Q&A: Dealing With Previous Relationships

Q&A: Dealing With Previous Relationships by Focus on the Family Is it wise to live together before getting married? Will living together help you figure out whether or not you should get married? Is premarital sex ok if both partners are committed to the relationship? Dr. Bill answers your questions.… Read More

Celebrating the Holidays

Celebrating the Holidays by Mitch Temple Holiday Stress While “dashing through the snow” could be written today as “speeding down the interstate to the mall,” both statements sound stressful to me. With the arrival of the holidays, many of us experience an odd mixture of excitement and dread as we prepare… Read More

Humor in Marriage

Humor in Marriage by Les Parrott, Leslie Parrott “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – E.E. Cummings “Do you two need a tissue?” a voice gently whispered from behind us. We were sitting in a quiet theater watching a somber play when — at the saddest… Read More

Serving Together as a Couple

Serving Together as a Couple by Susan Mathis When my husband, Dale, and I counsel premarital couples, we encourage them to intentionally start serving together, right from the start. In our book Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage (Focus on the Family, 2008), we talk about the importance of… Read More

Making Time for Romance and Intimacy

Making Time for Romance and Intimacy by Bill Farrel, Pam Farrel We often think of a romantic getaway as a vacation to escape the responsibilities of life and get some rest. In reality, however, couples are wise if they look at all areas of their lives and set aside time to meet… Read More

Keeping Romance Alive

Keeping Romance Alive by Mitch Temple Life has a way of chipping away at our marriages: jobs and job related travel, in-laws, church activities, activities with the kids, conflict and misunderstandings. Most of us run at the speed of light, wake up one day and realize, “Huh. I don’t feel very… Read More