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.

Do You Know Alfred Mosher Butts?

I didn’t until now. But you most certainly know what he created 71 years ago. My favorite board game of all time–Scrabble. That’s right, Mr. Butts was an out-of-work architect who decided to combine his love of crossword puzzles with … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Marriage Memes

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. But a picture with words speaks volumes. We have an entire Pinterest Board devoted to some of our favorite marriage memes. In case you don’t know, memes are pronounced “meems” and are … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – 8 Cheap Dates On A Tight Budget

There was a time in my life when I would have taken offense at being called a “cheap date.” But once you’re married with small children, teenagers or without a job, a cheap date is a grateful option and becomes … Continue reading

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Tale of Two Conversations – The Choice Is Yours

Conversation #1 – Something was weighing on my mind. It was concerning something in our marriage, and I had been dwelling on it long enough to make me discouraged. It grew larger in my thoughts as each day passed. I … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – The Letter “Z”

You read that title right. Our daughter got married in January 2018. She was the last one to leave the nest, so we knew this would be an adjustment for us. Instead of giving in to the sadness of the … Continue reading

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Monday Tradition

We celebrated our 40th anniversary in February. And for most of those years we have kept a tradition–a favorite tradition. Every Monday is our weekly date night. You may ask, “Why Monday?” We had a very practical reason. Monday was … Continue reading

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It’s The Little Things

If I wake up before Tom, one of the ways I enjoy showing him my love and care is to get his coffee ready to brew. If I hear him stirring in the bedroom I’ll even press the brew button … Continue reading

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Defining Disappointments in Marriage

“If we have a misunderstanding of God we will most certainly have a wrong understanding of our circumstances.” – Lysa Terkeurst Marriage is hard. It takes a life-long commitment to pursue each other regardless of the circumstances we face. We … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Worship Songs

The five things that are on my mind this week are worship songs. Worship plays a huge part in our marriage. It is here where we can join together worshiping our Savior using the words and melodies of heart-searching songs … Continue reading

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Vintage Posts – Savoring The Old

With ten years of posts written and published, from time to time we enjoy sharing some of our favorites with you. We call these “Vintage Posts”, because like a vintage wine they are worth savoring and enjoying. They may even … Continue reading

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Are You an Eraser or a Highlighter?

Erasers are used to take away errors giving an opportunity to do it right. Highlighters are used to emphasize something you don’t want to forget. In marriage we can use both to help or hurt our relationship. How are we … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Christian Marriage, communication, Encouraging Your Spouse, Growing Strong Marriages, Perspective in Marriage, The Gospel & Marriage, Ultimate Blog Challenge | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Are You Up For The Challenge?

We are taking part in a monthly blogging challenge. Many of you may be visiting here for the first time, and to you we say, “Welcome!” A little about us. We are Tom and Debi Walter and we live in … Continue reading

Posted in April 2019, Christian Marriage, Perspective in Marriage, Purpose, Ultimate Blog Challenge | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Confessions of a Marriage Blogger

I have a confession to make. As a marriage blogger for the past decade, my husband and I have heard countless ways our blog has been an encouragement to couples. Some we know and some we have yet to meet. … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – The Letter “Y”

I know it’s 2019, but life got really busy around the holidays and we had to put our last two letters on hold. That’s the thing with challenges, you can pick up where you left off. The important thing is … Continue reading

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Vintage Post—9 Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Marriage

(Originally posted on March 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Imperfect Homemaking blog There was a day when people invested time and energy in cleaning their home from top to bottom each and every spring. I know because we lived next door … Continue reading

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Spring Has Arrived – Plan To Enjoy It Together

Today is the first official day of Spring! Yay! I love this time of year. In Florida we can still enjoy the outdoors before the suffocating heat of Summer arrives. I want to pass on some great date ideas to … Continue reading

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Three Types of Transition in Marriage

Transition #1 In childbirth it’s the time when birth is eminent. Pain precedes birth bringing joy unimaginable. Imagine if a woman in the throes of labor, decided to quit when the time of transition arrived. Transition is when the labor … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

I have finally found time to read other blogs and I am being blessed in the process. Some are not marriage blogs, per se, but the truths can be applied to your marriage. I pray these selections will cause your … Continue reading

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Listen, Ask, Repeat – A Key To Effective Communication

I’ve spent 24 of the last 35 days away from home helping to care for our daughter and her family post-surgery. Tom was with me most of that time. A great benefit of retirement is that what I used to … Continue reading

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Making Up For Lost Time

When was the last time you planned something your spouse wasn’t expecting? Since Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow night, why not think of a way to surprise them this weekend as a way of making up for lost time. 🙂 … Continue reading

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