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 – Ways To Fight Fear

It has been a difficult month so far. Lots of circumstances that can tempt me to fear and I must fight for faith and peace. Have you ever been in a similar season? Bad news seems to be like one … Continue reading

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Stop Chasing Squirrels

I love watching Tom do those things for which he is passionate, like lead our marriage community group. When someone asks him about their marriage he lights up and never fails to offer wise, biblically-based counsel. And the older he … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Five Sense Romance

I have shared this on our Only Wives section of the blog, but today I share it with you as part of our Five Friday Favorites series. These are five ways to romance your spouse using our five senses as … Continue reading

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First Steps Toward Change

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” It is a familiar quote and one repeated often. But the fact that is familiar doesn’t mean we are practicing Mr. Franklin’s advice. When we were … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Florida, The Sunshine State

I am a native Floridian and I love it here. Even with all the changes in traffic, population, congestion, and humidity, Florida is home. Tom and I have the privilege of traveling quite a bit. With him officially retired we … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – The Verbs Of Your Marriage

(Originally posted on August 21, 2014) I love words and how they have power to help us understand our marriage. Most of us don’t give much thought to the words we use and why. But we should. Words reveal. Words … Continue reading

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The Fine Line Between “We” and “Me”

It has happened more times than I can count since Tom and I have been married. We hear of another couple ending their marriage and it breaks our heart. Not only for the failure to keep their covenant before God … Continue reading

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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

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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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