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Feeling Overwhelmed All the Time?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures and busyness of life, you’re not alone. And if you aren’t careful, those things can lead you to a searing desert where joy evaporates. But solitude and silence are an oasis that can help you gain perspective in at least five ways. First, solitude and silence can make you feel helpless and help you realize you’re not in control of so many things in life. And when you...
Aug 12, 2021 / General

5 Steps to Forgiveness in Marriage

Marriage is messy.  When two imperfect people come together, there are bound to be mistakes made and feelings hurt.  So when your spouse does something wrong and apologizes, how can you move towards accepting their apology and letting it go?  Here are 5 steps to forgiveness in marriage.  First, understand that forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.  If you wait until you “feel” ready to forgive your spouse, then...
Jul 26, 2021 / General

The Sacred Search to Find a Spouse

In his book, The Sacred Search, Author Gary Thomas shares how to teach your children to choose a spouse who they love and also respect. He emphasizes choosing someone with common values and common vision—someone they truly enjoy spending time with. Gary shares that the reward for making a wise marital choice is so tremendous that he doesn’t want you to miss it. The consequences for making a foolish choice can be...
Jul 21, 2021 / General

Top 10 Marriage Mistakes

Let’s face it: we all make mistakes. And more often than not, the recipient of those mistakes is our spouse.  But small failures in a marriage don’t mean it’s time to give up.  Instead, it’s an opportunity to be honest with ourselves about the areas we struggle in so that we can learn.  So here are some common marriage mistakes and how to overcome them.  First, we often take our spouse for granted.  Instead, it’s...
Aug 01, 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

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