GodStrong Women

Marriage

πŸ’ Celebrate Your Differences

When Karen and I started dating, I thought we were just going out and having fun. It was superficial at first. But God was doing something at a much deeper level than I understood. I believe God wires us to choose a spouse according to His will. This happens under the surface and we don’t always recognize it. It’s part of His plan, but not understanding this causes a lot of the pain people experience in marriage.…

πŸ’ Keep Watch Over Your Words

Communication is the lifeblood of a healthy marriage. It’s how two individuals transfer their thoughts, feelings, and dreams to each other as they become one flesh. Without communication, marriage becomes nothing more than a living arrangement. Consider how many verses in Scripture address the power of good communication: “I have resolved that my mouth will not sin.” (Psalm 17:3) “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18) “He who…

πŸ’ The Power Of Positive Communication

Relationships begin with communication. Talking to each otherβ€”on a date, in the car, while spending time togetherβ€”is how a couple falls in love. Communication is how two people begin to understand each others’ heart. The early days of a romance are filled with talking. But in some marriages, that commitment to communication begins to fade over time. As couples get comfortable with each other, they stop talking. That’s dangerous, because communication is vital in a healthy relationship…

πŸ’ How To Share And To Trust Your Spouse

The image of Adam and Eve hiding themselves with fig leaves is one that artists have been fascinated with for centuries. It’s a little comicalβ€”a couple lives together in Paradise, totally naked, then suddenly become ashamed of their bodies. But there’s a serious lesson for marriage to be found in this story. When God created Adam and Eve, according to Genesis 2:24-25, the man and his wife were both “naked and unashamed.” This represents one of God’s…

πŸ’ How To Fall In Love Again

Many of the married couples I speak to are in need of good news. They love each other but may be discouraged. They are frustrated and fearful. Some have failed in past marriages. Others feel like they are failing now. They don’t know what to do. I always tell them that God created marriage, and when He creates anything, He creates it for success. He designs it according to the laws of His kingdom and His Word.…

πŸ’ How To Change Fear

Do you know that Jesus felt fear? We know that He experienced every aspect of being human, and fear is definitely a common human emotion. In the Garden of Gethsemane, before His arrest and crucifixion, the Bible describes Jesus as being “in agony.” That comes from the Greek word agonia, which was used to convey great fear or distress. We often suffer from a fear of the unknown, but Jesus had full knowledge of everything He was…

πŸ’ How To Change Failure To Success

What does it mean to be successful? These seven things are usually associated with the world’s view of success: Financial prosperity: Having enough money to possess everything you want and to care for others. For many people, this is the only standard of success. Popularity and favor: This might come through physical attractiveness, personality, talent, or something else. People will sell their souls to be liked. Power and influence: This is the social, financial, or spiritual authority…

πŸ’ How To Change Insecurity

If I handed you a magic wand right now and told you it would transform anything you wanted to change about yourself or your life, what would you change? It might be your appearance. It might be your age. It might be your job, your popularity, the amount of money in your bank account, or the amount of power you have. In other words, we would want to change the things that we feel bad about. These…

πŸ’ How To Change Your Attitude

In his book The Winning Attitude, the author and speaker John Maxwell wrote that “attitude is the advance man of our true selves.” He says our attitudes go before us. They show who we really are. They draw people to us…or repel them. That is absolutely the truth. Our attitudes often reveal more about us than our words. That’s why I believe a person’s attitude is the prophet of their future. When you have a bad attitude,…

πŸ’ How To Change Worry And Anxiety

Once I was having skin problems and went to the doctor. I was 20 or 21, and suffered from eczema and other issues. I was hoping for a prescription that would help clear it up. Once in the office, the doctor looked at me and then left the room. I waited. After awhile, a nurse came in. She brought a tape playerβ€”this was a few decades agoβ€”with a cassette tape loaded up inside it. She put them…