When Trusting in God Means Putting Faith in My Husband

When Trusting in God Means Putting Faith in My Husband

Husband: "What if I feel like God is calling us to plant a church?" Wife: Stares into space, pretending not to hear. Just over a year prior to this "conversation," we had picked up and moved ourselves and our 3-year-old and 2-year-old from Texas to Georgia, which was basically a completely different planet for this native Texan. … [Read more...]

Managing the Tension Between Work and Home

Managing the Tension Between Work and Home

“You are a husband and father first, before you are a pastor.” With this declaration, based on 1 Timothy 3:4-5, my wise friend and mentor began my ordination charge. He then shared how his failure to build this priority into his own ministry had cost his family dearly. Years of unintended neglect had sown seeds of bitterness and dysfunction in his home. More than a … [Read more...]

Finding Something to Celebrate Kept Us Sane

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Recently our family went through a really rough season as my husband looked for a new job. Each day felt worse than the last; the light at the end of the tunnel just kept getting smaller and smaller. It was hard to fully enjoy the rare good day because we knew that the next day would bring its hardships crashing down on us. More discouraged and sad each day, I felt we would be … [Read more...]

Why We Aren’t a Super Couple

Why We Aren’t a Super Couple

It has been a crazy whirlwind for my husband Zach and me these past couple of months. We married in June of this year, Zach started his job as a civil engineer that same month, and not long after that, my school started back up again. We have our weeks full of work hours, study times, and household chores. We are new to this life of finding a balance of work, school, and each … [Read more...]

Navigating the Hardest Season of Our Lives

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“Go ahead and give me my tissues now,” I joked to my girlfriends as we got our Kleenex out and made our predictions about what the ceremony would be like. I thought maybe I’d be a little emotional because we loved this bride and her family so much. But after the brutal season our life had just narrowly escaped, the tears were fresh and free-flowing. I literally began … [Read more...]

When Your Job Impacts Your Marriage

When Your Job Affects Your Marriage

I quit my job a few weeks before I got married. It wasn’t a good separation on my part. I wouldn’t even call it a “conscious uncoupling.” I felt disrespected by my bosses, so I reacted immediately and quit. And it felt great! I channeled my inner Johnny Paycheck. Did I mention this happened a few weeks before I got married? Looking back, this was one of the dumbest … [Read more...]

Married and…Retired

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Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in our “Married and…” series where we will interview couples from all walks of life. It is our hope that you are encouraged by the stories of people who have similar journeys as you, who share the same dreams you have, who face the same obstacles you do, and who can remind you that your marriage isn’t the first one to experience the … [Read more...]

Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

Walking with Your Spouse in the Uncertainty

Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and late-night phone calls. I was … [Read more...]

I Married a Dreamer

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We tied the knot during Matt’s second year of Physical Therapy school. When his class decided to raise money to put on a banquet at the end of their final year, I was ready to step up as a good wife and make cupcakes for a bake sale. (Okay, so half of me was trying to be a good wife, half just wanted to use the bakeware I had so proudly received at bridal showers the … [Read more...]

When Obedience Means Walking Away from a Steady Paycheck

My Jonah Experience

Three Christmases ago I was in a Cracker Barrel, fist-pumping near the roaring fireplace as I read a long-expected email on my phone. The email was from a job prospect which promised an exit from my role in a large Fortune 50 technology company and back into more ministry-related work. I would be able to keep a corporate-world salary, but I would be interacting with some of the … [Read more...]