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If we were to view marriage as a house or something to be built, then it stands to reason that, at times, repairs will have to be made…which require the use of tools. In this article, I want to present to you one tool in the marriage building toolbox that I believe is extremely important but seldom is used. In 2015, I did a book launch for my first book “Got Fruit.” That launch was...

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For her…a tall caramel Frappuccino with soy milk; for myself, a venti caramel macchiato. These were the Starbucks orders of my then-girlfriend (who is now my wife) and I. I thought I knew exactly what she would order there. Fast forward a few years…her order now involves almond milk, caramel drizzles, and some other quirky thingswhile mine has changed to Grande cold-brew based drinks. I joke with her as I tell her that I feel...

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You’re married! Welcome to the other side of “I do”…the unchartered land that lies beyond the wedding day. The place where strengths are magnified and weaknesses are minimized…the place where dreams are realized and victories are inevitable. But WAIT!!! This is not at all what was expected — this land is FOREIGN — somehow the journey detoured on the other side of “I do.” So when did things change…what is my role… What exactly am...

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Being a newlywed is an awesome feeling! It’s fresh, new, exciting and overflowing with love. There is an expectation of hope, optimism of change for the better, and the joy of children … … who were at the wedding cheering you on! Newlywed dreams take a completely different turn when you or your spouse have children from previous relationships or have shared children all before that beautiful trip down the aisle. In today’s society, it...

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There is a word that brings fear into the hearts of many women … Some women even go so far as to avoid relationships and marriage because of it. The word is submission. You may have wanted to skip reading on this topic because it’s so controversial. Let’s see how submission should be defined in marriage. According to dictionary.com, the word submit is “to accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority...

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Hear us out; though we aren’t all marriage or relational experts, we do know quite a bit about them. Our team started out as “Married & Young,” if that’s any indication! Our marriages have their fair share of bliss and hardships, mountaintops and valleys, just like any other.  However, we can say with experience, better marriages —  the marriages you look at and say “wow, they really love each other” — do not happen by chance....

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When thinking of the process of becoming one, there are few strong voices that share the tough realities of merging two lives. Along the journey of becoming one, marriage is only our starting point … not the finish line. You and your spouse will not all of sudden begin to agree on everything, complete each other’s sentences, or color coordinate outfits the second you say “I do.” The plain truth is … the process of...

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Many people view conflict in a marriage as a sign of incompatibility and a reason to end the union — whether physically or emotionally (as in, remain married but create emotional distance). I want to offer a different perspective, which has helped me protect and maintain my “I do” to my wife. If you were to think about the healthiest marriage you, as an example to which you aspire, the couple would certainly admit that...

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Sad, but true: I once had a boyfriend who told me if Jesus came back, he would just hold onto me to get into heaven. I almost think he was serious. That should’ve been a red flag. But that’s a story for another time. If it were that easy, we’d all live however we wanted and when the trumpet sounded, frantically search for the most sanctified-looking person in the vicinity like a game of eternal...

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Men are from Mars and women are from Venus … right? We disagree. We’re all speaking English; we’re just speaking in different dialects. But, because the differences can be so vast, it may feel like two different languages. The trick is to embrace each other’s dialect and resist any urge toclassify any of the differences as deficiencies. Both approaches to the expression of English are equally valid, and neither should be altered. They should be allowed...