There’s nothing wrong with wanting to marry someone you find attractive. But your reasons for marriage have to go beyond that tingling sensation that shoots down the spine.
Do we find a spouse by fate or luck? By God's intervention or personal choice? Many people think they've married "the one," but when things get bumpy, they're not so sure anymore.
Expectations – whether they’re too high or too low – can have a major impact on the success of your marriage. Whether you've been married for 5 months or 15 years, Gary Thomas has advice you need to hear.
The idea that there's one person created just for us comes from Plato, not God.
I know men and women who are kind, smart, funny and compassionate. They long to be married but so far God has said, “No.” I do not know why but I believe that God does.
Choosing your spouse is the second most important decision you'll ever make. Bestselling author Gary Thomas has some advice you need to hear.
The day Cheryl heard the Gospel was awful. She looked back on her divorce and saw everything she had thrown away.
It’s not love that sustains the promise, it’s the promise that sustains the love.
Choose the one you're with.
As a Christian, I always imagined that my wedding night would be the first encounter with sex for both of us. What happens when your plan isn't God's plan?
Premarital sex wasn't just something I had experienced; it seemed to define me. For a long time, I believed purity was lost forever.
Every couple will find irritations in one another. We can either keep a list of wrongs or a list of rights. What we choose to focus on makes all the difference in the relationship.
God wants us to know love the way He intended it to be.
True love begins when we sow love, instead of waiting for it to be given.
What does "happily ever after" actually look like? Igniter Media has put together this moving video of a different kind of fairy-tale ending.
God doesn't command us to _feel_ respectful toward our spouse. We are to _be_ respectful. Our responsibility is to obey God, not our feelings.
God may not orchestrate a passionate romance on earth, but he does promise a life of passion to enjoy with him. And that’s all the love you’ll ever need.
Divorce is not the end of the road. It isn't easy, and it's not what we would have chosen, but God can help you make wise decisions to deal with the transition.
Boaz didn’t simply see Ruth, he understood and honored her. He recognized that Ruth was more than her past or present struggles.
You can build up her self-esteem as no other person can.
Contrary to what we hear, marriage matters.
When was the last time you've prayed for your marriage?
Has your relationship been one-sided for too long, with you doing most of the caring and planning? It's time to carefully assess the nature of your relationship lest you forget how you deserve to be treated.
Right from the start, I was one of those obnoxious "Jesus freaks." I didn't "share" my new faith with my husband; I pushed, forced, and shoved. As you can imagine, it did not work.
I know how exciting the forbidden kiss is and how electrifying the stolen, passionate caress is but I also know how costly they are because I almost lost everything including my marriage.
Television and movies tell us what real love should look like, but somehow, something has been lost in the definition.
Do you want to see your spouse become all that they can be in Christ? God desires this even more than you. Why not partner with him today?
Ben and Hannah have learned a lot about what humility looks like in a marriage. They've been at it for over 40 years. Dr. Strom lets us in on their time-tested wisdom.
Is your husband looking at porn? Before you trash his computer and smartphone, here’s what you need to know.
Knowing that every marriage is destined for intermittent crisis events, doesn't it make sense to have a plan?
After 20 years of marriage my husband left me for a much younger woman. For many weeks I prayed fervently for just one thing — the courage to take my life.
My husband gave me an ultimatum. I had to choose between him or God. I chose God. I thought it was the end, but God sure didn't.
Faithfulness is multi-layered. I believe our emotions and mind can engage unfaithfully without actually being physically unfaithful, and that creates a wedge.
You're engaged. The date is set. The biggest, happiest day of your life is just a few months away. But how much time are you investing in your future life together?
Your marriage is easily your life's greatest investment. What are you doing to actively protect it?
What should you do if you no longer feel spiritually compatible with your spouse?
Something was wrong between us. The symptoms were subtle, not easy to pinpoint. I couldn’t diagnose the problem. My husband was being too nice.
Forgive and forget. It’s a well-worn cliché — one that is easier to say than to practice.
Do memories of your first love still haunt you today? Having fond memories is one thing, but nurturing a hidden love for her is being unfaithful to your spouse. How can you purify your thoughts to truly honor the woman you vowed to love forever?
Affairs happen. But it doesn't have to be the coffin nail in your marriage. Here’s the story of one man who fought for what he still wanted — his wife.
Drift can creep into even the most promising of marriages. You didn't vow to be roommates. Take these steps to restore the intimacy you once had.
Great marriages require work in order to firmly build them, and work requires tools. Here are some you can use.
We all want great sex, right? Actually, we should want more than that.
Wives and cars: both need great fuel to function their best. No one runs well on empty.
Many husbands’ greatest fear is not being a good father. Wives, here’s a way to pray for them in that area.
If you let the physical take over and you forget to cultivate your friendship, you're setting yourself up for a rough start if you do get married.
Sex with the same partner for decades doesn't have to be boring.
You can’t have a great marriage without great communication. Both need to come from the heart.
Dating and courtship present such a different world for each single person; some thrive in it, and some just can't wait to get out. Most single people spend time on both sides.
Everyone wants a marriage that lasts a lifetime. With divorce rates high, even among Christians, how do you build a relationship that goes the distance? Gary Thomas, author of the bestseller, _Sacred Marriage_, has some great advice.