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Tips for Strengthening Your Marriage

We all know that the little things really do make a big difference. So if your marriage needs a little boost, try these simple tips to help make your marriage even stronger.

  • Always greet each other with a smile.

  • Make time for each other.

  • Share with each other what you’re thankful for.

  • Say things that build up each other in private and public.

  • Use kind words — not rude words.

  • Use “I” statements (ex. “I feel insecure when I don’t know where you are.”)

  • Have a financial plan and work together toward the goal.

  • Be the first one to forgive. No egos allowed in a marriage.

  • Pray for one another.

  • Pray together.

  • Set a regular date night at least once a month.

  • Never be afraid to ask for help.

  • Attend a marriage workshop.

  • Get away and spend a weekend together out of town.

  • Set goals as a couple/family and take steps to achieve them.

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4 Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

4 Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Featured, Marriage Tips, Married | 22 comments

Dating My Spouse

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 1 comment

Top 6 Marriage Monsters

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Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

4 Ways to Vacate Your Marriage!

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How to Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins in a Marriage!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 3 comments

How to Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins in a Marriage!

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5 Ways To Lego Your Marriage!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

5 Ways To Lego Your Marriage!

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

5 Ways You Shouldn’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

Christmas Calm

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Celebrate the Differences!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Marriage Tips | 0 comments

Celebrate the Differences!

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Love Hurts

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Marriage Tips | 4 comments

Love Hurts

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