Category Archives: The Gospel & Marriage

Detecting Poisonous Pride In Marriage

  It’s present in every marriage because it lurks in every heart. Some have even erected thrones giving sacrifices to its preferences and desires. It is a wicked taskmaster that is never satisfied, and many Christians don’t acknowledge its presence … Continue reading

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Seeing Grace

Yesterday at our church, Chris Jessee preached an inspiring message on a topic dear to our hearts in regards to marriage. He talked about our need to see grace in all of our relationships–those in the church, in our home … Continue reading

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Trials In Marriage – Loving The Addict

Last week we talked to those who are caught in the web of addictions. This week we want to talk about the spouse married to the addict. This is a tough one because the trial you find yourself in often … Continue reading

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Trials In Marriage – Addictions

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1 ESV My purpose in highlighting this particular trial is not to bring condemnation to those caught in this vicious cycle. Addictions are … Continue reading

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Slow To Speak

I am married to a man who has learned the wisdom of speaking slowly. It’s not because he’s slow of thinking. In fact, it’s just the opposite. He ponders his thoughts before sharing them with others. And he often chooses … Continue reading

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The Many Faces Of Empty

Empty. It’s a funny word when you say it by itself. It sounds like two letters of the alphabet “M” and “T”. I don’t know about you, but it’s a word I use often, and it has many faces. Think … Continue reading

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21 Day Fix For Marriage

Three Weeks.  Three weeks pass quickly, especially when you’re on an extended vacation. Ah! Doesn’t a three week cruise sound wonderful? But it’s not happening for us and probably not for you either. <sigh> But three weeks really does go … Continue reading

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The Lord Is Risen…

Happy Easter! We encourage you to take Christ at His Word when He said, “He whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” – John 8:36 Are you walking in this freedom? Is your marriage? Take your burdens to Him … Continue reading

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Crossroads

We all know what’s it’s like to be at a crossroad–that’s where two roads intersect and you have to decide which way to go. If you’ve set your course ahead of time, then the decision is easy–hardly noticeable. If you’re … Continue reading

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What Marriage Is And Isn’t To Us

Today is our 36th anniversary–3 dozen years! It’s been quite the journey, and we couldn’t be more grateful to God who has made it all possible. In 36 years we’ve learned about what marriage is and what it isn’t. If … Continue reading

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Everyday Romance – Life Giving Words

Today’s idea was founded centuries ago when men of old were writing letters of encouragement to other brothers and sisters in Christ. What they didn’t know was how the Holy Spirit was infusing every Word with the life-giving power of … Continue reading

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A Christmas Infused Marriage

Infusion is a popular term used today in regards to the craft of making a good cup of tea. It’s the process of steeping to promote strength and character.  I love to look up the definition of words from Noah … Continue reading

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We’re Home And We Carry With Us A Lasting Metaphor

We hope you enjoyed our photos from our trip to California. I took a total of 1480 pictures over fourteen days–yeah, I’m grateful for digital cameras, but not nearly as much as Tom is. 😉  We would have never been … 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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One Way To Become A Better Wife, Mom, Nana And Friend

This afternoon I’m heading to south Orlando for my first National Women’s Conference sponsored by The Gospel Coalition. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. It’s good to go to conferences such as these. It’s a time to pull away … Continue reading

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The Hazards Of Growing Closer

Did you know that marriage comes with a warning label? Ok. We all know it doesn’t, but it should. Marriage is the closest you’ll ever be to someone in this life. Your spouse knows everything about you, your good side, … Continue reading

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When Jealousy Whispers–Flee!

Do you or your spouse struggle with jealousy? Is it towards your spouse or is it towards others who have more than you or something you want, but don’t have? Jealousy is a destroyer of marriage. It is an impostor. … Continue reading

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When Love Requires More Than You Can Give-The Captain and Tennille Story

I grew up listening and singing along with the Captain and Tennille. Their music had a way of sticking in my head even when I didn’t want it too–“I will, I will, I will…” See? On January 16, 2014, after … 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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If Marriage Had A Fountain Of Youth

I remember as a child hearing of Ponce de Leon’s pursuit of The Fountain Of Youth. It was said to be somewhere in Florida, and it was told he spent his life trying to find it. But he never did … Continue reading

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