Guys, picture the scene. You have had a long and tiring day. So has your wife. You’ve made dinner while your wife corralled the kids for homework. After eating, getting the munchkins to bed, and cleaning up, the two of you finally have a few precious minutes of peace before bedtime. Maybe that home-improvement show […]
So, if in the busyness of the first half of 2022, you missed a few of our blogs on marriage, relationships, parenting, and kindness, you can catch up here!
So much is going on in our world that can make us anxious, on edge, angry or annoyed. But there are also so many beautiful things happening as well.
When she doesn’t tell you something, it may be because—subconsciously or consciously—she is hoping you will care enough about her to figure it out.
First, most female brains are designed to think things through by talking them through—where your brain is likely the opposite. (Most male brains need to process something internally before the man can talk about it.)
You have to truly learn your spouse and be willing to consider that what matters most to them (or most hurts their feelings) might potentially be quite different than what would matter to you.
Although few people go into marriage expecting issues in the sexual department, we need to recognize that sex is one of the top issues that causes arguments in marriage.
I thought it would be a good time to share some things I’m loving lately, especially since I’m in the middle of two big projects.
Most men have a deep, abiding desire to do good things. Learn how to cheer on the dad in your life and make him feel affirmed as a father.
If you are engaged or relatively newly married, consider these steps now and talk to your fiancé or spouse about them so you start off right. Doing so will save you a lot of heartache!
Below are four crucial communication habits we’ve identified for any couple who wants to create a highly happy marriage.
Whether a burden is carried by you, your child, or a close friend or loved one, God can use those circumstances in ways you could never imagine.
Newlywed? Engaged? Read the research-based habits for a happy marriage!
Do you know the real facts about marriage or just the myths? Find out the positive truth about marriage today.
Moms, we can be so attuned to what we might be doing wrong as a mom that we can absolutely miss what we are doing right.
The man behind me at the grocery checkout was on his phone with his daughter—and clearly having a hard time getting a word in edgewise. “No, honey, I—” [pause as his daughter talks]. His voice rose slightly, as he tried to break in. “But I am listening, I just don’t think—” [another pause]. “Honey—” His […]
Early this year, you may have seen the meme that says, “Before I agree to 2022 I want to read the terms and conditions.” Doesn’t it capture where we are? Unbelievably, since that meme came out, things did indeed get way worse in our world. We find ourselves living in a time of great turbulence […]
TV shows and books often portray great marriages but not necessarily the truth for how you create great marriages.
As a mom fully entrenched in the teen parenting season (in the highly sensitive “managing college admissions” phase) and as a social researcher hearing from parents whenever I speak, I’m sensitive to adults’ perceptions of teens and their behavior. Much of the current media messaging and cultural conversation conveys a handwringing, going-to-heck-in-a-hand-basket attitude—a jaded skepticism […]
I wanted to update you on my excitement about that and some of the other key things I’m enjoying now that I’ve re-entered human society!
Going “all-in” doesn’t just help a marriage last, it creates an environment where couples can thrive!
Although in the USA, we honor our national independence every July 4, we are exhilarated by individual freedom all year long. Which is great—until it comes to marriage. Suddenly, we’re in a covenant in which two individuals must become one. We are no longer just “you” and “me” but “we.” We may love being married and be fully committed […]
When you’re around the children in your life (maybe one’s in your lap right now while you’re reading this), keep an eye out for some of the sweet behaviors that draw you together—and see how you can put them into practice with your spouse.
We need to be fervently praying for wisdom for our leaders and ourselves about how to respond well. We also need wisdom about how to guide our kids and young adults through this.
The U.S. Christian community needs to be aware of just how big of a deal the Russian invasion of Ukraine could be.
I just had to share Katie’s take on the time a parent and teenager spend together as the teen learns to drive. A guest blog by Katie Kenny Phillips.
While your man might not seem romantic in the way you would like, he still wants romance! Here’s how to help him make that happen.
Hey guys, here’s a heads-up: Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Do the little daily things that say, “I would choose you all over again.”
Let’s anticipate the ways God will use these times to help us grow stronger in endurance, character, and hope.
The other day, as I was hunched in front of my laptop, feverishly trying to meet a book deadline, I noticed an Amazon delivery guy out the window. He smiled as he caught my eye, put a package on the front step, and waved goodbye as he hurried back to his vehicle. It was a […]
Do you have a faithful, capable, responsible man in your life? A husband, a father, a co-worker? Like me, you probably know quite a few men who embody those qualities! Because they’re all around us—men who care and provide and love their families well. But if you watch TV, movies or follow social media, you […]
I’ve always been intrigued by Rube Goldberg machines—watching a complex series of items working together to form a simple task. They’re captivating to watch and you’ll find one of my favorites in an excerpt from my devotional, Find Rest. I hope you feel encouraged that God is using each of us for His purposes! All […]
There’s something helpful about New Year’s and the chance to evaluate what has worked well in the past. I have a feeling 2022 could use a lot more of THIS.
What a year, right? We thought 2020 was crazy, but for me and our family and this ministry, 2021 was even more over-the-top. Breast cancer. Surgery and radiation. Guest blogs by many author friends while I was recovering. Supply chain disruptions that caused books to be stuck in containers and on rails instead of in […]
For a few precious weeks in December, real life holds its breath and a sense of heavenly glory invades the world.
I have some exciting news to share and it’s just in time for Christmas! But first I’ll give you three clues: It’s a book based on one of my devotionals (Hint: my most recent one!) It involves a couple of kids and their cute sidekicks (who happen to be a puffin and a monkey!) I […]
If you are in a phase of life where retirement could be beckoning, you have probably have lots of questions about how your relationship might change.
Although insecurities lie deep within us, there are simple ways of addressing them.
Between today’s busy-ness and the season of seemingly nonstop holiday activities that’s about to begin, we’re given a chance to sit back, reflect and savor the good.
Understanding our spouse doesn’t necessarily mean seeing things their way
How could the mere presence of just five or ten adults at a time so dramatically turn chaos into peace in a school with more than 1,500 students?
Being able to talk well is usually dependent on our kids not thinking that we are going to freak out.
Shauntii Feldhahn shares an update on her breast cancer journey.
Why does your husband park himself in front of the TV and check out, leaving you to deal with the parenting and household tasks?
Some surprising research has found that positive emotional responses toward our spouse may have much more impact on relationship satisfaction in the long run.
When you’re working with couples on a regular basis, you probably wish you could do something to give hope to confused or discouraged couples. One of the most effective things you can do is also the most simple.
If you’ve ever seen your man shut down when you think you’re just asking questions or giving helpful advice, here’s some of what might be going on.
Gratitude is essential for handling challenging seasons with grace. And since these last few months have been particularly busy and stressful, I thought: let me take my own advice and “think on” those things that are excellent and lovely and worthy of praise right now (Philippians 4:8) – those things that are bringing me joy. […]
The lessons we help our kids learn as they pursue their athletic endeavors can have results that reach far beyond the world of sports.
Hi friends! When they say cancer is a “health journey”, they aren’t kidding! There have been quite a few twists and turns during these last 8 months since I learned of the breast cancer. And since you wonderful people have been asking, I wanted to share a bit about those twists and turns and give […]