Category Archives: Marriage

Love The One You Have

Mark: When I met Jill I was drawn to her spunk. Her faith. Her no-nonsense attitude. After we got married that turned into black and white thinking and strong opinions. That wasn’t what I signed up for. Jill: When I … Continue reading

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How Are You Investing In Your Marriage?

Mark: Did you know that if you divorce and hire a divorce lawyer you’ll spend $250-$400/hour?  Do you know the average marriage counselor costs about $100/hour and many offer sliding scale fees based upon income? Jill: Why are so many … Continue reading

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Push The Reset Button In Your Marriage

Mark: Jill and I have made many changes over the years to improve our marriage. We’ve both looked at our own contributions to the hurts in our marriage and worked to make the changes we’ve needed to make. Jill: Because … Continue reading

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The Power of Feedback in Your Marriage

Mark says: Performance reviews in the workplace are not usually something most of us look forward to. Even if it helps you improve in your job and provides valuable feedback to help you move up the corporate ladder, most of … Continue reading

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Listening to Really Hear

Mark says: Listening is one of the most important intimacy-building communication gifts God has given couples.  It’s often been said that listening is so important to God that he gave us one mouth and two ears.  He really wants us … Continue reading

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Let. It. Go. For The Sake Of Your Marriage

Mark: I was asking a family we were visiting with the other day about their holiday traditions of putting up a tree and decorating it.  The husband said with resignation, “My wife wants things done a certain way. The kids and … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays Happy Marriage

Mark: The holiday season is upon us.  In just a few days family will be descending upon your home or you’ll be headed to Aunt Mabel’s house for Thanksgiving. Jill: Yummy food and time with family beckons us while quite … Continue reading

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Got the Tingles?

Mark: Jill and I spent this past weekend with over 2500 moms at the North Central Regional Hearts at Home Conference.  While I go with her to serve and work the conference, I also get the opportunity to hear some … Continue reading

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I Know What You’re Thinking…NOT

Mark: Last week I was talking with a friend who was reeling from a big argument he and his wife had on Halloween. As we talked through the challenge, it became evident to me that the whole mess happened because … Continue reading

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It is what it is…

Mark: When we found out Jill was pregnant with our fourth child I was angry. We had an appointment on the calendar for me to have a little “snip snip” surgery and the stick turned blue two weeks before surgery. … Continue reading

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When Your Spouse Handles Stress Differently Than You Do

Mark: This past weekend was another tough weekend for Jill and I. We’ve shared before about our son’s mental health journey (and here too). Walking into a hospital Saturday morning after our son overdosed once again and seeing him on a … Continue reading

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What Can I Do To Help?

Mark: Yesterday Jill and I spent the afternoon cleaning up from our garage sale. We boxed up the items that were left in order to donate them. Then we cleaned the garage. It was dirty work in many ways. I … Continue reading

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Compassion Feels

Mark: Last night we spent time with some friends who are coming through a hard season of healing in their marriage. We spent the evening sharing with each other about lessons learned along the way. Jill: The topic of compassion came … Continue reading

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