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3 Reasons Every Couple Should Do Premarital Counseling

You may be wondering if premarital counseling is really worth the the time, commitment and money? Or, is it really necessary and can it actually help your future marriage? Before you just dismiss the whole idea and move on to the cake testing or registry scanning (with that cool laser gun), please hear me out. I believe you should absolutely 100% ...
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7 Great Questions to Ask Your Friends

There is something so refreshing about having authentic, heartfelt conversation with someone you care about. On a normal day, we all interact with numerous people through "small talk", but really being able to "share heart" with someone is a special thing. What some people do not realize is that there is a big difference between communication and conversation. Communication is simply exchanging ...
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5 Things You’re Not Doing for Your Wife (And Should Be)

Husbands, do you ever wish that your wife came with an instruction manual of how to make her happy? Ever find yourself wishing there was a YouTube video explaining step by step how to love and cherish your wife well? Come on fellas, let’s be honest. As husbands, we’ve probably all had those “I just don’t understand my wife” moments. ...
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How To Maximize Your Engagement Season

Getting engaged is an exciting time in a couple’s journey together. Once the guy takes Beyonce’s advice and “puts a ring on it”, it is usually full on wedding planning mode. This season can be so full of joy and yet so much stress at the same time. I remember when my wife and I got engaged and how happy ...
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Husband 101: Lessons I Learned My First Year of Marriage

Your first year of marriage…A relational utopia or literal hell? You’ve probably heard a million and one things about couples’ first year of marriage. Stories ranging from it being the best year ever to quite possibly the toughest 365 days ever endured. So many different factors contribute to the success of that first year and I’m no expert on what ...
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5 Life Skills To Master Before Marriage

There are certain basic life skills that should be mastered (or at least strongly developed) before entering marriage. In his book, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Stephen Covey talks about how we must have private victory before public victory, and the same is true within marriage. Husbands and wives must have private victory (personal growth & development) before they ...
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Reestablishing Sexual Boundaries After You’ve Gone Too Far

Couples often wonder if it's even possible to back things up and stop crossing the line once a sexual boundary has been breached in a dating relationship. Culture implies that once you "go all the way," you can't go backward, and most people would agree that it can't be done. As believers, we know that God forgives us and promises ...
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5 Reasons Dating Long Distance Isn’t So Bad

Dating long distance can feel like torture for two people who are in love. I know it felt like torture for Eric and I at times! Eric and I dated long distance four years (out of the five that we dated). During our long distance dating season, we were a two hour drive away from each other. Eric was playing ...
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What Does “Going Slowly” Look Like?

Most of us applaud couples of any age or in any season of life who endeavor to go slowly in their relationships, because we understand that this commitment is both admirable and respectful. As my husband and I mentor 20-somethings on a weekly basis, we find ourselves constantly telling couples: "When you think you are going slow, go slower!" But ...
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Wife 101: Lessons I Learned My First Year of Marriage

Everyone’s first year of marriage story is different… but everyone has a story! Some couples say their first year of marriage was the hardest year of their relationship due to various variables. Others gleefully say it was a year of pure bliss. Eric and I’s first year of marriage was definitely enjoyable, but had its far share of learning moments too! ...