Tag Archives: God

How My Garden Is Helping Me Find My New Normal

God often speaks to me when I work in the yard, especially my flower garden. I’ve been spending a lot more time there these days as I’m working on finding my new normal. This is why I haven’t posted so … Continue reading

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Tired But Happy

It’s a week before Christmas, and our house is busy, busy, busy–wiping noses, changing diapers, playing crash, coloring, blowing bubbles and such. All 6 of our grandchildren are here through Christmas–yea! We have gingerbread houses to decorate, cookies to bake, … 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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‘Twas A Christmas To Remember

I’ve written the following poem for your enjoyment, but in addition, we believe it displays a possible reason many who read our blog struggle to romance their spouse in big and special ways. However, romance is much more than the … Continue reading

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Do You Differ or Defer?

It’s amazing to me how often the Lord will get my attention by defining two words. One is usually what I should be doing, and the other is what I tend to do left to myself. Case in point: Differ … Continue reading

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5 Years In Review…

Today is our 5th Blogiversary, and it’s hard to believe. We want to share with you what God as well as share some of our stats with you. Total Posts – 1282 (that’s an average of 4.9 posts a week) … Continue reading

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50 Shades Of Grace In Marriage – Part 5

41. Grace allows us to look back and see the good, and look forward with faith for the future. 42. Grace doesn’t demand, instead it gives and gives and gives. 43. Grace helps us stay the course when we don’t … Continue reading

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50 Shades Of Grace In Marriage – Part 3

21. Grace helps me grow my friendship with my spouse over all other friendships. 22. Grace helps me continue to study my spouse in order to love them in the way they need it most. 23. Grace helps me remember … Continue reading

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50 Shades Of Grace In Marriage – Part 2

Today we have a post on the 31 Days To A Better Marriage website. It’s titled, Being Intentionally Intentional. We invite you to click on over once you’re finished here. FYI, the post goes up 8a. PST, so if you … Continue reading

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50 Shades Of Grace In Marriage – Part 1

        Grace helps me do for my spouse what I, in my laziness, don’t want to do. Grace helps me love my spouse when they have wronged me. Grace helps me overlook things my spouse does or … Continue reading

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50 Shades Of Grace In Marriage

I was thinking the other day about the trilogy and soon–to-be-made movie of 50 Shades of Grey, and how it has been such a detriment to what a healthy relationship is as defined by God. It makes me appreciate all … Continue reading

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I Confess Marriage Can Be A Real Pain

Last night I had the privilege of catching up with a dear friend who recently said goodbye in this life to her husband of 40+ years. I asked her what was the hardest part right now for her. She said … Continue reading

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Gravity Themed Date Night – A Bad Idea

As most of you know, Tom has been “practicing retirement” for over a year now. He’s not ready to retire, but he hasn’t found what God has for him yet. So in the mean time, we’re together a lot. It’s … 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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What Will The Next 31 Days Do For Your Marriage?

Actually your marriage can grow quite a bit if you take a moment and sign up for the 31 Days To A Better Marriage challenge hosted by the Alabaster Jar blog during the month of October.  It all begins today, … Continue reading

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31 Days To A Better Marriage Starts Tuesday!

Jolene Engle, of The Alabaster Jar blog is hosting an excellent series for the month of October. We wanted to let you know about it ahead of time so you won’t miss a day of the series. Click on the … 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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My Spouse Would Be Perfect For Me If Only ____________!

How would you fill in the blank? What is the one area in which you wish your spouse was different? Most likely we all have an answer. Those who don’t are either not married yet, or they haven’t been together … Continue reading

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Happy Hour – 68

We started our Happy Hour posts on April 1, 2011. That’s over two years of great resources to bless your marriage. We’ve decided to keep track of how many Happy Hour posts we’ve provided, and today’s post is #68. Obviously … Continue reading

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A Marriage Miracle

We are in waiting mode–our son and daughter-in-love are expecting their 3rd baby any day. We have had their two adorable girls for a couple of days so Ashley can rest. Although this is difficult even without the daily responsibilities … Continue reading

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