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Marriage Awakening - 4 Ways to Enhance Your Marriage 0

4 Ways to Enhance Your Marriage

Occasionally I run across a married couple who say they have a really great marriage, but they mention that they get stuck in the grind of day to day life. They get up early, rush around getting ready for work and school, and spend the entire day apart. Then they hurry in separate directions to different sports, music, or church activities, only to rush home again to feed everyone before finally falling into bed to get a few hours of sleep. Feeling like life is one crazy, hurried day after another is nothing new. In fact Ecclesiastes speaks of all...

Marriage Awakening - 3 Ways to Become a Better Mother 0

3 Ways to Become a Better Mother

Motherhood is hard. It’s not only physically draining, but also emotionally draining. Just ask any parent who has sat with her child in a hospital emergency or surgery waiting room. In my case, I feel emotionally drained after about 20 minutes of driving practice with one of our teenagers! Emotional stress can actually manifest itself in physical ways. When you are emotionally tired, you may also feel physically tired, moody, cranky, and even start to gain weight. Most mothers tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves to be the best mother they can be. They compare themselves to...

Marriage Awakening - What's The Point? 0

What is the Point?

What is the Point?  At some moment in our life we have probably asked ourselves or someone else this very question.  I think a more specific inquiry would be, what is the purpose of life, or maybe what is our purpose?  In fact, many times when we are teaching other married couples I often ask questions like these, “What is the purpose of your marriage”, and I usually follow up with, “What is the purpose of our lives?” In speaking to others, many times I notice that this is something couples have never specifically asked themselves.  If they have, it’s...

Marriage Awakening - 10 Marriage Tips from an 11 Year Old 0

10 Marriage Tips From an 11 Year Old

Everyone knows that children these days are bombarded with images and stories of what love, romance, sex, and marriage should look like. Not all images they see are healthy. In fact, some of those images may even be damaging to them. Besides what the media shows them, your children also have a front row seat to your marriage. They are recording and processing everything they see and hear. Even if you are a single parent, your child is still learning from you and your dating relationships. They see how conflict is handled, and how much time you give to each...

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...

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...