Restoring the Joy In Marriage

Restoring the Joy In Marriage

Have you ever heard the saying that “marriages are made in heaven?” Sounds wonderful and who doesn’t want that, except that those marriages that are made in heaven, have to be lived out here on the earth. Here lies the challenge.

We are all, by human nature, selfish people. After working with people for over four decades, I can confidently say that selfishness is the number one reason relationships suffer and fail. Let’s be honest - we all want what we want when we want it. We may be able to get by with that behavior when we are two years old, but it is not very attractive as an adult and certainly not productive in a marriage. Selfishness destroys the joy in marriage.

Anything left to itself unattended and neglected will, at some point, need restoration.

Marriage, in its original state, is beautiful, but over a period of time, things can get weathered and begin to deteriorate. When we fail to tend to our marriages, along with the challenges of everyday life, our marriages get worn out, tired and need to be restored. Silence has replaced laughter and the thrill is gone.

Get Up and Get Going

Get Up and Get Going

There is a word in my heart for you as we step into 2019. It's the word... ARISE.

The word arise simply means to get up and get going.

This may be the answer you have been looking for. Sometimes we make overcoming our difficulties a bigger problem than it needs to be.

You might be asking God...

  • “What do I do now?”

  • “How can I survive this?"

  • "How can I afford to do that?”

God’s answer to you may well be what it was to many other people in the Bible who experienced difficulties and overwhelming despair and disappointment with life.

The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

In the midst of all the craziness, if you were to ask me to use one word that would best describe the overall frame of mind of the people I come in contact with, it would be hopelessness.

Just recently three people told me how they have been fighting hopelessness in their lives. Two because of ongoing health challenges and one with ongoing family challenge. Hopelessness is very real, especially during the end of the year.

What is real hope?