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Now is the Best Time to Set Goals – 5 Resources

Now is the Best Time to Set Goals – 5 Resources

Is now the best time to set goals in your marriage? As a husband and wife, what’s your life like, right now? Life flows … Sometimes it’s slow and easy, calm and serene with not a ripple in sight. You can manage everything without any extra effort. As a husband and wife, you’re floating along – careful not to capsize, but enjoying the ride. Your relationship is not exactly exciting or fresh, but you’re...

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How to Choose Better Goals for This Time in Your Life

How to Choose Better Goals for This Time in Your Life

Even before a man and woman get married, they begin to set goals. Where will they live? What places will they visit together? How many kids will they have? How can they make a meaningful contribution to their community? Setting goals begins with lots of discussion, dreaming, researching, and more discussion. Then real life gets in the way. For most couples, marriage tends to get complicated; it’s dynamic, ever changing and evolving. Over time,...

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All the Possibilities Need a Plan

All the Possibilities Need a Plan

All the possibilities in life…  need a plan —> or they won’t happen. (yeah. sorry.) It’s easy to let “real life” meander – or dash – or fast forward, and find your dreams sinking into the muck of “wish I coulda” because time has passed too fast, and too far. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe it’s fear, maybe it’s something else – but the days, weeks and years can...

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5 Ways to Set Goals Together in Marriage

5 Ways to Set Goals Together in Marriage

We look for achievement  in all aspects of life. Students strive to get good marks in college. Athletes work hard to win in sports. Professionals pursue advancement in their careers. What about achievement in marriage? As a differentiating value, Achievement means successful performance; accomplishment; or obtaining by exertion. In other words, achievement is about attaining a goal. In marriage, achievement is about a husband and wife...

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Intentional Growth in Your Marriage

Intentional Growth in Your Marriage

Intentional growth in your marriage takes effort. (Welcome to Robert’s readers from FergusonValues.com) However… Couples grow out of their relationships because they’re not working on them together. <– Tweet this! (That’s a quote from a book I first read last year, and have re-read this year, planning for a series of posts here on Encourage Your Spouse.) If you want to encourage your spouse – or –...

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New Year Focus

New Year Focus

How do you feel about resolutions for a new year?  Some people coach the concept of new year resolutions as goal setting. But, as important as goals are – in your personal or professional life – how successful have you been meeting those goals, or resolutions? I have to confess, that the more complex the goals or resolutions, the less of a chance I have of seeing success. What’s been your experience? Simple is Good To handle...

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Sharing 36 Questions

Sharing 36 Questions

Conversations – asking questions and sharing thoughtfully creates intimacy between a couple. Last month I wrote about ways to create a conversation with your spouse. (You can read that post here.) That post had resources and links to questions. I’m still adding to the Pinterest board I created with all the links, because people seem to be interested. (They’re still pining, anyway!) Guess what? I found a new set of...

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Faith is an Every Day Decision

Faith is an Every Day Decision

Now faith is being sure  of what we hope for, and certain of what  we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 Faith is a decision we make every day. It’s not a one, and done… A solid faith in God – in Christ’s love – needs to be nurtured. What actions are you and your spouse taking today to remain strong in...

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All The Love Languages Covered with Chocolate

All The Love Languages Covered with Chocolate

I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Shannon.  She’s a pastry chef. She makes delightful desserts… And beautiful, sweet displays in high-end restaurants. The picture above is a taste-tempting treat she created for her parents’ anniversary. Shannon knows the power of food to encourage! As a young business woman, she wants to share her professional tips and tricks, so she’s created a Facebook page for Holiday...

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Everything You Do

Everything You Do

Above all else guard your heart for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Guard Your Heart We are in that season - the one where we want to focus on Christ, on advent, the waiting and preparing for His birth. Yes, we want to seek Him. And yet. The busy-ness, the call-to-action, the buying and crafting and wrapping, the baking and roasting, and simmering can take over our moments, hours, and days. Unless… We guard our...

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Bring Back Courtesy to Your Marriage

Bring Back Courtesy to Your Marriage

What happened to the value of courtesy in marriage? As a differentiating value, Courtesy means:  polite behavior; or gracious good manners.  As parents, we hope we taught our kids to be polite, and we’re pleasantly surprised when we receive a gracious action from a complete stranger. Courtesy – polite behavior adds up to a pleasant experience. But what’s happening to the exchange of common courtesy in marriage? Most married...

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Be Together

Be Together

My beloved is mine and I am his. Song of Solomon 2:16 Connection. Being close – in heart and in body. Choosing each other – over anyone else. Making your spouse the priority in this busy holiday time may not be easy – or simple… but it can be done. Be deliberate. Be together. My beloved is mine and I am...

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We invite you to receive emails to encourage you – we write at least once a week on a topic which we hope will encourage you in your marriage, and enrich your lives.

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