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๐Ÿ’ All My Husband Heard From Me Was ‘BOOOO!’

๐Ÿ’ All My Husband Heard From Me Was ‘BOOOO!’

After weโ€™d been married awhile, I realized I had gone from Daveโ€™s biggest cheerleader to his biggest critic.
Here I was again, engulfed in loneliness and discouragement, my new companions. I was having another pity party, destroyingย anyย chance of falling asleep.
Ughhhh!ย This was happening more and more as I lay my weary body down beside my husband, Dave, who seemed oblivious to the tug-of-war in my mind.
I should be content and happy,ย I scolded myself.ย  …

๐Ÿ’ A Marriage License Is Not a Receipt, Itโ€™s a Commitment

๐Ÿ’ A Marriage License Is Not a Receipt, Itโ€™s a Commitment

Exchanging one spouse for another isnโ€™t as easy as returning the wrong pair of shoes. Choose wisely from the beginning and forget the return policy.
I once heard of a young man who said, โ€œA marriage license is like a receipt. If I donโ€™t like this wife, I can exchange her for another one.โ€ His careless comment seems shockingly harsh, but it encapsulates the actions of our current society.
Itโ€™s the โ€œsoul-mate syndrome.โ€ Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, …

๐Ÿ’ Turn Your Doubts into Faith that Overcomes

๐Ÿ’ Turn Your Doubts into Faith that Overcomes

In Chennai, India, there’s a large Roman Catholic cathedral called San Thome Basilica. It’s named for Thomas, the doubting disciple. The church is built on the place where Thomas is buriedโ€”one of only three churches in the world thought to have been built over the tombs of Jesus’s disciples.
Why is this significant?
Because Thomas started as the “doubting disciple.” But he did not remain a doubter. When Jesus appeared to him after the Resurrection, Thomas believed. Not only that, …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ What Else Could We Learn About Marriage?

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ What Else Could We Learn About Marriage?

We thought we knew it all, but the Weekend to Rememberยฎ marriage getaway gave us practical help that was built on a solid foundation of biblical truth.
My husband and I value our marriage above all else. We consistently seek wisdom from every book, professional, and Scripture that we can find. We want our marriage to be like a balm for the soul instead of a constant struggle.
We thought weโ€™d learned everything there was to know about navigating the tricky waters of marriage together as a teamโ€”until we discovered FamilyLifeโ€™sย Weekend to Remember marriage getaway.ย  …

๐Ÿ’ก Co-Parenting Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly

๐Ÿ’ก Co-Parenting Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly

When the world is telling you to blame your ex-spouse and embrace bitterness, you can work on turning your thoughts toward a peaceful working relationship.
After divorce you and your ex may not be husband and wife anymore, but you are still mom and dad to your kids. That means you have to learn a new way of parenting, which we refer to asย co-parenting. This is when you and your ex-spouse most need cooperation for the sake of your kids. …

๐Ÿ’ Guard Your Heart From Adultery

๐Ÿ’ Guard Your Heart From Adultery

The core issue regarding sexual temptation is the condition of our hearts.
โ€œCan we have lunch?โ€ My friend had just called me without notice. โ€œItโ€™s been too long,โ€ he added.
A few days later we met at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Lunch with this guy was always fun. But sadly, not this time.
โ€œPatrickโ€ had a hugely successful computer software business. And he had recently opened a menโ€™s clothing store in our town (โ€œjust for kicksโ€). I was eager to hear how it was goingโ€”especially his new venture. …

๐Ÿ’ The Dynamics of Blended Families

๐Ÿ’ The Dynamics of Blended 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 didnโ€™t share the same father as his siblings.
However, blended families also deal with special challenges that other families donโ€™t experience. …

๐Ÿ’ก Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

๐Ÿ’ก Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeperโ€”to Godโ€™s daily involvement. Because we canโ€™t uphold our vows without Him.
Picture me wearing Manolos.
Yep, thatโ€™s right. Bold. Modern. Romantic. I pair the gorgeous shoes with killer abs in couture gowns. My prince brings treasures from afar as little woodland creatures do my housework. Even my morning bedhead radiates beauty.
Do you ever wish married life worked like a fairy tale? Yep. Me too.
I chuckle as I write these words, …

๐Ÿ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

๐Ÿ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

We must train ourselves to make prayer a default reaction in all situations.
Emergency service people are calledย first responders. Their first response is to help. Police, fire fighters, and paramedics all race to respond when someone is in need. For many it comes naturally. For most, training is needed to be able to fly into action during an emergency. As a former police officer, my husband was trained to be a first responder.
As a Christian, I have a desire to speak to the Lord about things. …

๐Ÿ’ก Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

๐Ÿ’ก Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

When we became parents, our entire universe shifted. What happened to the couple we were?
Before kids, Josh and I went to movies not rated G and ate at restaurants not offering Styrofoam cups. We spent our weekends doing whatever we wanted, staying up late, and sleeping in later.
Then we became parents. And our entire universe shifted. Psychological thrillers were exchanged for films featuring talking animals. Those overpriced, chef-prepared meals turned into a quick drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. …

๐Ÿ’ Prior Relationships

๐Ÿ’ Prior Relationships

Fifty percent of all families are blended familiesโ€”a marriage where one or both spouses bring children from a previous marriage or relationship.
Blended families can be incredible. I know many, many successful marriages that began this way. After all, there are a lot of great blended families in the Bible. Even Jesus came from a blended family. But they also include particular dynamics that are present from day one. These can be very challenging.
One of the most significant issues is unresolved feelings toward a past partner. …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

