Why Hospitality Really Is a Big Deal

Why Hospitality Really is a Big Deal

God has used marriage to teach me a lot of things: I’ve learned how selfish I can be. I’ve learned that I sing a lot, loudly, and terribly (Space Jam sound track, word-for-word, in my darkest hours). I’ve learned that I’m worse with directions than even I thought (on the other hand, Hannah is a human GPS that rivals Google Maps). I’ve learned that I’m not good at … [Read more...]

Letting God Decide What We Do and Don’t Have Time For

We live in a culture that glorifies busyness, and Christian families are no different. Most of us can't possibly discuss plans with another family or couple without checking our family calendar, our spouse's calendar, and our kids' calendars. For many of us, if God called us to do something outside of the box, we'd have to look long and hard at our calendars to see if we could … [Read more...]

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...]

What Hospitality Looks Like in Real Life

Hospitality In Real Life

Growing up in the South, I often pictured hospitality with Sunday potlucks, front porches, and bridal showers decorated with sprays of flowers and giant crystal punch bowls. I thought hospitality required being more like Martha than Mary. And it all seemed pretty exhausting. However, one of my greatest discoveries in the last five years of marriage is that hospitality … [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...]

How Our Intentional Giving Plan Works for Us

How Our Intentional Giving Plan Works for Us

There are a lot of ways to bless others. Some ways don’t cost you a dime—acts of service, listening, speaking words of encouragement, etc.—but many times pulling out your wallet is the best way to bless someone. Whether you pay for someone’s meal, leave a generous tip to a waiter who is clearly having a rough day, invite another couple over for dinner, or pay an expense … [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...]

Protecting Our Fall Schedules

Protecting Our Fall Schedules

As school events, work events, sports, band, and dance practices are in full swing, I keep thinking about a situation that happened to my wife and me a couple years ago. One September day, my wife reached out to an old acquaintance to invite their family over for dinner. I had heard good things about their family, and I was excited to meet them. We knew that with 3 kids and … [Read more...]

MarriageRoots’ Low-Stress Christmas Guide [FREE Printable Checklist]

Christmas Checklist

Christmas is coming! If that statement sends a bit of excitement up your spine and then is immediately followed by a brief shudder of anxiety, then read on. Christmas is that unique time of year where Christian couples have an amazing opportunity—to fall into a trap. One of the biggest traps of the enemy in the modern Christmas-era is distracting and stressing out … [Read more...]

Sex Is Killing Our Kids

Sex Is Killing Our Kids

A few weeks ago I met with a group of Christian college students to speak on the topic of Sexual Atheism. Yes, you read that correctly. Sexual Atheism—there is such a thing—and it is most prevalent among Christian college students. Sexual Atheists on the outside look a lot like Christians. They go to church, read their Bible regularly, listen to Christian music, … [Read more...]