The Perfectionist Spouse

  Do you ever feel like you can never satisfy your spouse?  Do you get into arguments over who’s right or how something should be done?  Do you sometimes feel like you’re in competition with your spouse? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you might be married to or be “the […]

M Trifecta: Messy Married Mom

Written by Stacey MicklevitzMessy Marriage Team Member I bear the burden of being a Messy Married Mom. You know the type. My marriage isn’t always perfect, and my kids aren’t always perfect. Maintaining a fulfilling married relationship with my husband, Bryan is difficult enough on its own.  Add two tots to the mix, and the […]

How I Help My Husband … In His View

Today we are joining “Marriage Monday” to discuss the topic of  “helping our husbands” as referenced in Gen. 2:18.  I chose to interview the one I help, my husband, Gary.  Check out what he has to say on the subject …   What do you think God means when he created me to be your […]

He Won’t Talk to Me

Photo by Ed Passi One of the challenging areas in my marriage is conversation. Part of the problem is that we already know so much about each other that there’s little mystery.   What’s new to talk about that hasn’t already been covered in countless conversations in the past? Another issue is that I am […]

Extending Grace to Extended Family

by tinaxduzgen With the Thanksgiving holiday just next week, my mind has wandered toward the many “extended family” messes that often erupt this time of year. I have to say that I’m so grateful to have in-laws who have blessed me and not tested me when the holidays have rolled around. Unfortunately, I do remember […]

3 Ways to Deal with a Recurring Conflict

AlicePopkorn Ever had an issue like one of my hubby’s favorite movies, Groundhog Day? If you’re not familiar, Bill Murray plays a weather reporter who keeps waking up to the same frustrating Groundhog Day over and over again. Sometimes a particular issue in marriage is like that. No matter how hard you try to work […]

I’m Having an Affair … With My Cell Phone!

Written by Gary Steffaniak Messy Marriage Team Member … at least, that’s what my wife says. Let me explain. Friday is my day off and usually my wife, Beth, and I spend the day together. When school is going on, our kids are not home, and typically the day is ours—an empty house with no […]

Consumed with Making My Spouse Perfect

Back some 25 years ago, I didn’t marry the man that I now call my husband. No, I haven’t gotten a divorce and remarried a different man. I simply married the man I believed would change to suit my preferences and ideals. In hindsight, I can clearly see that was the … Wrong Approach!    […]

10 Reasons "Why There’s No Such Thing as a Soul-Mate"

photo credit by stevendepolo (Flickr) If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I fiercely and regularly attempt to debunk the whole soul-mate mythology that’s so rampant in our society. So, to drive home my thoughts even more, I’ve decided to share 10 reasons why I think it’s simply a […]

“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 […]