Author Archives: Tom Walter

Cherish – From Obligation To Delight

Hey. Tom here this time sharing with you my review of a new book written by Gary Thomas. You know him for his excellent book titled, Sacred Marriage, I hope you’ll get to know him even more by buying and … Continue reading

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Tom’s Letter To His Newlywed Self – Age 24

Going along with our focus from yesterday, I, (Tom), wanted a turn to write a letter to myself when we were first married from the vantage point of today, 34 years later. Dear Tom, I hear congratulations are in order. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday

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I Interrupt This Normal Blog Post…

…to let you know my love and care for Debi this Mother’s Day has led me to intervene in her regular schedule in order to take her away for the next few days. Our kids wanted to do something special … Continue reading

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Does Your Wife Know All The Little Things You Love About Her?

This week we are joining the CMBA conversation with Paul Byerly of The Generous Husband blog. He shared the lyrics to a song that he heard on the radio titled Little Things, by One Direction. He ended his post by asking … Continue reading

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Spot Removal

Jesus spent much of His three years of ministry sharing word pictures with all who would listen. Some asked what the parables meant, others shook them off as crazy. We think God still speaks to us in word pictures, or … Continue reading

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On Devotion

Devotion. It’s one of those words we know, but may or may not realize the weight it carries. Listen to Noah Webster’s definition from his 1828 dictionary: Ardent love or affection; attachment manifested by constant attention. Ardent is another word we … Continue reading

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The Christmas Pool

Today we want to share with you a very special metaphor about the meaning of Christmas as told by Thomas Kinkade – the famous “Painter of Light”.  This is a perfect story to share on Christmas Day as you gather … Continue reading

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A Walk Through The Vineyard

I (Tom) am currently reading an excellent book by Mark and Grace Driscoll titled, Real Marriage – the truth about sex, friendship and life together. I highly recommend it. This morning I read about Song of Solomon 2:15 and “the … Continue reading

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A Dream Come True

It has been years in the making, but Debi’s dream has finally come true.  Together, we have sacrificed many things in the past twelve years, but it quickly became my dream to see her dream realized. She hesitated to post … Continue reading

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Measuring Marriage Maturity

The distance between a conflict and resolution is an indicator of the maturity of your marriage. Work on shortening this distance, and you will be on the road to growing your marriage in the right direction. How do you do … Continue reading

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Worldview Makes All The Difference

It’s hard to avoid the continual debate taking place in our country regarding the 2012 Presidential Election. Our primary focus here at The Romantic Vineyard is for the building and strengthening of marriages for God’s glory. So what do the … Continue reading

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When Your Feelings And Convictions Don’t Agree

We’ve all faced seasons where we don’t feel like doing what we know we should. Our convictions may be clear, but our desire to stick to them may fluctuate on any given day. Here are some scenarios to help you … Continue reading

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A New Week – A New Series

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a series, so we thought we’d offer a new one for you beginning tomorrow. The inspiration for this series was Debi spending 2 1/2 weeks with our daughter’s family following the birth of their … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Prayer is a Vital Part of Marriage

1. It is the deepest level of intimacy a husband and wife can experience, even more so than sex. There is a connection that occurs when you take the time to pray together about the issues you’re facing in your family, … Continue reading

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Hello, The Sea Is Calling

Tonight we were sitting together watching TV when a commercial came on that took our breath away! It made Debi tear up, so we knew we had to share it with you. Kudos to Royal Caribbean for such a brilliant … Continue reading

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Be All There

I am resolved to be completely present wherever I am.  I’ve realized recently that too often I’m not present mentally, though I may be physically. I am often distracted in the present by the future, which robs me of all … Continue reading

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What We’ve Learned About Marriage in 33 Years

Today is our 33rd wedding anniversary, and it is the fourth anniversary we’ve shared with you since beginning The Romantic Vineyard. We are grateful to have this platform to share what we’ve learned about marriage so far. We say “so … Continue reading

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Love Bears All Things

To bear means: to sustain the burden of; take on; take care of. When Debi said she would be my wife for better or worse, in sickness and in health; she didn’t know this would include helping me recover from … Continue reading

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Love is….not resentful

Resentful means easily provoked to anger or irritable; this is the word mentioned right before in this scripture passage (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), and the word we discussed on Friday.  So why is it mentioned twice?  Most likely because we might … Continue reading

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