Photo Tour of London Plus Linkup!

It’s been so much fun to share photos with all of you from the anniversary trip that my husband and I took to the U.K. (back in 2013) in honor of our most recent anniversary of 30 years! And as promised, today I’m sharing the last installment of that trip with a look at all the […]

Our Anniversary Trip to Liverpool, England Plus Giveaway and Linkup

I’m continuing a series of posts that are in honor of my 30 years of marriage to my hubby, Gary. About four years ago we went for our 25th anniversary (a year late) to the U.K.—visiting Tenby, Wales first; and then London, England last. But in between those two destinations, we visited Liverpool, England, since […]

30 Years of Marriage and Devotional Giveaway Plus Linkup

I can’t believe it’s been 30 years on the 30th of 2017 since my hubby and I got married! And I have to say . . . it doesn’t feel a day over 15! 😉 Today I want to celebrate those 30 messy and marvelous years by sharing a collection of photos from the trip my husband […]

Are You Making Your Spouse Your savior?

I had a very messy marriage back in the day, and this was directly related to an even messier view of my identity. My lagging sense of self worth set me up for pursuing my husband as my savior, instead of pursuing my Savior as my Savior. Oh sure, I’d received Christ as my Savior […]

Stage Two of Confronting a Spouse And Linkup!

In marriage, a lot of couples are able to work through at least a minor to moderate-level conflict without the help of a third or fourth party. 😉  In fact, there’s even advice from Scripture that says outside parties should steer clear of a conflict that is not their own! #dogbite “Interfering in someone else’s […]

First Step to Confront with Grace – And Linkup

Last week I introduced the idea that “grace” is not only shown when we overlook an offense, or even when we hold our tongue and patiently pray for God to convict the other party, but it’s also shown when we confront our offender. But how can that be considered “grace”—to confront someone? Doesn’t that sound […]

Simple Date #8 – Fun and Inspiration by the Water

One of my all-time favorite activities to do on a date is to seek out a body of water of some kind to sit by and gaze at the beautiful hues that dance and shimmer on the surface. Of course, give me a vacation at the beach where I can sink my toes into the […]

How Long Should I Extend Grace in Marriage? And Linkup

I ended last week’s post in the series, The Many Faces of Grace, with this question: When is it unhealthy or “enabling” to overlook an insult or sin in my spouse (or other offender)? I think the questions to consider in this kind of situation are: Is it destructive to one or more relationships? (Creating […]

What Extending Grace Looks like in Marriage – Plus Linkup

One of the things that has often confounded me is, when do I extend grace? Is it all the time? And what does grace even look like, especially in marriage? I think of grace like forgiveness—letting something go. After all, the Lord certainly has let go of the need to punish me for my sin—dying […]

Simple Date Idea #7 – Gratitude Walk

My husband and I have discovered that often one of the first “honeymoon phase” practices to go is expressing gratitude to each other. That means it’s often a distant image in the rearview mirror for most couples who’ve been married for any length of time. But oh how it improves the atmosphere and culture of […]