Tag Archives: Religion and Spirituality

Entering The Quiet – A Slow Reentry After Prayer

Today we provide the fourth theme on entering the quiet place that Gary Thomas shares from his book, Seeking The Face Of God. 4. A Slow Re-Entry After Prayer – Since spiritual contemplation is largely a lost art in today’s … Continue reading

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Entering The Quiet – A Bridled Tongue

I have always loved to talk–ask my family, ask my husband. It is something I enjoy doing. It wasn’t until the past few years though, when the Lord began arresting my attention in this area of my life. My words … Continue reading

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Have I Disappointed You?

The other night Tom asked me if he had ever disappointed me. It was one of those questions that you can’t answer quickly. I thought for a moment and realized that in all honesty the only disappointments had come when … Continue reading

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13 Fall Dates – #9

What better time than the Fall to review the season when you first fell in love? Fall Date #9 Photographs And Memories of Falling in Love Once the kids are in bed, cuddle up on the couch with some hot … 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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Cherish.Love.Live.

This is the day we remember. This is the day we will never forget. It is the day when we hold our loved ones a bit closer. And pray to God more earnestly. We will never be what we were … Continue reading

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Why We Do The Things We Do

This is our 1,001st post. It is an appropriate time to remind ourselves of something very important. We have had the privilege of having the same pastor for most of our married life. He and his wife are two of … Continue reading

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Our 1,000th Post!

It’s true. It came upon us so suddenly and yet, it does seem a long time since we began this blogging journey with all of you in our vineyard. We have laughed. We have cried. We have been encouraged. And … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Avoid Suspicion In Marriage

Suspicion is a helpful tool when you’re trying to solve a murder mystery–everyone is suspect. But when suspicion hits close to home it can actually cause great harm in a  relationship. We live in a culture of suspicion. Politicians are … 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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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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A Moment I’ll Never Forget

Life offers a few endearing moments that take your breath away. It is when there are no words that adequately describe the depth of the emotion you’re feeling. Today was one of those days, and all I can do is … 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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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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A Fresh Start – With A Limp

We’ve enjoyed our week off, but like most vacations we found ourselves missing our daily interactions with you. We pray you’ve enjoyed celebrating Christmas and New Year’s with your spouse, family and close friends. Our emotions are mixed about so … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas And A Healthy New Year

It is Christmas Day, and only one week remains in 2011. A New Year will soon be here, and we will begin to walk out what God has planned for each of us in our lives and marriages. Change is … Continue reading

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