Have you ever been in that situation where your brain wants you to say something, but your mouth won’t cooperate? That’s how I feel every time I have to apologise to my husband. We’ve been married for 17 years so I’ve had plenty of practise of saying sorry. You’d think it would get easier with time, but
Introducing Phil & Ceri Keates
So Phil and Ceri, can you start by introducing yourselves. Phil: We met when we were students at Birmingham University in 1999. We started with a long-distance relationship while Ceri was on her year abroad in Germany. We got married…
Change of Leadership at FamilyLife
After 18 years of leadership Mark and Christine are stepping back, and leadership of FamilyLife will move from the shoulders of Mark to Phil Keates. In this article, and accompanying video, we look back and celebrate what God has done…
Happy Wife, Happy Life
On Monday February 8th I sat down with my cuppa for another Couples Talk, this month with Harry and Kate Benson. I was particularly looking forward to this one having read and really enjoyed Harry and Kate’s book “What Mums…
Toucan Together marriage devotional published on YouVersion Bible App
Tiffany Atkins reviews: "This is a gem of a devotional! There is really helpful personal testimony alongside pertinent scripture. I found day 2 especially helpful...
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The Value of Investing into a Relationship
A story of how an affair, saved a marriage, when the storm hit By Karen Van der Poll In the beginningWe met in my first year, actually my very first week at university. The fresher and her senior. As I…
How one couple overcame testing times – Couples Talk experience
Last month, I tuned into my first ever Couples Talk and was actually really surprised! Surprised at how natural it felt and how life giving it was to sit down on a Monday evening and hear from such a down…
What’s happening with FamilyLife – Farsi?
Since joining the FamilyLife team in 2018 Kia and Negin, born in Iran and now living in the UK, have been busy connecting with people from the Farsi speaking community and also been working hard to make resources available in…
Thriving marriages in a ‘virtual’ Together group
One couple shares advice on how they used zoom to create a virtual 'Together' group for couples to invest in their marriages.
Communication lies at the heart of any relationship. It’s one of those vital skills that we can all get better at and need to keep on top of. Below are some helpful tips to go from 3 minute check ins to deeper connections and ultimately thriving relationships. 1. Leave phones outside the bedroom Or if […]
Congratulations to the FamilyLife cyclists who made it from Canterbury to York and to those that went even further to Newcastle, absolutely fantastic! Well done! We’re super proud of each person that took part in this huge effort to raise money for Toucan, our relationship app. There were highs, there were lows but the grit […]
Kia Hadaeghi, Iranian FamilyLife Coordinator, writes movingly about his experience of being set free from years of emotional pain and suffering, and how his Christian faith helped him. Something was not right. I was unsettled by guilt and there was no peace in my heart. I knew this kind of disquietude often comes from an […]
Facilitator training is full on for the brave couples giving up a whole weekend to be trained and for the people delivering the training. However, it’s BRILLIANT! Our couples rushed to Birmingham on Friday evening. Several were slightly anxious. Most were wondering what on earth they had let themselves in for. Each year we invite […]
Some feedback we had from our last ‘A Day Together’ event: “A great day to make time for each other. A much needed MOT” and someone else wrote “Great opportunity to look under the bonnet and see how you’re really doing in your marriage”. This got me thinking about the parallels between looking after our […]
FamilyLife is supporting the UK National Marriage Week this May. It’s an absolutely brilliant opportunity to get people thinking about their marriage and how they can be investing into it. Michaela Hyde, the project director, wrote: “It may surprise you to know that a far more common cause for divorce is couples drifting apart rather […]
Let me introduce you to Rosie and Guy. Childhood sweethearts, they were married five and a half years ago. They live in Newcastle where Rosie is a doctor and Guy is a town planner. They both love the outdoors and any opportunity to keep exploring the Lake District. They love their church family and have […]
Every relationship has times when we feel on top of the world, there’s a close connection and lots of fun and laughter. Love is flourishing. Every relationship also has times when we feel distant, frustrated, angry perhaps, and all the fun seems to have leaked out. Imagine there’s a love tank with a ‘fuel gauge’ […]