Rejected! How Do I Cope?

I don’t think there is any pain that can compare to loving someone so deeply that you would die for him or her, and yet he or she has decided that the feeling is not mutual. This person has made the decision to up and leave you. We hear of Read More…

LIVING The Gospel Message – MM #291

A while back Steve and I went to the Middle East ministering with others, to faithful workers of the Gospel. We fell in love with our fellow brothers and sisters over there. We know that because of this trip our lives have been forever changed in a positive way. On this Read More…

After the Crying… After Asking Why… Then What?

It was our sixth trip to the ER with chest pain in a little over a year. After open heart surgery plus three stents had stabilized Bette’s heart condition, we dared to believe we were finally done with these anxious trips to the hospital. But there we were again. And Read More…

Asking Why During a Stormy Time

Are you asking why during a stormy time in your life? It sure is tempting! At this time my husband and I are going through a horribly stormy time. It’s so very painful that I can’t even put it into words. Oh, it’s not about our relationship —thankfully, we’re fine Read More…

Crying Tears to God for Marriage – MM #240

Recently, many of us celebrated Valentine’s Day (a day meant for romance). It was a GREAT day for a lot of us. But we also know it was a very painful day for many others who are struggling. How our hearts grieve for those who are crying tears to God Read More…

Marriage Without a Blueprint?

Why is it that we think that it would be ridiculous to build a house without using a blueprint —an intentional plan, but building a marriage should “just come naturally?” Is the initial love that you feel for each other truly enough to last you from your wedding day, for Read More…

Open Presents – Open Hearts

It’s Christmas Day and Steve and I opened our presents with family and with each other. It caused us to be reminded of something Janice Maeditere wrote. She said: “Christmas isn’t so much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” It caused me to wonder if we have open Read More…

TORN: You Love God and Your Unbelieving Spouse

Do you feel torn at times because you love God, but you also love your unbelieving spouse? You are feeling conflicted within your heart and within your marriage. Your God and your spouse are the two great loves of your life. That’s a dilemma that many, many spouses face who Read More…

Marriage: It’s Not About Satisfaction – MM #46

Did you know that marriage has a purpose even when it isn’t working? Most people miss this point. They think that marriage is about getting our own needs met. They think that it’s about “me.” What am I getting out of this marriage? What about my satisfaction? If that’s what Read More…