms of spending…

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Article: What to Do About Problems in Marriage

What to Do About ProblemsBy Debby Gullery “When it rains, it pours. Maybe the art of ...

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Article: Marriage is Messy

Real life is messy and complicated so it stands to reason that marriage is too. Author Harriet Lerner suggests that motivation, attitude and practice can help us find clarity and joy in the midst…

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Article: Relationships Are Like Seesaws

In this short clip, marriage expert Michelle Weiner Davis gives a simple example of how we can affect change in our relationships by changing our part of the pattern.

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Article: When Arousal Patterns Are Out of Sync

It's natural for couples to experience a discrepancy in desire at different stages of marriage, and when it happens, it's important to remember that this season of discrepancy is not a life sentence. As…

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Article: How to Change Your Partner | Debby Gullery

Everyone who has been married for more than a week has wanted or tried to change their spouse. But the truth is we can't change them. That is his or her job. The smartest…

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Article: The Art of Staying Connected With Your Spouse

Blogger Amberly Lambertsen talks about how connecting in small ways daily can be more effective than periodic grand gestures.

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Article: A Great Marriage Happens on Purpose

All marriages go through their ups and downs and there are strategies and suggestions galore for making improvements. Sometimes, however, we just need to spend more time with our spouses and make them our…

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Article: Hidden Expectations and Your Marriage

Expectations are natural, but when they are unconscious and below the surface, they can wreak havoc on our marriages! Uncovering what they are is the first step, and then learning to manage them is…

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Article: Oh, The Questions We Ask! • Debby Gullery

Oh, The Questions We Ask! By Debby Gullery “At the end of the day, the questions ...

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Article: Pursue Me Please!

Central to healthy marriages is the idea of continual and purposeful investment. One little known but very important aspect of this is that of pursuing our partner, no matter what stage of marriage we…

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