16 Tips for Lifelong Marriage … In Honor of Our 16th Anniversary

Today marks 16 years since I became Mrs. Scott Underwood.  What a gift to marry my best friend and a man whom I deeply admire.   I've been thinking, as we've watched some marriages fall apart lately around us, what makes ours last.  And so, here are 16 tips to a life-long marriage. Remember the covenant ... this isn't just you and your husband, it's also between you and the Lord. Talk ... every day.  About something other than the kids and your finances.  Words build a relationship that ... [Read More]

Quiet Submission

I *think* this is the last post on submission in marriage for a bit … next week, we’ll move on to submission as parents – which I’m afraid may be even more challenging in some ways.  {I’ve got a tween, y’all, and every day parenting gets more and more confusing and complex.  E.V.E.R.Y. D.A.Y.} As we wrap up this idea of being courteously reverent in our marriages, let me recap some of the questions we’ve looked at so far: Does submission begins with simply being polite? What if we did just a ... [Read More]

When We Disagree

It happens in every marriage.  Sometimes it is something silly but sometimes it is something significant.   He sees the situation one way, she sees it another.  That’s real life, y’all … and our marriages, our Christian marriages, are not immune from disagreement. But how does submission work into that?  The struggle we all have, huh?  I can’t even count how many blog posts I’ve read concerning this type of thing.  Because it’s a big deal!  As we grow in our faith and as we desire to apply ... [Read More]

Building Him Up

We’ve been discussing submission for the past few days … and I’ve been asking myself this simple question, “What if submission simply begins with being polite?” Though it’s a simple question, it’s not simple to live.  The chaos of raising a family, managing finances, and a busy calendar can often push common courtesy away. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  ... [Read More]

Overwhelmed by Love?

This is when it’s easy … the whole courteously reverent thing. When he’s in a tux looking at you as though you are the only beautiful woman he’s ever seen. When “till death do us part” is poetry echoing in your soul. When you feel as though your heart might explode from the great joy that is crashing over you … wave after wave of wonder and gratitude. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22 NIV) Courtesy comes so easy on the honeymoon … in fact, for many of us, we ... [Read More]

What if?

Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential. ~ Will Cuppy What if, instead of merely nodding along as others speak, waiting for our chance to jump in and share our brilliance … what if, just for the weekend, we truly listened? What if, in place of smiling at our children’s earnest play then doing our own thing … what if, just for the weekend, we joined them in their fun? What if, as our husbands work on tasks about the home during their days off from work … ... [Read More]