Read one wife's perspective on a crumbling marriage: loneliness, emptiness, an emotional affair, and finally a cry to God and a resolution to stay. God never promises that marriage will be happy or easy. But he rewards obedience and sacrifice.

6. The Christian Divorce Rate Myth by Glenn T. Stanton

"Christians divorce at roughly the same rate as the world!" It's one of the most quoted stats by Christian leaders today. And it's perhaps one of the most inaccurate. Based on the best data available, the divorce rate among Christians is significantly lower than the general population.

5. Ten Ways to Show Simple Acts of Love Toward Your Spouse by Cindi McMenamin

No matter how long you’ve been married, simple acts of love - those things you used to do to express your love to one another - keep you both knitted together in love.

4. What I’ve Learned in 21 Years of Marriage by Lori Freeland

You can have a soulmate - you just have to work at it. He CAN read your mind. History is a story that you live together. And yes, it really does get easier. The roller-coaster ride is always worth it in the end.

smiling husband3. Top Ten Ways to Make Your Husband Happy by Arlene Pellicane

Our role is not to figure out how to fix our spouse. Our role is: How do we reflect Christ in the marriage? Speaker and author Arlene Pellicane shows ten ways that wives can embrace this role by selflessly loving their husbands.

2. Five Goals for Growing Closer to Your Spouse in 2012 by Cindi McMenamin

It's amazing what any couple can accomplish when even one partner is willing to do the work. What if both of you made the effort? What if every day was started with a kiss? What if only encouraging words were spoken? What if you planned regular date nights and prayer together regularly?

1. 12 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married by Whitney Hopler

This piece was adapted from Clayton and Charie King's book 12 Questions to Ask Before You Marry (Harvest House). You can get married with the confidence that you’ll enjoy the healthy, holy marriage God wants you to have if you invest time before getting married into asking wise questions.