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Posted 11/14/13 at 9:32 AM | Mort Fertel

Rebuilding a Marriage: From Crushed Grapes to Fine Wine

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Crushed grapes.

Have you ever been to a vineyard? There are acres upon acres of land devoted to growing grapes. These grapes will then be plucked, crushed, pressed, skinned and fermented to make one of the most popular beverages in the world – wine.

Now imagine those poor grapes. They go through a lot. Some individuals who are in an unhappy marriage say that the pain they experience is akin to being crushed like grapes and beaten down emotionally. They ask themselves “why am I doing this?” and “where is this relationship going?”

But just as a grape goes through a difficult journey before it becomes a fine wine, sometimes a marriage has to go through some painful early stages before it matures.

Many believe that those with the best marriages are people who grew up well-adjusted, in happy homes with normal parents. But that’s not always the case. Those people might have good marriages, but the BEST marriages are those in which couples were crushed, experience pain, and salvaged their relationship from the ruins of broken hearts.

For many couples, it takes the experience of truly hitting rock bottom to realize there is something there worth saving. Of course, that turnaround isn’t automatic. In order to fix your marriage, you have to take responsibility. FULL POST

Posted 11/6/13 at 1:44 PM | Mort Fertel

When Things Change Dramatically in Your Marriage

Many couples find it difficult to continue with their relationship as time passes. In the beginning, everything is passionate and wonderful, but after years of marriage, spouses reveal their true character, and it can feel like everything changes. There is a quote that aptly describes this situation:

The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.

It’s easy to understand what personality is. We fall in love with someone based on how they express themselves to the outside world. Your personality is how people experience you.

But when it comes to character… character is who you are when no one is watching.

When two people meet, they meet each other’s personalities. You showed off your public persona and the person who became your spouse liked it. Over time, they loved it. The same happened for you. It’s not deceitful; you simply portrayed yourselves to each other as you portray yourselves to other people. That’s normal and natural.

But marriage is long. And spouses are in too close quarters to maintain the public persona forever. Eventually, you start to reveal your inner self. It’s as if you are naked in front of each other. Now, you are made aware of each other’s true characters. The person before you isn’t the person who charmed your friends, bought gifts for your parents, and always put on a happy face. No, this is an exposed character before you. FULL POST

Posted 10/28/13 at 11:15 AM | Mort Fertel

How To Know if You Married The "Right" Person

It’s not uncommon, in my experience, to hear people question their decisions when it comes to love. After many years of marriage, the thrill of the relationship might have dulled and many couples begin to lose appreciation for one another.

Every relationship has a cycle. Falling in love is the easy part. It isn’t something you have to do, it just happens. Maybe you felt butterflies. Maybe you were nervous around the other person. People often describe the sensation as being “swept off their feet”. Consider the imagery of this situation. You’re standing there, oblivious, and love just happens.

Falling in love is a wonderful, spontaneous experience.

But then, the euphoria fades.

Slowly but surely, the passion and lust die down. It’s a natural symptom of every relationship. Quirks you used to love become annoying. Spending time with the other person becomes irritating. You stop looking forward to seeing them.

Now, if you’re simply dating, you can break up. You can end the relationship without any significant consequences. But marriage is about more than that. FULL POST

Posted 9/24/13 at 5:08 PM | Mort Fertel

How to Fix a Broken Marriage – Even When Your Spouse Resists

Is your marriage in trouble? Are you frustrated with your spouse or partner? Do you feel like you’re not as close as you used to be? Hope is not lost.

Millions of people around the world bemoan the fact that their marriage is plagued by neglect, boredom, infidelity, betrayal, money issues, or the threat of divorce. It might seem like there are no options for you, but there are ways to get your marriage back on track.

As a marriage expert and founder of alternative counseling techniques, I’ve seen real couples fix their broken marriages. The main idea is to focus on restoring the connection and put the past in the past. You don’t always need to fix every little thing that’s wrong with a marriage, rather, you need to work on making new things right.

By putting aside your issues, you can eventually move forward and reconnect. When a couple keeps harping on the past, it’s nearly impossible to embark upon the healing process.

This might sound different from typical marriage counseling tactics, but that only makes it an even better option for those looking for an alternative from the norm. The Marriage Fitness counseling program can help couples save their marriage when they feel like all hope is lost. FULL POST

Posted 9/16/13 at 5:14 PM | Mort Fertel

Fix Your Marriage

A bad marriage has repercussions far beyond a husband and wife – it can have a deleterious effect on the children and extended families too. Despite the fact that happy marriages contribute to a child’s well being, numerous couples admit that their relationship is plagued by infidelity, boredom, verbal abuse, “roommate syndrome”, or the lingering threat of divorce.

Even when it feels like there’s no chance for improvement, there are methods for restoring relationships and making a marriage work. Rekindling the connection can be one way to set a positive example for the children.

