GUEST BLOG by Debra Fileta The dangerous rift between two people in a marriage doesn’t happen overnight. Just like anything significant, marriage takes time to build – and it also takes time to tear down. But sometimes, we begin to slide away from one another without our realizing that the rift is happening. Like the slow dripping of a leaky faucet, we get so accustomed to the pattern of the noise that we don’t even realize that something is broken. Something… Read more

I don’t know a whole lot about sports, but I do know that certain plays in a game aren’t “good” if the player goes out of bounds.  In baseball, your pitch isn’t considered good unless it is right over the plate.  In a football game, you can’t score a field goal unless the football goes directly through the uprights.  Staying within the boundary lines is extremely important in order for a team to score or better yet win the game…. Read more

One day while my kids and some neighbor kids were playing in the kitchen and my husband, Dave, had just come home from work, he walked in the kitchen, pulled me close, hugged me, and greeted me with a kiss.  It was by no means a lingering, passionate embrace; but it was a warm and affectionate greeting where, yes, our lips locked.  Cooper’s friend loudly gasped and said “Eew, gross!” and looked at Cooper as if he should have the… Read more

Our relationship with our in-laws can be difficult to navigate at times even when we genuinely love them. Therefore, as parents, we need to decide ahead of time how we will receive and treat those who marry our children. When we do this, we create a great foundation for a healthy relationship with not only our son/daughter-in-law but we will also cultivate and keep a strong and balanced bond with our grown child. As a mother of four boys, I’ve… Read more

If you and your spouse are going through a rough patch in your marriage right now, please take heart and know that there is hope. Here are 4 things you can do right now to help your struggling marriage… (more…) Read more

In the most romantic book of the Bible, Song of Solomon, the wife calls her husband “my lover, my friend”.  I love that! With the busyness of life…raising kids, working hard, and checking off our long “to-do” list, we can forget that God not only gave us a partner for life in our spouse, but he also gave us a lifelong best friend, “BFF” (best friend forever), or “bestie” (like the cool kids say).  If we find ourselves in a… Read more

Don’t you love the feeling of a fresh start and setting new goals? Many of us do. We want to better ourselves and our lives.  January is a popular time for this with New Years resolutions on our minds and in our sights. The gyms are bursting at the seams. The health food stores have empty shelves.  Married couples have a renewed sense of devotion.  Solid family budgets are in place.  And, church attendance is at an all time high…. Read more

GUEST POST by Katie M. Reid Are you struggling this season? Struggling to find joy? Struggling to make end’s meet? Struggling to keep things fresh in the midst of tradition and familiarity? You know what? It’s okay to be struggling. Struggle doesn’t mean you are a failure, it means you are human.  In fact, the Bible says so… (more…) Read more

Chip and Joanna Gaines are pretty much a household name after all the success they have had on HGTV’s Fixer Upper and their many business ventures including Magnolia Farms and the recent debut of their home goods line at Target called Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. If you watch their show, you can see the obvious chemistry that the couple share. Many wonder how a married couple can stay so close and happy while working together in multiple businesses and… Read more

How we handle disagreements will greatly affect the health and strength of our marriage. It’s healthy to talk things out, but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. Dave and I have certainly had our share of disagreements, and we often talk to couples who have seriously hurt their partner simply because they don’t know how to navigate arguments. There are a few DOs and DON’Ts that we need to keep in mind when arguing… Read more

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