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When Your Prayer Life Seems Lifeless

“When I was a little kid, I prayed ‘now I lay me down to sleep …’ every night before bed because my parents insisted. I can still recite it in the same bored tone. And now that I’m an adult, I pray with that exact bored tone because I’m saying the same things I said...

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How to Connect With Your Kids in the Age of Technology

Seth made sure he and Katie bought toys that would encourage the kids to play outside. The kind of stuff he and his siblings played with in a neighbor’s yard (although he’s brokenhearted they don’t make those lawn darts anymore). But as soon as any of the kids has a...

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When You Feel Like Roommates Instead of Soulmates

Liz always assumed the fire would start to die out in their marriage somewhere along the way, but she didn’t expect it to happen after just six years. Oh, she and Evan still get along great. They laugh and kid around more than ever. But the magic, that spark they used...

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How to Tell When Someone Is Safe for You

When you’re dating, first impressions matter so much … even more so in an era when you can narrow potential romantic partners down by swiping their photos one way or the other. Those first messages, maybe a video conversation, and then that fateful first date over...

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How churches can help couples

Ask any pastor, and they’ll you the key to a strong congregation is strong families. It’s one of the reasons we approach marriage with such joy. When a couple sharing a belief in Christ’s love unites in matrimony, the church grows in size and impact. We celebrate...

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Feel lonely in a home full of people?

Daniel can’t understand it. How can he be lonely when five other people share his home? Everyone’s tripping over each other all the time, yet Daniel feels he’s living all by himself. On the rare occasions when everyone’s at the dinner table, the room is so quiet. He...

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The art of letting relationships go

One of the hardest lessons life teaches us is that sometimes, relationships we have with those around us must come to an end. Whether it’s a friend who has betrayed confidences, a spouse for whom fidelity seems impossible, or a relative who constantly creates toxic...

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When important conversations run into dead ends

“Just once I’d like to be able to talk with Jake about money and not have it end up in an argument,” Melissa thinks. Every time Brooke and her mother are in the same room, the yelling starts. Brady has tried to discuss his mother’s dementia with Dad, but they never...

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Stay in your own yard!

There’s something people often misunderstand about marriage. They take the concept of two people becoming one much too literally. The vision of two people moving through life in complete agreement and harmony sounds nice, but it doesn’t happen. The reality is that...

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