Tag Archives: Jesus

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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Mortified – Part 2

Yesterday I began sharing with you one of the most significant times of growth in my life. It effected my marriage in a powerful way, and my prayer is my testimony will help others who may struggle with similar besetting … 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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Shame On You!

This phrase is often said when someone does something they shouldn’t have. Like when a child deliberately goes against their parents’ wishes bringing embarrassment or shame. But the shame we want to talk about involves the marriage relationship. Oftentimes shame … Continue reading

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Happy Hour

Welcome to 5p. on Friday. It’s time for the weekend to begin, and what better way than to have some really special posts to read to encourage you in your marriage. We have some regulars and some new blogs to … Continue reading

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Open Or Closed?

We are in the mountains of North Carolina this week celebrating our 33rd anniversary (24th). It has been a beautiful week. Our daughter, son-in-love and two grandchildren were able to join us from Saturday until this morning, and now we … Continue reading

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Desire Of The Heart

Do you ever wish the Lord would give you the desire of your heart in regards to your marriage? What if God were to change that desire and give you what your marriage truly needed? Watch this video of a … 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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But.

  It is Christmas. I have only wrapped a handful of gifts, and they are the ones I’ve already given away. Underneath our tree sits a lonely tree skirt. I have finished our Christmas cards, and they have been sent. … 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 Heart To Bless

Our B.I.G. Christmas Giveaway Contest has proved to be our best contest ever. Thank you to all who took the time to share with us your stories and your heart to bless your spouse for Christmas. We wish we could … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss The Good Part

It is the last day of November. Tomorrow, like it or not, the Christmas season will be in high gear. I love to decorate our home for Christmas. In fact, I love to decorate our house for all the seasons … 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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A Fragrant Aroma – New Friends

When was the last time you made new friends? There is something invigorating about meeting with a new couple, sharing your story, hearing theirs and genuinely talking and listening from the heart. We had such an opportunity last weekend. Meet … Continue reading

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When The Wine Runs Out

J.R. Miller shared this glorious truth, which we received via Grace Gems.  If you haven’t subscribed to this wonderful newsletter, we encourage you to.  It always provides rich truth in which to soak your soul! “When the wine ran out, … Continue reading

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The “IF” Factor

“IF” is a small word which holds a powerful punch.  In fact it is capable of holding many spouses hostage by it’s accusations. If only I hadn’t done such and such.  What if this had happened instead of THIS? Think … Continue reading

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Top 10 Reasons We Blog

Ah, We’ve made it to the end of our first ever Ultimate Blog Challenge, and it has been a whirlwind of a ride.  It wasn’t as hard as we anticipated, and we learned so much along the way, not to … Continue reading

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The Summer of Wise Living

Wisdom.  What exactly is it?  We may not be able to define it quickly but we certainly know when someone is lacking it. a teenager who foolishly follows the crowd into trouble. a husband who speaks harshly to his wife … Continue reading

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Trigger Words of Grace

Mark Twain said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is “the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” I suppose the reverse of this could be said as well – using the wrong words when … Continue reading

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