GodStrong Women

๐ŸŒŸ From Gold to Grace: How God Healed The Abortion Scars Of Olympic Medalist

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross is getting honest about the invisible scars left behind after an abortion. In her new book, Chasing Grace: What the Quarter Mile Has Taught Me About God and Life, Richards-Ross opens up about an abortion she had two weeks before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I made a decision that broke me, and one from which I would not immediately heal,” she writes in her book set to hit bookstores on Tuesday.…

๐Ÿ’ How To Make Your Dreams Come True

The story of the Bible is very simple: God wants a family. He doesnโ€™t need anything because He is self-existent, but He does want something. God has a dream, and His dream is a family. Thatโ€™s how the Bible begins, with God creating Adam and Eve in the Garden. We are Godโ€™s dream. Thereโ€™s a story in Mark 14 that provides an example of what that means. Jesus is at the home of Simon the leper when…

๐Ÿ’ The Laws Of Love

One of my favorite biblical passages related to marriage is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which says this: In the Bible, God gives us laws of love that determine the success or failure of our relationships. These ensure that love is not a fickle thing that we might lose. Love is within our control. One of the most significant of these laws is the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Galatians 6:7-8 says, โ€œDo not be deceived, God is…

๐Ÿผ How To Ruin Your Teens For Life

Eleven ways to ensure that your teenager will not be prepared for the future. By Tricia Goyer Editor’s note: Tricia Goyer’s tongue-in-cheek article, “How to Ruin Your Kid for Life” was so popular that we now present her sequel on how to raise a teenager who will not be prepared for life. 1. Hide your past mistakes. Put on an act that you are perfect and your teenagers are the ones with all the problems. (After all,…

๐Ÿผ How To Ruin Your Kids For Life

Ten ways to ensure that your child will not succeed. By Tricia Goyer Editor’s note:ย Be sure to check out Tricia Goyer’s tongue-in-cheek follow-up article, “How to Ruin Your TEENSย for Life“ 1. Give your kid everything he wants. Donโ€™t deny what will truly make him happy. Overvalue money and things in his eyes. 2. Dress your child in designer clothes, no matter the cost. Show her that her outward appearance matters most of all. 3. Place your childโ€™s…

๐Ÿ’ A Cord Of Three Strands

One of my favorite biblical passages related to marriage is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which says this: โ€œTwo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?…

๐Ÿ’ How To Keep Your Marriage Flying High

Last time we talked about the danger of putting your marriage on autopilot. When you disengage from the controls and begin to relax, you lose sight of each other. You stop putting in the hard work. You begin to coast. A plane can’t coast forever. It either runs out of gas or experiences a situation that disengages the autopilot. When that happens, you have to be able to fly on your own. But some marriages have been…

๐Ÿ’ When Your Marriage Is On Autopilot

One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a pilot. I only fly a single-engine plane, but my hobby puts me in contact with all kinds of pilots. One of my friends runs a charter service and he was telling me about a time he hired a commercial pilot to fly for him. The commercial pilot had 30 years of experience behind him. He had something like 15,000 hours in the cockpit…

๐Ÿ’ How To Date And Successfully Marry

I speak to married couples on a regular basis, but some of the most important decisions in a relationship happen before the wedding. The choices a couple makes while dating build a foundation for the rest of their lives together. Dating the right way is crucial. So when I speak to young single adults, here are a few of the things I tell them about dating: Date by faith and not by fear. When we make decisions…

๐Ÿ’ The Habits Of Emotionally Healthy Couples

Habits, disciplines, and traditions are everything in a marriage. The regular patterns and behaviors of your relationshipโ€”the actions you take on a daily basisโ€”will predict your future success. Good habits don’t happen by accident. Research has shown that it takes around 60 days for a new behavior to rewire your brain, turning it into a new habit. It starts out unfamiliar and new. Two months later, it can become your default setting. Marriages don’t succeed because of…