Posts Tagged ‘relationships’

Why Marriage Won’t Complete You

What I wouldn’t give to go back to the final scene in the movie “Jerry Maguire” and change Tom Cruise’s romantic line, “I love you…you complete me!” WHY? Because it’s unhealthy and untrue. There. I like that line a lot better. It’s so unfair how the movies that make us swoon and tear up with sweet emotion often carry messages that leave us confused when we do fall in love. 1. Your Spouse Cannot Complete You.… … Continue reading

How to Rock Your Singleness

If you are single and wish that you weren’t, it can be so frustrating, hurtful, lonely- you name it and you’ve probably experienced it during this season. That’s why when a question popped up in my inbox from Jenelle about how to find hope when you are tired of being single, I had to write out some of my thoughts. Jenelle knows that I just got married, but that I also have waited a very long… … Continue reading

Learn How to Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage!

If you’ve ever thought your marriage problems would be solved if you and your spouse simply stopped fighting… think again! This video series is for you! Based on the book, Fight Your Way to a Better Marriage, this series goes deeper with author Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife Erin Smalley from Focus on the Family. They use years of counseling, research, and success stories to teach us how to use marital conflict as a way to deepen and… … Continue reading

5 Ways to Keep Marriage Strong

Google “marriage jokes” and these are some of the things you’ll find: Marriage is not a word. It is a sentence–a life sentence. Marriage is very much like a violin; after the sweet music is over, the strings are attached. Marriage is love. Love is blind. Therefore, marriage is an institution for the blind. Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor’s Degree and the woman gets her Masters. Marriage is a… … Continue reading

What to do When He/She Isn’t a Virgin

I got an email from a concerned virgin: a young man troubled by the sexual sins of his partner’s past.  His voice is just one in the choir of hundreds of young men and women that I meet and counsel who are bogged down by the disappointment in their heart at the un-reciprocated sexual purity they face in light of their partner’s sexual history and you can even meet-up with a naughty MILF for sex if… … Continue reading

6 Key Things to Do When Your Spouse Is Going through a Difficult Time

When Bo was in prison and I (Gari) was dealing with serious illness, we needed to encourage and support each other because we were both in a tough place. As a man, Bo sometimes needed support in different ways than I needed as a woman. In our book, Grace Behind Bars, we both write about our journey. Following are some keys we would like to share for getting through difficult times. 1. When your husband… … Continue reading

How to Overcome Your Inner Valentine’s Grinch

“Do you want to come over and make valentines?” I had to read my friend’s message twice to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. Sure enough, though, she was inviting another friend and me to her house for a card-making party. I was almost thirty years old . . . surely too old for cutting out paper hearts. And I certainly wasn’t the crafty type. But then there was the biggest issue: I didn’t have… … Continue reading

The 7 Things Men Hate About Living With Women

Sharing space with any woman comes with its own unique set of challenges. Men and Women think very differently about home decor, accommodations, fashion, even the foods we eat. So today, when Joy broke out the “Shimmer Dusting Powder” (its basically a hand grenade filled with glitter) I immediately felt sorry for any man who’s wife has ever purchased that thing. Joy’s been leaving a trail all around the station because of her glitter grenade!… … Continue reading

6 Words To NEVER Call Your Man

Yesterday, the ladies chimed in with their list of words to NEVER use when describing them…words like: Hormonal Diva Drama Queen High Maintenance Motherly Princess Today, we’ve got the words to NEVER use when describing your man! Since we never want to be called… Cute : Puppies are cute. Babies are cute. Men are MANLY. Sweet : We can be sweet, we can do sweet things, but don’t call us sweet. Boring : If you’re feeling like we… … Continue reading

What’s One Thing You Do to Protect Your Marriage? | Mike from Tenth Avenue North

When Mike Donehey was in college, he learned an important and somewhat humorous lesson about relationships. Now, his marriage is so important to him, he finds practical ways to protect it. He shares his stories in this video.   Mike says, “I didn’t know I was dating girl in college, because I thought we were just friends. I kept asking, ‘We’re just friends, right?’ … And everyone else was like, ‘You guys are like, boyfriend… … Continue reading