Category: Marriage

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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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Imperfect

Imperfect: characterized by defects or weakness; not perfect; lacking completeness   As you can see from the image on this blog post, the object is definitely imperfect.  The photo posted is of an actual piece of “art” that I made in class when I was very young.  I don’t know this for sure but if I were asked to guess what is the most popular clay object made in art class at that time, I would say it would be something like an ashtray.  We have all seen the “art” that some young kids make.  We even say how wonderful the...

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Log Ride

Ahh, the log ride… One of the simple rides you can find at most theme parks. We have a log ride at our nearby theme park, Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. I rather enjoy this ride. You get to snuggle in close with your spouse and glide leisurely and gently through the quiet trees. There is a little bit of darkness as we enter a tunnel, but we can hold tighter to each other as we see the light at the end. This is where things get a little crazy. The vessel we’re in hits a bump, jarring us...

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Thinking Ahead

As I go throughout my day, I try to monitor the things I say and the things I do. I ask myself, is this the way I want my daughter to treat her husband? I have similar thoughts about our three sons and how their wives may treat them, but with one daughter it just seems even more important that I provide a good example to her. After all, I will be her main example of being a Godly wife and mother as she grows up. I will set the tone for our house, and she will be watching and learning from me. We...

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