GodStrong Women

💍 Fuel To Keep Your Marriage Flying High

As a pilot, one of the things I’ve learned is that autopilot is a safe, efficient way to fly a plane…until a pilot becomes complacent. An over-reliance on autopilot can put you out of practice. You might lose the skills you need to deal with problems like turbulence or bad weather. Marriage is the same way. When things are going well, we stop working at it. We go into autopilot. Then, when conflict arises, we struggle to…

💍 What A Woman Really Needs

In Ephesians 5:25, Paul gives men a challenging but important instruction: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Jesus loved the church with a sacrificial love. His love was selfless. He loved the Church more than He loved Himself. That’s how men should love their wives—by sacrificing to meet their needs. What are those needs? 1⃣ First, her greatest need is for security. A woman feels most secure when…

💍 What A Man Really Needs

In Ephesians 5:22, the Apostle Paul instructs wives to “submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” A few verses later, in verse 33, he says, “let the wife see that she respects her husband.” A lot of people get caught up on the word “submit” in this passage, worrying that it calls women to submit to men because they are lesser or not as equal. I don’t believe in this concept of submission. Men and women…

💍 The Secret Of Being Best Friends

Friendship is the foundation of any healthy relationship. Before anything romantic occurs, friendship needs to be present. Friendship means you like being together—you would prefer to be with your spouse above anyone else. I believe there are seven steps to becoming best friends with your spouse: 1⃣ Be faithful. During hard times, a friendship will either be lost altogether or will come out stronger. There was a point during the darkest days of our marriage where Karen…

🌟 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.…

💍 How To Make Your Dreams Come True

The story of the Bible is very simple: God wants a family. He doesn’t need anything because He is self-existent, but He does want something. God has a dream, and His dream is a family. That’s how the Bible begins, with God creating Adam and Eve in the Garden. We are God’s dream. There’s a story in Mark 14 that provides an example of what that means. Jesus is at the home of Simon the leper when…

💍 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, “Do not be deceived, God is…

🍼 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,…

🍼 How To Ruin Your Kids For Life

Ten ways to ensure that your child will not succeed. By Tricia Goyer Editor’s note: Be sure to check out Tricia Goyer’s tongue-in-cheek follow-up article, “How to Ruin Your TEENS for Life“ 1. Give your kid everything he wants. Don’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 child’s…

💍 A Cord Of Three Strands

One of my favorite biblical passages related to marriage is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which says this: “Two 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?…