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 Missions

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

2 Approaches That Will Keep Your Marriage Alive

Joshua Liebman writes, “And they lived happily ever after is one of the most tragic sentences in literature. It’s tragic because it’s falsehood. It is a myth that has led generations to expect something from marriage that is not possible”   I agree with Liebman! It is this perception of “happily ever after” found in secular romance novels and cheesy Hollywood movies that make me hate these forms of entertainment. They promise a lie. Too many

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Marriage

The First Successful Step in Marriage

Dan and I are coaching a young couple who are in the birthing stage of their marriage. We asked them a question, “Using one word, how would you paint a picture of marriage?” After sharing their answer, we began opening the Bible to find out what God’s picture is. I want to take the next several posts to paint that picture for you. After the creation of Adam’s wife, Eve, the man said: “This one,

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