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…

Is Your Love Obvious to Your Spouse?

Concerning obvious love in marriage, here’s something to consider: “The day we stop learning and growing together is the day marriage becomes a holding pattern.” (Dr Robert Paul) The day we pledge our love to each other on our wedding day this marital pattern starts off “holding” its own. Eventually, Read More…

Liking Each Other in Marriage – MM #357

Just because you’re married and you live in the same house together, it doesn’t mean that you still love and LIKE each other. It also does not mean that you SHOW it in a way that the other understands. Your love may be one of the best kept secrets around! Read More…

Love Shown EVEN at Home – MM #341

The above title may seem a little strange… Love Shown Even at Home?!!! It is strange, but not without truth to it. You see, sometimes we act more loving, and give more grace to complete strangers than we do to our marriage partner. Love Shown Even at Home I had an Read More…

Steadfast Love in Marriage – MM #296

Is your marriage one where God’s covenantal, steadfast love shines through? Do you have, and are you maintaining a steadfast love for each other? “God’s steadfast love motivates us to enter into covenant with him. We know in our hearts God is committed to our best interest. Therefore, with confidence Read More…

Our Anniversary: We Still Say “I Do”

Today is our anniversary. 45 years ago today, we said, “I do.” We walked down the aisle of a small church and gave our vow to “love, honor, and cherish each other, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, keeping only to each other, til death do us Read More…