Tag Archives: marriage

Being Honest

For communication to work well in marriage it requires a commitment to honesty. But not just dumping honest words in your spouse’s lap; that’s not kind nor smart. Many misinterpret the scripture, “speaking the truth in love” to mean saying … Continue reading

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Great Married Christian Sex Takes Effort.

This title alone may have caught your interest because once you’re married it is assumed you’ll have great sex. But sadly for many couples they struggle in their sex life from day one. It can become an increasing source of … Continue reading

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We Need This For Our Marriage To Grow

We all have one, but how we share it with others either builds up or tears down marriage. What is it? A story. We love to get to know new couples and hear of their journey from their beginning to … Continue reading

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4 Tips To Avoid This Frustration

Date nights can be a source of great frustration. So much so that you’d rather avoid them altogether. I get it! For some, date nights are a regular trigger for disagreement and misunderstanding. Why is that? Why is it that … Continue reading

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Are You An Irrigator Or An Irritator?

We just had our irrigation system’s annual inspection. Not all areas were working well; some sprinkler heads were broken; some were spraying in the wrong direction and some didn’t have enough water pressure because of leaking pipes. Our friend, who … Continue reading

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42

42 is a significant number in more ways than I realized. In fact, there is a website that shares a list of 42 ways the number 42 is significant. Ten of the ones that stood out to me are listed … Continue reading

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Growth Through Heartache

I referred to it in our last post. Today I want to share the story that took our marriage from the honeymoon stage to the next level of intimacy–growth through heartache. Tom and I wanted children. We had decided on … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2020 – You Won’t Be Missed, But You’ll Never Be Forgotten

This year is about to slip away at the stroke of midnight. In one second’s time 2020 will be gone, but it will be a year we will never forget. It will be taught in the history books of our … Continue reading

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How Advent Informs Our Marriage with Peace

Peace. We all long for peace. But peace isn’t what many of us expect. It isn’t silence or a lack of any thing that irritates or troubles us. This is one of our favorite scenes from the movie, What About … Continue reading

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No Tricks—All Treats This Halloween

I’ve started to write a post several times and my mind goes blank. Life has been unpredictable this year, and it keeps coming at us. Our youngest daughter gave birth to her first baby at 24 weeks and 5 days … Continue reading

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Unexpected Expectations

Have you ever been caught off guard by unrealistic or unfair expectation of your spouse? Have you ever been surprised that you even had expectations? I have, sadly, and I regret what I put Tom through. Thankfully I have a … Continue reading

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“Let’s Be” These 8 Things Towards Our Spouse

How are you doing in the area of kindness towards your spouse? These have been trying times for everyone and none are affected more by our discontent than our spouse. I have noticed this in my own heart, which has … Continue reading

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Dealing with Conflict in Marriage

This post was originally published on our church’s website. We want to share it here as well. It is unavoidable in marriage. How we deal with conflict makes all the difference in how healthy and strong our marriage becomes.  There … Continue reading

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Vintage Post – Stirring The Embersi

(Originally posted on June 22, 2009) Flirting can be a sinful way for singles to draw attention to themselves with the opposite sex.  We are warned repeatedly in scripture not to practice such things! However, if you’re married – have … Continue reading

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Decluttering Discovery

As we’ve mentioned we are decluttering our house. Every closet, every drawer, every cabinet is being organized and it feels amazing. If clutter were measured in pounds I think we’ve lost at least 100 pounds. Yes! I must tell you, … Continue reading

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Twisted Words

Have you ever said something to your spouse and the reaction they gave was unexpected? You realize that they didn’t hear what you said in the way you meant them too. A miscommunication is hanging in the air and you … Continue reading

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Physical Intimacy – Unwrap Yourself

One of the best gifts you can give your spouse is yourself. As Gary Thomas says often, “Your wife is your Eve–the only woman in the world created by God for you. In the same way, your husband is your … Continue reading

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Intimacy In Marriage: Our Poll Results

It’s been three months since we asked you to take a poll letting us know one or two areas where your marriage is most in need. We had a great response, thank you! Our Current Need For Marriage Help poll … Continue reading

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Near Miss

Sometimes we have a near miss and don’t even realize it, but not this time. This time I happened to be looking out our window at 35,000′ when a Southwest Jet flew by our window going in the opposite direction. … Continue reading

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Choices and Voices

Choices. We make them everyday, all day long! What motivates the choices we make? Now that’s a question worth considering. Today Tom and I had another one of those moments that we don’t like. It was not that big a … Continue reading

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