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About Andrea Fortenberry

Andrea Fortenberry lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of fourteen years and two children, ages ten and seven. 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: Devotional Stories for Wives.

It’s the Little Things

By |August 18th, 2015|

In the busyness of everyday life, it’s easy to overlook taking care of the little things: crumbs under the couch, yesterday’s mail, a couple of dirty socks on the floor. But over time, the little things turn out to be big things.

This doesn’t just apply negatively; the little ways we invest our time and energy […]

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Distractions

By |August 8th, 2015|

In today’s world, distractions are all around us. There are always competing interests vying for our attention. These distractions can easily get us off track and waste our time, causing us to forget about what’s really important in the moment. Left unchecked, we can easily end up way off course from where we want and […]

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Be Not Afraid–Battling Fear in Marriage

By |July 11th, 2015|

John and Sarah had been married for only a few months, but it was already clear that he hadn’t known what he was in for. Sarah was such a worrier! There was always a reason for her concern, but the reason itself spoke of fear. She was afraid to start a family—would there be enough […]

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Fun (and Relatively Inexpensive) Summer Date Ideas

By |June 25th, 2015|

Summer is upon us: our days are longer, kids are out of school and the weather allows for lots of outdoor activities like barbecues and pool parties. With this change of season, it’s the perfect time to reassess dates with your spouse.

Just like nature, every marriage has its seasons. There are periods when you’re intentional […]

How can I be less busy? More Margin in 2015

By |February 9th, 2015|

New Year’s Resolutions.

Have you made any this year? Most people do.

To lose weight… Eat right… Excercise… Give up Facebook…

…Something healthy, either mentally, or physically, for themselves.

But have you ever thought about making a resolution for your marriage?

As I think what my own marriage needs more of, and what most American marriages probably need more of, it’s margin. More white space on the calendar. More time to just be, instead of doing so much.

My husband and I are sometimes overextended and overscheduled, and what usually gets the short end of the stick is quality time together. We put date nights on the back burner. When a free Friday night rolls around, we usually order pizza, put the kids to bed and I usually fall asleep halfway through a Netflix movie. Weeknights aren’t much better: we plop down on the couch after 8, exhausted from the day, zone out on our smartphones for a while and watch something on the DVR.

Do you ever wonder how our lives get so busy that we neglect what matters? Do you wish that things can be different? God’s Word says that we can!

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