• Showing God's Love
    Faith

    Showing God’s Love in a Hurting World

    Growing up in a Christian home, I never thought much about God’s love. It’s not that I wasn’t taught about it. I was taught examples of God’s love every day from my family. In church, I learned tons of Bible stories and lessons showing God’s love. But in my head, all I thought about was trying to be ‘good’ enough to deserve Heaven. I decided for myself that my salvation was earned through my behavior. I tried and tried to be good enough, but I would trip up, make mistakes, and ultimately fail at it. Thankfully, I’ve learned over the years what it means to be a Christian. I’ve learned…

  • Putting Your Spouse First
    Family

    Putting Your Spouse First

    Marriage is not for the faint of heart.  It takes time, effort, commitment, and sacrifice.  A huge component of making your marriage work is putting your spouse first in your relationship.  There are several ways you can put your spouse first in your marriage. In this post, we will talk about 8 ways you can successfully make your spouse a priority in your marriage.  These fall under 4 areas: getting real, thinking of their needs, putting God first, and remembering you’re a team.    Let’s Get Real First off, let’s get real.  When putting your spouse first, you have to have realistic expectations.  You need to have realistic expectations for your…

  • 15 Tips for A Successful Marriage
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    15 Tips for a Successful Marriage That Lasts!

    Marriage is hard work, even for the most committed couples.  With the divorce rate in the US hovering between 40 and 50%, it’s no wonder people struggle to stay happily married.  Even the best of the best have struggles in their married life.   So what’s the secret to a long happy marriage?  And what things can a couple do to have a successful and happy married life? I’ve put together a list of 15 tips for a successful marriage.  These fall under four different topics: finding joy in your marriage, communicating with your spouse, working together, and putting your spouse first.   One of the Best Tips for a Successful Marriage…

  • What to do when you're angry with God
    Faith

    What to do When You’re Angry With God

    I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’m kind of angry with God right now.  We’ve been dealing with some difficult issues, and I just can’t help feeling resentful at how unfair it is!   Have you ever felt like that before? When your prayers aren’t answered the way you wanted. Or when bad things happen to someone you care about. It can be hard to NOT be mad at God during these times. I didn’t realize at first what was going on, but first I noticed my mood dropping into the gutter.  I was snippy and emotional. Plus I was ugly to everyone around me. I…

  • How to Stop Selfishness
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    How to Stop Selfishness

    Okay, guys, I have a confession to make:  I’m a selfish person. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I am not writing this post to get sympathy.  God laid my selfishness on my heart a few weeks ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.   Some of you that know me, might be thinking I’m not that bad.  Especially compared to some. Others are probably thinking,  “It’s about time you figured it out!”  If we’ve never met in person, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about.  Don’t worry, you will soon haha… Looking Good on the Outside On the outside, I may look pretty good.  I…