6 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

Affairs take two common forms: emotional and sexual. In either case, by the time an actual affair materializes, there have been latent and unaddressed problems for a long time. “Affair proofing”, if we can call it that, includes proactively building systems and rhythms into your marriage that will make it much less likely that you’ll start down the subtle path toward an affair. Today, at…

Naked and Unashamed

What does it mean to be truly intimate with another human? In Genesis 2 (before the Fall), it says that they were “naked and not ashamed”. So much of how we experience closeness with each other in marriage is determined by our sense of vulnerability and how we’re perceived when we’re truly exposed. Is it possible to be fully known by someone and still fully…

Practical Tools for Building a Genuinely ‘Fierce’ Marriage

What does it mean to have a “fierce” marriage? And why should we want one? Basically, we believe that marriage is worth fighting for and you will have to fight for it. We’ve said it countless times: marriage takes a fierce tenacity that never gives up and never gives in. The thing is, you can’t do it alone. You need help (we all do). Thankfully…

Love vs. Lust

Is it possible to have lustful motivations in marriage? What makes an attitude or action loving or lustful? Hebrews 13:4 says, “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” Could this apply to married people engaging in sex within their own marriage? In today’s podcast, we’ll explore just that…

Fight Naked! How Fighting Well Can Help Build a Stronger Marriage

Fighting naked—both literally and figuratively—has been pivotal in helping us fight well. Yes, you can “fight well” in your marriage. Conflict, disagreements, frustrations, tension—none of this is new to marriage. That’s what today’s episode (and blog post!) is all about. Put two people in a covenant together, living in the same house for life, and conflict is inevitable. First, we’ll explore and understand what the…

Why Understanding Covenant is Absolutely Foundational for Your Marriage

We are big advocates for understanding the “why” behind the “what.” This is especially true for the idea of covenant. When we can understand the deeper meaning of covenant, we are better equipped to understand its importance for every facet of modern-day marriage. There is wisdom to be mined, understanding to be gleaned, and a clearer and more joyful path for our marriage when we…

Podcast: Live Q&A #2 (Uncut and Unfiltered)

Ryan and Selena answer questions from readers around the world! Uncut, unedited, and unfiltered… for better or worse (a little like marriage!) Fierce Marriage (the book) is available for pre-order at https://fiercemarriagebook.com. Go there to learn more!

Why “I love you but I’m not IN love with you” is a lie

One of the truest markers of genuine love is its staying power—its longevity, its ability to persevere, and its ability to withstand. This is the type of love Christ shows us, and its the type of love we’re called to express in marriage. However, our culture and our humanity would have us believe something else. Without a biblical understanding of love, we’re prone to follow…

Dealing with Anger in Marriage (the Healthy Way)

Listen in as Ryan and Selena discuss how to deal with anger in marriage (i.e. conflict, frustration, bitterness) in productive, biblical ways. Couple’s Challenge After listening, set aside some time to talk and write down anger triggers. Try to trace them back to their root causes and identify why they make you feel this way? Dive into scripture and discover what it says and how…

Redeeming Respect

Is respect earned, given, or some combination of the two? What should a wife do if she wants to respect her husband but he’s not acting respectably? The biblical idea of respect in marriage can be tricky against our cultural backdrop, but it’s worth hashing through because we see a beautiful picture of the gospel on the other side. In this episode, Ryan and Selena…