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How a Messy Marriage Can Be a Meaningful Marriage

Marriages are messy because people are messy. Each one of us is unique…we have unique minds and personalities. We have different ways of processing and seeing things. But a messy marriage can be a meaningful marriage. Communication is one of the messiest parts of marriage. For example, when you constantly have the same old marriage fights…things can get out of hand. To make that mess beautiful, it’s important to...
Jun 22, 2018 / General

What to Do When You Feel Like You Can’t Do Anything Right in Marriage

Because you and your spouse are two imperfect people, your marriage will be imperfect as well.  In my marriage, Susan and I aren’t always on the same page with what we need from each other.  As a result, we’ve both sometimes have had that feeling like, “I can’t do anything right.”  Instead of getting frustrated, here are 3 steps to take when you feel that way.  First, be sure you and your spouse define what is...
Jun 08, 2018 / General

Be a Better Spouse: Accept, Applaud, Allow

It’s easy to instruct your mate on how they can be a better husband or wife.  But maybe it’s time to look at yourself.  Maybe it’s time for you to be the best you can be.  How? First, accept your spouse for who they are. Love them unconditionally. Accept their wonderful qualities…and their flaws. Second, applaud your spouse.  When you see your spouse doing something good, encourage them with your words. Third,...
May 25, 2018 / General

My Marriage Walk vs. My Marriage Talk

Today I realized that I’ve been writing and speaking about how to have a great marriage, but I haven’t been putting all of it into practice.  Why? Well, a house flood, new book, financial pressures, family health challenges, and busyness have all played a role in keeping me from focusing on my marriage. But there’s no excuse. So, what am I doing about it? First, I’m re-reading some of my own blog posts on marriage...
May 10, 2018 / General

What is Love? The Do’s and Don’ts of Marriage

Since the beginning of mankind, people have been trying to figure out what love truly is.  We’ve gotten answers from poets, novelists, theologians, even singers. So who has it right?  What is love?  Well, I may not have the perfect answer, but I would like to share with you what I’ve learned about love after 25 years of marriage.  Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Marriage.  First, DON’T be selfish. DO put your...
May 07, 2018 / General

From Empty Nest to Love Birds

School is coming to a close and that means some households will be child-free for the first time in 18 years.  For many moms, the Empty Nest Syndrome can be really difficult emotionally.  And moms who’ve invested all their time and energies into raising their children also face another challenge.  When the kids fly the coop, mom suddenly turns her affection and attention back to her husband, only to find that he’s...
Apr 11, 2018 / General

Lincoln’s Lessons for Enduring a Difficult Marriage

“Can’t you do anything right?” “You’re worthless.” Or “I don’t know why I married you.” Have you ever heard any of those scathing words before in your marriage? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the greatest men in American history has dealt with similar issues. His name? Abraham Lincoln. At the same time Lincoln was working to promote peace in America, he was struggling to keep peace in his marriage....
Mar 19, 2018 / General

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