Marriage Challenges

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Series

Change, Stress and Crises

Change, stress, challenges and painful trials are part of any relationship. You and your spouse can face stress together, growing stronger through the trials that come your way.

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How Trials Can Strengthen Your Marriage

Erin Smalley

By developing a healthy pattern of coping with stress and change, you'll be more likely to deal with issues as a married couple.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Drifting Apart

You probably know someone who's gotten a divorce and said, "We just drifted apart."

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Healing Our Hurting Marriage (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor Paul Westbrook and his wife, Melody, talk with openness and honesty about the marital crisis they faced and describe how counseling from the National Institute of Marriage (now called Hope Restored) helped restore and strengthen their relationship. (Part 2 of 2)

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God’s Got It

Sometimes saving a marriage requires a willingness to dig deep into our own negative feelings, even if it’s scary. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Burn the Ships

Commitment is critical for a successful marriage.  It’s easy to make excuses for why we can’t resolve a conflict with our spouse.  What we need to do is burn the ships.  

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Healing Our Hurting Marriage (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor Paul Westbrook and his wife, Melody, talk with openness and honesty about the marital crisis they faced and describe how counseling from the National Institute of Marriage (now called Hope Restored) helped restore and strengthen their relationship. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Scorekeepers

If you’re playing a game, you need a scorekeeper.  It’s the only way to determine a winner.  But in a marriage, keeping score is destructive.  When a relationship is defined by “winners” and “losers,” it’s only a matter of time before things fall apart.

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Helping Your Husband Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2)

Authors Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe explain how they found emotional healing from childhood sexual abuse and how a wife can come alongside her husband who's experienced similar trauma to offer him love and support. (Part 2 of 2)

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Helping Your Husband Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2)

Authors Cecil Murphey and Gary Roe explain how they found emotional healing from childhood sexual abuse and how a wife can come alongside her husband who's experienced similar trauma to offer him love and support. (Part 1 of 2)

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Helping Your Wife Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 2 of 2)

Dawn Scott Jones, author of When a Woman You Love Was Abused, explains how she found emotional healing from childhood sexual abuse and how a husband can come alongside his wife who's experienced similar trauma to offer her love and support. (Part 2 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

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Helping Your Wife Overcome Childhood Sexual Abuse (Part 1 of 2)

Dawn Scott Jones, author of When a Woman You Love Was Abused, explains how she found emotional healing from childhood sexual abuse and how a husband can come alongside his wife who's experienced similar trauma to offer her love and support. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Friendship or Flirtation? Danger Signs for Couples

This weekend, pastor and author Dave Carder explains how couples can guard against inappropriate intimacy in relationships outside of their marriage. 

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Friendship or Flirtation? Danger Signs for Couples (Part 2 of 2)

Pastor and author Dave Carder explains how couples can guard against inappropriate intimacy in relationships outside of their marriage. (Part 2 of 2)

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Friendship or Flirtation? Danger Signs for Couples (Part 1 of 2)

Pastor and author Dave Carder explains how couples can guard against inappropriate intimacy in relationships outside of their marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

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Focus on the Family Commentary

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Infertility’s Impact on Marriage

Infertility can be taxing on virtually every area of a couple’s marriage from the financial strain of exploring treatment options, to altered career decisions, to hopes and dreams that get put on hold.

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Focus on the Family Weekend

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Embracing the Reality of Christmas and Connecting as a Couple Despite Your Differences

In Part 1 of this weekend's program, storyteller Al Andrews shares a dramatic reading of his narrative called A Walk One Winter Night. For more information, see the daily broadcast episode Embracing the Reality of Christmas.

In Part 2, Jim Daly and his wife, Jean, offer advice and encouragement to couples as they describe how they worked through their differences in the early years of their marriage. To learn more, see the daily broadcast episode Connecting as a Couple Despite Your Differences.

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How Shift Jobs Affect Your Marriage

Claudean Boatman

Protect your marriage from the stress of rotating work schedules by using your time intentionally.

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The Impact of PTSD on Military Families (Part 2 of 2)

A panel of guests discusses what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, how it impacts individuals and families, and where they can turn for help. (Part 2 of 2)

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The Impact of PTSD on Military Families (Part 1 of 2)

A panel of guests discusses what post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is, how it impacts individuals and families, and where they can turn for help. (Part 1 of 2)

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Teen-Fueled Tension in Marriage

Pam Woody

Parenting teens provides a new set of conflicts for couples: debates over discipline, respect, privileges, responsibilities, media choices and dating boundaries.

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The Smart Blended Marriage

Ron Deal

Most remarried couples can beat the odds of divorce and build a successful blended family if they know how to overcome the unique barriers to marital intimacy in a blended family.

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Devotional: Facing Adversity

Focus on the Family

The reality of the presence of adversity in life is a given.

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