Marriage Awakening

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The Curse In Marriage

The “experts” say that one key way to catch the attention of your audience would be to offer up a title such as, “The Five Biggest Areas of Conflict in Marriage”.  Maybe it would be about how money, sex, communication, children, or unmet expectations can be a source of conflict in marriage.  This would be a tempting title to write about, but what if I told you that I believe there is a definite root cause of conflict that can be traced all the way back to the beginning? Have you ever read the account of “The Fall” in Genesis 3?  Well, there is...

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Date Night Comedy – Springfield

  A few years ago while we were speaking at the International Marriage Conference in Phoenix, AZ, we ran into Ted Cunningham for the first time.  Every evening before the main event they prepared a meal for all the contributors of the conference.  As we were finding a place to sit down to enjoy our meal, little did we know that we would land next the keynote speaker for that evening who just so happened to be Ted.  We laughed and joked with him about things we had in common such as living in the Ozarks of Missouri. We also had...

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What to Do if Your Spouse is Having an Affair

If you’re reading this post because you have found out that your spouse is having an affair, then let me be the first to offer you a little encouragement. An extramarital affair does not have to mean the end of your marriage. Often times, the initial shock of betrayal sends you into a fight or flight mode, and you feel torn between screaming and yelling, or just running away to hide. If you’re not in this situation, I hope that you read this post for several reasons. Whether you find yourself counseling a friend some day or you find your own...

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Forsaken

Some of you may have heard the FamilyLife Today broadcast “The Complex World of a Blended Family“, specifically “From Broken to Beautiful” on July 5, 2016, and “Step Parenting Challenges” on July 6, 2016.  We briefly discussed the challenges and victories regarding our testimony of how Christ has worked and continues to work in our blended family. We realize this is a sensitive subject, trust me, it is sensitive for me and our family too! We know that there are people out there who are in a very similar circumstance as we were in years ago.  Maybe you can’t see...

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FamilyLife Today Broadcast – Blended Families

We are excited to announce that Jerry & Kate Angelo (that’s us) will be featured on the FamilyLife Today broadcast on July 5 & 6 of 2016.  Beginning on those days and the days following, you will be able to listen to the show live on your local Bott Radio Network radio station or from FamilyLife Today‘s website link of the show “The Complex World of a Blended Family“.  During the two-part interview that we had with Dennis Rainey, Bob Lepine, and our friend Ron Deal, we discussed our own personal testimony and the complexities of a blended family.   We hope that these two segments...

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God’s Promises

Many times in my life, I’ve looked out the window to spot a beautiful rainbow arching across the sky. I would smile and find myself feeling surprisingly closer to God than I had a moment before. The children and I snap photos with whatever camera device we have handy while Jerry drives along asking if we got a good shot. We would look at the photos and show each other, laughing and feeling blessed to have seen a rainbow in the sky even when it didn’t appear to be raining. Rainbows have always been very significant to Jerry and me,...

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Three Ways to Always Be Right

Have you ever heard the joke, “I married Miss Right, I just didn’t know that her first name was Always.” I’m sure my husband has thought the same thing because I sure do love to be right. While God made me to be a relational woman (not just your stereotypical emotional woman), there is part of me that is also very logical. I enjoy arguing my point and hoping that others will see the convincing logic behind what I’m saying. There are times when I’m too tenacious in my efforts to get my point across and I’m stepping all over...

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3 Ways to Respect Your Husband

Many of us know the song “Respect” that is sung by Aretha Franklin. It is so popular that it was named one of the top 500 songs of all time. Many women have felt empowered by another woman belting out a song and asking for “just a little respect”. What you may not know is that the song was written by a man, Otis Redding. So while women sang the song to demand respect from men, there was a silent plea for the very same thing from a man behind the scenes. In one of the lines of this epic song Otis writes,...

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Increasing Emotional Intelligence – Part 2

Several years ago at a marriage retreat my wife and I participated in a core motive-based self-assessment.  We also attended the seminar series explaining those results.  I couldn’t have imagined what I learned not only about myself, but also about every other person on the planet – especially my wife and kids.  That knowledge opened the door to my own self awareness.  It was like I was standing outside my body and observing my behaviors.  I realized that not everyone thought about things the same way that I did.  Everyone didn’t see things just like I saw things.  I encountered a perspective that I never...

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Increasing Emotional Intelligence – Part 1

Have you ever known someone, a friend or relative maybe, that lives their life purely by how they feel?  They make important decisions in the heat of the moment and wonder why things never work out for them.  This is also the kind of person who always blurts out the first thought that pops into their head and then follows it up with something like, “That’s just who I am, I don’t have any filter, deal with it”.  While this behavior can be fun for that person or even comical to the rest of us, it can also be very dangerous in terms...