Blog  /   Archive: Marriage

05
Dec
2014
marriage, habits, family matters, susan yates

  I have often thought that the first 10 years of a marriage are the hardest. You go from “me” to “us” and although it’s wonderful it’s an adjustment to have to put another person’s interests before your own. One friend remarked, “I didn’t realize how selfish I was until I got married!” Marriage is […]

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Family Photo, Step Family Photo, Christmas Time, Laura Petherbridge, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

{originally published in 2013}   “My mom wants to have a new family picture taken for Christmas,” Tanya shared. “She updates the photo every few years and sends it with her Christmas cards.” “Everything was fine until she mentioned that she doesn’t want my stepdaughter, Carissa, in the picture. She only wants ‘family’. “I told […]

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19
Nov
2014

Grace in Sacrifice

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Joy Cherrick, sacrifice, prayer

  If there is one thing that is hard in the Christian life, it is the surrender. Giving Christ the control over each and every aspect of my body and life is my greatest joy and my greatest battle.   When I gave my life to Jesus as a young woman, I had already tried […]

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14
Nov
2014

Behind Every Great Man…

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family matters, marriage, grace based

  Guess what I can do with a 102 degree fever?  Several  loads of laundry.  Make dinner.  Help with homework.   Do the dishes.  More laundry.  Sign permission slips.  Write a blog.   Guess what my husband can do with a 102 degree fever?  Moan.  Suggest concern that he may be dangerously close to experiencing a […]

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06
Nov
2014
the art of anticipating discouragement

{originally published in 2012}   When our heart’s temperature drops (metaphorically), often it doesn’t matter what the facts are of our current circumstances. All we know is that life has taken a turn for the worse. People on the outside looking in understandably wonder what the heck we’re whining about. And because there doesn’t seem […]

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High Control Quiz

The following is a list of questions meant to help you evaluate your potential for control.  Answer them as honesty as you can, and after you do, have someone close to you answer them on your behalf.  See how well his viewpoints and yours match.  You are about to learn something important about yourself.  printable […]

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26
Sep
2014

30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage

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30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage

  {originally published in 2012} Marriage is difficult. I don’t think anyone out there would argue with that. It takes more than lovey-dovey eyes and butterflies in your stomach to get through the hard times. And, let’s face it, hard times will come. It’s dangerously easy to get bogged down in utility bills, work responsibilities […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  {Click here to see Part 1}   We’re all His beautiful image.   The moment you’re conceived you are beauty. Whether you’re young or old, thick or thin, healthy or sick, you’re beauty. Beauty isn’t subjective, beauty is innate. Beauty is as God is, unchanging, everlasting and limitless.   So, why is it damaging to continue […]

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beauty, cosmetic industry, Family matters, Karis Murray

  Body image is hotter than ever as a cultural idol. The fashion, fitness, weight-loss and cosmetics industries spend billions every year to convince you that there is a lot you can do to be more beautiful, and conveniently, they have the product/workout/pill/diet/potion/procedure to help you get there. Yet, every year the cancer of self-loathing […]

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17
Sep
2014

The Other Woman

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The other woman, grace based parenting, teens, dating

It’s happening. I knew this day would come.  I’m grateful it didn’t come sooner.  I’m still not ready. My son, once carried inside my body, but now more than a head taller than me . . . who once called me mama, but now sometimes says “mom” like the word is almost too distasteful for […]

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