Communication and Conflict

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Communicating Respect

Gary Chapman

An attitude of respect paves the way for you to show respect for your mate. Respect does not indicate that you agree on everything, but it does mean that you give your spouse the freedom to be an individual.

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Give Your Spouse Emotional Support

Gary Chapman

Giving emotional support to your spouse begins by allowing positive and negative emotions. It means celebrating the positive emotions and affirming the negative emotions.

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30-Second Marriage Boosters

Bill Farrel

Couples can find the balance between a busy life and a growing relationship, and they can further enhance their love with these simple, 30-second habits.

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Honest Affirmation Can Make Your Marriage Great

Erin Smalley

Amid the busyness of life, Erin Smalley incorporates simple affirmation into her marriage relationship and watches her husband thrive.

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Strong Women and Married Life

Cynthia Tobias

Most strong-willed women handle marriage the way we do almost everything else — we have the capacity to bring out both great passion and great friction.

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How Can I Forgive My Spouse?

Tony Evans

To overcome unforgiveness, we need to deal with our emotional wounds and let them heal.

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How Childhood Experiences Impact Marriage Relationships

Kay Yerkovich with Milan Yerkovich

Our childhood experiences and the way our parents related to us have imprinted certain thought patterns and behaviors on us.

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Reconnect Through Meaningful Conversation

Greg Smalley

It takes intentionality to overcome the tendency for talk with your spouse to morph from meaningful to administrative. Deep, meaningful conversation is a must for couples hoping to stay connected.

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Darrell and Stevie Waltrip in the late 1970s.

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NASCAR'S Darrell Waltrip: Racing Through Life

Matthew Branaugh

NASCAR's Darrell Waltrip and his wife, Stevie, raced through life until a recorded sermon and an almost fatal accident changed their lives.

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Emotional Safety in a Troubled Marriage

Vicki Morgan

Taking responsibility for a better marriage begins by recognizing your need for help and then creating emotional safety in your relationship.

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Women and Anger

Learning how to attack the issues without attacking the people you love can be a challenge. This series of articles can help you overcome anger and build stronger relationships.

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You're Driving Me Crazy

Sue Heimer

Being honest with myself and recognizing the destructive influence that screaming has on my children is the first step in changing this pattern of poor communication.

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Women and Anger

Lysa TerKeurst

Learning how to attack the issues without attacking the people you love can be a challenge. If you've ever struggled with anger, Lysa Terkeurst offers a few insights that might help.

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frustrated husband and wife

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Unmet Expectations

Annie Chapman

By recognizing the true source of anger, you can create an environment in your marriage that allows for apology and restoration of the relationship.

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Learn to Fight Fair

Dr. Les Parrott with Dr. Leslie Parrott

If you cultivate a cooperative attitude with your spouse, you will save yourself a lot of grief. And you will have found the secret to fighting a good fight.

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Illustration of a couple walking away arm-in-arm from their objects of warfare: a pile of household items, each with an arrow shot into it

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Marriage Is a Battle . . . But Not Against Each Other

Greg Smalley

Every marriage has a mortal enemy, a mighty nemesis named selfishness. Dr. Greg Smalley offers insights on how to win the battle in your marriage without fighting each other.

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Wife and husband jogging together on wooded path

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The Husband Whisperer

Erin Smalley

Create a heart-to-heart connection, even when your man is reluctant.

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frustrated married couple

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Humility Makes a Difference in Marital Conflict

Greg Smalley

Pride leads to conflict in marriage, so what are you doing to nurture humility in your own heart?

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Giving Thanks Together

The holiday season is a perfect time to count your blessings and to offer thanksgiving to God. See if your heart change doesn't impact your mood, your relationships and your perspective.

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Our Blessed Marriage Can Become a Blessing

Susie Larson

Have you and your spouse committed to giving God thanks on a regular basis? When we're grateful, we can more clearly see how rich we really are and we can be a blessing to others.

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married couple praying before a holiday meal

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Giving Thanks Together

Susie Larson

The holiday season is a perfect time to count your blessings and to offer thanksgiving to God. See if your heart change doesn't impact your mood, your relationships and your perspective.

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married couple separated by a wall

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Fight for Your Marriage When Your Spouse Is Emotionally Distant

Greg Smalley

When we feel threatened, we build emotional walls that don't allow our spouse into the deepest parts of our hearts and minds. The emotional distance can cause marital problems.

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When Your Apology Falls Flat

Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas

People have different apology languages just like they have different love languages. A person may apologize, but the apology is not perceived as sincere because it's spoken in a different language.

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