Category Archives: Difficulty

A Closer Look at What Bores You

Living life with the same person becomes familiar as it should over time. But when the familiar becomes boring this can be the sign there is something else at play. Jon Bloom wrote an excellent article on the Desiring God … Continue reading

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My Marriage Is Mediocre—Now What?

In our last post we shared 11 possible indicators your marriage might be mediocre. Today we want to offer some practical tips to help get you out of this trap. As a reminder here is our list: Your life revolves … Continue reading

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11 Possible Indicators You Have A Mediocre Marriage

MEDIOCRE. Just the sound of it is blah, don’t you think? I looked up the definition and found this interesting… One of the things that is remarkable about mediocre is the extent to which it has retained its meaning over … Continue reading

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Silence Is Not Strength, by Tracy Lytle

Today I am pleased to share with you our next post in my Mother’s Day Gift series. Tracy is our second born and first daughter. She has been married to Seth, for 13 years celebrating on May 27th. They have … Continue reading

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Is Your Marriage Self-Insured?

Last September we took a direct hit by Hurricane Irma. Considering all the damage many experienced, ours was minimal.  It wasn’t until January when we had a week of rain that we discovered our roof was leaking. Tom called our … Continue reading

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Is Your Marriage All In?

There is growing tendency in newly married couples to stay independent financially, socially and emotionally. This is cause for great concern. Let me explain… When we said, I Do, we were committing to a new way of life. We were … Continue reading

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Indescribable

Being a native Floridian, I have always loved watching storms roll in from a distance. Our skies are big making it easy to see when a storm is brewing. Hurricanes are the most powerful storms I’ve witnessed, and Irma is … Continue reading

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Five Things A Hurricane Is Teaching Me About Marriage

If you didn’t know, we live in Orlando, FL. For days all eyes have been on the forecast track  of what has been declared the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever produced. Meet Irma!  She is strong. She is determined. She … Continue reading

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Happy False Labor Day NOT!

It was February of 1984. I was 24, Tom was 29. We were expecting our second baby any day. I was 10 days past my due date, when the familiar labor pains began. I was ready to meet my baby. … 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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The Beauty of a Crimson Stained Marriage

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium of Hess Winery, Napa Valley, CA The year was predicted to yield a bumper crop, a winemaker’s dream. The vines had experienced near perfect growing conditions all summer, and harvest was just beginning. At 3:20a. … Continue reading

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A Time For Everything…

Every marriage faces different seasons. Some you see coming and others take you by surprise with a phone call. Being aware of this helps us adjust when the winds change–rather than get blown away by the emotional roller coaster, we … Continue reading

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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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(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: 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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Dissecting The Romantic Umbrella

We are members of The Christian Marriage Bloggers Association, and this month we have been challenged to write a post based on this beautiful photo by Kate Aldrich Photography of the One Flesh Marriage blog. When I saw this photo … 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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Secret Garden Of Pride

The last two posts have dealt with besetting sins and our need to disclose them to our spouse for help and hope in overcoming them. How You Deal With This Will Either Make Or Break Your Marriage 8 Principals To … Continue reading

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“It’s Not What I Thought It Would Be!”

All marriages at some point come to this conclusion. You never expected it to look like this, and how did you get here in the first place? It’s certainly not what you thought it would be. Where’s the romance? Where’s … Continue reading

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