10 Benefits of Truth Telling

I’ve always been an open book—even when I didn’t (and don’t) intend to be. This tendency has become something of a strategy for me over the past 15 years or so. I say “strategy” because it’s something I’ve been very intentional about as I’ve discovered the power of the truth. Of course, there was a […]

Watch Out for the "Stupid Stage"

Last week my husband and I attended the AACC Marriage America conference in Orlando. Gary Thomas, author of Sacred Marriage and leader of one of the tracks I’d selected, discussed a concept that stood out for me. In Thomas’ class he outlined the seasons of marriage. The first of the marital seasons he aptly named, […]

Fighting for Your Marriage

Did your holidays bring home more than just irritating in-laws? Sometimes the stress of the holidays can magnify problems in your marriage that were on the backburner until now. Perhaps you feel as if you are in the fight of your life to save your marriage. First off, let’s consider … 3 Common Reactions to […]

Fighting for Your Marriage

Did your holidays bring home more than just irritating in-laws? Sometimes the stress of the holidays can magnify problems in your marriage that were on the backburner until now. Perhaps you feel as if you are in the fight of your life to save your marriage. First off, let’s consider … 3 Common Reactions to […]

Resolve to Love – Guest Post by Marisa Gary

Today we have the privilege of joining Marisa Gary at the blog, We Were Made to Worship. Marisa is doing a “Love Series” that I will be linking with today and every Friday in January. So start your New Year right by committing yourself to reading her “Love Series” devotionals. Read on … “Because of […]

“Engagement” with the Real Problem

Today we are joining Marriage Monday to discuss engagement.   When my husband, then boyfriend, Gary was a teen, a very smart, protective youth pastor told Gary never to tell a girl he loved her until he was ready to marry her. I completely understand this man’s reasoning. I know that there are way too […]

Have You Really Forgiven Someone?

I often hear people say, “Oh, I forgave him/her.” But sometimes I doubt the truth or reality of their words. It’s not that I don’t think they’re being sincere. It’s just that I think many people believe that forgiveness is simply a decision and nothing more.  Here’s why I think there’s more forgiveness work to […]

What To Do When Your Attitude Stinks

Your spouse has been crabby for several days now. You know something is brewing, but when you press for what “it” is, you only get your head bit off for asking. Eventually, your spouse starts an argument. Let’s say that he blames you for some longstanding problem between the two of you. You cannot believe […]

Choosing to Fight

Written by: Stacey Micklevitz My husband Bryan is a faithful follower of the UFC. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this fast-growing sport, UFC is Ultimate Fighting Championship. When I witnessed my first fight on TV, I was nearly horrified. How can this be a sport? How can two men enter a locked […]