Rules or Relationship?

How to step away from the "Christian Checklist"

I remember it as though it occurred yesterday. Having lain unsleeping for two hours, tossing and turning, 4am roused me out of bed completely. I descended the stairs to the cold family room, pulled a blanket around me and started reading. It was early spring, so the resurrection called. I knew the story – Crucified, […]

Why is My Marriage So Hard?

how our relationships with others reflects our relationship with God...

You are wondering: Why is my marriage so hard? (I’m going to get to this in a second, and you’ll need to hang with me here. I know that if your marriage is so hard you are grasping at anything, you’re going to want to read this AND stick it out to the bottom – […]

How Do You REALLY Feel? The Respect Dare Seventeen…

Today’s Dare always gives me pause. Truth is, when negative sentiment over-ride has created a place within a marriage, the wife often can’t translate what her husband actually DOES into a positive character trait. Often these folks are headed for separation or divorce and don’t even realize it. I’ve talked with too many wives who […]

I Can’t Take Another Day…

    “33 years is a long time to have a parched soul,” she said. The words, “wimpy,” or “spoiled,” do not apply to her. Their marriage has weathered an affair, unemployment, miscarriage, 6 children, various parenting heartaches and a few bouts of depression. And this day, she’s finally had enough. “Every day it is […]

Should She Leave Him?

A woman shared with me recently how her husband made a purchase that was well outside their budgeting possibilities. Another revealed how her power was shut off because he wouldn’t pay the bills. And yet another woman tearfully shared how her husband was having an affair with a woman at work. And I can’t even […]

Embarrassed…again…

After having a very minor surgical procedure done today, I quite unglamorously fainted at the doctor’s office. Having skipped breakfast (and lunch) and just grabbed a power bar as I was driving to the appointment, I didn’t realize that the lack of food would literally cause me to fall. And yes, I was embarrassed. And […]

When He Delights in Us…

Early this morning, lying in bed, I snuggled and buried my face in the luxurious softness of our golden retriever puppy’s coat. She groaned happily at me, and I groaned back a happy noise to her. She licked my nose. I giggled and her entire body wagged at me with exuberance. Literally filled with joy […]