Author Archives: Debi Walter

About Debi Walter

Face it, marriage is hard work. But when cultivated daily the fruit produced will satisfy for a lifetime. We're here to help with ideas and encouragement along the way. Having been married 36 years and counting, we share what we've learned with practical tips, Biblical Truths, Date night ideas to help you plow your own vineyard for God's glory.

Five Friday Favorites – Keeping It Real

Normally these posts are lighthearted. We share with you some of our favorite moments or things we love. But today my heart is heavy for those facing extremely challenging circumstances–terminal illness, job loss, rebellious children, chronic pain. All of these … Continue reading

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In Case Of Emergency

We have all had it occur at some point in our marriage. Life is going along as expected and then it happens. You receive a phone call, a knock on the door or you hear a your child crying. You … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA. It’s a day when we purpose to tell mom all the things we appreciate about her. Some buy flowers, send cards or cook her favorite meal. It’s a nice tradition meant to make … Continue reading

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Where Heaven and Nature Sings

We are on vacation with friends this week. One of our favorite things to do together is spend time worshiping the Lord. This past Sunday morning we sat on the porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean while singing with some of … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Make The Most Of Vacations

Vacation. Staycation. These are both necessary ways to relax and regroup. But it takes intentionality to pull away even while away. Today we offer 10 ways to purpose to make the most of a vacation. Limit time on all devices. … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – The Games People Play

Welcome to our weekly favorites post. I began this during the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and it was so much fun I’ve decided to make it a regular Friday post. Today I’m highlighting five fun games to play as a couple. … Continue reading

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When Nothing Is Something

I’ve done this more times than I can count. Tom walks in and notices something is bothering me. He asks, “What’s wrong?” To which I reply, “Nothing.” There are two possible reasons I give this answer. I am feeling sad, … Continue reading

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Engulfed By Emotions Can Be Embarrassing

I have always been emotional. I cry at movies. I cry at weddings. I have even been known to cry at a funeral of someone whom I had never met. I put myself in another’s place and imagine what it … Continue reading

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In Or Out Of Control

There are some things you can control and some you can’t. And sometimes what you thought you could control, you find out the hard way that you never could. Ever been there? We all have, if we’re honest. I grew … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Christian Marriage, Conflict, Difficulty, Growing Strong Marriages, Ultimate Blog Challenge | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Vintage Post – “O” Date Night Ideas

“O” Activities: Opera – if you’re a fan, why not plan a night out at a local theater.  We love Phantom of the Opera, and if you click the link…you’re in for a treat.  (Be sure to turn up your sound!) … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – At Home Meal and Movie Dates

Today for our five favorites we want to provide a fun way to enjoy a meal and a movie at home. The idea is to take a movie you want to watch and prepare a meal around something from the … Continue reading

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Are You Hangry?

Hangry is a combination of two words–hungry and angry. Anger often has the same appetite of hunger. It craves what it doesn’t have and results in a harsh outburst. Ugly. James 4 says, “1What causes quarrels and what causes fights … Continue reading

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The Home Stretch

I love The Kentucky Derby. It’s a dream of mine to go experience this southern tradition known as The Run For The Roses that takes place the first Saturday in May. But until we can actually go, we do the … Continue reading

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Countering What Annoys You About Your Spouse

Does your spouse have habits that annoy you? If so, what you choose to do with those thoughts makes a huge difference in the growth of your relationship. The following account is told in the Bible about King David. He … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Getting To Know You Resources

How well do you know your spouse? How you answer this question depends largely on how long you’ve been together, how well you communicate your preferences, and how intentional you are in studying your spouse. Today’s Friday Favorites are resources … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways To Help A Marriage Vineyard Grow

There is something about relationships formed through blogs that are different than your normal face-to-face kind of friendships. You can have the same familiarity, the same understanding, the same biblical fellowship (relating with each other from a Christian, Bible-based worldview), … Continue reading

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The Resurrection And Marriage

Jesus Christ has risen! He has conquered death and the grave. This is the best of news to any who are looking to be set free from their patterns of sin and shame. Jesus is the answer. Why?  Because He … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Biblical Encouragement, Celebrations, Easter, Finding Joy, Forgiveness, Growing Strong Marriages, Holidays, Spiritual Intimacy, The Gospel & Marriage, Ultimate Blog Challenge | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Husband Appreciation Day

This day is specifically for husbands without children. Since fathers have Father’s Day, someone decided childless husbands needed their very own day too. We love to highlight all kinds of holidays, so this is one we had to share. Now … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – The Origin Of Your Spouse Date Night

We all have one. It defines us from the moment we take our first breath, and it stays with us until we breathe our last. Yes, we all have a hometown. I was born in Orlando, and I still live … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You

A famous song is our post title for today. We did a parody of it at our church a few years ago for a ladies retreat that focused on the seasons of life. This song is one of my favorites … Continue reading

Posted in Cherishing, Christian Marriage, communication, Conflict, Difficulty, Growing Strong Marriages, Perspective in Marriage, resources | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments