The Key to Relational Warmth

“Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:11) Imagine a cold night in the dead of winter and you jump into your cold bed with your spouse. God has divinely created us so that we give off body heat, so when two bodies touch we … Continued

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Four Phases of Parenting

Parenting four kids has taught us a lot. Now that our oldest is 16 we’re starting to see how our parenting has moved through four distinct phases. Phase 1: BABYSITTER – this is the first stage in parenting where all we care about is making sure our kids are safe and that they don’t put … Continued

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The Power of Forgiveness

One of the greatest hang-ups for married couples is in the area of forgiveness. Refusing to forgive and/or refusing to seek forgiveness leaves couples stuck until they deal with the issue at hand. Fortunately, Jesus gives us some instruction on what to do. In the famous “Lord’s Prayer” we see Him teaching us two areas … Continued

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How Humor Can Resolve Conflict

The details about how the argument began are a bit foggy. Jason and I hadn’t been married two years because we only had our first born, Trae. He was in a stroller and we were walking through a parking lot making our way to the county fair. I’m sure I had all sorts of expectations … Continued

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The Thoughts I Think Toward You

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 It had been a long day! I was tired. I tried to get excited about our “fun” evening planned but everything felt like so much work. Jason … Continued

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Sowing & Reaping

I can’t tell you how many times I heard my dad quote this, especially during my teenage years… “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Jason can imitate him saying it perfectly. I get tongue-tied every time I … Continued

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Beans & Cornbread

“So Pa, what is your favorite meal of all time?” I asked my 82-year-old grandfather after his retirement party, trying to get him excited for his big trip south to live near all of us. “Funny you ask Darling,” he began as he cocked his head and focused past me with a gentle smile on … Continued

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Choose To Trust

“Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.” (2 Samuel 6:16) Here we see King David’s wife Michal giving every married person a great example of … Continued

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Don’t Focus on the Futile

1 Samuel 12:21 – “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” Samuel the priest was giving the Israelites poignant advice that we still need to this day – “make sure you don’t turn aside from following the Lord because if … Continued

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Come Apart

“When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida…”(Luke 9:10) After coming back from a wildly successful short-term missions trip Jesus encouraged His disciples to come apart and rest so that they could recharge their batteries. … Continued

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