Category Archives: Encouraging Your Spouse

The Attributes of a Healthy Marriage – Cherish

Cherish is a word most of us use in our wedding vows, but most likely don’t realize what it means. Cherish: to keep or cultivate with care and affection; to entertain or harbor in the mind deeply and resolutely;  (“Cherish.” Merriam-Webster.com. … Continue reading

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Keeping The Home Fires Burning

Tom was two badges shy of becoming an Eagle Scout when he quit, a choice he regrets to this day, yet what he learned during his Boy Scout training is so valuable.  I have benefited from his knowledge and skill … Continue reading

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The Attributes of a Healthy Marriage – TRUST

So often we focus on what not to do, and miss the things we can do to improve our marriage. Thus, I want to begin a series focusing on the many attributes of a healthy marriage. Attribute One – TRUST … Continue reading

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“You Are So Beautiful To Me”

Wives, how many of you have heard your husband say this to you? I would imagine most of us would say we have, but do you believe him? Or do you find yourself arguing or rejecting his compliments? You may … 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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Keeping It Real–Worth The Effort

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love parties. I love holidays. I love surprises. I love celebrations. Since Tom has retired it makes it very difficult to surprise him. He is almost always home when I’m home. … 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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Happy Hour

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted up some of my favorite marriage blog posts from the week, and I’m sorry. It’s certainly not because there aren’t any I’d recommend. On the contrary! There are so many excellent Christian … Continue reading

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Thirsty For Romance

We want to start a new segment on Thursdays we are calling,  “Thirsty For Romance” Imagine someone giving you a refreshing drink on a hot, summer day. We enjoy it. It feels good, and it invigorates us. Romance provides the … 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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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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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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Never Stop – A Love Song For You To Send

Today is a great day to send a special love note to your spouse. Let this post be your envelope, and the following video your heart communicated through song. Most marriages fail not because of huge conflicts, but because of … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – I’m Exhausted Part II

This is Part 2 of our series titled, Diapers, Toddlers & Romance, Oh My, where we are talking about how to keep the home fires burning in the midst of raising a family. Yesterday we began by talking about the element of … 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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I Saw It In Her Eyes

Tonight we got a FaceTime call from our daughter-in-love in Tennessee. They are about to embark on a new chapter in their family–they’re moving in March from a townhouse to a house with two more bedrooms and a fenced 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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Trials In Marriage – Job Loss

This is an area we had never experienced, until five years ago. It was my birthday. Tom had left for work like all the other days of his career. When he called me at 9:30a it was no surprise, since … Continue reading

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