Articles - Marriage







1. 10 ways to help a friend's struggling marriage 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


2. Adoption: Heaven's Gift 

by Marlo Schalesky

From Empty Womb, Aching Heart, published by Bethany House Publishers. Copyright 2001, Marlo Schalesky. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


3. An All Too Common Affair 

by Brad Lewis

Copyright 2002, Brad Lewis. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


4. Are We Falling Out of Love? Sustaining the emotional excitement of romance can be difficult at best 

by Focus on the Family

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


5. Avoiding and Ending an Affair 

by Brad Lewis and Focus on the Family

Copyright 2002,2004, Brad Lewis and Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


6. Becoming the Odd Couple 

by Focus on the Family

This article first appeared in the April/May 2009 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Dianne Neal Matthews. All rights reserved. Dianne Neal Matthews lives in Seymour, Ill., where she will soon celebrate the 35th anniversary of her country-mouse/city-mouse marriage.

 


7. Becoming Your Loved One's Caregiver 

by Focus on the Family

Taken from Caring for Aging Loved Ones, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright 2002, Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


8. Building a Pure Marriage 

by Robin Weidner

Copyright 2008, Robin Weidner. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


9. Building Oneness is Crucial while Caring for Others 

by Joe and Cindi Ferrini

Copyright 2010, Joe and Cindi Ferrini. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


10. Cash Clash: What's Below the Surface? 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


11. Celebrating the Christmas Holidays 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


12. Choose Wisely How You Spend Time Together 

by Focus on the Family

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


13. Christmas Expectations 

by Dr Juli Slattery

This article first appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright 2010 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. ThrivingFamily.com.

 


14. Commitment: The First Defense Against Marital Stressors 

by Dr. Harold L. Arnold

Copyright 2008, Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


15. Communicating Without Talking 

by Focus on the Family

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


16. Confronting Your Fear of Intimacy 

by Tiffany Stuart

This article first appeared in the April/May 2009 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Tiffany Stuart. All rights reserved. Tiffany Stuart writes about faith and family from her home in Colorado.

 


17. Created for Connection 

by Garry Brantley

Copyright 2008, Garry Brantley. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


18. Cross-Cultural Marriage Mentoring 

by Dr. Harold L. Arnold

Copyright 2008, Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


19. Dealing with Depression 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


20. Delaying Marriage - At What Cost? 

by Jennifer Mesko, Editor

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21. De-stressing Christmas 

by Joshua Duvauchelle

Joshua Duvauchelle is an associate editor at Focus on the Family Canada. 2010 Focus on the Family (Canada) Association. All rights reserved.

 


22. Did God Really Say? 

by Robin Weidner

Copyright 2008, Robin Weidner. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


23. Divorce and Separation 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


24. Divorcing Shame From Marriage 

by Robin Weidner

Copyright 2008, Robin Weidner. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


25. Does the Honeymoon Have to End? 

by Sandi Greene

This article first appeared in the Couples edition of the September, 2008 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2008 Sandi Greene. All rights reserved. Sandi Greene lives with her husband, Bob, and their two children, Justice and Micah, in Arizona.

 


26. Dreaming together for the new year 

by Steve and Candice Watters

From the February 2006 Focus on the Family magazine. 2006 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


27. Emotional Affairs 

by Monika Lewis

Copyright 2006, Monika Lewis. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


28. Emotional Affairs - Marriage 

by Dr. Debbie L. Cherry

This article first appeared in the Couples Edition of the May, 2008 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2008 Dr. Debbie L. Cherry. All rights reserved.

 


29. Family Legacies 

by J. Otis Ledbetter and Kurt Bruner

From Your Heritage, by J. Otis Ledbetter and Kurt Bruner. Used by permission of Chariot Victor Publishing, a division of Cook Communications Copyright 1996.

 


30. Feelings of Doubt and Uncertainty 

by Mitch Temple

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


31. Fighting Fair 

by Matthew D. Turvey

Copyright 2008, Matthew D. Turvey. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


32. Flirting with Danger 

by Focus on the Family

This article first appeared in the Pastor's Family edition of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2002, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


33. Forgiving When It's Not Easy 

by Matthew J. White

Copyright 2008, Matthew J. White. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


34. Foundations of a Lifelong Marriage 

by Louis McBurney, M.D.

Copyright 1992, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


35. Gentleness Isn't for Wimps 

by Focus on the Family

This article first appeared in the November, 2008 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2008 Paul Coughlin. All rights reserved. Paul Coughlin lives in Oregon with his wife, Sandy. They are the authors of Married But Not Engaged.

