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Our Favorite Bible Verses for Married Couples

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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

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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 new borns 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

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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

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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

 

How 5 Minutes of Prayer Could Transform Your Marriage

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We believe in the power of prayer. It has the power to foster love, the power to overcome hardships, and the power to transform your marriage.

That’s why we’ve put together a simple schedule to show how 5 minutes of prayer could impact your relationship with your spouse. Check it out below…

1st Minute: Pray for Salvation/Spiritual Growth. If your spouse is not a believer, we encourage you to begin by praying for their salvation. If your spouse already has a relationship with the Lord, be sure to pray that they would grow in their love and knowledge of God.

2nd Minute: Pray for Joy. Life is full of hardships and battles. That’s why it’s so vital you pray for their joy through it all.

3rd Minute: Pray for Health. Be sure to spend time praying for your spouse’s health–both emotionally and physically.

4th Minute: Pray for Guidance. With all the decisions that we face in life, it’s important that you pray for you and your spouse to have guidance from the Lord. Ask that God would be clear in revealing what steps He wants you to take.

5th Minute: Pray for Love. We know that oftentimes, love is less of a feeling and more of an action. So we encourage you to pray for new ways to love your spouse and deepen your relationship.

Thanks for reading, and we hope that you set aside 5 minutes today and every day to pray for your spouse.


Posted on: September 16, 2016

 

How to Get Technology on Your Side

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Our world is turning more and more towards technology.

On the one hand, technology has the power to weaken our relationships. If we choose to spend all of our time living in a virtual reality, we will miss out on so much of life.

On the other hand, technology has the power to strengthen our relationships. But only if we use it correctly. How do we do this? Well let’s take a look at 3 ideas to get technology on your side.

  1. Facetime your relatives: Many of us don’t have the luxury of being able to live near our extended family. This is where technology can come in handy! Make it a point to gather up your kids and Facetime their aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents. This is sure to deepen their relationships in a fun new way!
  2. Start a family group text: If you have a big family, many things can get lost in translation. Maybe your spouse hears from your daughter more than you, or your son shares news with his brother first. But starting a family group text is sure to keep everyone in the loop!
  3. Leave encouraging voicemails: Finally, be sure to take advantage of technology by leaving encouraging voicemails for your family and friends. Kind words can go a long way. So pick up the phone today and make the most of your time!

Do you have any other ideas for how to use technology for good? Comment below with your suggestions!


Posted on: September 16, 2016

 

Evaluating Your Integrity: A Short Quiz

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What does it mean to have integrity?

It means to choose right over wrong, to choose justice over shortcuts, and to choose truth over deception. And we aren’t just talking about making these choices when you know people are watching. No! Having integrity means making these choices when you know that NO ONE is watching you.

So today we’re going to help you examine your own integrity. Ask yourself these questions as honestly as you can, asking God to reveal your strengths and weaknesses.

  • When it comes to work, do you tend to work thoroughly on a project or get it done as quickly as you can, even if that means compromising?
  • If someone wrongly attributed a success to you, would you correct them or let them believe this mistake?
  • When you’re rushing through the grocery store, do you treat the cashier with respect or simply ignore them?
  • What would your kids say if they saw the search history on your phone or computer?
  • When you make a mistake and someone else gets blamed for it, do you stand up and speak the truth or let it go?
  • Would your wife be hurt or relieved if she were to see the way you interact with your female coworkers?

Some of you may have soared through these questions with flying colors. For others, this may have been a wake up call.

Just know that today is a new day and God is full of grace, wanting to bless you with true integrity!


Posted on: September 07, 2016

 

Who Are You When No One’s Looking

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It’s easy to put on a performance for the world.

We smile and say the right things and do the right things. We fool people into thinking that we have it all together, that we are good and perfect and right.

But what really matters is how we act when no one is watching.

Do you do things differently when your boss turns his back? When your wife leaves the room? When the kids are asleep?

1 John 3:18 says, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” God is commanding us to act with integrity all the time. Not some of the time. Not most of the time. Not when you know people are watching. No, God wants us to do good ALL the time!

So take some time this morning to pray and ask God to point out the areas where you tend to be inauthentic. Ask Him to help you overcome those temptations and better point people to Him.


Posted on: September 07, 2016

 

What Makes a Great Leader

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This world is full of people vying for your admiration and respect.

People who will fight tooth and nail to get to the top. People who will neglect their spouse and children to get that promotion. People who will cheat and take short cuts in order to win.

But these are not the people who deserve your eyes and ears.

A good leader is someone who is right there with you. Someone who sympathizes and understands and cares. Someone with compassion. Someone who isn’t afraid to humble themselves for the good of others. Someone who is always willing to serve.

Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” 

That’s why we want to encourage you to follow leaders who are humble, selfless, and kind. And be sure to be that kind of leader yourself!


Posted on: September 01, 2016

 

How to Find the Path to Recovery

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Let’s face it: sometimes life throws us curve balls.

Things will be going great when suddenly, we lose our job or our child gets into trouble with the law or our spouse gets sick. And we’re left broken with no idea what to do or how to recover.

That’s where God’s Word comes in.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” 

In order to find the path to recovery, we must dwell on what is true and noble and right. That means focusing on God’s faithfulness, God’s goodness, and God’s compassion. Because He is mighty to save!


Posted on: September 01, 2016

 

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