Category Archives: Marriage

My Separation Thoughts

During our 16-month separation I had many opportunities to think about and make decisions for myself about separation, dissolution, or divorce from a theological aspect, a personal aspect and a legal aspect. For those of you who are facing similar decisions I … Continue reading

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Rekindling An Almost Dead Marriage

One Friday morning I started a fire in a brush pile. Just like the start of many marriages it was roaring pretty good. Then on Monday, after two or three inches of rain and cold weather, the fire looked pretty dead. … Continue reading

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Inspiring Couples To Use What They’re Taught

One of the hardest things for us about helping crisis couples, or even one person of the crisis couple, is inspiring them to use and practice what they are taught. Sharon and I can teach many communication and conflict resolution skills and … Continue reading

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Jay and Laura Laffoon

Jay and Laura Laffoon are marriage and relationship edu-tainers. They teach about those topics by using humor. We first saw them at an AMFM Conference years ago. If you ever get to see them in person with their Ultimate Date Night you … Continue reading

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Love and Respect Now

I am very encouraged about how much the younger generation of 20- and 30-somethings seem to really want to learn how to do marriage well. One great resource for them is Love and Respect Now. This blog is written by … Continue reading

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Pre-Engagement Mentoring

We have recently been mentoring a couple who asked for mentoring when they were thinking of getting engaged. We thought it was tremendously mature on their part to ask and we were honored to mentor them. We used the mentoring book “Before … Continue reading

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Make Your Spouse’s Day a Little Brighter

What is one thing you could do today to make your spouse’s day just a little brighter? Here are some some ideas that cross my mind: Put a smile or a heart on a post it note. Use a dry … Continue reading

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The Intimacy Merry-Go-Round

In their book, “Stripped Down“, Tony and Alisa Dilorenzo mention six types of intimacy: emotional, intellectual, spiritual, recreational, financial, and physical intimacies. In their book, “Red Hot Monogamy“, Bill and Pam Farrel discuss eight types of intimacy: social, financial, recreational, vocational, parental, … Continue reading

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“I Messed Up”. Those are Freeing Words!

I found this to be a great post from Sheila Gregoire to help people understand that if they are in a tough marriage situation they made bad choices that got them there, but they also can make good choices to … Continue reading

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“A Year Without Internet”

If you read this or many other blog sites, have email or Facebook, or surf the web on a regular basis, you have probably questioned yourself if you’ve been on the internet too much, if you truly need it in … Continue reading

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