Battling Fear: Words of faith for marriages on the verge of death

Being bedridden with an intense migraine all day Sunday was not my idea of a relaxing weekend. Attending church was not an option, so viewing a live stream was the next best thing. If you’ve ever heard Roger Archer (of Puyallup Foursquare Church) speak, he is not your typical pastor. He is a fierce bringer of the Word.

Book Review: Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Challenging, Not for the faint of heart; Buckle-up! With over 1 million copies sold, Crazy Love by Francis Chan is a MUST READ. His overall theme of encountering God’s love and how it leaves you forever changed creates parallel messages that can be applied to marriage.

Unplug and Unwind; It’s Summertime!

Well, I think summer is officially HERE in Palm Desert (home for us). It’s hit the triple digit mark for heat temperatures and looks to stay that way until late September. Summer is one of my favorite seasons (not in the desert that is) – It holds a lot of memories for Ryan and I. I don’t know if it’s the transition from cold to…

How Laughter Can Be Bad for Your Health

There is a sandwich stain on our dining room wall…. I blame myself. I don’t even remember what we were talking about. Selena and I were having lunch (sandwiches) one afternoon, taking a break from our work routines; somehow our conversation escalated. It was one of those conversations that starts out innocent and before you know it you’re both on the verge of yelling. Again,…

A Letter of Encouragement

Over the past few weeks Ryan and I have received a number of emails and Facebook messages from people reaching out to us and wanting some advice and prayer. The more we interact with our readers the more we learn how a few words of encouragement not only bless others, but bless us as well. This post is unique as it is a letter of…

Getting Away With Your Spouse – Why It’s Vitally Important

Getting away with your spouse is a vital part of keeping things renewed and fresh. This means taking time to intentionally disconnect from your everyday world and reconnect with your life partner. I strongly believe that getting away should be a regular (at least monthly) occurrence in marriages – allow me to make my case!

Video: What if I’m Unhappy In My Marriage?

In this video we address the marriage myth that says “If I’m unhappy in my marriage, maybe I should get a divorce?” From what we have found, happiness is best viewed as a result and not an end in itself for a Christ-centered marriage. We may experience times of tension and frustration. When these times arise, we need to see them as times to sharpen…

Proverbs 31 Woman

These past few weeks I’ve been spending time reading and absorbing Proverbs 31. Yes, the famous chapter in the bible about how to be a Godly, virtuous woman. Growing up in the Christian community, I’ve heard sermon after sermon about how to be a “Proverbs 31” woman. Needless to say, it was a chapter that I was almost too familiar with. If you read the…

How do you respond when the pressure’s on?

This past week Ryan and I flew up to Washington for a friend’s wedding. For the past 3 weeks leading up to this trip, I had it planned that our departure time to fly home to Cali was 6:30pm Tuesday. Well, this was a first – it was 11:02am, the Tuesday of our departure and I was trying to check-in to our flight on my computer.