Category Archives: Difficulty

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

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. on the morning of August 24th, the unimaginable happened. An earthquake … 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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The Grieving Continues…

Heavenly Father, Our hearts are broken. We ask that you comfort the families of those facing the worst of news this week–the loss of a loved one forever. We ask that you help our local law enforcement officers as well … 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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Hike And Tell – A Journey Of A Lifetime

It was a typical day for my ladies’ retreat at our cabin. We had taken an afternoon trip to Mast General Store to do some shopping when I met them–Jake and Rachel–a young couple who have launched a journey of … Continue reading

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Red Lights, Green Lights, And Smoke Screens

Our marriage community group is going through a book and DVD series titled, Grace-Filled Marriage, by Tim and Darcy Kimmel. In our last session the topic was Grace-Filled Sex, and he told a story I’d like to share with you, paraphrased … Continue reading

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The Discouragement Of Besetting Sin

Our pastor shared something recently that has stuck with me. It’s regarding the idea that we are called as Christians to crucify the flesh with all its passions. While most well-taught Christians get this, we don’t all go after our … 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 

I’m very excited to share with you a couple of new blogs I’ve discovered this past week. The first is a woman and author named Ellen Gee, who has faced tremendous battles in her life. Through her blog and her … Continue reading

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Anger Crouching At The Door

Anger. It crouches at the door of marriage and seeks a way to attack. If we’re not aware of its intent, we could be assaulted without knowing what hit us until the damage has been done. It’s claws come in … Continue reading

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Understanding When You Don’t Understand

The Bible commands husbands in 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that … Continue reading

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