7 ways to say, “I love you.”


I remember the first time I said, “I love you,” to my amazing wife, Ashley. At the time, we were both college students. I had been working up the nerve to say it for a long time, but for some reason, the thought of saying it out loud made me feel like throwing up! My mind [Read More...]

Dangerous Marriage Advice

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As my wife Ashley and I have worked with couples, we’ve discovered an crucial principle… One of the most important factors to determine the success or failure of a marriage is where the couple gets their marriage advice. In other words, if you’re getting solid marriage advice, you’re more likely to have a solid marriage. If [Read More...]

Dave Willis bio

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Maybe you regularly read this blog and wonder who I am and what I’m all about. Granted, I know most folks won’t care that much (except for my Mom). I’m really not all that interesting, but  I thought it might be helpful for you to know a bit about me so when you read these [Read More...]

12 causes of stress in marriage

Marriage is awesome, but it can also be really stressful some days! Every marriage faces challenges. In fact, most of the strongest couples you know are probably the ones who have endured the most challenges together. Easy days in marriage bring rest, but it’s the difficult days that bring growth. Challenging and stressful situations will come. Preparing [Read More...]

Ten reasons your sex life is terrible

I’ve interacted with thousands of married couples (both online and in person) and I’ve discovered an alarming trend along the way…most couples are discouraged by the state of their sex lives. Most of these couples aren’t sure why their sex life is so disappointing, so they have no idea where to start to correct the problem. [Read More...]

The Secret to Excellence

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Have you ever looked at someone who seemed to have great success in their relationships, finances, personal health, career and life in general? When we see someone who seems to have it “all together,” the natural response is to ask ourselves, “What’s their secret?” The “secret” to excellence really isn’t a secret. In fact, Jesus [Read More...]

Dealing with “baggage” in your marriage

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Last time I flew on a plane, I remember feeling shocked at how expensive it was to have extra baggage. Apparently, it pays to travel light. It’s the same in marriage. When we bring a lot of “baggage” into the relationship, it can end up costing us a lot. When a bride and groom walk [Read More...]

The 9 most important words in a marriage

(Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com) Some people believe the philosophy…“Being in love means never having to say, ‘I’m sorry.’” The people who believe that are almost always DIVORCED! The truth is, a healthy marriage requires A LOT of grace. Some couples get stuck in a stagnant rut because one or both spouses dig in their heels [Read More...]

5 ways to bring more laughter to your marriage

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Laughter fills the soundtrack of a healthy marriage. When was the last time you and your spouse laughed so hard that your sides hurt? I’m talking about a spewing your drink out of your nose, tears running down your cheeks, stomachs cramping, on-the-verge-of-vomiting kind of laughter. Are you laughing more, less or about the same [Read More...]

4 words that can kill a marriage

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As I’ve observed healthy couples and dysfunctional couples, I’ve noticed that the tone of your words has the power to shape tone of your marriage! Below are four words healthy couples try to remove from their vocabularies. I believe your marriage could become stronger if you stop using these words… 1. “Fine” When we use the [Read More...]