Category Archives: Keeping It Real

But God!

I have contemplated writing this post for a week. Not sure what to say to offer help for your marriage when we are struggling with our own dark valley. When we asked for your prayers in our last post we … Continue reading

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Asking for Prayer

Last I posted I shared how I had been sick. Thank God I am well, but our granddaughter is in the biggest battle of her 12 year old life. Tom and I drove to Atlanta a month ago to help … Continue reading

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When Your Spouse is Sick and Tired

We have all been there. Schedules have to be adjusted and plans canceled. It’s never fun when sickness hits your spouse. How prepared are you to love and cherish your spouse when they get sick and tired? I am posting … Continue reading

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Our Emotional Roller Coaster

I hate roller coasters. They throw off your equilibrium and make you have to regain footing once you’re back on solid ground. Not to mention the unexpected twists, turns and drops along the way. I’d rather not take part, thank … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Encouragement, Caring for Parents, Christian Marriage, Death and Grieving, Difficulty, Encouraging Your Spouse, Growing Strong Marriages, In Sickness, Keeping It Real, Seasons of Life | Tagged , | 9 Comments

Five Friday Favorites – Turning 60, Off To A Good Start

On Wednesday I awoke with the realization that time passes so quickly. How did I get to 60? I don’t feel 60 most days, but recently I feel older than that. I have been fighting an ongoing health issue–not serious, … Continue reading

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Time To Stop Listening, And Start Talking Loud And Clear

The title may seem backwards, but it’s not. I’m not talking about listening to others. I’m talking about how often we listen to our own thoughts and allow them to inform our mood for the day. Instead, we should speak … Continue reading

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Five Friday Favorites – Difficult Topics in Marriage

So often in marriage the way the enemy works against us it to make us uncomfortable talking about important topics. The only way to counter this attack is to do the difficult thing and talk about them. We are privileged … 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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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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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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What’s Your Marriage Forecast?

Weather. We depend on it for so much of our activities. Will we do this or that? It all depends on the weather. No one wants to eat outside when it’s too cold or too hot. Nor do we plan … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Every Marriage Deals With It

How much do you think deeply about the things that matter most? One thing required to think deeply is choosing to slow down. Thoughts are like timid animals–you must be still in order for them to make themselves fully known. … Continue reading

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2019 Is Bringing With It An Unexpected Direction From God

It happened last week. I didn’t see it coming, but God knew all along. Most of you know that Tom and I have a cabin in Banner Elk, NC. You may also know that I have had the privilege of … Continue reading

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Is Your Marriage Like This?

It seems more and more couples are sharing with us the current lack of health in their marriage. We can see the pain and disappointment in their eyes. It grieves us because we know this is not how marriage is … Continue reading

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2018 Date Night Challenge – The Letter “T”

We are a bit behind on our monthly date challenge, but that hasn’t deterred us from pressing on. Tom, who happens to be my favorite “T” planned a special afternoon TEA for me at a local TEA shop. I am … Continue reading

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A Gift to Avoid Drift

For my birthday this year Tom has committed to work out with me at home. He went so far and quit his gym membership too, so I knew he was serious. I am excited for this new chapter in our … Continue reading

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Wake Up Call

This has been a difficult week for our church family. A dear friend and long time member of our church had a massive heart attack last Tuesday morning. They were just enjoying normal life when this crisis hit them unexpectedly. … Continue reading

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