Category Archives: Purpose

A Fragrant Aroma – Honor Where Honor Is Due

  It was Sunday night when the doorbell rang.  The first of our family arriving to celebrate my Mom’s 89th birthday.  We gathered together spur of the moment because my sister was in town. Everyone had full schedules, so we … Continue reading

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Bud Break

You may think “Bud Break” is just a beer served during Spring Break on the beach, but you would be wrong. Bud Break is the term used in the vineyard when the first signs of spring arrive.  It is when … Continue reading

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Voting Ends Today!

We haven’t talked too much about the Top 10 Marriage Blog nomination because the Bible says clearly “let another praise you and not your own mouth.”  But we do want to communicate the effect being named on such a list … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks For You!

It’s Thanksgiving Day. Debi and I want to wish you and your spouse a day filled with good food, great conversation, and special memories.  We thank you for being a regular part of The Romantic Vineyard, for commenting on posts … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: Every Life Has A Story

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7 Links From Our Heart for Marriage

We love a challenge – challenges cause you to stretch yourself in ways you didn’t know you could.  Some are physical, some are mental and some are from the heart.  The following challenge is definitely from our heart to yours: … Continue reading

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Romance is Lovely

Today’s post is devoted to our women readers. I recently discovered a world of amazing blogs by women who create lovely things.  Rachel, of Lovely Clusters came up with a great idea – gather together everyone who enjoys blogging about … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: The Gospel-Centered Marriage

“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind … Continue reading

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School Is In Session

School has started and what a great distraction this can be for romance.  For those with school-aged children there are lessons to plan,  homework to check, lunches to pack and calendars to schedule.  It can be exhausting going from one … Continue reading

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Study Your Spouse

Studying often connotes pressure, exams and academic demands to perform.  This is not that kind of study.  What I’m talking about is the most satisfying and rewarding type of study – that of knowing the one with whom you’ve been … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Believe it or not, I haven’t felt very romantic lately.  Disappointments, unexpected news, interruptions, sickness, accidents – Life!  It happens to all of us at one time or another.  For some it can seem like a revolving door of trouble.  … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: MP3 Download

C.J. and Carolyn Mahaney have modeled what a godly marriage looks like for years.  In the two messages offered below, they share from the Bible keys to loving our spouses in a way that glorifies God.  The Mahaney’s live in … Continue reading

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Are You A God-Centered Spouse?

I had the privilege recently of hearing Gary Thomas speak at our church.  I have always enjoyed his writing, and I discovered that he preaches in the same manner as he writes.  It was inspiring and motivating.  Below is an … Continue reading

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Jon Minus Kate – Not So GR8!

I think I only watched this show once, but I’ve listened to others talk about it being a favorite.  How sad to see their marriage ending under such media attention.  I read that Jon wanted to stop the show in … Continue reading

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Dearly Beloved

We found it quite interesting to read the original marriage vows as recorded in the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer.  Below is how a traditional marriage ceremony would begin in 1662: EARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the … Continue reading

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Cultivating Romance

A beautiful garden doesn’t come together and look great all by itself.  It takes planning, plowing, digging and planting.  It takes watering, weeding and pruning.  And it takes harvesting and reseeding to keep the crops coming back year after year.  … Continue reading

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A Reflection of Oneness

A Reflection of Oneness! This is an excellent article on the importance of regular sex in marriage.  Oftentimes the wife is stereotyped as being the one who refuses the husband.  However, the problem can go both ways.  Read this article … Continue reading

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What Picture Is Your Marriage Portraying?

9Marks e-Journal has compiled a comparison chart of thirty top selling books on marriage along with a book review.  It is good, no matter how long we’ve been married, to make a practice of reading one good book on marriage … Continue reading

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The World Is Taking Notice

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Marriage is Always Urgent

We discovered a great article on the Purpose of Marriage by John Piper.  Here is a taste of what he has to say: Marriage is always urgent. There never has been a generation whose view of marriage is high enough. … Continue reading

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