Author: Kate

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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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3 Ways You Can Have a Meaningful Marriage

Occasionally I run across a couple that say they really have a great marriage, but they get stuck in the grind of day to day life. They get up early and rush around getting ready for work and school, spend the entire day apart, then rush home to feed everyone and get to sleep. Feeling like life is one crazy, hurried day after another is nothing new. In fact Ecclesiastes speaks of all the seasons of life, the toilsome labor, and the meaninglessness of it all. While we don’t like to think of our lives as meaningless, they can quickly...

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5 Things to Discuss Before You Marry

From the moment you get engaged, to the moment you say, “I do” you and your future spouse are in a whirlwind of emotions ranging from love, stress, planning, happiness, crankiness, and so much more. You will probably spend more time, thought, and effort into planning and preparing for your wedding than you will for your marriage. In fact, many girls start planning their wedding day before they even meet their future husband. Imagine my surprise when my then 13 year old daughter began pinning rings, dresses, flowers, and hair styles to her “Wedding” board on Pinterest. All this to...

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Choosing an Attitude of Love

There is something deep inside of every human that tells us we need to feel loved. Loved by our parents, by our spouse, by our friends, by our family, and loved in general. This desire is so important that Jesus even told us that the greatest commandment is to love. Yet why do we find this so difficult in our day to day life with our spouse? Sadly the answer is pretty simple; we do not choose an attitude of love. We instead begin to focus on ourselves, generating negative thoughts, and eventually we are so closed off that we...