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Get Your Free Gift

During the Christmas of 2004 I took the kids to see the Christmas Train in Dry Gulch USA.  I haven’t been there in about 10 years, but at least back then it was a really great trip for the family, especially for the younger kiddos.  I remember seeing the sights, the Christmas lights, riding the train, and sipping hot chocolate with the kids too.  My favorite memory of the entire trip is captured in the photo above.  Near the end of the adventure they gather everyone together for a special Christmas presentation.  They share a very sincere message of the Gospel...

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5 Steps to Forgiveness

When is the last time you were deeply hurt by someone close to you? What was your response to the hurt? Perhaps you wanted to retaliate and seek revenge in some way. Or perhaps you took no action whatsoever and instead harbor bitterness and resentment in your heart. Do you carry your hurt with you to this day? You do great damage to yourself when you choose to have an unforgiving spirit. The root of unforgivness is a bitter root that takes hold in your heart, and then spreads a poison that chokes out every godly trait there. A friend...

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Are You Investing In Marriage?

I was mowing the lawn at my home this weekend and it hit me.  I must be a real cheapskate when it comes to investing in our own lawn.  This trait must come from my dad since he has been known to say on many occasions that, “I would rather concrete every inch of the yard then have to waste my time mowing it.”  I hate to say that I think I may agree with that statement.  As I began my arduous journey atop our ever-so-temperamental riding lawn mower, I began to ponder the yard work over the years. First...

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How to Change Your Spouse

Have you ever wondered, “If I could only change that one thing about my spouse, everything in our lives would be so much better.”  Let’s be honest, with all those wonderful habits in life that our partner has, who hasn’t wondered about changing at least one thing about our spouse?  The truth is you really can influence change in your spouse, but probably not in the way you think. So, you say you are desiring real change in your lives and your marriage?  Let’s look at what is required for real change to flourish – Integrity.  Integrity is the prerequisite...

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Daddy’s Home!

Have you ever heard the saying, Daddy’s girl? Most of us have. It is a saying used to describe the special relationship between a father and his daughter. Have you ever wondered what makes the relationship so special, or why the bond is different than that of a mother-daughter? When our daughter was just  a preschooler, she would get on a chair and help me prepare dinner. We would talk and laugh while we worked and she looked up to me and listened as if I were the only person in the world. But the moment she heard the garage door...

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Dog Fight

In our family, we have two tiny chihuahuas. I know… not the most manly dogs for a family with 4 men and only 2 women, but we love them anyway. How can you not love those two sweet little faces? Just see the photo above and you’ll know what we mean. This morning, our two precious angels got into a dog fight. This is somewhat normal for them since Lucy (the white one) thinks that she is the boss of Barley (the tan one). But it was a bit more extreme today. There was gnarling and gnashing sprinkled with high...

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Truth in Marriage

Truth in Marriage I was recently reading an article that was explaining how the destruction of a church can happen.  The author was discussing that their particular demise isn’t necessarily brought about by external forces, rather it can be an inside job.  As I was reading what the apostle Paul says on this subject, I noticed something hidden away in plain site in the fourth chapter of II Timothy.  As I began to absorb what he was saying, I started to notice something very interesting when viewing those scriptures from a marital perspective. Many times in the Bible we read...

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You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth?

You may have heard it rhetorically exclaimed, “You kiss your mother with that mouth?!” Were they talking to you? Or maybe this is what you’ve shouted at another. Either way, we know that the things that fly out of our mouths can shock those around us. They are thinking how can a wonderful caring Christian person say such a thing? Even though our tongue is but a small part of our body, it corrupts the entire body and sets the whole course of our lives. The words you say can spark a fire that can set an entire forest ablaze, or...

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Peeling Back The Layers

Peeling Back The Layers   My dad is a very handy guy to have around.  When I was younger he taught me almost everything I know about cars and houses.  I’ve also heard on occasion that I’m also a handy guy to have around, but one thing I am not handy with is painting or restoring furniture of any kind.  In fact I have reluctantly been part of a few furniture restoration projects in the past.  Each one seemed to leave me less than satisfied with the end result.  Maybe it was because in the past on at least one...

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Do We Need Marriage Counseling?

Yes you do. That’s the answer. You might be thinking to yourself, how does she know we need marriage counseling? She’s not in our lives? We’re perfectly happy! You are correct that I do not know your exact circumstances in your marriage. However, I know that the wisest man in history, King Soloman, wrote many proverbs reminding us that we should all seek guidance and counsel for all areas of life. Proverbs 11:14 (ESV) says: Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. A little more than a year ago, a dear...

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