Tag Archives: Health

Turning A Deaf Ear Isn’t Love

I heard it again this morning. I was lamenting the fact to Tom that I’ve gained 10 pounds, and I’m having a hard time losing them. <sigh> His wise counsel to me was something I’ve heard over and over–you need … Continue reading

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Men On Pause

Years ago our pastor jokingly referred to menopause as “Men On Pause.” I thought he was kidding at the very best, or I hoped he was exaggerating at the very least. Turns out he was quite right. <sigh> Based on … Continue reading

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When Your Sex Drive Putters Out

Last week I pulled back the curtain, and I’m compelled to do the same with this post, but it is a lot more personal. However, I can’t shake the importance of this topic, so here goes… A few months ago … Continue reading

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Are You Confusing The Muscles Of Your Marriage?

We visited our daughter’s church yesterday in Marietta Square. Her pastor shared a metaphor we think applies well to marriage. He said that when you exercise, if you keep doing the same routine week after week eventually your muscles will … Continue reading

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10 Things My Mom’s Death Taught Me

My Mom’s estate sale was this past weekend. It was another layer of letting go, and it wasn’t easy–not that I thought it would be. Things are not special. They wear out, rust, decay and break. But the memory of … Continue reading

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Taking A Back Seat To Grief

This is our final post about sadness and grieving, but one we felt necessary. We pray it will be a source of encouragement to others. Tom and I have had only a few times in our 34 years together where … Continue reading

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Live Like There’s No Tomorrow

It’s Monday. Traditionally a day when those who go back to work or back to school let out a sigh, a moan or a prayer–depending on how much joy you derive from your lot in life. What if today–on this … Continue reading

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I Envy Smokers

I see it all the time, and it usually makes me sad for the habit they have. You’ve most likely seen it too – a group of nicotine addicts gathered outside on a beautiful day to have their fix. It … Continue reading

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10 Questions To Diagnose Your Marital Health

We are currently reading Donald Whitney’s book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, and I must tell you, it is encouraging, convicting and compelling. I find myself responding to what I read in the way I believe the author … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – How You Live

We recently saw the movie, Courageous, and we’re ashamed to admit, we assumed it would be a good story with mediocre acting as are many Christian productions. We are pleased to say loud and clear – We Were Wrong! The … Continue reading

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Childproof Your Home Not Your Heart

Our home is not as childproof as it once was. It doesn’t have to be, but this fact is what requires me to pay closer attention when my grandchildren come for a visit. Childproofing our home is a good idea. … Continue reading

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Sharing Musts For A Healthy Marriage 4

We have been posting about “sharing musts” for the past few Sundays. Some of you probably think these are all givens, but to those who haven’t given much thought about it – we are making sure these are understood. Far … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Listen and Love

I am writing this post in a hurry. You see, my Mom called me on Wednesday morning saying she didn’t feel right – she was dizzy and her arms felt weak. I immediately asked her the stroke questions: What’s your … Continue reading

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Sharing Musts For A Healthy Marriage 2

In case you missed the beginning of this Sunday series our first two “sharing musts” were: Vacations and Dreams Our next absolute sharing must for a healthy marriage would seem to go without saying, but it is a real issue … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Don’t Flip When Romance Flops

Our pastor tells us often what people remember most about his Sunday messages is when he shares a personal story of how he’s messed up.  For some reason people resonate and find encouragement through the failures of others.  Not in … Continue reading

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Sharing Musts For A Healthy Marriage

Most are familiar with the practice of hitting the “share” button on You Tube, Facebook, etc.  in order to send something you found worthwhile for your friends and family to see and/or read.  Sharing social media with others is as … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine – Proverbs 16

The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:21,24 Last week we began talking about anger and it’s effect … Continue reading

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What Does A Healthy Marriage Look Like?

School is about to begin and many parents are rushing to have their children’s annual Health Examination with a qualified doctor.  It is good to have regular check-ups in order to evaluate our body – to determine what’s healthy and … Continue reading

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