Category Archives: Biblical Encouragement

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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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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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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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

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If Your Sheets Could Talk

Yesterday we talked about the challenges all couples face when it comes to money. If resolve isn’t found, it can be the final death blow to a struggling marriage. There is another challenging area in marriage often cited as the … 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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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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Cut Off The Fuel That Feeds The Fire

Always be kind. That’s what our parents taught us growing up. “Kindness begets kindness,” they would say. But in the heat of the moment many forget to put their kindness on display. I remember my husband telling me about an … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Marriage – Part II

Has your spouse ever spoken words to you that had a sting to it? The kind that seemed out of character for them? Oftentimes our feelings override our reason and keep us from bringing the situation to a peaceful resolve. … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in 40 Years of Marriage

This Sunday we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. Four decades of life lived side by side. This week we will take a look back on some of the lessons we’ve learned thus far. It has been worth every tear, every … Continue reading

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Gratefulness

Today is the day after Valentine’s Day. You may be basking in the glow of an amazing night with your spouse. You may be disappointed in the lack of love expressed to you yesterday, or you may be indifferent to … Continue reading

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Your Past No Longer Defines You

Did you know that if you are a Christian your past sins no longer define you? You are a new creation! If this is true, which I believe it is–why do we live as if our sin is who we … Continue reading

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The Necessity Of Light

We have two three-way lamps in our bedroom on either side of our bed. Each light setting provides a different purpose. If I just want to make our room look nice and inviting, I’ll put it on the lower light. … Continue reading

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National Marriage Week 2019

Today marks the beginning of a seven-day focus on the importance of marriage in our nation. As marriage bloggers for the past decade, it has been our passion to sound this call every week, not just one week a year … Continue reading

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The Role Of Faithful Friends

I love watching water in nature. Whether it be the ocean in its vastness, the waterfall in its power, the lake as it shimmers in the sunshine, or the rain pelting on a tin roof. But there is something about … Continue reading

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6 Questions To Evaluate The State Of Your Union

It’s January, but more surprising than that–it’s 2019! It seems like yesterday when we were concerned about Y2K. We blink and time flies by at record pace. Yet it stays the same. Seconds turn to minutes. Minutes turn to hours. … Continue reading

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What We Didn’t Know Going In To Our Marriage

When we said our marriage vows we had no idea of what lay ahead of us. We didn’t know… In our first year we would move to the one city neither of us wanted to live. I would face health … Continue reading

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Have You Been Nudged?

This morning as I was getting ready I felt a nudge from the Lord. I was compelled to tell Tom how grateful I am for the way he takes care of our finances. He is faithful in this area and … Continue reading

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This One Practice Produces Change

In our last post we talked about the detriment it is to have a condemning spirit towards your spouse. Today we want to talk about the antidote. In the Christian life the antidote to a condemning spirit is a grateful … Continue reading

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