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5 Reasons You Should Lean Into Your Marriage Conflicts

For many couple facing marriage conflicts is like walking on egg shells. Deep down inside, there is a desire to have a healthy marriage. However, most couples look the other way instead of getting acquainted with their marriage problems.…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 29, 2014 at 5:47am — 2 Comments

What Will Your Kid Say About Your Marriage?

Your kid will tell a story about your marriage. What will be your story? Your know children are like sponges; they soak up everything that they see and hear. My son will turn 2 years old next month and it is so funny to see him imitating me…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 15, 2014 at 6:52am — 2 Comments

Is Your Work or Calling Destroying the Viability of Your Marriage?

I was having a conversation with my husband and he mentioned to me that recently he has encountered many spouses who are placing their marriages at risk. He proceeded to tell that he would never sacrifice the health of our marriage for…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 8, 2014 at 7:06am — 3 Comments

How to Give 100% Commitment in Your Marriage

Are you in it for the long haul? Marriages that fail are due to selfishness and lack of commitment.

The honeymoon does not have to end. But you have to put in the work. Just because you said “I do”, you don’t have the right to put your marriage on cruise control. Great marriage requires work and healthy food. Commit to feed your marriage daily. Have a selfless attitude toward your spouse. Remember it is NOT about you.…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on August 1, 2014 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

3 Things Every Successful Intimate Partners Have in Marriage

Without emotional intimacy in a marriage, spouses become two business partners or roommates living under the same roof. When there is emotional intimacy in a marriage spouses feel respected, loved and appreciated. Emotional intimacy provides a sense of security for the marriage. Without emotional intimacy  a marriage is diseased.

How do couples become business…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 25, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

10 Tips To Create a Strong Family Unit

It is in a woman’s nature to create a strong and functional family unit with her spouse. The family unit might differ from home to home. However, commitment, unity, quality time are some family values that most women desired in a mate. Having the desire to have a strong family is one thing, but seeing that desire being fulfilled by a spouse is at the utmost importance. Many couples fail to discuss family commitment…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 18, 2014 at 6:19am — 4 Comments

Are Your Internal Obstacles Getting in the Way of Your Happy Marriage?

Henry Ford once said, “The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. Which one are you?”

The human brain is something spectacular. We marvel at beautiful creatures on earth, in the sky and in the ocean, but no creature on earth has the power of a human being. The difference is just one thing – our brain. We can think and they cannot.

Yet having this unlimited power in our hands, we allow ourselves to succumb to internal obstacles that trickle…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on July 11, 2014 at 7:18am — 8 Comments

Pay the Price



Three married couples we know decided to end their marriages. As a married couple that shared our lives with them, we were heartbroken. Our hearts ached not just because we were friends, but because we realized how much pain…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 20, 2014 at 6:50am — 8 Comments

Yes, You Matter, You Wanted and You Are Needed

Father, a simple world with a powerful meaning. But for some it has become a dirty word to the point of creating controversies. On one side, it represents servant leadership and a training master that imparts knowledge through love, life…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 13, 2014 at 6:41am — No Comments

Change Your Focus, Change Your Marriage

What if I tell you there is one idea that can drastically change your marriage. It is not a gimmick. In fact, I have seen it work with over 20 couples just this year. And, it has worked for many couples over the years. It is not a new idea…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on June 6, 2014 at 6:36am — 4 Comments

Are You a Respectful Persuader?

You might have your spouse’s best interest in mind, but if you force your opinion and values on your spouse you will get nowhere. Many spouses are guilty of committing disrespectful judgment without knowing that each disrespectful judgment…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 30, 2014 at 5:25am — 5 Comments

3 Reasons You Should Have a Marriage Mission Statement

Have you ever been on the road heading somewhere and you got lost? I hate getting lost.  It is frustrating to feel lost. You really can’t return to your starting point. You don’t know where you are and you surely don’t…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 22, 2014 at 11:25pm — 1 Comment

What Message Your Marriage is Sending to the World?

As a marriage counselor, I thought I heard a lot of farfetched stories. The funny and sometime crazy stories I hear from couples you really cannot make these things up. Well, I was wrong.  I was talking…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 16, 2014 at 6:27am — 4 Comments

Marriage lessons from my mother

My mother was an extraordinaire woman. She was full quiet of strength and charisma. In June 1999, God decided it was her time. At 17, I had the comprehension to know that death was permanent, but in my grief I tried to hold on to…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 9, 2014 at 6:44am — 2 Comments

The Nuts and Bolts of Marriage Communication

One of the most common complaints I hear from couples is lack of communication. From couples who have been married for 30 years to couples who have been married for 30 days, poor communication left unchecked will lead to marriage problems…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on May 2, 2014 at 5:57am — 2 Comments

4 Tips from My Pre-Marital Counseling Sessions

Although I have been married since 2005, and I have been doing individual and couple counseling since 2003, I still find marriage as a lifelong learning process. Every year, I read at least three marriage books to keep my marriage fresh and…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on April 25, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

10 Marriage Lessons I Learned from Doing the Insanity

Marriage lessons can come from the most unlikely places. Inspired by my husband, I embarked on a journey to complete the Insanity. Honestly, this was the first time I approached the Insanity as a personal challenge. I have completed the Insanity. However, this…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on April 18, 2014 at 7:05am — 4 Comments

10 Tips for a Successful Couple's Budget Meeting

One of the most contentious issues for couples is finances. Couples who are working together to eliminate debt usually face one big hurdle – the famous budget meeting. For some…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on April 11, 2014 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

3 Benefits of Setting Boundaries in Marriage

For some couples, the concept of having boundaries in marriage would be anxiety provoking. Why boundaries are needed in marriage if we are…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on March 28, 2014 at 5:52am — 1 Comment

5 Marriage Ideas that Create Intimacy

Last week I was counseling a couple who was having problem communicating about money. In the midst of the conversation, they started arguing with each other instead of communicating.  One of my rules in…

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Added by Marie Mertilus on March 21, 2014 at 7:09am — 4 Comments

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