3 Ways to Invest in Your Marriage

I didn't want to write this post. In fact, I've avoided it for longer than I'd care to admit. But here's the thing, my stomach hurts over this. I have agonized and prayed and wept for hours ... because marriage is seriously under attack! Over the past few years, twenty marriages of people we know have either ended in divorce or come dangerously close. For every year we have been married, the marriage of someone we know has ended. I recently read a popular blogger's explanation for her ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: James 1:19

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. — James 1:19 ********** Growing up I wasn’t slow in everything — just anything that required running. Well, running that involved use of my feet. I was extremely quick when it came to running my mouth. I was well versed in the ways of sarcasm and gifted with a very quick wit. I was also pretty nimble when it came to defending myself or being argumentative. My father always said I had to had to ... [Read More]

Desires for 2016: Preparing Your Heart for the Year Ahead

What are your dreams and desires for 2016? I know, it probably feels like I'm rushing this post ... and maybe I am a little bit. But I was thinking this morning how 2015 has flown by and I know these last few days of this year will be gone like a flash. So I started a little list of dreams I have for next year. Just some hopes and plans I'm pondering and treasuring as I look at what I hope 2016 will bring. These aren't the big goals and resolutions we often talk about as a new year ... [Read More]

Sunday Meditations || Romans 12:2

Each week we will begin with a Sunday meditation, a prayer based on a verse related to counter cultural living. This week, of course, I have chosen Romans 12:2, which is the foundation verse for this series. Lord, as we begin this journey, we know we can only learn what You are willing to teach. Give us willing hearts and open minds for the transformation You desire to accomplish in us. When the questions don't have simple answers, grant us patience. When situations leave us gasping for ... [Read More]

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Lamentations 3:24}

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 Time and again in Scripture we are told two things: We don’t have to be afraid. And we have hope. God is sufficient. We need only trust Him. Sometimes life overwhelms, doesn’t it? Financial concerns, health issues, time constraints, family conflicts, work stress … it can all leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. But God offers us this beautiful promise: He is our portion! We can hope in Him. Hope ... [Read More]

31 Verses to Pray for Your Marriage {Psalm 19:14}

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 Oh my words! They get me in trouble more than I’d like. I speak too quickly and without a filter … and the price for that lack of self-control can be steep. But it isn’t just the words I say, it can also be the way I say them. Stress, exhaustion, and frustration can lead to caustic words and tone which ultimately lead to hurt feelings {often over what is in the ... [Read More]