Category Archives: The Gospel & Marriage

Marriage Markers to See and Follow

Tom and I visited Sequoia National Park several years ago. We decided to hike a trail through the giant trees. We were encouraged to try a shorter trail requiring little experience. As we headed out we found one that said … Continue reading

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Is Your View Of Marriage Too Small?

If you are a parent you know the challenge it is getting your child to see the big picture of why they do things. I remember asking my children to pick up their room cluttered with every toy from their … Continue reading

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Love Showed Me Who I Am, by Heather Aznaran

Today is the final post in my Mother’s Day Gift series. Meet Heather, our youngest and the one who recently got married to the love of her life, Matt Aznaran. She may be small in stature, but not in strength … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Grace Given Brings Peace

(Originally posted on April, 21, 2010) It is late. It has been one of those nights where I am filled with emotions I don’t understand, much less expect my husband to understand.   Yet I try.  I strive to communicate honestly, … Continue reading

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Is Your Marriage Self-Insured?

Last September we took a direct hit by Hurricane Irma. Considering all the damage many experienced, ours was minimal.  It wasn’t until January when we had a week of rain that we discovered our roof was leaking. Tom called our … Continue reading

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Honestly, Honesty is Hard

The title says it all. In our last post we shared that honesty was an attribute of a healthy marriage. We received lots of comments about how difficult this is to do. Billy Joel sings it well… If you search … 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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Pierced & Embraced – A Review

I was recently provided a copy of Kelli Worrall’s new book titled, Pierced & Embraced. It is an excellent book examining the encounters Christ had with seven women as recorded in the Gospels. I was riveted from the outset. You … 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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The Beauty of a Crimson Stained Marriage

Photo Credit: Monterey Bay Aquarium of Hess Winery, Napa Valley, CA 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. … Continue reading

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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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