5 Habits We Started Early that Have Kept Our Marriage Strong

5 marriage habits we started early that have kept our marriage strong.

Marriage is a beautiful gift. It's hard. Frustratingly hard sometimes. My husband and I see each other in our greatest times of need. We see each other at our best and at our worst. Everyday we wake up, committing ourselves to covenant keeping love. Each day we get the choice to die to self. We get to choose love. My husband is my best friend. He makes me a better woman of God. Sometimes he's Continue Reading

A Recipient of Extravagant Grace

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By contributing writer, Ami By now I’m sure your Christmas preparations are well underway. Twinkling lights, trees, wrapping paper, cookies, hot chocolate, wreaths, ribbons, shopping, carols, traditions… It’s a delightful hustle and bustle. I love it. I absolutely do. But sometimes I start to forget the main thing. Maybe you do too? Well, come sit for a minute, grab a cup of coffee, and slow Continue Reading

When You’ve Married the Wrong Person

When You've Married the Wrong Person

By contributing writer, Brenda The thought first entered my mind two weeks after the wedding: I've married the wrong person. I sat on the edge of the bed in the Extended Stay hotel and wished I was Dorothy. Three clicks of my heels just might deliver me back into the one-bedroom apartment I lived in three weeks earlier. In one month we had gotten married, moved to a new state for the Continue Reading

5 Steps for Improving Communication in Marriage

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This post is written by contributing writer, Mary Beth from New Life Steward. Recently, my small group randomly began discussing the book Men are Like Waffles--Women are Like Spaghetti. Having never read the book (see this post for books I recommend on marriage), I gathered from the others that the main gist of the book is the difference in thinking and communication between men and Continue Reading

Making a List of What I Love {Like} about My Husband

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The latest disagreement, argument, fight was over food of all things. I thought the plan was to have leftovers for dinner. He didn't remember that plan and didn't want leftovers. At 7:00 in the evening, however, there weren't many other options. With every stomp up the stairs, the cause of the anger I felt toward my husband shifted from leftovers. Even the scripture art that lines the walls Continue Reading

The Best Advice I Received about Being Married

The Best Advice I Got About Being Married

This post is written by contributing writer, Brenda from Triple Braided. When you're a single woman you get a lot of advice about being married. Unfortunately some of it is of the male-bashing kind. That kind you need to stay away from. But, on the other hand, some of it is really helpful and you find yourself referring back to it over and over again. I was single for a long time. Not as Continue Reading

4 Steps to Having a “Good” Fight

Four Steps to Having a Good Fight - Intentional By Grace

This post is written by contributing writer, Nikki As we all know, marriages aren't perfect. We struggle and sometimes we want to give up. Learning some solid principles and tools to keep your marriage on the right track is key. When your marriage is on the rocks, a fight can make or break you. With A Surrendered Marriage Challenge, we are trying to help arm you with the tools to "make" it, Continue Reading

When Your Spouse Has a Bad Habit

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This post is written by contributing writer, Brenda from Triple-Braided. I have a bad habit. A habit that drives my husband out of his skin. I leave shoes all over the house. There are running shoes by the front door. Flip flops under the coffee table. Sandals next to the bed. And another pair of sandals in the bathroom. Yes, they are everywhere. The problem is that they are in Continue Reading

I Love You, You’re Perfect … Now Change

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Mark and I do not have the perfect union. We are a work in progress. We fight. We make-up. We pray. We whine. We pick. We love. We play. We rest. But through it all, the one thing we want to be sure we're doing is growing in the Lord. As a matter of fact, Mark was adamant about one thing before he asked me to marry him. Our difference in the number of kids we wanted he could overlook. The Continue Reading

3 Lessons Our Children Learn from Marital Conflict

3 lessons our children learn from marital conflict

Mark and I experience marital conflict on a regular basis. The degree and point of conflict varies, but we do have conflict in our marriage. New to this series? Catch up on Mommy & Daddy’s Marriage Matters here. Yesterday alone, we managed to have four conflicts. Four, people! The day before that we had one or two more. A few weeks ago, we had a conflict that went on for days. We Continue Reading