Marrying Our Differences in Partnership

When Cindy and I (Steve) got married we didn’t think our “differences” would matter much. We truly felt that we got along pretty good, and upon marrying, we would only grow closer—not separated by differences. But a year later those differences started to rear their ugly heads. Eventually they nearly Read More…

All of Us Are Difficult to Love – Dave & Ashley Willis

All of us are difficult to love. Isn’t that true? If you’ve been married for more than a few days, you can see this is true. “In this funny and practical You Tube video, Dave and Ashley Willis explain why everyone begins marriage with baggage. Because of this, we’re all Read More…

Important Marriage Reminders

I want to share some gentle reminders emailed to us by Joel Saltzman, from Shake It! Books. Joel sent out these reminders on the subject of parenting after questioning a number of “kids.” But when you look deeper, you’ll see that each one of them also applies to how we Read More…

A Love Story – Joni and Ken

I just finished reading a book that I highly recommend you read. It’s written by Joni and Ken Eareckson Tada with Larry Libby, and is titled, Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story. Not only is it a great read, it’s inspiring and has some surprising and candid parts to Read More…

The Marriage Disconnection

It’s so easy within marriage to become disconnected from your spouse. You can become like ships passing in the night. The two of you barely see or make contact with each other. The marriage disconnection is huge as you tend to other matters. Sure, you may sleep in the same Read More…

Resurrected Love in Marriage

There’s a question I’ve had posed to me MANY times. Is it possible to make a marriage work when the love is gone, and all there is left is arguing and bitterness? They’re essentially asking, is resurrected love possible? Does God raise up love, after it has died? I’ve written Read More…

Love And Affection Are Different

I repeatedly referred to love and affection separately whenever I speak. That’s intentional—because love and affection are not the same thing. Love is a biblical mandate and is foundational to a successful marriage. I’m convinced every reasonably healthy person is equipped to love others the way God designed. You choose Read More…

Married “Maybe” Forever

The other night, as Steve and I watched TV together, a commercial came on, which was promoting the program, “Married at First Sight.” (It’s easy to guess that we would not endorse that television show.) I was stunned by what the bride stated just before she walked down the aisle. Read More…

The Longview as You Both Change

Concerning the longview of marriage, I (Steve) came across an article where Cliff and JoAnn Payne offered advice after 60 years of being married. They shared things like how important it is to laugh together. They said that the “secret to being close” to one another is by both of Read More…