Overcoming Conflict in Marriage

What leads to strife and how do conflicts, quarrels, and fighting originate among you? - James 4:1a Conflict means; in opposition, clash, disagree, strife, controversy, quarrel, collision. The opposite of conflict is; reconcile, peace, truce Conflicts almost always begin because someone either does not get their way, someone gets offended, or people do not agree about something. Many times we just don’t want to let things go, we don’t want to give something up, or we are just plain … [Read more...]

A Vital Ingredient…

There is one ingredient that is required in order to have a happy and fulfilling marriage—long term… Forgiveness For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. - Matthew 6:14-15 Unforgiveness means; unrelenting, unyielding, not allowing for carelessness or weakness, blame, condemn, charge. The opposite of unforgiveness is; forgive, pardon, excuse, reprieve, cease … [Read more...]

She considers…

She considers a field and buys it; - Proverbs 31:16a A good wife, a wife that pleases the Lord, she is a good steward with the money that God and her husband have entrusted her with. I have not always been this woman. My husband works two jobs so that I can be a homeschooling Mother to our two daughters. It means we do not have every material possession that we would like. However, the sacrifice is worth what our children get out of it. It does not matter if your husband is a … [Read more...]

Love is a choice that we must MAKE each day

It is not always easy to love our husbands. After 21+ years with mine, I can honestly say there are days that it can feel downright impossible. I struggle with this topic regularly--we are just so very different. I believe the main reason it is difficult to “love” our husbands is because we allow our “feelings” to get in the way. Our “feelings” (aka our flesh) will always steer us in the wrong direction. We must choose to love. We must submit our feelings to the foot of the cross….and leave … [Read more...]

Proverbs 31:10

A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman--who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls. - Proverbs 31:10 Let’s take a closer look at the word virtuous. Webster's Dictionary defines it like this: 1. conforming to moral and ethical principals; morally excellent; upright. 2. chaste. Unfortunately, most people read the Bible like it is a regular book. When you read the Bible that way, you may find yourself wrongly dividing … [Read more...]