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Always Have Hope – Scripture Saturday

Always Have Hope – Scripture Saturday

As for me I will always have hope… Psalm 71:14 (NIV) What are you hoping for?  Do you talk with your spouse about your hopes? Spend some time talking, sharing, dreaming, imagining what the future could hold… And then give thanks for all the blessings you have  - right now. “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm...

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Being Sincere – It Starts With YOU

Being Sincere – It Starts With YOU

The study of values is called Axiology. We discovered this description of what Robert does every day in a text book our daughter was studying. (It was satisfying to have a word to describe his passion!) What do values have to do with marriage? What do values have to do with anything in life?  We hear and read quite a bit about values as they pertain to business – or businesses which have gone down a path of moral and ethical misbehavior....

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Rob Loves Coffee Crisp

Rob Loves Coffee Crisp

Food as Encouragement ~  Our eyes see the food, our noses take in the aroma, our tongue delights in the flavor, it’s chilled to perfection, or heated to warm our insides, the texture is crisp, or creamy… food is a full sensory experience. And sometimes a favorite food is just the best way to show our spouse how much we care. Robert loves the chocolate bar, Coffee Crisp! Have you ever heard of a Coffee Crisp?  Chances are, unless...

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Love Deeply

Love Deeply

Above all things, love each other deeply,  because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1Peter 4:8 NIV Your spouse isn’t perfect. Neither are you. Instead of chafing over those things which could be irritating, let’s cover each other with love. Lots of love. Big, billowy, fluffy, mounds of love. Have courage. Encourage. How can you show your spouse you love him/her – today? Have you read the free...

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No Conditions or Prerequisites: Just Acceptance

No Conditions or Prerequisites: Just Acceptance

Robert has joined me as a co-contributor here at Encourage Your Spouse, adding his male viewpoint to encouragement. I vividly remember that all day event with Dr. Gary Chapman – along with a few hundred other couples, from newly weds to married more than fifty years. Oh, did we all laugh at Dr. Chapman’s stories. Some of them hit pretty close to home for Robert and me. (and from the side-glances and smirks we saw, it had an impact...

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Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good

Don’t Grow Weary In Doing Good

Just a little nudge… Encourage your spouse… If you don’t encourage her or him – who will? Have courage.  Encourage. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:9...

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Questions to Start a Conversation

Questions to Start a Conversation

I was talking with a young woman about how her relationship was progressing, when she mentioned something interesting. She said, “We run out of things to talk about.” Not all of us are natural conversationalists. (tweet this) It got me thinking – not all of us are natural conversationalists. Some of us aren’t born with the capability to chat, to natter, to talk about this or that, with ease. For some of us, starting a...

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7 Ways to Build Strength Into Your Marriage

7 Ways to Build Strength Into Your Marriage

Hello! I thought you’d like to hear about encouragement from a man’s perspective, so I’ve invited Robert, my husband, to be my co-contributor here at Encourage Your Spouse. (Learn more at our “About Us” page.) Robert is passionate about values – and how they can make a difference in all parts of life, especially marriage. In this post, he explains the value of strength, and how it can make a difference in a...

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Positive Leadership in Your Family

Positive Leadership in Your Family

Your attitude shapes your family. Spouse, kids, siblings, parents, and everybody else who is invested in your future, is influenced by your reaction to what life throws at you. The only option you have control over in any situation, is how you respond. What’s your response? Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership. Husbands – encourage your wives! Wives – encourage your husbands!  ...

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Marriage: the greatest travel story ever!

Marriage: the greatest travel story ever!

You like to travel; a cruise is your idea of heaven, or a Route 66 road trip has you pulling out maps, or an all-inclusive resort with a white-sand beach has you salivating for a fruit-flavored iced libation. I’m sure you have some great stories from your travels… Guess what? Marriage is the greatest travel story ever!  (tweet this) As you might know, Robert and I are traveling full time. We’ve been on-the-road for five...

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Demonstrate Your Love with Some Encouragement

Demonstrate Your Love with Some Encouragement

What’s one way to demonstrate your love for your spouse? Encouragement We all need encouragement. It does make a difference – in good times and in difficult times. Encouragement is love in action. Show your love by talking about all the good things in your past together. If you’re struggling right now, perhaps it’s time to look backward. Remember and reminisce, dwell on the blessings in your life together. Take a memory...

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Be more than an “I’m fine” communicator with your spouse.

Be more than an “I’m fine” communicator with your spouse.

One of the first items any couple cites when experiencing marriage related issues, is “communication”. So what is communication? Communication: the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else. Sounds easy, right? Let’s begin with a basic question when first trying to communicate… How do you respond to...

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