Husbands and Wives are You Ready to Go Back to the Future?

Have you ever considered what it’s going to be like when all of the kids have finally left home and it’s back to how you started? Back to just the two of you with an empty house, a fuller wallet, and unexpectedly large gaps in your calendar? With six of our kids grown and gone…

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Love and Respect Go Hand In Hand

  I had an interesting conversation last week. I spent Friday afternoon with one of my favorite young men. Together, we discussed how his need for respect, and his young lady’s need for love, weren’t actually mutually exclusive concepts. We talked about how the two needs really complement each other when both young people are…

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Whatever Happened to Happily Ever After?

After my series on the Care and Maintenance of Marriage, I received many personal emails. The emails shared a common pain and one that is becoming more and more prevalent in our Christian marriages. Today’s blog is by my beautiful second daughter, Emma. Yes, it’s a little long, but in it she shares her heart…

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The Care and Maintenance of Marriage Pt. 4-Time For Action

The Care and Maintenance of Marriage Pt. 4-Time For Action It’s time for the final step in the care and maintenance of our marriages.   Let me just take a moment and tell you that I’m going to meddle with your life. Yep, as they say in Texas, its time for some “meddlin’.” Do you…

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The Care and Maintenance of a Marriage-Part 3, “Be Careful Little Lips”

So, we’re going to care for our marriages by praying for our husbands.   And we’re going to maintain oneness in our marriages by remembering our unique relationship, renewing our commitment, and restoring what’s broken.   Step #3 to caring for and maintaining our marriage is found in our mouths. Our tongues can powerfully build…

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The Care and Maintenance of a Marriage-Part 2, “Sleeping with the Enemy”

Do you ever find yourself viewing your husband as the enemy? Sadly, sometimes I do.   When things aren’t going my way. When he just doesn’t see the brilliance of my opinion. When he says No, when I want the answer to be Yes. When he doesn’t meet my unspoken expectations. When he just isn’t…

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The Care and Maintenance of a Marriage-Part 1

Steve and I just celebrated our 29th anniversary.  We’re at that point that when we announce to an audience how long we’ve been married, people applaud. Weird!   The first time the applause started, I was really taken aback. It seemed a bit like congratulating me for getting out of bed…or getting dressed…or eating my breakfast.…

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Sending Him Off With Style

How’s that love relationship with your husband going? I don’t doubt for a second that you desire closeness, intimacy, friendship, and even a certain level of relational give and take. What are you doing to make that desire a reality?   We women are funny creatures. We read books about improving our marriage. We attend…

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Absence Makes the Toilet Clog

A dear friend of mine has been posting on Facebook lately, sharing the daily foibles of her husband’s absence from home. With her Navy husband gone on a detachment, she’s dealing with the inevitable broken appliances, sick children, and “Why did that have to happen now!” situations. Ever been there? With three military deployments in…

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Husband Honoring Prayer

How often do you cry out to the Lord on your husband’s behalf? Do your prayers for your husband look like a laundry list of complaints, unmet expectations, and discontented laments? Are you always asking the Lord to change your husband to match your ideals, or are your prayers focused on his growth and wellbeing.…

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