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Can You Read Your Spouse?

February 2, 2017

My husband can read two languages — but reading body language isn’t one of them! Mark does his best to be an attentive listener, but because he’s so focused on what I’m saying (I’ve written before about how we are completely different animals when it comes to wordsmithing), he often misses the nuanced meaning telegraphed in my facial expressions. In our books, Lists to Love by for Busy Wives, and Lists to Love by for Busy Husbands, list 24 gives…

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Lists to Love By Marriage

Do You Love Your Spouse the Right Way?

January 24, 2017

Have you ever noticed that when someone from another country speaks a different language, people feel the need to speak louder? We think speaking loudly will bridge the communication gap. But it doesn’t. Their ears are working, it’s their brain that can’t understand the words. The same problem occurs when a husband and wife have different love languages. A husband loves his wife in a certain way and when it’s not appreciated he doubles his efforts. It’s like he is…

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Lists to Love By Marriage

New Year, Renewed Marriage: Follow These Simple Steps

January 3, 2017

People are usually a little surprised when we tell them the story in the video below.  You see, our marriage didn’t have the most promising start. Our hearts were in the right place but our personalities were on a crash course that was bound to implode our marriage. There were so many things we struggled through. We had to learn how to communicate, how to meet each other’s needs, and how to handle a lot of conflict. We still have…

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Share the Love, Share the Book!

December 30, 2016

Susan and I need your help. Our new books, Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands and Lists to Love By for Busy Wives, release tomorrow! If you would, we would love for you to help share the news. To make sharing convenient, use any of the posts or tweets below to get the word out on your social media. Thank you for helping. It is our hope that these books will encourage couples to love each other well and strengthen their marriages. We couldn’t do it…

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Marriage Podcast

4 Things to Do When Your Spouse Is Feeling Down {Podcast}

December 29, 2016

Mark has been dealing with back pain for the past few months. It’s getting better, but there are still days he doesn’t feel 100 percent. For someone as on-the-go as Mark, this experience has, at times, caused him to get discouraged. I’ve tried to be there for Mark, to encourage him and let him know I understand what he’s dealing with. It’s not always easy, but it’s part of being a supportive spouse. Mark has been there for me when…

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The Wedding Trumped the Blog

December 20, 2016

Confession: I have been MIA and haven’t blogged in months, but for good reason! The wedding trumped the blog. In my memory it actually trumped everything.  Are there ever times in your life when several things are happening all at once? And somehow, in the midst of it all, you get the distinct feeling God is trying to tell you something, but you’re not sure what He is saying? My year, in summary, goes like this: moved 2 children, Mark…

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For Better, For Worse

December 20, 2016

When my daughter Megan got married, I don’t know who was happier…me or Megan! The day of the wedding was rainy, which was bad since the plan was to have the ceremony outside. But all of a sudden (I think it was because of the prayers of me and my network of praying friends!) the sky cleared, and it was beautifully calm and sunny. As the ceremony progressed, birds chirped in the trees and the breeze gently blew Megan’s veil around her…

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