Who do you call “Friend?”

As parents we become very aware of our children’s choices in friends. Whether it be at school, sports, or even at church. Regardless of where it is, we will try to “guide and direct” our children towards those friends we feel will be good for our child’s character. What’s ironic is that so often as …

“Cuddle Up By the Light” Date Night

Since it has become colder, for some it's a downright deepfreeze,  it's time to make some light together. Build a fire in the fireplace. Don’t have a fireplace? Light a whole bunch of candles in a grouping. Lay out a blanket and have an indoor picnic – or at least some popcorn. After your meal, …

How Are You Handling Your 24 Hours? Fatigue Driven or Spirit-Led?

I am so dependent on my calendar.  Not only do I place the times and dates of my appointments in it, I also color code those appointments, so at a glance I can tell whether it is a ministry, a family, or a counseling appointment.  What I sometimes neglect to remember is that the calendar …

Artificial Intimacy: Guest Author-Gary Thomas

Today we have guest author, Gary Thomas. He is a well-known Christian author on marriages, parenting, and relationships.  His books are a must read for both Kerry and myself. Why do couples who are convinced they have found “the one” end up divorcing each other just a few years (or sometimes a couple decades) into …

Guest Article: “7 ways couples can harm their marriage without even realizing it.” from Dave Willis

This week's guest post is from Dave Willis. Take time to not only read his post...own it! As I’ve interacted with couples from all over the world, I’ve found that many of the issues that ultimately lead to infidelity and divorce happen by accident. People don’t usually set out to sabotage their marriage and wind up …

Date Night: 5 Reminders for Every Couple to Remember

We have been sharing some date night ideas these past Wednesdays for couples to try and hopefully spur on more moments of communication and intimacy between a husband and wife.  Just this past week I was asked if there were any reminders that we could share about "Date Nights" or even possibly guidelines to remember. That was …

37 Practical Ways to Improve as a Parent

This was an article that we posted back a few years ago that was well received. Definitely felt it could be shared again.

PURSUIT OF MARRIAGE

I posted this list from an article I read about a year ago. This is not meant to be an end all list, it is only meant to give us a jump start and reminder of what it means to be a parent.
Here is something you may never have thought of. By God letting us become parents is one of His primary methods of sanctification  Within marriage, you ultimately choose what you’re willing to live with. You see, if you marry an angry person, you know you will have to learn to deal with your spouse’s anger. If you marry a passive, or fearful, or impulsive person, in the end you have to admit you chose this person, and thus choosing your future battles.
With our children it is different. They already come out ready made with spiritual battles beforehand that we can’t even begin to imagine. And God in His vast…

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4 Signs of an Unhealthy Marriage

In the summer of 1985, an engineer named Roger Boisjoly noticed a flaw in the solid rocket booster that helps launch the space shuttle. The rubber O-rings that seal the joints were experiencing erosion particularly in cold weather. When the joints wear away, the booster leaks exhaust gas causing a dangerous mixture with the liquid …

Guest Speaker: This One Tip Revolutionized Our Marriage

Today, welcome Kyle Gabhart, author of The Phoenix Marriage, who wanted to share how to revolutionize your marriage.  His experiential story will change how you see your spouse! One weekend in February of 2013, my wife and I attended a weekend marriage conference that rocked our world. The workshop was presented by Dr. David and …

Digital Selfie Scavenger Hunt – Date Night Ideas

This could be alot of fun but requires some pre-planning on one spouses part. Here's what you need to do:  First, come up with an afternoon or evening that you can devote at least 2-4 hours together. Next, come up with at least 10-20 "items" that your spouse will have to find, with you of …