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Improving Your Lovemaking

Having been involved with FamilyLife and working with couples for over 28 years I’ve noticed that people assume I’m a ‘sexpert’. I’m not, but I have learnt a lot about intimacy from listening to real experts, studying, and speaking with countless couples on this topic. I often get asked for advice on how to improve

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It’s Not About The Money

Have you ever fought about money in your relationship? I bet you have. I bet that some of your fiercest arguments have involved finances. Money is, and probably always has been, one of the leading causes of conflict in marriage. Why is that? Why does the issue of money get so much of our mental

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Have I married the wrong person?

Have you ever wondered that you might have married the wrong person? Often when we fall in love, we do so because that person is different from us. We enjoy and appreciate those differences because they bring freshness and diversity to our lives. And then we get married. After marriage, what happens? Those differences that once attracted

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Tricky conversations

Nobody likes them, right, and yet we all need to have them if our relationships are going to deepen and grow. I remember having a limiting belief in my marriage that went something like this, “I don’t want to talk about this because it will be too hard and it will all go wrong. If

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The Gift of Sex

Wherever you turn today, sex is in your face. We live in a sex-saturated culture. The suggestion of sex is on billboards, in advertising and on tv commercials;  it’s in magazines and newspapers; it’s in almost every single tv programme, and it pops up incessantly in conversations. It’s treated flippantly and casually, rather than the

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Keeping the Romance Alive

It’s easy to be romantic in the early phases of married life. In the early years, love is fresh and exciting, and so we naturally look for ways to say I love you. We may send notes and creative gifts, organise interesting date nights and surprise rendezvous’, but after a while, creativity can go out

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Let’s lift our love game and learn from Bob

(This article was first published in 2013) I think it’s so easy to go through married life, taking each other for granted. I spoke with a dear friend who lost his wife recently.  He was musing about how he would love her so differently, if he could.  Listening to him I want to learn from

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The 5 benefits of Marriage Mentoring

The concept of mentoring has been around for centuries.  It’s all about sharing knowledge, life skills and personal experiences to guide another person towards reaching their full potential. It’s about investing your time and talents to make a positive difference in the life of another. In a nutshell it’s discipleship at its best. Marriage mentoring

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Happily Ever After?

The secret to “happily ever after” is finding your soul mate, right? Wrong! Here’s why; and an alternative mindset you may want to adopt. Relationship …

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