My approach to counseling is unlike others. Marriage Fitness helps couples focus on the present and the future rather than analyzing the past. While typical forms of therapy ask couples to work on their communication tactics and dredge up old issues, that is not what brings love, laughter, and intimacy back into a relationship.

The main goal of Marriage Fitness is to strengthen relationships by healing hurt and restoring love. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/13 at 2:53 PM | Mort Fertel

Hope for Troubled Marriages

Although there are two people in every a marriage, do you sometimes feel alone? It’s not an uncommon feeling. When asked about marital satisfaction, most people admit to issues like broken trust, addictive behavior, infidelity, emotional neglect, or boredom.

Though many therapists and relationship experts urge these couples to seek counseling, for many, therapy only serves to point out what is wrong with the marriage while doing nothing to make it right. Very often couples fail to heal their marriage because they’re focusing on fixing what’s wrong rather than trying to make new things right.

Traditional counseling typically asks individuals to dig into the past, dredge up problems, or practice communication techniques. These often serve to further distance a couple experiencing relationship issues rather than bring the partners closer.

Luckily there are alternatives to this more traditional marriage counseling. New methods ask couples to put aside their issues and move forward to create a new, stronger bond. Programs like Marriage Fitness show couples that if they can learn to forget the “wrongs” of the past and instead focus on doing right in the present, they are far more likely to rebuild their connection and create a lasting bond. FULL POST

Posted 8/31/13 at 11:21 PM | Mort Fertel

Is Your Marriage In Trouble?

Is your marriage in trouble? You’re not alone.

In fact, millions of people say that their marriage is plagued with trust issues, money trouble, emotional or physical infidelity, and verbal abuse. Many people blame themselves. They feel like if they only “tried harder” or changed something about their appearance or demeanor, they might have prevented the unhappiness permeating their marriage.

Before jumping straight to a separation however, many couples seek counseling. The hope is that with regular communication and the help of a professional, a couple might work through issues and emerge, ten sessions later, fulfilled and happy.

Unfortunately, many counseling methods are outdated and ill suited for repairing a broken relationship. Therapists might ask a husband and wife to focus on what went wrong over the years, or have them discuss communication techniques. But, at the end of the day, this often just drives couples even further apart.

If you’ve experienced the futility of this situation and feel like the only solution is a divorce, you might have one last option. There are alternative methods of healing a marriage that focus on making things right rather than focusing on what’s wrong. You don’t have to dig into your past, dredge up problems, and practice infantile communication techniques. Rather, you can neutralize your problems and focus on rebuilding your connection. FULL POST

Posted 8/15/13 at 7:50 PM | Edward Ridenour

BIBLICAL MARRIAGE: Words Matter

It has been said, "he who controls the language can shape thinking." This is true. Arranged words within a language define, forming our perceptions toward a particular idea or understanding. Every idea or understanding is revealed through choosing particular words to convey that idea. However, if any of those words are changed a whole different meaning toward the idea can be construed, which generally will distort, pollute, contradict, misdirect, and/or confuse the original genuine idea or understanding. This changing/replacement of words has vividly been the case and is still happening today regarding the Bible with a number of revisions/translations.

I am confident when I say that the Holy Spirit, Who inspired CHOSEN MEN (not just any man) to pen words with distinct meaning in Scripture, never intended other men to rewrite it with words that do not define His original genuine truth, which He intended to be conveyed. Only Satan would desire that to be the case.
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Posted 7/3/13 at 8:29 PM | Edward Ridenour

Biblical Instruction For The Married: Who Is Eligible to Receive It?

How interesting it is in this time of life, where the concept of marriage is overwhelmingly perceived through both ignorance and rejection of the truth, as to the quality of its existence, the origin of its existence, and its elimination.

In one instance, just a number of years ago an overwhelming majority view identified marriage as consisting of heterosexual engagements only. Now, however, homosexual engagements are also being regarded as a valid concept, by no small number.
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Posted 11/16/12 at 3:32 PM | Joe Beam

Should I Marry (Or Stay Married To) An Abusive Person?

It may be physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. Whatever the type of abuse, it eventually destroys the abused and, ultimately, the abuser.

The problem came to national attention again. ESPN reported, “U.S. women's soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo and former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens were married Tuesday, according to reports, after an altercation that left Stevens in jail and their wedding plans up in the air…Stevens [had been] arrested early Monday for fourth-degree domestic violence assault [against Solo].” When police found Solo wounded and blood on Stevens’ shirt, they arrested him. The next day a judge released Stevens for lack of evidence connecting him with the assault. Apparently, Solo did not press charges. Later the same day, she married Stevens.

Only their athletic reputations made this event newsworthy. It certainly is not unique. Many marry a person who abuses them physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

Why would a person marry someone who treats them badly?

Why would anyone stay married to a person who continues to hurt her or him?

Why Are They In The Relationship?
Providing all the potential answers to this question would take a book. Maybe volumes. However, among the more common reasons are: FULL POST

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