For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. — Cynthia Occelli A while back I read this tweet from a teenager: “My love life will never be satisfactory until someone … Continue reading Thaw A Marriage
Congratulations! The simple fact that you have some sort of desire to improve your marriage is a great thing. Whether your marriage is just okay or if your marriage is holding on by a thread, this plan, along with God’s Word, can help. First things first, what was marriage created to be and what is … Continue reading What was Marriage Created to be?
The STOP sign is pretty cut and dry. Stop means stop. Failing to stop could result in a ticket or even being smashed by another car. The STOP sign is a non-negotiable. If you take the driving test to get your license and you do not stop at the STOP sign, you fail the driver’s … Continue reading STOP!!
God’s word is for saved people to live out. It requires new life in Jesus Christ, new capacities that allow you to glorify God. In a marriage where salvation has taken place, the person has a new nature. They have spiritual sight, understanding, and access to the truth. They have access to the power of … Continue reading New Nature
Most of the struggles we have in marriages are not due to a lack of information. They are due to a lack of obedience to what we already know. I’ve had the privilege to shepherd churches for thirty-four years, and I’ve done a lot of marriage counseling. I can tell you that most of the … Continue reading Foundational Matters for Marriage
Sometimes, young couples say they want to have a strong marriage and family life because they come from a background where the marriage wasn’t solid. A broken home brought them a lot of pain and heartache, so they’re worried about repeating that. They think, “I don’t have a good model that I grew up in, … Continue reading Living in Faith, Not Fear
It took me a long time to admit that I was being selfish in my marriage. Let me say that a different way. I knew that I was being selfish, I just did not want to admit it. I wanted to see myself as a generous, thoughtful person who would never be selfish to my … Continue reading “Selfishness”
Some of us are fighters. We grew up having to fight for what we wanted and what we believed in. Fighting was just a part of our lives. We were willing to fight because we had a vision of the end result. We knew that with hard work we could accomplish the things we wanted. … Continue reading Have You Ever Fought for Something?
Last year in the United States, we spent 72 billion dollars on wedding ceremonies. While wedding days are special days, marriage is not about the big day—it’s about the everyday. Think about it: we promised our spouse some pretty amazing things, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in heath, for better or for … Continue reading Practice Your Promise
I am always stunned when I hear someone say, “Well, I guess the only thing left to do is pray.” My goodness, I’ve even been shocked to hear the words come out of my own mouth. Prayer should never been seen as a last resort but as a first line of defense. No matter what condition your … Continue reading Prayer: The Secret to Transforming Your Marriage