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Is God Calling You to Be Weird or Normal?

Recently, I was challenged with the following question: Where is God calling you to be weird or normal in the eyes of others? This led me to contemplate what weird and normal are in the realm of my marriage and an abundance of questions filtered through my mind. Who or what determines if a relationship […]

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Marriage – Not A Priority

To My Devoted Readers: I am so excited to be posting again.  So very sorry my hiatus was a bit longer than anticipated.  The last six months of coursework and counseling practicum in my master’s program at Olivet Nazarene University was grueling, leaving little time for writing anything other than papers for grading.  I start […]

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The “IF” List

The holidays have a way of creating tension when it comes to relationships.  Most couples will experience some conflict this time of year.  Demands on time, money, and patience, combined with unrealistic expectations about what the holidays “should be” – add to the growing stress.  The most important thing a couple can do for their […]

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If The Truth Were Known

This was a summer for weddings.  I’ve attended four so far and each one was entirely different from the next, which reflected the uniqueness of each couple.  But, I wonder how many couples would continue to stand at the altar knowing what lies ahead after the honeymoon. What if pastors and officiates tossed aside political […]

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Impatience

In marriage, more than any other relationship, patience is a daily necessity toward building deeper intimacy.  Without patience, intimacy slowly erodes.  And, while we find inordinate amounts of patience daily to deal with clients, co-workers, children, or friends – our spouse often receives the leftovers. Scripture provides a great deal of wisdom on this topic. […]

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Marriage Isn’t Always What We Expect

Remember the day you promised, “In joy and in sorrow; in sickness and in health; as long as we both shall live?” I can almost guarantee all you heard was joy, health, and we shall live forever.  I know I did. What if most of your marriage is filled with sorrow and sickness? A week […]

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Why Marriage Matters

I’ve been watching the research findings from a team of family scholars at the University of Virginia for awhile, and I am genuinely impressed by the work they are doing in the realm of marriage and family.  Recently, they published Why Marriage Matters: 30 Conclusions from the Social Sciences, which I have chosen to reprint […]

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The Essence of Marriage

I came across this article called The Essence of Marriage by Dennis Byrne in the Chicago Tribune Commentary Section yesterday and felt it was worthy of consideration, especially when the faith argument is removed from the equation.  While I am a firm believer in what God intends for marriage, I ask that you open your […]

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Husband Appreciation Day

Yesterday, April 20th, was Husband Appreciation Day. Not often do I see comments from Facebook friends about their spouses that inspire me, but one friend posted more than 50 items on what she appreciates about her husband.  The list is well thought out, fun, and filled with a few behind the scenes secrets. There are […]

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Grocery Shopping

Over the past month, I’ve been doing secret observations of couples in the grocery store and how they interact while shopping together.  I’ve reached the conclusion this is not an enjoyable activity for most couples.  I used to think it strange that my father-in-law enjoyed shopping alone at 6:30am on weekday mornings.  No longer. Here […]

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