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...]

How to Treat My Spouse :: 4 Scriptures Worth Memorizing

How to Treat My Spouse :: 4 Scriptures Worth Memorizing

I’m a Louisiana gal, born and raised. If you mention fried shrimp po’boys, I will probably swoon. So when my husband had the privilege of officiating the wedding of one of our students in New Orleans this past weekend, it was just lagniappe ("happy extra") to an already full life. I ate enough calories to last me until Thanksgiving, was completely enchanted by the über New … [Read more...]

Married and…Adopting Domestically

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...]

Different from Our Parents, Starting in the Kitchen

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Supermarkets have changed in the last thirty years. Indeed, they’ve had more than a face-lift since my childhood in the eighties, but the change I speak of is not the updated décor or the appearance of Redbox kiosks. Since those golden years, I have witnessed the appearance of “organic” foods, along with the disappearance of the time-worn question “paper or plastic?” Paper … [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...]

Don’t Kill the Mood

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On our honeymoon, I tried to be movie romantic. While my bride was patiently waiting in the car, I spread rose petals all over the bedroom. I honestly don’t remember her reaction to my gesture, but I do remember the stains that wouldn’t come out of the new comforter and the carpet. Did you know rose petals could stain? My romance track record never really improved. My … [Read more...]

Equipped for Every Good Work…Even Marriage

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My husband and I had the privilege of “honeymooning” for our first six years of marriage in my grandparents’ home. It had been vacant for about five years after the death of my grandfather, and we enjoyed fixing it up a bit and creating new memories there. Although this home had three bedrooms and one bathroom, it was the definition of tiny. The four closets were at … [Read more...]

Arguing with Your Spouse: Is There a Right Way?

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Everybody argues. Everybody. Didn’t close the garage? Made an inappropriate joke? Wasted money? Didn’t show appreciation? Had a bad day and want to take it out on somebody? There are many reasons, but how can you argue rightly with your spouse? Before we jump into the topic of arguing with your spouse, let me acknowledge that you and I don’t know each other. Maybe … [Read more...]

More Than Buddies: Pursuing Male Friendships

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“Every single time we hang out, it’s basically an hour or two, at the most. I always have to initiate and it takes months to nail down.” “Babe, we had dinner with him and his wife a month ago. He’s just busy. Don’t overthink it.” “I know…I just…I wish he’d occasionally send me a text to ask how I’m doing. I stay in communication with him, and he usually responds, but … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Young Pastor

Confessions of a Young Pastor

I am a young pastor, 34-years-old, first church (though I would love to stay here a lifetime). Seven years have passed as pastor, and I have been loved well by my faith family. Sometimes—actually, almost every time—the acts of love most meaningful to my wife, Cole, and I were those which people most underestimated. Here are three acts of love which we’ve observed and from which … [Read more...]