A Diamond Anniversary

A diamond anniversary. The diamond is the hardest substance found in nature. The ancient Greeks called the gemstone adamas, using the same word they used for any unbreakable or indestructible substance, or anything unmovable. In time, adamas gave us the word adamant meaning “firmly fixed or decided”.  When Tom and Louise were married on August…

Getting Back to the Basics of Marriage

I purchased a book for my 8th grade daughter, The Good Book for Kids, by Lisa Bergren.  Lisa creatively writes God’s story from Genesis to Revelation using the Bible, discussion, and modern-day stories.  Naturally, the book begins with Genesis, Chapter 1–In the beginning… I pondered the Adam and Eve story.  Mind you, I’ve heard that…

You are annoying

It’s been awhile since we purchased our book, Cherish, by Gary Thomas. After many months we are on chapter 12.  Did you know that you are annoying and your spouse has the ability to help you grow? You know the pattern.  You do that thing you do, your spouse gently calls you out on it,…

Redeeming Love (Again)

I was travelling to work one morning.  Nothing really happened per se, but I was frustrated. Again. I highlight the word “again” because that was the frustration.  I started praying and asking God questions that centered on why some things never change, and, try as we might, here we are doing it again. He gently…

A Church Hill Experience

Parish and I love to try new things. Give us a small town, a unique store, or a restaurant that serves food we’ve never tasted, and we are in our zone. As a couple, the experiences have brought years of fond memories, and individually, we’ve satisfied our love for adventure. How do you define adventure?…

Don’t Quit

In most areas of our lives we can decide to move on or quit. If a job, friendship, or hairstylist is not working out, you can look elsewhere without serious consequences. Marriage is different. We face so many challenges and unexpected seasons in which we live out our vows of “for better or for worse”….

Love is NOT all you need (Sorry Beatles)

Yesterday we talked about clinging to what is good.  This morning through a series of readings in my devotional time and a text from my oldest daughter to watch a video on Millenials, I’m bursting to share. I’ve been married for almost 28 years come this February 4. When we said our vows in our…

Woman

Woman. I was born the only girl in a family of 5 children. My first memory of being a woman, different from man, was in Kindergarten. I sat across from a boy who intrigued me. He played with toys I’d never seen before and spoke a different language. In my mind he seemed stronger than…

The Writings of Charles Spurgeon Lifted Us!

He did it again. My prayer devotional book, FerVent, by Priscilla Shirer has connected me to other believers who read my blog and with strangers during the course of the day.  Friday, while eating breakfast with my husband, my mom came over expressing her thoughts on the post about The Notebook.  My father and mother took the…

The Notebook: A great expression of God’s love for us

Strategy 4, Your Family. By now you know I’m reading the book FerVent by Priscilla Shirer. The chapter on “Family” was familiar.  I have three beautiful daughters, and I’ve been married for 27 years.  Most books and Bible verses on marriage, I’ve read a thousand times, or heard lectures with similar themes and messages. I’ve been…

The Great Exchange!

The great exchange between man and wife is rooted in the love Jesus has for His church.  When we accept the love of Jesus, we become His beloved. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine… Song of Solomon 6:3 We have watched Victoria and Spencer in their first year of marriage live out…

Dar Luz–The Light Has Come

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And, God saw that the light was…