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About Andrea Fortenberry

Andrea Fortenberry lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of fifteen years and two children, ages eleven and eight. She writes and speaks on marriage, motherhood and ministry. She has a journalism degree from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of She Speaks, a program for writers and speakers through Proverbs 31 Ministries. Andrea was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Moms.

How to be Less Competitive in Marriage

By |2020-02-19T18:02:24-07:00February 19th, 2020|Blog|

Do you ever find yourself arguing with your spouse over who has it harder? Do you ever vent to your friends about how you do it all and your spouse doesn’t?   These can be common issues in a marriage, especially during the early years of raising children. Days are hectic, nights are sleepless, and [...]

Rules and Boundaries for Your Marriage

By |2020-01-22T14:34:24-07:00January 22nd, 2020|Blog|

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6 NIV   Rules. Regulations. Boundaries. These words often have a negative connotation in our mind. They sound restrictive. They make it seem like we’re tied down with little room for freedom. But is that really the case? [...]

Celebrating Victories with Your Spouse

By |2019-12-18T19:25:10-07:00December 18th, 2019|Blog|

With Christmas just days away, 2019 is coming to a close. It’s hard to believe! Once Christmas has come and gone, we’ll be thinking of the new year.   During this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, we often spend a lot of effort thinking about the future: on resolutions or things we want [...]

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Planning a Weekend Getaway

By |2019-11-20T19:27:08-07:00November 20th, 2019|Blog|

When was the last time you had a weekend getaway with your spouse? There’s something really special about leaving home to recharge and reconnect. Having a break from our day-to-day duties and demands gives us the opportunity to enjoy our spouse. Once when my husband and I were on a trip, he looked at me [...]

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When Are You Available?

By |2019-10-16T21:20:49-06:00October 16th, 2019|Blog|

Career. Kids. Church. Household management. Marriage. All these things require our time and energy. But in what order do we place them as priorities?   Did you notice that I listed marriage last? That can happen during busy seasons of life. We can sometimes neglect the important for the urgent and marriage gets put on [...]

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How to Be Less Offended in Your Marriage

By |2019-09-19T17:31:21-06:00September 19th, 2019|Blog|

Buying a house, moving, a new job, bringing home a new baby, or going back to school are just some of the life changes that can cause change or tension in a marriage. During these times, we can often be easily offended by something our spouse says or does. When we find ourselves in this [...]

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How to Stay Close During Times of Transition

By |2019-08-21T17:05:50-06:00August 21st, 2019|Blog|

Although the weather is still very hot in Arizona and will likely be throughout early October, change is in the air. I can tell that the sun is shifting, and the days are getting a tad shorter. There’s just a little more than a month until fall, with the first official day being September 23rd. [...]

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Finding Marriage Mentors

By |2019-07-17T15:34:05-06:00July 17th, 2019|Blog|

Last week our family visited our home state where we spent time with family and friends. We moved away thirteen years ago and enjoy going back to visit a few times each year.   One special treat among many we enjoyed this trip was visiting with my cousin and his wife. Before we got married, [...]

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Your Marriage and the Enneagram

By |2019-06-19T12:50:39-06:00June 19th, 2019|Blog|

Have you heard of the Enneagram test? Although it has been around for years, it has recently gained popularity, particularly among Christian communicators. It’s a personality assessment that has nine numbers or personality types. It’s not a Christian test, but so many Christians find it useful when we use it as a tool to better [...]

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Which Type of Processor Do You Have? (Part II)

By |2019-05-22T20:39:20-06:00May 22nd, 2019|Blog|

I hope you enjoyed Part I of this series about how we often have different processing methods than our spouse. Here’s Part II. I’ve recently been reading Emily P. Freeman’s latest book The Next Right Thing*. It’s so good. I also listen to her podcast by the same name. In a recent episode, she talked [...]

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