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Don’t Play in the Septic Tank

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00December 27th, 2018|Blog|

I had a friend from Dallas Theological Seminary ask if she could do a Prepare / Enrich marital assessment on my wife and me for a class that she was taking. We gladly agreed. Knowing that my friend is a very competent counselor, I knew she would pick up on some of the reoccurring “trouble” [...]

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SWOT with Your Spouse

By |2018-12-19T17:24:03-07:00December 19th, 2018|Blog|

Right now, we’re in full swing getting ready for Christmas next week. (If you’re still looking for gifts for your spouse, click to this post that will give you some ideas.) I hope you have a great time celebrating the birth of Christ with your family and friends!  With the end of the year approaching, [...]

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Making Marriage More Than Kids

By |2018-12-19T14:59:33-07:00December 19th, 2018|Blog|

The transition from “married” to “married with children” challenges our goal to build a God-centered marriage instead of a me-centered or child-centered marriage. It is difficult to avoid the dangers of spouse-neglect or self-neglect. We should explore ways to parent together as a team, and find balance in the middle of the busyness. The transition [...]

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Love = Time

By |2018-11-28T10:43:45-07:00November 28th, 2018|Blog|

One of my favorite books is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. If you haven’t read it, definitely put it on your reading list. We often give it as a wedding gift. The premise of the book is that we all have a primary love language, a specific way in which we feel most [...]

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The Power of Praying for Your Spouse

By |2018-10-17T17:37:44-06:00October 17th, 2018|Blog|

Prayer is one of the most effective spiritual tools we can use in our daily lives. Yet we sometimes forget to tap into it. When I was a new bride, someone gifted me The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian. It helped me to realize a few things: It isn’t our job to [...]

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Conflict Resolution for Couples

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00September 20th, 2018|Blog|

How well do you and your spouse handle conflict? While conflict isn’t usually fun, it is an inevitable part of relationships because all relationships are comprised of sinners. We don’t always see eye to eye. We hurt each other. We misunderstand each other. We say the wrong thing. We react in our anger. We’re selfish. [...]

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Being Marriage-Centered

By |2019-03-16T22:18:51-06:00August 22nd, 2018|Blog|

My pastor gave a message a few months back and asked this question: “Is your family child-centered or marriage-centered?” He then went on to say that our families need to be marriage-centered, not child-centered. At first I balked a bit, Of course our marriage is child-centered, those children made us a family.   But then [...]

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Seeing Your Spouse With New Eyes

By |2019-03-16T22:18:52-06:00July 18th, 2018|Blog|

I love listening to podcasts. They are a great way to learn, be inspired and receive encouragement. I like to listen when I’m driving alone or doing chores like dishes or laundry. One of my favorites is the Focus on the Family podcast. Last summer I listed to an episode where they interviewed author Gary [...]

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Learn From Each Other

By |2019-03-16T22:18:52-06:00June 20th, 2018|Blog|

When we first got married, now 14 years ago, we had those typical newlywed arguments about the right way to do things. He didn’t like that I squeezed the toothpaste in the middle of the tube and periodically pushed it all to the top. He preferred to squeeze from the bottom to start. I didn’t [...]

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Unique Wedding and Anniversary Gifts

By |2019-03-16T22:18:52-06:00May 16th, 2018|Blog|

According to theknot.com, 80 percent of weddings happen between the months of May-October, so we’re officially in wedding season! Prior to 2018, I had not attended a wedding in a few years, but this year I have three weddings on my calendar! My wedding anniversary is also in June, so I’ve been thinking about gift [...]

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