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Protecting Your Pastor’s Marriage

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Bill and I have spent our entire married life in some form of ministry. We know the unique blessings and challenges of marriage in ministry. Our 2015 began with a week of heart break hitting our inbox. In one 24 hour period four clergy couples contacted our office in serious marital crisis, and within a few more days, we heard of several more pastors in our professional circles that had lost both their marriages and their ministries. Here are … Read More...

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What’s The Perfect Way To Propose?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day. Are you ready? We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to come up with just the right gift or gesture that perfectly captures the level of commitment and affection we feel for our other romantic half. A lot of people choose to propose on Valentine's Day. I was engaged on Valentine's Day 18 years ago. J hid a … Read More...

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The Armour of Marriage

On my husband’s desk there stands a toy soldier – sword in hand, shield raised, covered with a suit of silver armour. I gave it to him for our ninth anniversary last year, but not as some starry-eyed romantic swooning over her shining knight. It was a sign of a lesson learned. Life can be war. Marriage can be messy. Too often in the heat of … Read More...

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The Best Yes!

In this over-sexed and under-loved world, people are looking for the real deal, the secret to lasting love with a vibrant sex life. Because of this pursuit for a purer passion, the most asked question we get when it comes to Red Hot Monogamy is, “What is okay with God?” First and foremost, sex is for marriage. Ephesians 5:31-32 (quoting Genesis) … Read More...

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Romance Comes In All Price Tags

I’m a cheap date. Some popcorn and a great story on a big screen and I’m thrilled. I don’t think of myself as high maintenance, I’m sure I have my moments, but generally I don’t long for expensive gifts, or dinners that require reservations (of any kind, let alone months in advance), trips, etc. My husband has a romantic heart, but with 3 kids … Read More...

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My Husband Is A Better Housewife Than Me

I grew up in a family where the men did zero housework and the women did everything. The bills, the cleaning, the carpooling and parenting were all female tasks. When my mom would go away for a weekend my dad would wake me up at 6am to make him toast. When my mom vacuumed, my dad lifted his feet. I made sure I chose a man who knew how to make … Read More...

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Airbrushed Views & Soul Tattoos

My 7 year old daughter came home with a piece of artwork she had made at school. In the middle was a self-portrait, and surrounding it were words she had written to describe herself. She used words like happy, smart and beautiful. She was so proud of her work. Would she use the same words if I asked her in 10 or 20 years to describe herself? … Read More...