When Your Blended Family Doesn’t Blend

When Your Blended Family Doesn't Blend

I sat across the room from her in my office each week. She was fifteen. Her parents had divorced when she was 4. They had been fighting over her ever since. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of court costs, counseling sessions, attorney fees, and custody evaluations. She had almost no memory of her parents living in harmony. She was numb, hated marriage, and hated divorce … [Read more...]

You’re Allowed to Be in a Bad Mood

You’re Allowed to Be in a Bad Mood

It would all start with one of us being in a bad mood. Early in our marriage, we would over-analyze each other’s moods. "What’s his problem?" "Why won’t she smile at me?" "He needs to snap out of it." "She sure is being difficult." We would badger each other by asking repeatedly, "What’s wrong? Is it something I did?" until finally the bad-mood spouse would snap, which … [Read more...]

Marriage, Past Sins, and Our Journey of Grace

Marriage, Past Sins, and Our Journey of Grace

We are called to respond to others with the same grace that God has given to us (see Colossians 4:6, for starters). As you undoubtedly already know, few relationships teach more about giving and receiving grace than the one you have with your spouse. Josh and Ashley know all too well the fear that comes when you have to fully disclose the past to your fiancé or … [Read more...]