Encourage Your Spouse

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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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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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