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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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Time Out

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

Time Out

The action is intense, emotions are running high, the energy is at a fever pitch, both opponents are locked in a heated struggle for victory.  Then the whistle blows and both teams must immediately separate for a time to cool down, refocus, and get a new game plan.  That is the essence of a “time-out” in sports and it is often used to change the momentum of a game. You can use this concept of a “time-out” in your marriage as well, in order to change the momentum of a disagreement.  Just like in sports, a disagreement between you and your...

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3 Ways “Selfies” Can Ruin Your Marriage

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

3 Ways “Selfies” Can Ruin Your Marriage

Taking a picture of yourself that you post on the internet may not be inherently bad for your marriage but the characteristics of selfie’s that are brought into your marriage can be. Taking a closer look at what make up a “selfie” can reveal some pretty bad behaviors that can undermine your relationships; specially your relationship to your spouse. Below are three characteristics of “selfies” that can be harmful to your relationship: 1. Putting yourself front and center.  Constantly putting your needs ahead of your spouse can lead to neglect...

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10 Ways to Understand Understanding

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

10 Ways to Understand Understanding

In our Mastering the Mysteries of Love workshop, we are given 10 practical ways we can show understanding to our spouse. When you show understanding, you give the wonderful gift of empathy. The heart of empathy is putting yourself in the other person’s place and experiencing the world from their point of view. Here are some practical ways to show understanding in everyday life: 1. Stop what you are doing (put down your phone) and pay close attention when your partner is talking to you. 2. When you listen, look at your partner in a caring way....

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5 Ways to Play the Fool

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

5 Ways to Play the Fool

This post is for all of you, one day a year, fools out there that would like to up your game to reach permanent fool status. If you are looking for the essential tools for fools, then look no further: 1. Don’t Be Honest- If you want to start looking like a fool right away, the best thing to do is to get caught in your own lies. These lies can be big, small or even omissions of the truth. A clear and definite way to brand yourself as a fool is to be caught with your pants down, so to speak. 2. Be Selfish- Every good fool cares more about his...

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For the Fun of It

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

For the Fun of It

Sometimes, in a marriage, the only time couples communicate one on one is to deal with something serious like a conflict or difficult situation.  Over time the thought of conversations with your spouse can bring negative feelings or event a sense of dread. In order to break out of that pattern, it is important to have fun conversations with your spouse as well.  They don’t have to be serious, deep, or intentional.  It can just be an opportunity to get to know things you didn’t know before or just an opportunity to be silly. Below...

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Money Talks

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

Money Talks

Many couples cite “money issues” as one of the major causes of conflict in their marriage. While finances is an issue that can cause stress in a marriage, more often then not it is not the “money issues” that cause a conflict. It is a lack of communication and understanding when dealing with the topic of money. Many couples are unaware or not accepting of their partners tendencies/attitudes toward money. For instance if you are a saver and they are a spender you may resent the fact that they don’t want to save for your future and they may...

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Dating My Spouse

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Featured, Marriage Tips, Married | 37 comments

Dating My Spouse

Get your 2015 Button! Community Marriage Builders is continuing the “Dating My Spouse” campaign for 2015. The program is designed to encourage married couples to set a regular date night at least once a month. The idea is that CMB will sell buttons for $25 and those buttons will allow couples to receive special discounts (i.e. buy-one get-one free) at local establishments. The discounts will run at all participating establishments from Monday through Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. on the second full week of each month. The program will begin...

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7 Ways to Give Your Spouse a Better Mate

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Marriage Tips, Married | 0 comments

7 Ways to Give Your Spouse a Better Mate

Flowers and candy are fine but don’t you want to give your spouse something more, something that will have a lasting impact on your marriage.  If the answer is yes, then this year give your valentine something truly special…a better you.  Just try one or all of the following: 1.  Take responsibility.  Decide that you are responsible for your own actions and issues instead of blaming someone else. 2.  Grow as a person.  Learn something new or work on an area of yourself that needs improving. 3.  Find Perspective.  Get outside your...

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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

Even though most people love the holidays, they  can still be stressful.  If you’re not careful they can be more draining than up lifting.   If you want to have a holiday season that brings joy to your world then you need to AVOID the following: 1.  Care more about the “stuff” you’re giving and receiving rather than the people associated with the giving and receiving.  Fret and worry about what to give and what you are going to get.  Spend lots of money and go into debt, if you have to, because you know that the best...

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Top 6 Marriage Monsters

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

Top 6 Marriage Monsters

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