Marriage

4 Steps to Better Communication in Marriage: Fight Fair

When we were first married, Dan and I didn’t always fight fair. We were (are) both quite passionate. And being young and naïve, we were also a bit selfish. More often than I like to admit, we focused on ourselves, not each other. Sadly, judging one another came easy, especially when we disagreed about something. “Love does not keep a record of wrongs,” says Paul. However, we were masters at keeping score! Listening was not

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Marriage

If Only I Would Have Stayed in Line!

“Sometimes I wander out of beaten ways,” says Robert Frost in his poem, “An Encounter.” Frost describes a day when he went ‘half boring and half climbing through a swamp of cedar.’ His coat got hooked, and he became stuck. Looking up what did he see? A resurrected tree. He asked the tree, “You here? Where aren’t you nowadays?” Not sure if he was speaking of the tree or to God, but certainly it would

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Marriage

She Chose Not to Divorce Him

A courageous woman and her children endured abuse from her husband and their father for years. For safety, the day came when she felt it necessary to take her kids and break away from this man. But, she chose not to divorce him. Instead, she chose to pray for him and wait for God to work in his heart. Daily this woman prays for her husband to change. She petitions the Father to free him

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Marriage

Our Marriage Was At the Crux of Crumbling, Then This Happened

Dan and I have been handed a gift. A gift to serve our God in a big way. We are both humbled and thankful for this opportunity; not because we are worthy, nor because we are even qualified, but because of the call God gave us many years ago to “teach sinners His commands so that they will turn back to Him.” (Psalm 51:13). This verse in Psalm 51 became the new mission for our

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Marriage

I Thought For Sure I Could Not Survive This!

“But when Peter saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid.” Peter did not just see the wind that day when he dared to walk on water with Jesus. He saw the strength of the wind! And it caused him great fear in his heart, mind, and soul. Our circumstances have the power to overwhelm us by their strength – maybe they are coming toward us viciously – loss of job, illness, troubles, conflict. Too

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