Deconstructing the “Perfect” Christmas to Make it REAL

Have you been striving to create a “perfect Christmas” for everyone to the point that it’s causing more problems than blessings? We confess that we have been there in the past. In our pursuit of excellence, we’ve sometimes gone overboard. And it just doesn’t work. It’s exhausting, and it’s frustrating Read More…

Christmas Tips: Surviving Holidays – Jay and Laura

Surviving the Christmas Holidays This is the third Christmas Tip, which is given by Jay and Laura Laffoon, posted on You Tube. These tips are all about surviving the Christmas holidays. In this particular tip the Laffoons discuss the act of giving gifts. It’s a big part of the Christmas Read More…

Ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas? Is this too early for you; or are you one who gets ready for Christmas earlier, rather than later? No matter what the timing, we hope you try to cut down on the stress of preparing. That’s NOT what Christmas is all about. Decorating, preparing Read More…

Working Through Your Holiday Expectations

You’ve probably seen movies in which the following scenario is played out Hollywood style. The relationship of a happy newlywed couple gets severely tested with fights, hurt feelings, and estrangement over family holidays. These happen, only to be wonderfully resolved in 1 1/2 hours! For some couples, such a scenario Read More…

The Christmas Season Can Be Hard on Relationships

Celebrating the Christmas season can be hard on relationships —particularly marriage. This may seem like a strange statement, but it’s true. You would think the opposite would be true. After-all, during the Christmas season you’re supposed to be celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ —”the Prince of Peace.” So your goal should Read More…

Missing the Christmas Message

A number of years ago we wrote a Marriage Message by this same title, “Missing the Christmas Message.” We’re repeating it this week because of its relevance. It’s especially important during this time of the year and beyond to consider the following questions: How many of us miss the Christmas Read More…

Our Messy Christmas – Can You Relate?

Can you relate to facing a messy Christmas where you are fighting to “keep it real?” That’s what our guest blogger, Debi Walter, asks us to prayerfully consider. Here’s what she writes: My house is a mess. I am decorating for Christmas, but there are demands keeping me from finishing Read More…

Reduce Marital Tension This Christmas

Actually, we should title this Marriage Insight, “Reduce Marital Tension This Christmas, AND Beyond.” That is what we’re hoping you will do. If you haven’t reduced the tension yet, hopefully this can be a new beginning. We confess that throughout our marriage we’ve found ourselves battling with this situation. We Read More…

PRIORITIES: Who is Most Important?

We say that our spouse is the most important person in the world to us. That’s why we married him or her in the first place. But does our spouse know that he or she is so important to us? Do our priorities line up with what we think or Read More…

Holiday Relationship Tips

With Christmas and New Years coming up, many of us could use a few relationship tips. This is a time of the year where relationship issues often come to the forefront. Sometimes we need reminders. Other times we need “food for thought” tips. Whatever you need, here goes: “Ask your Read More…