Communication

Stop Trying To Make Her Happy

Men, if you want to have a great relationship here is my advice to you: Stop trying to cheer up your girlfriend or wife.  I know this might not make sense to you right now, but trust me, it’ll be one of the best things you can do for your relationship. As a brand new husband, one rookie mistake I repeatedly made was always trying to fix my...

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Being in Love Isn’t Enough
Being in Love Isn't Enough

Right before I got married I read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman. There is a great list of “flags” to go through in conversation with your significant other before, and even after, you marry. I believe most sources of conflict in marriage can be worked out so I didn’t see anything on Chapman’s list that was...

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Married? Stop Keeping Score
Married? Stop Keeping Score

It’s been just over a year since I got married. I’ve been reflecting over this first year of marriage that everyone has cautioned could be one of the hardest years we’ll ever go through. What were the hardest parts? I can only speak for myself, but for me the hardest thing is to stop keeping score. Can you relate to any of these thoughts? “I...

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Do You Trust Him?
Do You Trust Him?

It's easy to fall in love with a man you don't trust, but it's hard to live with him. Real, lasting relationships are built on trust. Trust is foundational because it creates a safe environment for intimacy to grow. If your relationship is going to work you need to be able to trust your partner with your past, your present and your future. Trust...

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Communication in Marriage
Communication in Marriage

How do you feel when your spouse tells you "we need to talk"? Do you get excited? Or do feel a surge of dread, anticipating an unpleasant conversation about what may have gone wrong? Most marriage experts would affirm that communication is key in marriage -- but  just how can spouses do so effectively? Neal Black, the former Associate Director...

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Emotional Abandonment: Bridging the Gap
Emotional Abandonment: Bridging the Gap

Do you sometimes feel emotionally disconnected even though your spouse is standing right next to you? FamilyLife Directors Neil and Sharol Josephson have been married for over thirty years and have spoken with thousands of couples. In this video series, they discuss gender and personality differences for emotional abandonment, and how the way your...

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Stuck With Family Baggage: Freedom is a Choice
Stuck With Family Baggage: Freedom is a Choice

The more marriage conferences and counseling I do, the more convinced I become that there is one issue, more than any other, that is causing marriages to fall apart today. Communication? Money? Sex? For decades these issues have been said to be the top three reasons why marriages fail, and there's no doubt that many marriages have blown up over...

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Help! My Wife Doesn’t Want Sex part2
Help! My Wife Doesn’t Want Sex part2

Part1:  Help! My Wife Doesn't Want Sex There's a love that can fill the void of a sexless life. Making the connection Then there is the difference of what our minds are thinking about. She walks in the room looks at you a certain way and you are thinking, “All right, I know what is on her mind!” Actually you don’t. Guys, we can...

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