Category Archives: Articles

9 Ways to Close the Distance in Your Marriage

October 22nd, 2018

When you combine the pace of living with our fallen nature, distance can creep into any marriage. So what can we do to recover and maintain closeness as married couples? Here are nine ways you can deal with any distance you may be experiencing… 1. Be honest about the distance you sense. When you tell your spouse […]

Where to find hope in your marriage

October 12th, 2018

I’m sure you’ve noticed that there’s a relationship between how much hope you are feeling about your marriage and how motivated you are to work on it. … If you are hopeful your situation can improve, you’re motivated and willing to persevere through the trials your marriage might present. … But if you find yourself […]

On the importance of identifying your real enemy…

September 28th, 2018

In the beginning God created the first man and woman to look to Him as their ultimate source for every need. This was God’s good design, intended for all humanity. Very quickly though an enemy entered the picture to spoil what God had planned, by deceiving the couple and causing them to question His goodness. […]

When your spouse disappoints you…

September 19th, 2018

Marriage is the joining together of two flawed people. Being the case, the issue we face is not ‘whether’ our spouse will disappoint us, but ‘what’ we’ll do when it happens. The great danger is that we’ll lose hope. A typical scenario might look something like this: A woman is continually irritated by a certain […]

Handling Sleepless, Start-Up Stress

September 13th, 2018

School is now in full swing and so are the stressors that we kick to the back porch all summer long. Vacations, staying up late and enjoying less traffic on the roads is being moved out and the busyness of fall is coming back inside! I’ve seen a lot of what I like to call, […]

How the gospel applies to marriage…

September 7th, 2018

Applying the gospel to marriage is at the heart of what we do in our counseling ministry. But what does that mean? And what does it look like? An example may help… Let’s say a couple is going through a stretch where communication in their marriage is painful. Every conversation seems difficult and on edge… […]

Why stay married?

August 30th, 2018

Couples who are struggling in their marriage may not say it out loud, but they certainly think it: “Why should I stay married to this person?” It’s a common question… and it deserves an answer. The quick and easy answer has to do with your marriage vows. There was a day — perhaps long ago […]

Are Masculinity and Femininity Outdated?

August 16th, 2018

The biblical ideals of masculinity and femininity have fallen on hard times in present day American culture. Even in the church, discussions about what it means to be masculine and feminine can draw a negative reaction. Why is this so? I think a big part of it is that we’ve lost our awareness of the […]

Hurt

August 12th, 2018

Written by: Kolby Nance As stated previously, I have been heavily influenced by the work of Chip Dodd, who I will be referencing throughout the next eight blog posts. In his book, “Voice of the Heart”, Dr. Dodd systematically walks through the 8 core emotions that we experience throughout our lives. He suggests that a […]

How well do you know your spouse?

July 26th, 2018

Written by: Nathan Bell You probably think you know your spouse pretty well. After all, you do live together… and have lots of opportunities to talk, and do things together, and observe your life partner. But the truth is, most people don’t know their spouses as well as they think. And the holes that exist […]

Seeing the beauty of what marriage is meant to be motivated me to invest thought, time and energy into loving my husband better by God's grace. I'm thankful for the space it carved out in our busy lives, to evaluate our marriage and apply practices that help us connect to the hope we have in Christ as we interact with each other. Laura McCauley
In all the MEF programs, God is first. The Forum helped to make the association of marriage to Biblical beliefs. It helped us have a much clearer understanding that marriage is a reflection of your relationship with God. Greg and Jilanne Smith