GodStrong Women

💍 7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Men Before I Married

Knowing these truths would have helped me prepare for marriage and be a better wife. By Tricia Goyer Growing up with my stepdad and younger brother I thought I knew a thing or two about men. While I knew not to change the channel during a football game, not to serve quiche for dinner, and not to attempt to fix a broken doorknob with a rubber band, there were a few important things I missed—things that would…

💍 How To Date And Successfully Marry

Your marriage can succeed. Regardless of how much you are struggling or how fearful you may be, you can make it in marriage. God made marriage. God also made you for marriage, and He never makes anything to fail. You might say, “Well, Jimmy, then why are so many people failing in their marriages?” It’s because they’re not doing it God’s way. There are several issues at stake here, but one of the most significant is that people get…

💍 Why We Marry Who We Marry

Most people think marriage is about the future. For some, marriage is a way to escape their past. They think, “I want to find a person who will take me as far from my past as I can possibly get.” That’s what I thought when I married Karen. But subconsciously, God has wired us the opposite of that kind of thinking. We naturally seek a person who will walk us back to our past so we can…

💍 The Healing Journey Of Marriage

God designed marriage to heal us. To some people, this may sound like an oxymoron, a self-contradictory statement. We know that marriage has damaged so many people so deeply. For them, a previous marriage may have been destructive. They may have grown up in an environment marked by a toxic relationship. But marriage was intended to be a healing journey for men and women. Here are four truths I want you to understand about this: 1⃣ First, God…

💍 The Dynamics Of Blending Families

Did you know that 50 percent of all families today are blended families? These are families where one or both spouses enter the marriage with children from a previous marriage or relationship. Blended families can be wonderful. I personally know of several blended families who are very successful and such a blessing. Remember, Jesus came from a blended family. He didn’t share the same father as his siblings. However, blended families also deal with special challenges that…

💍 Freedom From Your Past

Karen and I have wonderful parents and in-laws, but let’s face it: No parent is perfect. The imperfect parenting individuals experience while growing up leads to baggage that can harm our marriages. The two most prominent types of baggage are iniquities and inner vows. 1⃣ Iniquities. Exodus 34:7 tells of how God inflicts “the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” Though God proclaims His mercy earlier in…

💍 Sexual Fulfillment In Marriage

Sex is a vital part of a healthy, fulfilling marriage. To create an atmosphere where you and your spouse can discover ultimate sexual fulfillment, you need to include these essential ingredients. Commit to meeting your spouse’s needs. According to Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 7, our bodies belong to each other when we get married. God created marriage to be a place of pleasure and delight—and that centers around your spouse. This isn’t a license for abuse. But…