7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled Marriage

July 20, 2015

7 Secrets of a Long, Grace-filled MarriageMy husband and I are celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. Yes, we married young. :-) No, these are not necessarily our secrets, though we’ve tried to incorporate them into our marriage through the years.

Actually, we could sum up the secret of our long and satisfying marriage in three words: God‘s amazing grace.
But as marriage enrichment leaders through the years we’ve had the privilege of working with many couples. And in his ministry position, my husband has had the opportunity to work with and counsel numerous couples.
What makes a marriage flourish? This list is not exhaustive, but here are seven secrets of a long, grace-filled marriage that we’ve observed through the years: (If you’ve been married over 25 years, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what makes a marriage last. You can do so at the end of this blog).

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5 Reasons God May Be Silent

April 21, 2015

When God doesn't answer, is it because of us or Him?You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. When we can’t hear God’s voice, is it because of us or Him? Why is God silent? Read more

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for You

April 4, 2015

 

Is Jesus Real? An Easter Prayer for YouSome of us may feel like Thomas, who questioned the Lord after His resurrection appearance. At times, we too, need to know that Jesus is truly real. Circumstances leave us discouraged, and we soon forget God’s work in our lives. Read more

Encouraging Words for Discouraging Times

March 17, 2015

Encouraging Words for Encouraging Times

Encouraging Words

When you find yourself in a wilderness of unpleasant circumstances, what encouraging words do you need to hear? How do you get through it? Read more

Five Signs of a Spiritual Freeze-Up

March 3, 2015

Can you detect the five signs of a spiritual freeze-up?

We can’t prevent the snow blanketing much of our country. Will winter never end? But a more serious condition can paralyze us. Can you recognize the five signs of a spiritual freeze-up? Read more

3 Ways to Increase Your Joy in Life

February 3, 2015

3 Ways to Increase Your Joy in Life

We all want to get the most out of life. But discontentment can seep into the most positive personality in subtle ways. Here are three ways to destroy the three W’s of life (Wishing, Worrying, Wasting) and increase your joy in life: Read more

5 Prayers God Loves to Hear

January 28, 2015

5 Prayers God Loves to Hear

Do you wonder what kind of prayers reach heaven? Here are five kinds of prayers God always loves to hear: Read more

How Do You Measure Success?

January 13, 2015

How Do You Measure Success

A mom may gauge success more by her kids’ accomplishments, rather than her own–even their behavior, and her effectiveness in influencing them.

The salesperson tends to measure success by the number of sales, the size of commission or bonus, his promotion–or lack of it–and his effectiveness in producing results.

The writer often sees success in the size of her advance, in how many books she writes and the number of readers who buy them, the total number of book sales and its placement on the charts, and in the number of her blog followers and Facebook friends.

The preacher might evaluate success by the size and spiritual growth of his congregation, the number of converts and baptisms each year, and the absence of conflict among his congregation.

What’s Wrong With That?

Different folks, but same philosophy: equating success with results. It’s the nature of life. Is there anything wrong with that? Read more

Lessons I Learned (and Re-learned) in 2014

January 6, 2015

Lessons I Learned (and Relearned) in 2014

What Lessons Did You Learn in 2014?

What did God teach you in 2014? What lessons did you learn? It would take a book to list them all and to explain how, when, and where God re-emphasized His truths for me. But here, in a nutshell, are 20 simple lessons I learned (and relearned) in 2014: Read more

A Bible Promise for the New Year

December 30, 2014

A Bible Promise for the New Year

We all need hope and strength to keep moving forward. Here’s a Bible promise to help you get started in the New Year. It’s one of my favorites: Read more

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