Category Archives: Biblical Encouragement

Vintage Post – What Would Your Epitaph Say?

(This post was originally published on August 6, 2013.) If we could plan to meet for coffee one afternoon, I’m sure we would talk about normal everyday kinds of things. But there would be a moment when the conversation turned … Continue reading

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The Difference Deference Makes

Today’s marriage tip from our new book, Cherishing Us, reminds us of the benefit there is in deferring to our spouse. March 13: Defer to your spouse as much as you are able. This is good for your marriage and … Continue reading

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Cherishing Us – A New Resource to Help Your Marriage Grow

I close my eyes and I can see The world that’s waiting up for me That I call my own Through the dark, through the door Through where no one’s been before But it feels like home I can’t hear … Continue reading

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Overlook Ahead

Have you ever thought about overlooking an offense instead of plunging, head-first into an argument? Consider these scenarios…You spent a lot of time explaining something vey important to your spouse. Then, you realize they weren’t listening to you. You’ve asked … Continue reading

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Attributes of a Healthy Marriage – Friendship

This one may seem like a given, but it isn’t. We have encountered far too many couples who after years of marriage have nothing in common. This is a dangerous place to be. We become vulnerable to the wiles of … Continue reading

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Magnifying Respect In Marriage

When asked, “Do you respect your spouse?” Most of us would answer a quick YES! It’s necessary to examine respect to see if we know what we’re talking about. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it this way: RESPECT’, verb transitive – … Continue reading

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Loving v. Virginia – 50 Years of Interracial Marriage

John Piper has written an outstanding tribute to the pivotal anniversary celebrated today. It was on June 12, 1967 when the United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional all state laws that prohibited interracial marriage. But it didn’t change in America instantly. … Continue reading

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The Core of Who We Are

When we began blogging in 2008, there were only a handful of marriage bloggers seeking to spread the encouragement that marriages can not only survive, but thrive. Now 9 years later there are 130 marriage blogs who have committed to … Continue reading

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3 Ways Easter Makes A Difference In Marriage

Easter is without a doubt the most important date on the calendar for Christians, because if there was no Easter, Christmas would have no meaning. But Easter occurred and this informs our marriage that we have hope. Hope that there … Continue reading

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(S)Elf On The Shelf

Our daughter sent us a photo on the first of December. It’s of their little elf who had brought hot chocolate for their 4 children to enjoy when they 2 woke up. It’s a cute tradition many young families have … Continue reading

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Uncovering 5 Practices Detrimental To Marriage: Critical Judgments

You begin to share with your spouse about something that is really bothering you. Right as you are pouring your heart out to them, they ask a question about something else, revealing that they haven’t heard a word you’ve said. … Continue reading

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The Healing Balm of Humility in Marriage

My last post dealt with an enemy we all face in life and marriage–the poisonous venom of pride. Now I want to shift gears and look at the healing balm of humility. “Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self … Continue reading

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What Diving In A Green Pool Reveals About Marriage

As most of you have probably witnessed the Olympic Divers have had quite an unusual distraction, at least for athletes of their ability. They have had to dive into a murky, green pool. They have had to trust that the … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Meekness: Think Before You React Part 2

Nancy continues to encourage us… Now, there’s balance in all of this because there are things we stuff that we need to say, and there are things we say that we ought to stuff. Discernment and the control of the Spirit helps us … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Meekness: Think Before You React Part 1

The following post is by Tom where he shares a struggle we all encounter from time to time–some more than others… We are continuing our study of meekness, and God is helping us get the point! Nancy Leigh DeMoss provides our next … Continue reading

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8 Principals To Follow In Dealing With Habitual Sins

I recently read an excellent article, Dealing With Habitual Sins, by John McArthur. He expounds on eight principals needed to lay aside the sin that so easily entangles us. Treat your sin seriously. It dishonors God. It abuses mercy. It despises … Continue reading

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How You Deal With This Will Either Make Or Break Your Marriage

Besetting sin or habitual sin. As Christians we deal with them every day of our lives. It is the one sin that easily entangles us without much effort. It is like an anchor on our soul adding weight to pull … Continue reading

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Are You Making This Mistake In Your Marriage?

  You had a long talk about a goal you both want to accomplish. Plans are set in place to see the goal reached. As the first few steps are taken you realize the goal you had didn’t quite match … Continue reading

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Taking The Next Step

We love the journey Jake and Rachel are taking across the Appalachian Trail and think it provides an excellent metaphor for marriage. Think about it. We are like two hikers traveling terrain where we have never walked. There are moments … Continue reading

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The Cause And Effect Marriage Covered With Grace

I didn’t even know my need until I saw the effect it was having on my marriage. Something was wrong between us. We weren’t connecting. We weren’t communicating. We were at odds living our normal everyday life. On the outside … Continue reading

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