 


36. Getting Out of Debt 

by Broadman & Holman Publishers

From The Healthy Marriage Handbook, published by Broadman & Holman Publishers. Copyright 2001, Broadman & Holman Publishers. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


37. Growing in Oneness 

by Mitch Temple

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


38. Guarding Your Heart in Marriage 

by Cheryl Scruggs

2010 Cheryl Scruggs. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


39. Guarding Your Marriage Against Temptation 

by Scott M. Stanley

From The Power of Commitment: A Guide to Active, Lifelong Love, published by Jossey-Bass. Copyright 2005, Scott M. Stanley. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


40. How Could Divorce Affect My Kids? 

by Amy Desai, J.D.

Copyright 2006-2007, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


41. How Debt Affects Marriage 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


42. How to Discuss Your Needs in a Productive Way 

by Romie Hurley

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


43. Humor in Marriage 

by Les and Leslie Parrott

From The Love List, published by Zondervan. Copyright 2002, Les and Leslie Parrott. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


44. Is Our Marriage Ready for a Baby? 

by Carol Heffernan

Copyright 2007 Carol Heffernan. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

 


45. Is There Hope for My Marriage? 

by Amy Desai, J.D.

Copyright 2006-2007 Focus on the Family

 


46. It's About TIME: Building the Core of Your Marriage 

by Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr.

Copyright 2008, Dr. Harold L. Arnold, Jr. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


47. It's Unfair Not to Fight 

by Matthew D. Turvey

Copyright 2008, Matthew D. Turvey. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


48. Keeping Romance Alive 

by Mitch Temple

Copyright 2009, Mitch Temple. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


49. Keeping the Peace at Any Price? 

by Greg Smalley

Adapted from Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, published by Howard Books. Copyright 2012 by Greg Smalley. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


50. Learning to Communicate 

by Romie Hurley

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


51. Love and Respect: A Royal Marriage 

by Susan Mathis and Emerson Eggerichs

Copyright 2011 by Susan Mathis and Emerson Eggerichs. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


52. Love for the Long Haul 

by Focus on the Family

This article first appeared in the Midlife & Beyond Edition of the April, 2007 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2007, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


53. Maintaining Marital Fidelity 

by David Sanford

Copyright 2004, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


54. Managing Conflict: My Attitude Toward My Spouse 

by Mitch Temple

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


55. Marriage Mentoring 

by Les Parrott, Leslie Parrott

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


56. Marriage Myths 

by Mark Littleton

2007 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


57. Marriage's Meaning for Believers 

by David Kyle Foster

From The Divine Marriage by David Kyle Foster. Available in booklet form at www.MasteringLife.org. Reprinted with permission.

 


58. Money and Marriage 

by Crown Financial Ministries

Copyright 2008, Crown Financial Ministries. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


59. My Spouse Has An Addiction 

by Dr. Bill Maier

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


60. Our Marriage: An Unlikely Example 

by Deb Kalmbach

This article first appeared in the February/March, 2009 issue ofFocus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Deb Kalmbach. All rights reserved. Deb Kalmbach and her husband, Randy, felt as though Jeremy and Jens wedding was the best anniversary gift ever.

 


61. Rediscovering the Love of Your Life 

by Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg

Portions of this article were adapted from The Great Marriage Q&A Book, 2006 Dr. Gary and Barbara Rosberg.

 


62. Sacrificial Love 

by Matthew J. White

Copyright 2008, Matthew J. White. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


63. Serving Together as a Couple 

by Susan Mathis

Copyright 2011, Susan Mathis. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


64. Serving Together Through Your Local Church 

by Susan Mathis

Copyright 2011, Susan Mathis. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


65. Sparking the Ho-Hum Sex Life 

by Dr. Clifford L. and Joyce J. Penner

This article first appeared in the February/March, 2009 issue ofFocus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Dr. Clifford L. and Joyce J. Penner. All rights reserved. Dr. Clifford L. and Joyce J. Penner are internationally recognized sexual therapists and educators. They are the authors of The Way to Love Your Wife: Creating Greater Love and Passion in the Bedroom.

