Tag Archives: Christianity

When Your Feelings And Convictions Don’t Agree

We’ve all faced seasons where we don’t feel like doing what we know we should. Our convictions may be clear, but our desire to stick to them may fluctuate on any given day. Here are some scenarios to help you … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

Yes, it’s been awhile since we’ve had time to read other blogs, much less post about them for you! Sorry. This is what happens when your world is turned upside-down. Thankfully, our feet have landed, and we’re getting our bearings … Continue reading

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It Was Unexpected – Really.

Last week was one we’ll not soon forget. On Tuesday it was my 53rd birthday. Tom left for work to meet with his boss only to find out this meeting was to inform him he would no longer be needed. … Continue reading

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It’s A Matter Of Worship

We all worship something or someone, and it makes all the difference who or what is the object of our worship. Listen to this short video as Paul Tripp explains this idea more fully: He asks the question, “What is … Continue reading

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Part 3 – What Pressure Reveals

This is Part 3 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. We have talked so far about the issue of … Continue reading

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H.O.M.E.

We know that you know we’ve been gone for the past two weeks. We’ve spent more time apart than we have together, but now we’re… H.O.M.E. There is something special about walking into your home for the first time after … Continue reading

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I Surrender….All?

Today we head home. I am torn–ready to be back to our special place in this world, but not wanting to say goodbye yet again to my daughter, son-in-love and precious (now 3) grandchildren. 🙂 But I have another daughter, … Continue reading

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Mercy In The Mess

We have signed up for Wednesday’s Word by Paul Tripp, and imagine our surprise when today’s word went right along with yesterday’s post. We think you’ll be even more encouraged and inspired to let go of the dream for a … Continue reading

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Mortified – Part 3

This is part three of a three part series on mortifying pride in my heart. I pray it will help you and help me as I remember this significant season in my life. Part 3 I want to share with … Continue reading

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The Day

Journal from May 18, 2005: I woke this morning feeling the weight of time.  As the days dwindle down until “The Day” is here, I am realizing how small I am, and I am tempted to fear.  Tomorrow is uncertain; … Continue reading

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Looking Back

I have kept a journal for 23 years. I am on my 52nd volume, which is a serious amount of talking I have spared my husband. 🙂 It has served as my way to think through the difficulties of life. … Continue reading

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The Gospel And The Bedroom

We have been discussing the effect of the Gospel on our marriages with other marriage bloggers we have come to know and respect. Simply put, we wouldn’t have a marriage if it weren’t for the Gospel. What better time than … Continue reading

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Necessary Adjustments

We are having to make some adjustments on The Romantic Vineyard, largely due to other responsibilities we have which are pressing: My Mom is turning 90 on March 15th. It is a blessing to have her with us still. She … Continue reading

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Love is Not Rude

Rude Just saying the word sounds rude – like you’re interrupting someone without saying “excuse me”. Rude behavior can be as simple as belting out a loud burp or forgetting to open the door, as demeaning as speaking harshly, or … Continue reading

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Still

When was the last time you were still? Sleeping doesn’t count! Stillness is something with which most of us are not comfortable. Why? Because when we’re still all we have is our thoughts, and sometimes our thoughts aren’t encouraging. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Let’s Take A Walk

So many times when life is hard and the circumstances are difficult, we’ll say these four words – Let’s Take A Walk.  Walking provides perspective.  It provides much needed contemplation.  It’s simply the best way to pull back and re-access … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

Paul Tripp has said that the biggest problem in marriage is not what you’d expect. Most of us would chime in the usual: finances, communication, unresolved conflict, anger, sickness, incompatibility, etc. But he says the biggest problem is WORSHIP. Every … Continue reading

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Hindrances To A Merry Christmas #4 – Regret

Regret is a powerful master. It can hinder our best intentions, and it can paralyze our future. It invades every thought and deed and all the while robs us of the joy there is in doing good to others. What … Continue reading

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Our Joy Has Been Made Full Because Of You!

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Heart to Yours! We have spent the past three years getting to know each of you as best we can via the internet. We have shared our heart for marriage, our love for God and our … Continue reading

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Faithful In All Seasons

When we first said, “I do,” it was easy to be faithful in all things, because our love was fresh and new. We were like the leaves on the vine in spring. There was promise of life to come and … Continue reading

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