“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11
When that old serpent tries to bring me down by suggesting I stop promoting post about family and second chances at a loving relationship because we’re a blended family, I shut him down in Christ’s name.
I’m not going to be quiet. I spent the majority of my life focused on career, and solving everyone else’s problems while my
Dating Your Spouse: Blue Marriage: Remember when you’d walk across glass to get a glimpse of your sweetie? What happened? Okay, don’t ever forget what it was that drew you together. Now, do that more often. Here are just a few of the benefits of being in Love #1. Physical Changes – Love has physiological effects on your body. Chemical levels such as dopamine, testosterone, norepinephrine, histocompatibility complex (MHC), and Pheromones shift. These are all positive benefits.
Rak Chazak Amats: God’s War Cry Rak Chazak Amats!!! This ancient Hebrew war cry has led God’s warriors for centuries. The call to be strong, courageous and without hesitation to consider the impossibilities makes conquerors of us all. I love the rally speeches that fire men up to victory. Be it a football game or a battlefield, we fight for each other and something bigger than ourselves. This Hebrew call to victory has launched many God-inspired warriors into battle. may it n
Tide Turned This is one of those blog posts that turned into a tough love segment somewhere along the way. Mostly tough love for me. I learned a lot while writing this post. Forgiveness was my ultimate lesson. It’s incredible to look back on years as specific benchmarks in our lives. I was born in 1980, and accepted Christ in 1989. In 2001 I became a mom, and quit teaching to write full-time in 2011. Scott and I met in 2013. We married in 2015. These were all years that impac
I didn’t have to break this news to my wife. She already knew. And guess what, she wasn’t upset. Maybe because I also understand I’m not her soulmate either. Now, before you go feeling sorry for either one of us – Don’t. The term soulmate has become distorted. Maybe too often and in some weird way has morphed into a definition of emotion superseding that of love. Like this ridiculous claim – “This person is my spouse, but that person is my soulmate.” Time Travelers Soulmates
Number Cruncher How much thought have you given to the reality of remarriage? I know you’re aware that over 50% of all first marriages fail. Most of us like to chalk that one up to youth, inexperience, lack of support and anything other than the reality that you may have been part of the problem. Okay, so we’re already playing from behind the 8-ball when we decide love has blossomed within months of the first failure. You’re wiser and know what to look for this go around. Rig
Lord, I Want to be Whole. Here is the back cover description of the book: Omartian, a survivor of child abuse, brings a powerful message of hope and healing to all who seek deliverance from depression and spiritual oppression. She shows you how prayer and encouragement from Scripture can help you come to terms with the past; how to maintain emotional wholeness; and how to receive God’s gifts. I remember coming home from the second or third week of the study and my husband Gr
“If you saw your family being attacked, would you fight for them?” It’s the one question I really don’t have to ask to know the answer. The reply is always a chest thump and buck of the shoulders, “You know it.” Counter-Reality But the reality is, many men don’t fight for their families. Their wives are being ravished, while children are ripped apart, and still, according to the US Census, 1 in 3 of the 24 million children in America grow up in fatherless homes. While we’re t
Titus 2:3-5: Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Titus is a wonderful book to give us examples as to how we should walk a Christian life. Titus 2 3-5 deals specifically with what a Christian woma
Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s a matter of life or death.” In my law enforcement career, confidentiality truly was a matter of life and death. Taking that concept a step deeper, was the tricky process of managing confidential informants, or CI. These were people who provided intelligence or set up drug deals in exchange for cash or a reduction of criminal charges. Over the course of my years working undercover in several multi-jurisdictional drug task forces, I managed
Man Card I know what’s going on out there in the kingdom of dudes. You’re saying, “Scott, turn in your man card. You’re fighting for the other side.” Well, after my last article, Why Men Cheat, I can see the confusion among my counterparts. Based on the Page Views (a record high) and the clicked Likes and Comments (zero) I knew the message had touched a nerve. The intention wasn’t to be controversial, but to call out for men to commit to marital purity. Isn’t it weird when gu
Marriage is God’s design so that you may experience the reflection of His love for you with the one you love. Throughout the bible, God talks about the bride and the groom. This is no coincidence. God is emphasizing His desire for us to enter into and remain in a strong, loving relationship with Him and your spouse. He loves marriage so much that His very first act after the creation of this world was to make man in His image, and then quickly unite him with his “helper,” Eve
A few years ago while I was still serving as Chief of Police, a sergeant entered my office. He folded himself into a leather chair and looked at me with his chin twisted sideways and his furrowed brow fixed across my desk. He asked a simple question. “Why do cops cheat?” I’d never been asked that before. I replied, “It’s the culture.” It was the best I could offer. He left unfulfilled, and since then I wondered, why not only cops, but why do men cheat. Medicating The first ti
This summer, my husband Gregg and I will celebrate 15 years of marriage. Our marriage has faced a lot of unique challenges that are a direct result of being a military family living in a country that has been at war for over 15 years. Gregg deployed with the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) less than three months after our wedding day. He’s spent many years of our marriage at army schools or in combat zones. The times the military didn’t have him, he worked as a contracto
I have to admit that when our pastor began talking about receiving love I wanted to balk. Of course I knew how to receive love. My wife kisses me or does something for me, and I feel loved. Right? That is about as surface level understanding as it gets. Many men simply do not know how to receive love. I’m not talking about sexual advances or a new tie. This is the soul deep source of true, unflinching, sacrificial love. To receive love requires a level of vulnerability. Men,
My wife has always loved Christmas. So when I proposed her hand in marriage at Valentine’s in 1993, we became husband and wife that Christmas on December 18th. She hand-made our invitations, designed bridesmaid dresses, and crafted many of the decorations for the church, some of which we still decorate our house with each Christmas. Santa Claus made the guest list and arrived near midnight to bless others with small gifts. It was a beautiful sight and a special day. (Though I
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Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man (Jesus) alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”
Matthew 27:19 Why don’t men listen to their wives? Is it genetically encoded, or just a cultural practice to ensure man’s place at the head of the household? There is a difference between listening and waiting for them to stop talking so you can finish the conversation. I fully realize thi
Did you know second marriages fail 63% of the time, while three times isn’t a charm as illustrated by the 74% divorce rate. But that’s for those non-church going, unbelievers, right?
No. Over 40% of regular churchgoers are on their second marriages. Amy Desai, J.D.’s article, How Should a Christian View Marriage and Divorce talks about the Christian perspective. #husband #Divorce #Christian #Marriage #God #wife