Gary Chapman’s Practical Marriage Advice


Here in Colorado, you can tell that winter is right around the corner. The days are getting cooler, and you can feel it in your bones: that first arctic blast isn’t too far off.

The end of summer has me already longing for spring because once the cold, snow, and ice set in around here, they seem to last forever.

It’s no fun being stuck in winter.

That icy chill is even worse to be stuck in when it describes your marriage.

How to Make Your Marriage a Joyful Journey

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What do you use to hold your marriage together?

Super Glue?

I may as well suggest duct tape, right? According to the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, God Himself uses Super Glue.

Well, sort of.

Dr. Rogers draws from Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (ESV).

The original Greek translated into “hold fast” (“cleave” in the KJV) means “to weld or to glue.”

Commitment, not love, is the foundation of every successful marriage.

Dr. Tony Evans’ Tips for a Better Marriage

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There’s a war waging over your marriage … and a lot of days you probably don’t even recognize it.

The epic war movie “Saving Private Ryan” opens with one of the most riveting battle scenes in film history. It depicts in graphic detail the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. It’s a vivid reminder of the tremendous sacrifice asked of our soldiers and their heroic bravery.

But I think it also illustrates the intensity of the spiritual battle that’s waging for your marriage and mine.

Five Ways to Improve Bedtime with Your Spouse

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If you’re married, chances are you’ve encountered some challenges when it comes to sleeping together – and I don’t mean that kind of “sleeping together.” I mean getting some actual shut-eye.

Who can sleep through loud snoring, after all?

Or perhaps you’re married to someone who can’t stay still – there’s tossing, turning, and even “stealing” the blanket.

What about those couples who have mismatched sleep patterns or preferences – the night-owl who marries the early-bird?

Why Budgets Don’t Work and Why You Should Make One Today

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Conflict over finances can be hard on a marriage. In fact, research shows that couples who argue about money are nearly twice as likely to divorce as those who don’t.

The answer to that dilemma should be easy then, right? Just manage your finances better.

But a lot of couples are surprised to learn that poor money habits are only one part of their trouble. The other part is usually the marriage itself.

Money puts stress on fractures that already exist in a marriage.

A Recipe for a Happy Marriage

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Lorain had a passion for helping couples thrive in their marriages.

For 52 years, she crisscrossed the state of Oklahoma with her husband, Homer, as he preached from church to church. Along the way she came up with a succinct formula for marital happiness. Here’s her recipe for a happy marriage:

1 cup consideration
1 cup courtesy
2 cups praise
2 cups flattery carefully concealed
2 cups milk of human kindness
1 gallon faith in God and each other
1 small pinch of in-laws
1 reasonable budget
1 cup contentment
A generous dash cooperation
2 children (at least)
1 cup confidence and encouragement (for each)
1 large or several small hobbies
1 cup blindness to the other’s faults

Flavor with frequent portions of recreation and a dash of happy memories.

Building a New Future in Remarriage

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“Here’s the story of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls…”

Most of you could probably finish that theme song from memory. The Brady Bunch was the quintessential television family of the early 1970’s, largely because of its wholesome, albeit simplistic, portrayal of blended families.

In the world of television sitcoms, problems are cleanly resolved by the end of each 30-minute episode. But let’s face it, rebuilding a family is rarely as simple as Mike and Carol Brady made it appear.

Kirk and Chelsea Cameron on How to Make Your Marriage a High Priority

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The differences that nearly ended their marriage were woven into their DNA.

By his own admission, he grew up a pampered Hollywood child actor. She was from a hard-working middle class family in upstate New York and later became an actress herself.

The external pressures they faced were immense as well. No city can exploit a couple’s differences quite like Hollywood. So when actors Kirk and Chelsea Cameron married in 1991, they committed to building a life together in a place notorious for tearing them down.

Empty Nest? Here’s How to Make Your Marriage Thrive.

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For many couples, marriage is mostly about the kids.

Well-meaning moms and dads spend so many years completely devoted to the task of raising their children that they often forget to be husband and wife. It’s a situation that may be manageable while the kids are still at home and there’s enough work to “float” the relationship along – but it can become unbearable after the kids move out.

That’s what puts empty-nest marriages at higher risk for dissatisfaction – and even divorce.

VIDEO: See a Love Story 50 Years in the Making

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True love can stand the tests of time and illness.

Meet Bill and Glad Forward, a couple you won’t soon forget. Glad has advanced Alzheimer’s, and the love Bill shows to his precious bride of 50 years is beautiful. “I count it a great privilege to care for this woman I’ve loved all these years,” Bill explains in this touching video.  “She has done so much for me over these years. Now she can’t, but I can.”

It’s a love so sincere and so humble it’s almost impossible to watch without tearing up:

Today’s broadcast highlights another such love story where a husband cares for his wife with Alzheimer’s.