Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

Being Too Busy Is Costing Us Greatly

This article, this truth, this word from God has been in my heart and mind for years now. What price have we paid, what has it cost us, to not observe a day of rest? A purposeful, intentional day to “cease and desist” and just look at our six days of labor and accomplishment and be thankful for everything God has given us. To take a day and just be thankful for having completed … [Read more...]

Finding Something to Celebrate Kept Us Sane

Tiny Buried Treasures

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...]

Navigating the Hardest Season of Our Lives


“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...]

Expecting Tragedy Is No Way to Live


Have you ever experienced exquisite joy—maybe while looking at your spouse and feeling overwhelmed with love for them, or watching your child sleeping in perfect, tousled peace; and in an instant—a split-second—you begin to imagine something terrible happening? The worst-case scenario plays out in fast-forward fashion, leaving you slightly terrified? I honestly thought I … [Read more...]

When Your Marriage Is in a Funk


Do you ever have times when you’re just plain out of sorts with your spouse? (If the answer is “no,” please move on. You’re just making the rest of us feel even worse.) I mean, nothing is seriously wrong (that you can put your finger on)—you’re just kind of in a funk and every little thing seems to be getting on your nerves? (This is where the guys exchange knowing … [Read more...]

The Problem with Viewing Marriage as a Contract


“You do your job, and I’ll do mine.” This is how many marriages function. As long as your spouse keeps his or her end of the bargain, your marriage will last. This begs the question: What happens when your partner doesn’t? I’m often guilty of viewing my marriage as a contract. When my wife doesn’t stick to the “terms of agreement,” I feel victimized by the “heinous … [Read more...]

A Marriage Guarantee: Storms Are Coming


I attended a wedding ceremony recently, and the pastor quoted from Matthew 7: Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t … [Read more...]