Communication in marriage is not easy. But the fight to communicate is worth the work. In the end, youโ€™ll find a thriving marriage rooted in oneness, not division.
Men and women communicate very differently. Most of us know that, but we often donโ€™t know how to overcome those barriers with our spouse. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to communication that will work for every couple, but there are some tips that can help you communicate better to move through conflict with your spouse, …

๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ’ What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ’ What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

What Your Husband Really Wants for Christmas
Forget the ties and BBQ apron, your man would much rather see these gifts wrapped up on Christmas Day.
I love Christmas shopping. Iโ€™ll spend weeks before the big day searching for the right gift that conveys just what that particular person means to me or our family. Nothing elaborate or overly expensive but something that is practical and comes from the heart.
When it comes to my husband, on the other hand, …

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŒŸ What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŒŸ What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

I donโ€™t know about you, but Iโ€™m ready to focus on hope.
Endless headlines bombard us with people and policies that seemingly want to remove Christ from our nationโ€™s DNA. Without hope, it can seem our foundation is starting to shake.
But this Christmas, I am clinging to Isaiah 54:10 that reminds us,ย โ€œThough the mountainsย beย shaken and the hillsย beย removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” …

๐Ÿ’ Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

๐Ÿ’ Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

If you want a great relationship, learn to showcase your spouse.
Famed Russian-born ballet choreographer George Balanchine once said, โ€œBallet is woman.โ€ The best male dancers recognize that their role is all about showcasing the female dancerโ€™s beauty, particularly duringย pas de deuxโ€”couplesโ€™ dancing.
People generally go to the ballet to see the beautiful form, grace, balance, coordination, and strength of the female lead, but all of those qualities are even better showcased when the ballerina has a male dancer who can set her up, …

๐Ÿ’ How to Become One Heart ๐Ÿ’ž

๐Ÿ’ How to Become One Heart ๐Ÿ’ž

Karen and I don’t have a perfect marriage. We’ve been through a lot of trials together. But a long time agoโ€”when God healed us as individuals and then began to heal the fractures in our relationshipโ€”we decided our marriage would be centered on God. He became our purpose.
More than anything else, that purpose is what has kept us together. We do the right thing because of our commitment to Jesus Christ. That means we bring the problems of our marriage to Him. …

โš ๏ธ Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?”

โš ๏ธ Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?”

When these issues dominate my thoughts, I succumb to selfishness and fear.
In each season of my life, Iโ€™ve found myself falling into two mental traps which are not helpful. One is the โ€œIf onlyโ€ syndrome, and the other is the โ€œWhat if?โ€ syndrome.
Hereโ€™s how โ€œIf onlyโ€ might express itself:

โ€œIf only I had a husband.โ€
โ€œIf only I had more money.โ€
โ€œIf only my husband would act likeโ€ฆโ€
โ€œIf only my husband (or I) had a good job.โ€
โ€œIf only we had a different house.โ€
โ€œIf only my parents (or his) understood.โ€
โ€œIf only my child would sleep through the night.โ€
โ€œIf only I had a really close friend.โ€
โ€œIf only I didnโ€™t come from such a wounded past.โ€
โ€œIf only I wasnโ€™t stuck in this place.โ€
โ€œIf only I was free of this disease.โ€
โ€œIf only I knew how to handle my teen.โ€
โ€œIf only I didnโ€™t have to do this.โ€
โ€œIf only I didnโ€™t struggle with this.โ€

Can you identify? …

๐ŸŽ โš ๏ธ The Enemy of Your Marriage

๐ŸŽ โš ๏ธ The Enemy of Your Marriage

It doesnโ€™t take long for fear to replace trust, for intimacy to be broken. Just look at what happened in the first marriage.
Last week, while beginning yet another journey through the Scripture, as a recent bride I found myself reading the account of Adamโ€™s and Eveโ€™s nuptials with fresh eyes.
Iโ€™ve read it perhaps hundreds of times beforeโ€”God fashions a woman from and for the man, then personally officiates at their wedding, thus instituting the first marriage. …

๐Ÿ’ 11 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

๐Ÿ’ 11 Ways to Show Respect to Your Husband

Some wives donโ€™t understand how important respect is to a man.
After being married for about 30 years, I asked my husband, Jim, what might seem to be a simple question: โ€œWhat would you want moreโ€”love or respect?โ€
While both are important, his answer surprised me: โ€œRespect.โ€
I couldnโ€™t understand why anyone would choose respect over love.
My question to Jim was prompted by aย FamilyLife Todayยฎย broadcast with Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, author of the bookย Love and Respect.ย  …

๐Ÿ’ Is Restoration Possible After an Affair?

๐Ÿ’ Is Restoration Possible After an Affair?

Many people define infidelity in a marriage as the unforgivable sin. But, canโ€™t God redeem the impact of affairs? I have a story that proves He can.
After five grueling years of marriage, Nicole and Earl had contacted a divorce lawyer. They were done. Having gone months without intimacy, communication, or connection โ€” and with infidelity on both sides โ€” they were too ashamed to ask for help. Divorce seemed to be their only option.
This was a far cry from where their marriage had started. …

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