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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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Observations in 30 Years of Marriage

Observations in 30 Years of Marriage

30 Years of Marriage. To some this might sound daunting, and others might just chuckle, and call us “babies”. It’s all about perspective, I guess. Robert and I sometimes wonder where the time has gone… It seems just like yesterday that we were these people: But we’re not. Time has passed. There have been a few bumps on the road, and ditch or two we’ve driven out of, a few hairs lost, and pounds found, a number...

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5 Ways Patience Will Encourage Your Spouse

5 Ways Patience Will Encourage Your Spouse

Patience. It’s one of the Fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) It’s also a necessary virtue in every marriage – in every season of marriage – and a way to encourage your spouse. We usually subscribe to the idea that patience is necessary in the more negative seasons, but it’s also a wonderful gift during a growing season. Any change requires patience. Robert and I are in a new season of our marriage. We’ve...

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Marriage is Priceless

Marriage is Priceless

Marriage is more than the white dress, the fancy party, the sparkling ring… Marriage is NOT one day. It’s two people making a decision to live life – together. Always. Marriage is sacrifice. Marriage is a million moments of letting go. Marriage is effort expended with no expectation of reciprocity.  Marriage is also a trillion tiny blessings, showing up like bursts of light in darkness. Marriage is open-ended hope for a...

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Answers to Questions – Ongoing Learning on Making a HOME

Answers to Questions – Ongoing Learning on Making a HOME

No matter how old we are – or how many children, or years married, we all still have room to grow. (There are lots of areas in which I’m still learning… how about you?) Do you have questions on … how to manage your time… … how to make more healthy choices… … how to build better relationships, including in parenting & marriage… …how to invest and use your money wisely… and...

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Encouraging Your Spouse in a Time of Disappointment

Encouraging Your Spouse in a Time of Disappointment

Things don’t always work out the way we’d like. Life is not fair. We might not like it, but it’s a fact. Life is not fair. (And who said it was supposed to be fair, anyway? That’s just a new-age myth. Give it up.) God writes our story, and sometimes we’d like to change the details, but in the end, I’m sure He has the best, most awesome story for each of us. The best. I’m sure. I’ll bet my eternal...

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Saying “I Love You” – What does your spouse need to do?

Saying “I Love You” – What does your spouse need to do?

What does your spouse need to do, before you say, “I love you”? Prerequisites… Does your spouse need to say those words first? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to clean up? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to hand you roses, or tickets to the game? Before you say, “I love you.” Does your spouse need to initiate sex? Before you say, “I love...

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Tag! You’re it! Making the Most of the Moments

Tag! You’re it! Making the Most of the Moments

Some seasons in life are difficult.  No question. No rebuttal. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to...

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Serving Together to Encourage

Serving Together to Encourage

It’s easy to be complacent. But, complacency leads to inertia. It’s easy to be self-focused. But, focusing only on yourself leads to selfishness.  It’s easy to be agenda driven. But, letting the agenda control your life leads to stagnation. Being complacent, self-focused and agenda driven is not very encouraging… for you, your spouse or your family! What can you do? –  Serve Together Serve others – your...

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If your spouse were part of a sandwich…

If your spouse were part of a sandwich…

We all need to feel important, and validated. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, as husbands and wives, we behaved in a way which demonstrated how important our spouse is to us? Time & priority demonstrates what level of importance your spouse holds. An encouraged spouse feels important… both because of the time you’ve spent with her/him and the attention you’ve given her/him. Where does your spouse come on the list of...

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