 


66. Speak Your Spouse's Love Language 

by Gary Chapman

Adapted from The Four Season of Marriage, published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright 2005 by Gary Chapman. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


67. Special Needs and Marriage: Conquering Communication 

by Joe and Cindi Ferrini

Copyright 2010, Joe and Cindi Ferrini. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


68. Starting a Conversation 

by James Groesbeck, Amy Swierczek

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


69. Staying Married for Life 

by Karen O'Connor

Copyright 2007, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


70. Talking Your Way Out of Trouble 

by Mitch Temple

This article first appeared in the Single-Parent Edition of the March, 2006 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2006 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved.

 


71. Ten Secrets to a Successful Marriage 

by Mitch Temple

Copyright 2009 Mitch Temple.

 


72. That Lovin' Feeling 

by Shaunti Feldhahn

This article first appeared in the January, 2009 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Shaunti Feldhahn. All rights reserved.

 


73. The Doorway to Intimacy 

by Greg Smalley

Adapted from Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, published by Howard Books. Copyright 2012 by Greg Smalley. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


74. The Fight with Food 

by Marty McCormack

This article originally appeared in Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2000 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved.

 


75. The Gift of Good Will 

by Emerson Eggerichs

This article first appeared in the December, 2005 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2005 Emerson Eggerichs. All rights reserved.

 


76. The Glorious Story of Sexuality 

by Glenn T. Stanton

From My Crazy Imperfect Christian Family, published by NavPress. Copyright 2004, Glenn T. Stanton. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


77. The Half-Hearted Marriage 

by Scott Stanley

This article first appeared in the Couples Edition of the January, 2007 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2007, Scott Stanley. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


78. The Hidden Value of Conflict 

by Greg Smalley

Adapted from Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, published by Howard Books. Copyright 2012 by Greg Smalley. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


79. The Overcoming Marriage 

by David Weidner, Robin Weidner

Copyright 2008, Robin Weidner. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission

 


80. The Problem With Nice Guys 

by Paul Coughlin

This article first appeared in the June, 2007 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2007 Paul Coughlin. All rights reserved. Paul Coughlin and his wife live in Oregon.

 


81. The Strength of Opposites 

by John Trent and Rodney Cox

2007 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


82. The Truth About Emotional Affairs 

by Monika Lewis

Copyright 2006 Monika Lewis. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

 


83. To Love, Honor & Ride to the Store 

by Tricia Goyer

This article first appeared in the April/May 2009 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright 2009 Tricia Goyer. All rights reserved. Tricia Goyer is the author of 18 books, including several on marriage and family issues.

 


84. Togetherness: Making It Work 

by Mitch Temple

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


85. Travelling Toward Marital Intimacy 

by Paul Coughlin

Copyright 2009 Paul Coughlin. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 


86. Understanding Forgiveness 

by Linda Rooks

Copyright 2011 by Linda Rooks. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

 


87. Understanding His Sexuality 

by Dr. Juli Slattery

From No More Headaches, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2009 Julianna Slattery. Used by permission.

 


88. Understanding Your Husband's Sexual Needs 

by Dr. Juli Slattery

From No More Headaches, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2009 Julianna Slattery. Used by permission.

 


89. Virtual Infidelity and Marriage 

by Paul Coughlin

Copyright 2009 Paul Coughlin. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 


90. Warning Signs of an Affair 

by Beth J. Lueders

Copyright 2005 Beth J. Lueders, bethlueders.com. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


91. What It Means to Be Intimate 

by Shana Schutte

Copyright 2009, Shana Schutte. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


92. When a Spouse Won't Get Help 

by Mitch Temple

Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


93. When Expectations Meet Reality 

by Focus on the Family

Copyright 2008, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


94. When Hard Times Hit 

by Karilee Hayden

2008 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


95. When You've Lost Your Job 

by Greg Pepe, Jim Vigorito

Copyright Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


96. When Your Spouse Won't Talk 

by Romie Hurley

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


97. Why Isn't Marriage the Way I Thought It Would Be? 

by Glenn Lutjens

From Focus on the Family's Complete Guide to the First Five Years of Marriage, published by Tyndale. Copyright 2006, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

 


98. Why Laughter is Good for Your Marriage 

by Les and Leslie Parrott

From The Love List, published by Zondervan. Copyright 2002, Les and Leslie Parrott. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

 


99. Working Moms Need to Delegate 

by Sabrina O'Malone

Excerpted from Moms on the Job by Sabrina O'Malone, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright 2006, Sabrina O'Malone. All rights reserved.

 


100. Your Spouse's Greatest Need 

by Focus on the Family

From the Focus on the Family* website (www.family.org). 2002 Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission. *U.S.A.