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After 40+ days of self-denial and fasting throughout Lent, it’s nice to be celebrating. The seasons of our faith are not dissimilar to the seasons of marriage – there are times when the joy is in scarce supply and times when it’s abundant. Both are opportunities for couples to deepen their intimacy and growth as individuals.

So if you’re in a dark place in your marriage, remember that there is hope and there is help – eventually the sun does rise and the darkness of the tomb is dispelled. We’re busy building our resources on the SmartLoving site, with a special emphasis on troubled and stressed marriages. Please check them out at

So let the Easter feasting begin! And remember, Easter is a season, not a day – a whole 50 days!


Francine & Byron Pirola
Directors | Marriage Resource Centre



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From the blog

Cohabitation Myth | The myth behind unmarried couples living together.

Smart Dating #1: The Serial Relationship Trap | Date smart; protect your heart from disillusionment and cynicism.

Smart Dating #2: Ask ‘Why’ before you Try | How to find out if you’re sexually compatible without having sex!

Smart Dating #3: 21st Century Courtship | The advantages of dating with purpose.

Smart Dating #4: You Are What You Do | The saying is true: you are what you do. Especially in your relationships!

Smart Dating #5: The Raunch Woman | Are men interested in marrying ‘the raunch woman’?

Marriage Martyrdom | What kind of sacrifice does marriage call us to?

Five Strategies to Improve your Marriage | Five tried and proven practical strategies to uplift and refresh your marriage.

Two of Us Series

Two of Us: Personality Type | In what way do our personalities impact our relationship?

Two of Us: Communication | How effective is your communication with your spouse?

Two of Us: Need to Love | What level of effort do you put in to loving and being loved by your spouse?

Two of Us: Sexual Awareness | Exploring the gift of your sexual relationship

Two of Us: Level of Sexuality | Recognising the sexual atmosphere you create

Two of Us: Criticism and Sex | Understanding how criticism can affect your relationship

Two of Us: Topics of Conversation | A couple exercise to examine the patterns of our communication

Two of Us: Affection | Understanding the role of affection in marriage

Two of Us: Fault Finding | On criticizing your spouse


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Grateful | When gratitude is present in a marriage, the couple’s good humour and welcoming generosity make their homes places of hospitality and warmth for all their visitors.

Responsible Honesty | It’s more than not telling lies; in marriage it requires an willingness to share deeply and vulnerably.

Sexuality as Gift | Learning to appreciate our sexuality and build the sexual atmosphere between us.

The Ambitious Couple | What is the role of ambition in marriage?

Hear Me Know Me | It is often said that we cannot love what we do not know.

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