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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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My Husband Told Me To Get Out

My Husband Told Me To Get Out

“Get out!” my  husband of 30 years said. We were in the truck, touring around the historic artists’ town of Nashville, Indiana, when I saw a lush display of red flowers in front of the Holly Shop. Most times, when I see something I want to preserve with a photo, Rob maneuvers the truck to a spot where I can grab a shot. But this time it was just too awkward, and in the heat of that moment, he said, “Get out!” I...

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The Honeymoon Habit: Book Review

The Honeymoon Habit: Book Review

As I was working in the Niles Public Library for a few days, I saw this display: There were fiction books, and non-fiction. Christian focused, kid focused and memoirs. Most were self-published. One book had poems by a 12-year old, and another book was a history of unique messages one family sent every Christmas. (That one was interesting because they created poems for each message. I don’t think I could be that creative!) And also on the...

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Going Further with Encouragement

Going Further with Encouragement

In the midst of daily life, sometimes your spouse needs to go beyond what they think they can do. You can help. Your spouse can go further with a bit of encouragement. Truly. Sometimes the incline seems daunting.  (and your spouse is saying to themselves, “I can’t do that…”) But with a bit of encouragement your spouse can go further than they thought. And sometimes the way is a bit uneven… (and they’re...

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Scripture to Strengthen

Scripture to Strengthen

Last week I read a devotional from Lead Like Jesus… Where do you turn when you need help? Your answer is important. Who, or what, we turn to reflects something about our values and what drives our lives. It indicates who or what we worship, and where we find our ultimate security. Jesus found His security in His Father, to whom He freely and frequently turned for help. The Father longs to have the same kind of relationship with you....

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When Communication Is A Challenge

When Communication Is A Challenge

As we travel, Robert and I grab every opportunity to talk with husbands and wives about their marriages. We usually start the conversation by asking what “best practices” they’d recommend to newly-weds.  The two most prevalent responses are: Laughter and Communication Is communication a challenge in your marriage?  Oh, we agree whole-heartily that laughter is the best “reset” button in marriage. Finding the humor...

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Love Your Spouse. Every Day.

Love Your Spouse. Every Day.

Being consistent is either your strength… or it’s a weakness. But if you’re consistent in only ONE area of your marriage make it LOVE. Every day is a new day to love your spouse. When you wake up in the morning, know that today is a day you can, you’re able, it’s possible to love your spouse. Sometimes, after a while in marriage, we lose perspective. Other things may appear to become more important than loving your...

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It’s Never Too Late To Start Over

It’s Never Too Late To Start Over

Start Over. Begin Again. Commence Once More. What have you stopped doing… for your spouse that would be good to launch anew, with fresh vigor? Remember when you were first married (or even when you were first dating) and you couldn’t wait to see that guy or gal you loved? Remember the tingles… the butterfly stomach flutters… the unconscious smirks and smiles… What were you willing to do then – that...

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