The Key to Living a Happy Life

The Key to Living a Happy Life

My husband and I were recently on a business reward trip to Southern California where the weather was a cool 77 degrees and the ocean views were breathtaking. When we arrived at the resort, we were told that our room was not ready yet, but we were welcome to walk around the property and they would call us as soon as it was available. We nodded our heads in agreement and spent … [Read more...]

So You Don’t Live on Easy Street… [plus FREE Scripture Printables!]

ALWAYS GOOD GREEN

There can be many, many pain points in a marriage—places that lead us to worry and anxiety, to fear the worst, places that lead us to question God. The reality of it is the worst could happen. Nothing in Scripture points to a life on Easy Street this side of Eternity. And it can feel even more painful when we look around and feel like we’re the only ones going through a … [Read more...]

My Mental Illness and My Marriage

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Marriage is hard. Two people with different backgrounds, different baggage, different habits, and different expectations deciding to pledge their life to each other is a recipe for disaster. It’s also a recipe for beauty and holiness. I can honestly say that there is nothing in my life—not motherhood, friendship or family—that has shaped my relationship with God more … [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...]

Glad We Didn’t Know the Pain that Was Coming

Glad We Didn't Know the Pain That Was Coming

Marriage’s ultimate purpose is to point us to Christ. When things are going really well, marriage mirrors the gracious and selfless love of the Savior. But more times than not, it is the shortcomings in our marriage that illuminate the magnitude of what Christ did for us. This year felt like one major shortcoming for me, and it may have been the first time that I fully … [Read more...]

Healing from a Miscarriage

Miscarriage & Infertility - My Family’s Story

Like most people, I didn’t know a lot about miscarriage until my best friend had one when we were 27. Then, over the next few years, I knew too much. That same friend had another one, her sister had two of her own, and then my own sister lost three babies in less than a year. As a result, having my own miscarriage became one of my worst fears. I watched these sisters of mine … [Read more...]

When We Were Out of Options and Needed a Breakthrough

Worship Together: Unifying Hearts for Breakthrough

Not long ago, my wife and I experienced the type of loss that many young couples of child-bearing age face: a miscarriage. We didn’t expect it—we were barreling along in our fledgling union pursuing career, raising our first daughter, and generally getting used to life as a couple. We had just gone on a ski trip, and when we got home my wife took a pregnancy test. To our … [Read more...]

How to Help Your Family Memorize Scripture in 2016

Scripture Memory Club

A new year brings a sigh of relief for some and a bit of wistfulness for others. Regardless of how you left 2015, a look ahead at 2016 can bring with it a lot of ideas and plans, especially spiritual ones. For many Christians, the do-over of a new year also becomes a bit of a do-over for diving deeper into Scripture, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines like memorizing … [Read more...]

Trusting Him at All Times–Even with Car Repairs

Car Troubles – Time to Worry or Pray?

I drive a 1994 Acura Integra which I purchased in 1997. It is in great shape, and I still enjoy driving it. Last year I was driving in town, and my car lurched violently two or three times. I thought to myself, “Was that a problem with the car, did I hit some bad potholes, or did my right foot have a spasm?” It did not happen again that day, so I thought nothing more of … [Read more...]

Advent Resources 2015

Advent Resources

Our world is one big race to see who can get things done the fastest. The words "waiting" and "patience" generally have negative connotations. Because of that, there's very little to wait on these days---save a few things that are out of our control like childbirth, graduation, or the DMV. Everything else is all about speed. That's why, when you think about it, the Advent … [Read more...]