Marriage Awakening

Marriage Awakening - Why You Should Marry Your Sole Mate 0

Why You Should Marry Your Sole Mate

At one time in my life I was very much into the idea of finding my soul mate. It’s an incredibly romantic notion that I learned from hearing the term soul mate from many different areas of my life. My teenage brother would boast about the girl he was dating and how they were soul mates. On television a star-crossed couple would agonize over their plight to stay with their soul mate. I listened as people said whether or not their current partner was the one or not. I still hear adults who are about to get married, describe their...

Forsaken - Marriage Awakening

Episode One – Forsaken

In this episode we are going to be listening to the closing of one of our marriage events that is designed to help couples work together to gain emotional intelligence in order to increase the overall health of their marriage.  Guest speaker, Jerry Angelo, discusses a passage from his book, “Forsaken“, at the Color Your Marriage event held at Evangel Temple Church in Springfield, MO.  He offers practical advice on how to achieve lasting change in your life, your marriage, and your family.  This is such a great event because it shows you how to focus on having the best...

Marriage Awakening - Color Your Marriage 0

Color Your Marriage Event

Several years ago the beginnings of our marriage ministry began in a great local church in Miami, OK.  We were blessed to be given the opportunity by some wonderful leadership in the church to minister to other couples in the area.  As time went on we received much training, and attained many relationship tools in our pursuit of a successful marriage ministry. As we continued serving other couples through mentoring opportunities and date night events, we ran across something very unique and wonderful.  One day we met a very fun and sincere couple who were going to teach some relationship...

Marriage Awakening - Blended & Blessed 0

Blended & Blessed Event

    For those of you who know us, you know that some of the advice we give to couples are in regards to investing in your own marriage.  We also recommend a great way to invest in your marriage is to take some time out for a marriage retreat.  A few years ago while Kate and I were speaking at one of these annual marriage retreats called the International Marriage Conference, we had the opportunity to meet Ron Deal.  He was the keynote speaker, and we were some of the workshop speakers at this event.  One night all the speakers...

Marriage Awakening - 3 Ways to Bring Honor Back to Your Marriage 0

3 Ways to Bring Honor Back to Your Marriage

When my husband and I were first dating, we were kind and respectful to each other. We were considerate of each others’ feelings and we rarely squabbled about petty things. Even if we did, we were quick to make things right again. Most married people know that it doesn’t take long for this type of consideration and kindness to fall by the wayside as we rush around trying to accomplish our goals. These goals can be as simple getting a toddler (who insists on being naked) to keep his clothes on while you rush to get out of the house...

Marriage Awakening - New Year’s Resolutions or Goals 0

New Year’s Resolutions or Goals

On the first day of the new year, I jokingly posted a Facebook status around 2:00 pm that said I’d already failed my New Years Resolution. It’s true that I wanted to try to eat a little better, and it’s true that we ordered pizza and I may have had some Oreos.  This brings me to an excellent point about resolutions verses goals. You see a resolution is defined as, “a firm decision to do or not to do something” where as a goal is “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” If you look...

Marriage Awakening - 4 Reasons to Give Respect to Your Husband 0

4 Reasons to Give Respect to Your Husband

In Ephesians 5:33, the Bible says that husbands are to love their wives, and that wives should respect their husbands. This is actually a very popular Bible verse, especially when one is talking about marriage. Many Bible scholars, pastors, preachers, and teachers have studied this verse and discussed it at length. I have also researched this verse, and I have come to understand that respect isn’t something that I fully understand, but it is very important to my husband and to my sons. When asking other women what they think about this verse, many say that they desire to respect...

Marriage Awakening - Marriage Minute - Two Degree Shift

Two Degree Shift

  Have you ever heard of a Two Degree Shift?  Maybe…?  How about a Marriage Minute?  Well, probably not since this is a new series, but let’s get back to that two degree thing.  When pilots are developing their flight plan for a long journey they know that they are going to have to set their course once they are in the airplane.  If they don’t pay attention and along the way the way they are just a measley two degrees off, their trip will go many miles off course, and without planning for that extra fuel, it could really...

Marriage Awakening - The Curse in Marriage 0

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...

Marriage Awakening - Date Night Comedy - Springfield - Gillioz Theatre 0

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...