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Please enjoy our blog where we have written some of our best advice, helpful tips, and things we ponder. These are all intended to help you have a better and more fulfilling marriage.

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Your Marriage Doesn't Live Here Anymore

This is a true story. There is a house that I drive by several times a week and have been doing so for years. Each time I drive passed this house, I can feel the weight of what happened there or, more accurately, what didn't happen there. At one point, when the "For Sale" sign went up, the weight became heavier still. And when the moving truck pulled away with the last of this house's former belongings, the weight for me was palpable. I have considered finding a new route that does not include me driving by this house, but I cannot ignore what happened here and I must work through it. I must learn from it so that it never happens to me.

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10 Things You Can Do Today To Take Your Marriage From Good To Great

Let’s face it, everyone who is married or hopes to get married someday wants to have a great marriage. In fact, they probably want a phenomenal marriage. The problem is that not everyone knows how to have a great marriage, let alone a phenomenal one. Maybe great marriage skills were never modeled for you growing up. Maybe you and your spouse started off strong, but your marriage started to drift a bit off track and you’re not sure how to get it back on track. Or maybe you’ve caught yourself wondering if you even married the right person. Marriage is more about being the right person…

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Your Wedding Anniversary is a Bigger Deal Than You Think

Thirty-two years ago I took Tamara Ann Schroer to be my wife. Everything in my life changed that day, but not in the "rainbows and sunshine" kind of way like you might expect. Tami and I made many promises to God and each other that day, but the truth is that we really had no idea how much of a BIG DEAL those promises were — until now. On the day we married (April 20th, 1985), I knew that being with Tami made me very happy and I wanted as much of that happiness as I could possibly fit into my life. Getting married seemed like the best way to take that next step, and so we did…

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Apologies, Forgiveness, Grace, and Love in Marriage

We get asked many many questions about how apologies, forgiveness, grace, love, and expectations should all work together. For example: Does every apology need forgiveness to bring closure? And, if so, how do you get your spouse to forgive after you apologize? And what about this one: Isn't grace and forgiveness really the same thing? To answer these questions well, let's go back to the beginning – the beginning of people. In Genesis 2:18, we see that God gave a woman to Adam to be a _partner_ or _companion_. The thought behind the Hebrew phrase "ezer kenegdo" means that God was giving Adam something that no animal or even God would provide…
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The Heart of Marriage and a FREE book!

Every couple needs to spend quality time together. We refer to this as emotional connection, deep bonding, or just staying connected. We all know we need to do it, but few of us are intentional enough to pull it off. Tami and I recently read The Heart of Marriage. This is a collection of stories from dozens of authors which is one of our favorite types of books to read together. These anecdotes are enjoyable to read and filled with nuggets of relational goodness. We will often read a book like this together on our porch or in front of the fire place and enjoy the conversation that unfolds…

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Your Marriage Doesn't Live Here Anymore

This is a true story. There is a house that I drive by several times a week and have been doing so for years. Each time I drive passed this house, I can feel the weight of what happened there or, more accurately, what didn't happen there. At one point, when the "For Sale" sign went up, the weight became heavier still. And when the moving truck pulled away with the last of this house's former belongings, the weight for me was palpable. I have considered finding a new route that does not include me driving by this house, but I cannot ignore what happened here and I must work through it. I must learn from it so that it never happens to me.

READ MORE of the article above…
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10 Things You Can Do Today To Take Your Marriage From Good To Great

Let’s face it, everyone who is married or hopes to get married someday wants to have a great marriage. In fact, they probably want a phenomenal marriage. The problem is that not everyone knows how to have a great marriage, let alone a phenomenal one. Maybe great marriage skills were never modeled for you growing up. Maybe you and your spouse started off strong, but your marriage started to drift a bit off track and you’re not sure how to get it back on track. Or maybe you’ve caught yourself wondering if you even married the right person. Marriage is more about being the right person…

READ MORE of the article above…
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Your Wedding Anniversary is a Bigger Deal Than You Think

Thirty-two years ago I took Tamara Ann Schroer to be my wife. Everything in my life changed that day, but not in the "rainbows and sunshine" kind of way like you might expect. Tami and I made many promises to God and each other that day, but the truth is that we really had no idea how much of a BIG DEAL those promises were — until now. On the day we married (April 20th, 1985), I knew that being with Tami made me very happy and I wanted as much of that happiness as I could possibly fit into my life. Getting married seemed like the best way to take that next step, and so we did…

READ MORE of the article above…
Comments

Apologies, Forgiveness, Grace, and Love in Marriage

We get asked many many questions about how apologies, forgiveness, grace, love, and expectations should all work together. For example: Does every apology need forgiveness to bring closure? And, if so, how do you get your spouse to forgive after you apologize? And what about this one: Isn't grace and forgiveness really the same thing? To answer these questions well, let's go back to the beginning – the beginning of people. In Genesis 2:18, we see that God gave a woman to Adam to be a _partner_ or _companion_. The thought behind the Hebrew phrase "ezer kenegdo" means that God was giving Adam something that no animal or even God would provide…
READ MORE of the article above…
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The Heart of Marriage and a FREE book!

Every couple needs to spend quality time together. We refer to this as emotional connection, deep bonding, or just staying connected. We all know we need to do it, but few of us are intentional enough to pull it off. Tami and I recently read The Heart of Marriage. This is a collection of stories from dozens of authors which is one of our favorite types of books to read together. These anecdotes are enjoyable to read and filled with nuggets of relational goodness. We will often read a book like this together on our porch or in front of the fire place and enjoy the conversation that unfolds…

READ MORE of the article above…
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