#MarriagePrayers: Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. — Philippians 1:6 ********** Somehow I always thought I'd be much more put together at 44 than I am. We were 24 when we got married and twenty years seemed an eternity away. I figured by now all those insecurities and doubts I have about myself would be long since reconciled. While some of them are long since settled, parenting has brought a whole new set of questions and ... [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]

#MarriagePrayers: Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12 ********** A few months ago Scott and I were in a really hard season. Parenting was hard. Work was hard. Ministry was hard. And marriage was hard. We were both trying to deal with all the demands on us. We were both exhausted in every possible way. We were both consumed with ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Luke 17:5-6

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. — Luke 17:5-6 ********** June 12, 1995 was the first time I ever laid eyes on Teri Lynne. 5 months later I asked her to be my bride, she said yes. I thought I understood love. June 1, 1996 we stood at the front of a church and promised to love, cherish and honor. To be true ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. — Hebrews 11:1 ********** What is it that you hope for? If we're being candid, we hope for things like healthy children, nice homes, and regular pay raises. In the day-to-day grind of life, we tend to focus on the practical things that make our lives run smoother.  We want lawnmowers to start like they're supposed to, dinners not to burn, and traffic not to slow us down. But what if we look a little deeper? ... [Read More]

#MarriagePrayers: John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. — John 15:13 ********** When Jesus said these words to His disciples, He knew the crucifixion was imminent. He wanted them to have confidence in a few things in the days ahead when they would look back on all that happened.  First, that His death was rooted in love. Second, that He chose to lay down His life, it wasn't taken from Him. And finally, that they were His friends. Jesus wanted these men to grasp the ... [Read More]