Category Archives: Troubled Marriage

4 Encouragements For The Discouraged Marriage

Marriages can go through all sorts of ups and downs as the years pass. This is expected to some degree, for it’s shared in most wedding vows: for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Knowing … Continue reading

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The Guilt Caused By Marriage Blogs

When Tom and I first started The Romantic Vineyard there weren’t many marriage blogs focusing on the positives of married life–romancing your spouse, date night ideas, honoring and respecting your spouse. Most were focused on the struggles marriages encounter and … Continue reading

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If Our Thoughts Were Pictures–Would You Want Your Spouse To Look At Them?

A picture captures a moment in time to help us remember the experience, the people or the place photographed. I love to look at pictures as much as I like to take them. I see it as a type of … Continue reading

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4 Ways We Should Never Settle In Marriage

  There are times when settling is a good thing, like when you find a place to call home, or when you’re finally able to settle a long-standing argument. Settling on a purchase price of something means both parties are … Continue reading

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Needed Nuggets Of Wisdom From A Marriage Of 55 Years

My ears perked up when I heard her say, “We just celebrated our 55th anniversary and you know how we got here?” I was compelled to listen intently. Charlotte loves Jesus. Her husband, Rocko, loves him too. They both serve … Continue reading

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When You’re Not Living Your Happily Ever After

Face it. Most of us married with rose-colored glasses on. We expected our love would carry us through whatever storms life sent our way. But.life.is.hard. Tom and I married when I was only 19 and he was 24. I moved … Continue reading

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“Don’t Talk To Anyone About This!”

Has your spouse ever said this to you or implied it? Or have you demanded this from your spouse? Is it about an unresolved conflict in your marriage? Is it because to be fully known in this area would bring … Continue reading

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Are You A Wise Marriage Vineyard Owner?

The wise Vineyard owner realizes the importance of knowing their vines well. They’ll often walk the rows examining them for pests and blight in order to do what they can to keep them from damaging the growing crop. It isn’t … Continue reading

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Two Words That Change Everything

I’m reading through the One Year Bible this year, and the last book I read was Job. Now I’m about half way through Ecclesiastes, and what a contrast! The first book contains the story of a man who seemingly did … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

The Special Blog of the Week we want to share with you is the Do Not Disturb blog. Justin and Megan do an excellent job of encouraging intimacy and the freedom there is to be found behind closed doors. They are … Continue reading

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My Spouse Has Little Or No Desire For Sex

In our culture, with all the emphasis on sex, you wouldn’t think this is as big of an issue as it actually is. Yet no one wants to talk about it. Except, of course, for the spouse who is having … Continue reading

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When Your Sex Drive Putters Out

Last week I pulled back the curtain, and I’m compelled to do the same with this post, but it is a lot more personal. However, I can’t shake the importance of this topic, so here goes… A few months ago … Continue reading

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Confronting Confrontation

Such a harsh word, don’t you think? Con.fron.ta.tion. It sounds like it wants to pick a fight! And oftentimes it does in many marriages. But.what.if.we.were.to.think.differently? What if the next time our spouse mentions something in which they believe we need … Continue reading

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Are You A Weed-Puller Or A Weed-Ignorer?

I’m sitting at my computer and I can hardly move. Why? Because I spent and hour and a half weeding my garden this morning before it got too hot. Every time I weed I wonder why it is that I … Continue reading

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What If My Marriage Has Disappointed me?

This post continues the conversation that began with our post You Could Be Dissing Your Marriage And Not Know It. I’ve been thinking a lot about disappointments and how detrimental they can be to a marriage. If you have a … Continue reading

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You Could Be Dissing Your Marriage And Not Know It

To diss someone is to: —v.t. 1. to show disrespect for; affront. 2. to disparage; belittle.  As you can see to dis your spouse is not the way God intends for husbands and wives to relate. We are to show high regard and honor for … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

This week we celebrated Independence Day in the United States of America. It was our nation’s birthday, and everywhere you looked you could see signs of the nationwide party about to take place. For our Happy Hour feature we wanted … Continue reading

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Finding Satisfaction From Our Dissatisfaction

I know this sounds impossible. How can we be satisfied in something that makes us the opposite? Left to ourselves it would be impossible. But God uses the very things that dissatisfy us to bring us to a place where … Continue reading

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The Other Side Of Trouble

We have worked hard the past 3 weeks doing more home renovations at Barefoot Cabin than we have ever done before. It has been a dream come true for us, but it has also been a s-t-r-e-t-c-h in every sense … Continue reading

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The Wedge of Infertility

When most couples get married they are filled with hope of building a family together. Some choose to wait a few years to begin, some decide they don’t want to wait at all and end up getting pregnant on their … Continue reading

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