Category Archives: communication

Keeping It Real This Christmas–Can You Relate?

My house is a mess. I am decorating for Christmas, but there are demands keeping me from finishing it all at once. Oh sure, I’ve posted photos on Instagram zoomed in where it appears my home is picture perfect, but it’s not. It … Continue reading

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Uncovering 5 Practices Detrimental To Marriage: The Final Two

The last two practices you may or may not realize you’re doing. This is why we want to shine the light on these two together. It happens when we listen to our spouse either with our mind made up based … Continue reading

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Thirsty For Romance – Compared to the Cubs Thirst For The World Series Championship

The Chicago Cubs managed to do the impossible last night, winning the World Series for the first time since 1908! Congratulations! They did what no other team could do in over a century. Quite the accomplishment. We love seeing a … 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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Uncovering 5 Practices Detrimental To Marriage: The Question Behind The Question

Stop signs are there for our protection and the safety of those around us. They help us know when to stop, think, observe, then proceed with caution. Can you imagine a world without STOP signs? Where everyone can proceed full-speed-ahead … 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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Ten Things I’ve Learned About Marriage Playing Words With Friends

I have an obsession. I love to play Words With Friends, and I usually have dozens of games going at once. I’m slowly getting better too. My average score has been steadily climbing because I’ve learned lots of new words … Continue reading

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7 Tips in Navigating the Waters of Change

When a couple says their wedding vows they are promising to be committed to each other through all the changes life will throw at them. Some will be expected, others will hit them out of no where making it difficult … Continue reading

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Riding The Emotional Roller Coaster

I hate roller coasters. I really do. I didn’t always, in fact my first date was when I was 14 years old. A boy asked me to go to the fair, and I couldn’t wait to go on the fastest, … Continue reading

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8 Ways To Keep From Draining The Life Out Of Your Marriage

In our last post I compared marriage to a fountain. I ended the post with this meme… …and it got me thinking of the ways we drain our marriages of the good God intended. I found this article on The … 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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Hidden Fears That Haunted Me

We had been married for a few years, yet Tom still didn’t know something significant about me. I had managed to keep this part of my life hidden from him because I was embarrassed about it. I kept thinking to … Continue reading

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Pinched Nerve

Tom has been struggling with a pinched nerve in his back the past couple of days. It’s making normal tasks nearly impossible because he gets a sharp stab saying, “No, you don’t!” I hate seeing him in pain, and I’m … Continue reading

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Lingering And It’s Effects On Marriage

Linger… …The simple definition is to stay in a place longer than necessary, typically because of a reluctance to leave.  I’ve been thinking about this word lately and the impact it has made on my life. I love to linger in the … 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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Unexpected Expectations

Tom and I recently had a conflict that we didn’t see coming. The conversation grew tense, yet there wasn’t anything said to cause the conflict. We didn’t quite know how to fix it since the issue wasn’t obvious to us. … Continue reading

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Decades Of Marriage – The Third Ten Years

You’ve just celebrated 20 years together. You wonder how in the world you’ve made it this far–wasn’t it yesterday when we were starting out on this adventure called marriage? Time has proven to fly, and it’s possible to feel lost … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

It’s time for our weekly specials you don’t want to miss. Use the weekend to catch up on some inspired reading to build your marriage. ChooseJoy365 The Tale Of A Week Long “For Read Friday”<<Our daughter does an outstanding job … Continue reading

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Decades Of Marriage – The First Ten Years

A decade is a long time–ten years, to be exact and much happens in this span of time. Just consider the past ten years of your life? Where were you in 2006? How have you changed? How has your marriage … Continue reading

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Vintage Week – Are You Listening?

We are celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary this week, so we’re providing something special for you while we’re away. We’re calling it Vintage Week where we re-post some of our best posts from past years that you might have missed. … Continue reading

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