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Five Creative and Practical Ways to Encourage Your Spouse

By |May 23rd, 2017|

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

We all have the innate need to feel loved and supported. But with life’s urgent demands, it’s easy to neglect meeting this need in our spouse and other loved ones. Time goes by […]

Strategies for Handling In-Law Issues

By |May 9th, 2017|

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, I hope you remembered! It’s not too late to get a gift or send a card to your mom. As I’ve been thinking of Mother’s Day, I’ve not only been thinking about my own mother, but my mother-in-law. I am very thankful for her and that she’s not the stereo-typical […]

The Biggest Issue Facing Your Marriage

By |April 25th, 2017|

I love listening to podcasts and one of my favorites is Focus on the Family. I put it on when I’m folding laundry, washing the dishes or driving alone in the car. A few days ago, I listened to the episodes from April 11th and 12th, an interview with Christian recording artist Laura Story and […]

The Journey of Sex

By |April 12th, 2017|

Sex. Even after being married for years, it can still be a mystery sometimes—how are a man and woman with different sex drives and desires supposed to make it work?

I’ve come to believe that God designed sex as a journey. It’s not always hot steam and bliss, as modern media portrays it. There will be […]

Simple Strategies for Improving Communication with Your Spouse

By |March 29th, 2017|

I love this quote by George Bernard Shaw:

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” 

Have you found this true in your marriage? I sure have! Sometimes I think I’ve told my husband something, but actually haven’t. Or vice versa. It often creates some commotion and confusion, right?

When it comes […]

You Steer Where You Stare

By |March 14th, 2017|

When you were dating your spouse, you likely were so in love that you easily overlooked their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Although they may have annoyed you, your love and devotion saw past them. Maybe you naively didn’t even think they had any!

But then you got married and as time passed, your spouse’s quirks and idiosyncrasies […]

Creating Healthy Boundaries for Your Marriage

By |February 28th, 2017|

What do you think of when you hear the word boundaries? Do you have a negative or positive connotation with that word?

Perhaps you think of boundaries as divisions or separation between people or things. That’s partially true, boundaries can divide or separate, but they also provide protection.

While a fence around your house is a boundary […]

Keeping the Sparks Alive Past Valentine’s Day

By |February 14th, 2017|

Don’t you wish every day could be Valentine’s Day? Although Valentine’s Day is very much a Hallmark holiday, it is nice to have the reminder to show love to our spouse and others. You probably bought your spouse a little gift or had a nice date out together.

We need to be intentional about keeping the […]

Tips for Resolving Marital Conflict – Part II

By |January 31st, 2017|

After my last post, I began thinking about others items to add to the list of tips for resolving marital conflict. I thought back over the past 12 years of being married and analyzed what’s worked for us and what we’ve learned the hard way.

I hope you’ll consider adding these tips to your marital conflict […]

Tips for Resolving Marital Conflict

By |January 19th, 2017|

When I first fell in love with my husband, I remember telling him, “We get along so well, I can’t ever imagine us fighting.” Wow, what a naïve thing to say! After 12 years of marriage and two kids, I can tell you we’ve had our share of conflict and disagreements. What marriage doesn’t?

Whether we […]