A word from Tori

Whether you realize it or not, ready or not, marriages are in a battle and how we view this reality will determine how we fight for our relationships.

Here’s a snapshot of my evening to give you a picture of life in my house as a wife and mother …

7:00 p.m. and I just walked away from working on a science project with my 13-year-old while my seven-year-old bounced off the walls in between telling jokes (rather loudly) to my parents who came over with my grandfather for dinner who all live next door. My 11-year-old who just returned from a homeschool science excursion walked in “starving” which means the kitchen counter I just cleaned up is now filled with opened, now empty, and dirty plastic containers. This scene will repeat when my 15-year-old basketball player comes home from a game I couldn’t make (mom guilt kicking in) because keeping up with the younger kids is a never-ending juggling act.

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The Gift of Appreciation

I had a conversation with my mom on the phone a while back that really struck me. Dad was out on their back deck and I was sitting on our front porch, a distance of less than 50 yards between the two (yes, we’re neighbors and Jason is cool with it!). I could hear dad … Continued

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The Secret to Staying the Course

We all know the story of Abraham leaving his homeland and going to Canaan in response to God’s call. But what we don’t often hear is how Abe’s dad, Terah, is the one who wanted to go to Canaan first. He set out for Canaan but he stopped short in Haran (Genesis 11:31). There he … Continued

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Overcoming Fear

Life can get pretty tricky for us women can’t it? I have found that my reaction to whatever life brings my way can be rooted in one of two emotions: Fear or Love. Seeing that we were designed to thrive on love, it should be no surprise that the enemy uses fear to keep us … Continued

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Purpose

Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Every single one of us were created with a pre-packed purpose. God is the One Who did this. Just like He created an apple seed … Continued

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The Essential Element of Love

The essential element of love is sacrifice.  You know how much you love someone by what you’re willing to sacrifice for him or her.  One of the things we love the most about weddings is the unconditional love the couples are willing to vow to each other.  Can you imagine what it would feel like … Continued

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How To Restore That Lovin’ Feelin’

In the book of Hosea God shows us how we can restore that lovin’ feelin’ by using the power of “allure.”  Allure is being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.  In dating attraction leads to affection.  But once we get married we discover that affection will lead to attraction.  We learn that what gets our … Continued

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Stop Chasing Good. Start Chasing Him.

Looking back, if I could use one word to describe what I wanted to be growing up, it was “good.” It didn’t seem to come natural as year after year I watched my classmates walk up to receive the “Christian Character Award” at our school’s end of the year program. In all my 13 school … Continued

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Kids Are Kids

Kids are kids, and let’s just say they don’t always represent us parents well. As parents, we accept them as they are but because we love them, we have vision for their lives that they will mature into considerate and responsible adults one day. Herein lies the tension. We teach them right from wrong, we … Continued

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