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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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Humble Hearts Equal Healthy Marriages

Humble Hearts Equal Healthy Marriages

Being Humble. It’s not the first attitude you’d use when you describe a healthy marriage, is it? And yet… Love is never…     … arrogant with pride. 1Corinthians 13:4 If love isn’t arrogant with pride, then what’s the opposite? Humility. Being Humble. Want to know three ways to interact with your spouse – with a humble heart? Read more at our guest post on Lead Like Jesus (click this...

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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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