#MarriagePrayers: 1 Peter 4:19

Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.  — 1 Peter 4:19 ********** ... entrust their souls to a faithful Creator ... Honestly, I know very little about suffering while doing good {besides the shame of scrolling past and not liking or sharing a picture of Jesus on Facebook}. I’ve read the stories of the persecuted church and been moved. I've been horrified by the stories {and photos} of mass executions that faced by ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Galatians 5:22-23

Before you read this post, you need to know this: I hated writing it today. Because Scott and I had an argument last night and this is one of those days when marriage is hard and I feel like the least qualified person in the world to encourage anyone else on the topic. As I read through the verses for today, my heart was saying, "I don't wanna!" The fruit of the Spirit doesn't leave much room for my hurt feelings and my desire to be right and my need for affirmation ... in fact, it leaves ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Acts 28:2

The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold. — Acts 28:2 ********** Sandwiched in between two very bad experiences we find this mention of being shown unusual kindness. Just prior to this display, Paul finds himself shipwrecked. Following the unusual kindness,  Paul finds himself in the midst of my own personal nightmare — being snake bit. It reads like a scene from a Three Stooges skit or one of Captain ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Luke 21:4

"For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” — Luke 21:4 ********** We were at Cracker Barrel eating. Our server was great — the above and beyond kind of great where you feel like you've made a new friend. As we left I asked Scott if he'd given her a really good tip.  He smiled and handed me the receipt. He had tipped her the full amount of our dinner. We were headed to the beach one hot summer day when we lived in south ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: 1 Corinthians 13:7

********** Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. — 1 Corinthians 13:7 ********** Yesterday I received an email that I'd been selected as a writer for a new devotional book. As I jumped up and down and hollered, I dialed Scott's number. Why? Because for every minute I've invested in pursuing this writing dream, he's also been investing. He's listened to ideas, held me close as I cried after rejections, and pushed me to keep going when I wanted to ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Galatians 5:13

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. — Galatians 5:13 ********** Scott and I agree that the past two posts were the hardest to write. For me to speak to husbands about loving their wives and him to speak to wives about submission was equal parts terrifying and uncomfortable. But then I started working on today's post — and, y'all, I'm excited. Here's the thing: Scott married a very ... [Read More]