How We Boost Our Marriage Without a Date Night or Vacation

How We Boost Our Marriage Without a Date Night or Vacation

Like most people, my husband and I don’t live a very glamorous life. We go to work, supervise homework, feed little people, mow the yard, and run the family taxi service. I suppose it is quite adventurous to raise the next generation of Jesus-followers, but most days it looks a lot like leftover spaghetti. My husband and I schedule regular get-aways and date nights, but … [Read more...]

You’re Allowed to Be in a Bad Mood

You’re Allowed to Be in a Bad Mood

It would all start with one of us being in a bad mood. Early in our marriage, we would over-analyze each other’s moods. "What’s his problem?" "Why won’t she smile at me?" "He needs to snap out of it." "She sure is being difficult." We would badger each other by asking repeatedly, "What’s wrong? Is it something I did?" until finally the bad-mood spouse would snap, which … [Read more...]

Giving Your Spouse the Benefit of the Doubt

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We all have expectations of our spouse. Some of these expectations come in the form of daily tasks to be completed, such as meal planning or yard maintenance. Other expectations are met emotionally, through intentional communication or sexual intimacy. If effective communication is occurring in the marriage, these expectations are clear. For example, I know my husband … [Read more...]