Category Archives: Marriage

Step Into My World

Mark says: Today we start another round of Whole 30 eating. We did it initially in January and I was amazed at how much better I felt after dropping 10 lbs and eating healthier. I admit, though, my motivation is … Continue reading

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The Power of Your Words

Mark says: What we say and what we don’t say in our marriage is a measuring stick for the health of our marriage. Jill says: Did you know the Bible talks about the power of our words over 3,500 times?  That alone … Continue reading

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Look At Me!

Jill says: Last week I was chatting with an event photographer who told me, “I shoot a lot of engagement sessions and weddings. Sometimes I get the opportunity to do a photo shoot of a couple celebrating a longtime wedding … Continue reading

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Don’t Talk About Frustration In Frustration

Mark says: We’ve all been there. Our spouse does something that frustrates us. We react in frustration and let them know how we feel. Jill says: Because we’re frustrated, we come across very strongly in our communication. Our spouse responds … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Help A Friend In Crisis

My friend Cheri Keaggy released a powerful album three years ago. “So I Can Tell” is the light that has come out of a dark season of Cheri’s life.  The songs are heartfelt expressions of a woman who has come to know … Continue reading

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Are You Settling for a Truce?

Mark says: Jill and I heard a story the other day that ended with this line, “They could have known love but they settled for a truce.” Jill says: The moment we heard it, we both looked at each other … Continue reading

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Resolve One Marriage Conflict at a Time

Mark says: Navigating conflict is one of the hardest parts of marriage. We see situations through different eyes. We hurt one another without realizing it. Jill says: When we try to talk about our hurt, too often we both try to … Continue reading

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10 Ways To Celebrate Your Anniversary

Jill says: Last Thursday was our 32nd wedding anniversary. (Of course, we both thought it was #33 until we did the math!) If you’ve been hanging around here very long, you know that celebration has been hard won! Mark says: … Continue reading

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Push It My Way

Mark says: Jill and I were helping some friends sort through a marriage challenge the other day.  He admittedly can be a bit spacey when driving. He’ll be driving he and his wife to the store, but because his mind … Continue reading

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When Marriage Counseling Doesn’t Work

Mark says: Jill and I have always been proponents of marriage counseling. We’ve talked about it openly in our marriage and tried our best to help couples know that “asking for help” is an important part of the marriage journey. … Continue reading

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So Are We Done With This Yet?

Dear Mark and Jill, I read your Marriage Monday blog, “Don’t Go Relivin’ What You Have Forgiven” and it really spoke to me. It is what I do. The one point that you made, that I would love to know … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Relivin’ What You Have Forgiven

Jill says: Even when you’re moving forward, it’s easy to want to bring up the past. Mark says: It’s the human side of us that wants to throw something back into play that we settled in our heart or relationship … Continue reading

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Did I Contact Her? You Bet.

It’s a question that lands in my email box two to three times a week since the No More Perfect Marriages blog series in January. Unfortunately there are too many marriages dealing with unfaithfulness and people are looking for help. … Continue reading

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