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Marriage: A Picture of Christ’s Love


Each morning you wake up, you have a decision to make. You can put your desires above your spouse’s desires, you can be impatient with their flaws, and you can build up bitterness against them. OR you can choose to serve your spouse well, to affirm their worth, and to love them with your whole heart.

We all know marriage is a sacred, special thing. And the best part of a husband and wife’s relationship is how it can be a picture of Jesus’ love for us.

In Isaiah 43:2, God shares His vows with us…

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

We want to challenge you to love your spouse with this same fierceness and faithfulness! Stick by them through the good and the bad, and be sure to encourage them through it all.

Posted on: October 18, 2016


The Cure for Your Identity Crisis


There are so many things in this world that want to define you. Your boss’ approval, your ability to parent well, your spouse’s happiness. With all of this floating over our heads and in our hearts, many of us are left in an identity crisis! We wonder who we really are and if we’ll ever be content.

So today, we’re giving you a cure for your identity crisis. No matter how you may be feeling, we have a specific scripture that we hope will remind you of your true identity!

  • Feeling insecure? “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
  • Feeling worthless?Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
  • Feeling lonely? “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10
  • Feeling lost?If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices more over that one sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.” Matthew 18:12-13
  • Feeling unloveable? “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3

We hope you found some encouragement with these bible verses! Let us know by commenting below.

Posted on: October 18, 2016


The Value of the Valleys


Life is full of mountaintops and valleys.

We reach the mountaintops when we find the love of our life, when we have our first child, when we land our first job, when we buy our first house, and when we find a best friend.

But then there are the valleys. The times when you and your spouse lose trust in one another, the times when your kids rebel against you, the times when you realize you’re unhappy in your career, the times when your house floods and you lose your things, the times when your friends get sick and aren’t sure they’ll make it.

1 Peter 1:7 says “…so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

In other words, God doesn’t let us walk through valleys just to experience pain. Instead, He takes us through hard times in order to refine our faith and grow our love for Him. He is able to take even our darkest moments and use them for good. How incredible!

We want to hear how God is working in your life. So comment below with your story!

Posted on: October 13, 2016


How to Love Your Spouse When Life Gets Hard


“To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, til death do us part.”

On the day you married your spouse, you made a vow. In front of all your family and friends, you promised to love your spouse forever.

But then life happens and things get hard. You lose your job, money becomes tight, your child fails his classes, or your parents get sick. And all of a sudden, staying together seems like an impossible task.

So what can we do? We must remember the sanctity of our vows. We must remember the commitment we made. We must remember that sometimes better comes after worse.

And if you need a reminder of how to love well, just look at 1 John 3:16 which says “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.”

So how can you love your spouse well this week? Share your ideas in a comment!

Posted on: October 13, 2016


How to Love in a World of Hate


Our words have never mattered more than they do today.

With so many people from so many different cultures and so many different walks of life, it’s all too easy to offend. But is there a way to be true to ourselves and our thoughts while still respecting the different thoughts of others?

Ephesians 4:15 says, “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” 

In other words, everything we say and do and think should make us more and more Christlike. So when we relate to others, we must strive to be 3 things: bold, truthful, and loving. Why? Because working towards these qualities will allow God to sanctify us.

Who do you need to be bold, truthful, and loving to this week? We’d love to hear your story in a comment below.

Posted on: October 07, 2016


How to Cheer on Your Spouse


There’s a spot in your spouse’s heart that only YOU can fill. They need you to be their best friend, their soulmate, their teammate. But they also need you to be their biggest fan!

That’s why we’re sharing 3 ways to cheer on your spouse…

  1. With your Words. First and foremost, you should cheer on your spouse with your words! You can do this by leaving them notes around the house, by listing out all the ways you’re thankful for them, or even by sharing why you’re proud of them. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
  2. With your Time. Another way to cheer on your spouse is by spending time with them. Bring them flowers at work, watch them play in their weekly softball game, or take a walk together. Because sometimes the best way to cheer on your spouse is to fill them with moments of love. “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
  3. With your Resources. And finally, be sure to cheer on your spouse with your resources. Maybe you’re a good cook with a kitchen full of yummy food and can make them a special meal. Maybe you are musically talented on a piano and can write a song for them. Whatever it is, be sure to use your resources to serve your spouse well! “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

What are some other ways to cheer on your spouse? Share your ideas in a comment below.

Posted on: October 06, 2016


5 Favorite Bible Verses for Married Couples


When it comes to marriage, there are tons and tons of books and resources and people to offer advice. And while this advice is meaningful, we believe that it is empty if it isn’t rooted in Scripture.

That’s why today, we’re sharing our 5 favorite bible verses for married couples…

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.” Ephesians 5:25-33

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” Song of Solomon 8:6-7

What is your favorite passage for married couples? We’d love for you to share in a comment below!

Posted on: September 28, 2016


God’s Promise of Presence


What season of life are you in right now?

Some people are beginning new jobs while others are retiring. Some people are starting to date while others have been married for 50 years. Some people are welcoming newborns while others are dropping their kids off at college.

Wherever you are in life, there is one thing that never changes: God’s presence. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So be encouraged this week knowing that the Lord will never leave you or forsake you! He promises to be with you every step of the way.

Posted on: September 28, 2016


The Adventure of Fatherhood


Sometimes we forget that fatherhood is meant to be an adventure.

We get caught up focusing on the disappointments and the discipline and the distractions. So much so, that we forget the laughs and the looks and the love.

So today, we want to encourage you to take a moment and think through all the ways fatherhood truly is an adventure to enjoy!

Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”

Fathers are blessed because of their children! Comment below if you agree.

Posted on: September 22, 2016


10 Ideas for Making Memories with Your Spouse


It’s easy to fall into a routine in life. We wake up, go to work, pick up the kids, cook dinner, go to bed…and do it all over again the next day. And the next day. And the next day!

But we believe it’s so important to pause and make memories with your spouse. So how can we do this in the midst of the craziness of life? Check out these 10 simple ideas for making memories with your spouse:

  1. Go for a walk.
  2. Cook a fancy meal together.
  3. Go on a picnic.
  4. Take a road trip.
  5. Go camping.
  6. Take a bike ride.
  7. Go to a drive-in movie.
  8. Make homemade ice-cream.
  9. Take pictures together.
  10. Serve in the community.

What are some other ideas for making memories with your spouse? Share your ideas in a comment below!

Posted on: September 22, 2016


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