Healthy Marriage

I Proposed With A Goat (She said yes!)

Exactly 5 years ago I asked Olive to marry me. Rather than popping the question with a diamond ring, I planned to propose to her with a goat. It wasn’t a pet goat for her to keep in the yard and take for walks; it was a goat to give away to a family in need. It was what she wanted, and it’s one of the reasons I wanted to spend the rest of my...

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Solving Disagreements Without Arguing
Solving Disagreements Without Arguing

I bet everyone wishes they knew the answer to this one. Before diving into the topic of conflict, one thing to understand about conflict is that it’s absolutely normal and to be expected in the marital relationship. Conflict doesn’t happen because you’re married to the wrong person; conflict happens because you’re human. One of the pitfalls...

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New Baby, Distant Husband
New Baby, Distant Husband

Do you feel abandoned? Our mentors are here for you. Request a mentor today. “Ever since I had the baby, my husband has been distant.” In the midst of all the excitement of new baby, especially the first baby, you rarely hear expectant parents talking about how this child will change their marriage. Babies are wonderful, let’s be...

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The Power of Sorry
The Power of Sorry

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Do you remember that saccharine line from the famous 1970 movie Love Story?  It sounded icky to us then, and it sounds icky to us now. If you came of age under the spell of that cloying mantra, we’d like to set the record straight once and for all: it’s a big fat lie that has nothing...

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Being in Love Isn’t Enough
Being in Love Isn't Enough

Right before I got married I read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman. There is a great list of “flags” to go through in conversation with your significant other before, and even after, you marry. I believe most sources of conflict in marriage can be worked out so I didn’t see anything on Chapman’s list that was...

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How to Write a Love Letter
How to Write a Love Letter

What could be more romantic than receiving a love letter? A good old fashioned, hand-written love letter is still one of the best Valentines around, but don't just save it for February. A love letter is a powerful expression any day of the year. You don't have to be Shakespeare to write the perfect love letter. All you need to know is how you...

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3 Critical Tools for Paying Off Debt
3 Critical Tools for Paying Off Debt

This is the time of year when many people look at their debt situation and shudder. They dream of what it would be like to be out of debt. And, if they're brave, they begin to plan a strategy to reduce the amount of debt they carry. They'll begin with high hopes. But many of them will quit before reaching their goal, disappointed, discouraged...

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10 Things Guys Wish Women Knew about Men
10 Things Guys Wish Women Knew about Men

Having a hard time relating to your partner? Our mentors are here for you. Request a mentor today. It is likely no surprise to you that God has wired women and men differently. We all recognize some of these differences, but others often hide in plain sight. Shaunti Feldhahn, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, author and speaker recently...

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