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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: How to Be Sure Your Marriage Will Last Forever

Tyler Ward, author of "Marriage ReBranded", gets wise and unexpected advice in an interview with blogger Chance Scoggins. In the interview, Chance shares his time-tested secret on how to make sure our marriages last…

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How to Disclose a Porn Habit or Other Sexual Behavior to a Spouse or Fiancé

How does one bring up a porn habit or other sexual behavior with a partner in a healthy and productive way? John Williams has developed these helpful guidelines for telling a partner about an…

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Article: Goal-Setting as a Couple

As we begin the new year, it's natural to make goals and set intentions for growth and success, and when we're married, it's important to do so in terms of our couple. Here are…

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Article: Keeping Score Breeds Resentment

Keeping score in a marriage leads to breeding resentment and bad feelings—and competitive spouses don't make for a healthy partnership. So here's a smarter and more successful way to keep your marriage strong.

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Article: The Perils of the Gift-Giving Season

Most couples have different attitudes about money and spending but these differences can really come to a head around the holiday season. Here's how a little extra understanding and compromise can ease the tension…

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Article: The Toxicity of Resentment

In marriage, resentment can be a stealth assassin. It can tiptoe into your marriage without either partner noticing, and then spread and grow until it suffocates or explodes the relationship. If you and your…

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Video: What You Should NEVER Do With Our Spouses!

In this video, author and comedian JP Sears offers us a humorous but accurate description of the most common mistakes couples make in their marriages. Laugh and learn!

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Article: Take Time to Express Gratitude to Your Spouse This Holiday Season

The Thanksgiving season is a time to pause and thank God for the many blessings we take for granted, so let's remember to pause and start thanking our spouse for everything they do that…

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Article: Navigating the Holidays as a New Couple

As the holiday season approaches, young couples often find it challenging to navigate how to celebrate, with whom and for how long. Marriage and family therapist Kelsey T. Chun offers several practical tips to…

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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: Marriage is Like a 1500-Piece Puzzle

In this article, Jen Ferguson cleverly compares marriage to working on a 1500 piece puzzle. She writes that like a puzzle, couples have the image of the marriage we want on the box, but…

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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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