6 Sure Ways To Make Your Marriage Difficult

The tears rolled down my cheeks.  We were fighting…again.  I don’t even remember how it started – just how it ended.  When I walked down that aisle, I didn’t expect marriage to be this hard.  I wondered if I had made a mistake in marrying him.  Maybe he was Mr. Wrong instead of Mr. Right.  Surely someone else would have been better.  Right?  Probably not.  It wasn’t until several years later that I realized why this was improbable.  I had to learn a lot…thankfully, when you don’t have someone to teach you these things, God uses His Holy Spirit to teach us the truth.  What did I learn?  I am sure you are anxious to find out.  Well, here are 6 Sure Ways To Make Your Marriage Difficult.

6 Sure Ways To Make Your Marriage Difficult

I wish I had known these things when Marcus and I were first married.  Yes, we did go to marriage counseling, but I don’t remember the pastor talking about these kinds of things.  The things I had to learn ‘on my own’ years later.  Things I had to learn from experience (AKA – the hard way).  When I learned these things and applied them to my life and my marriage, Marcus and I grew stronger.  And when he started doing the same thing – WOW!  That’s when we became unstoppable!  OK, maybe not to that extreme.  But we do have a solid marriage because we both work hard to avoid the following 6 things. Read More

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Grace and Truth ~ 4 Ways To Find Freedom In The Fact God Is In Control

Does the idea of God being in control of everything freak you out?  Maybe you are totally fine with the idea until something tragic and horrible happens.  Then you start to doubt.   You doubt His goodness.  His love.  And those doubts and fears can put us in spiritual bondage.  They make us lose hope.  Since I am all for FREEDOM in all areas of life, it should be no surprise that my feature for this week is about freedom!

Charlie wrote a fantastic post that gives 4 Ways To Find Freedom In The Fact God Is In Control.  If you need some encouragement in this area, head on over and read her post.  You will find the hope of the Lord and His sovereignty in her writing.  

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Grace and Truth ~ Weird But Not a Weirdo {A Pondering Post}

Three words forced me to stop reading as my eyes started to well up with tears.  “I stopped dancing…”  Yeah, I know about that.  Maybe not literally, but there was a long period of time when I stopped ‘dancing’.  I was living a life in spiritual bondage.  Fear.  Lies. SHAME.  Pain.  Not good enough.  Too emotional.  Too sensitive.  And so much more.  I love Joy’s post, Weird But Not a Weirdo {A Pondering Post}.  I love her story.  Her struggle.  Mostly because I can relate.  If you are feeling ‘different’, weird or like you have stopped dancing, please, head on over to Joy’s site and read her post for some wonderful encouragement.  

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5 Telling Signs Your Child Is Ready For Social Media

I was happily scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when a question in a homeschool group caught my eye.  I read the question with interest and a thoughtful response was at the ready…until I started to read the responses to this question.  That’s when my heart sunk.  I left the dialogue feeling discouraged and disheartened.  I had noticed some ‘red flags’ when the original asker of the question replied to some of the quick and thoughtless responses.  How could no one else see these flags that were waving right in front of my face?  Did no one see the deeper issue?  Or is it all about rules and regulations?  My oldest has social media accounts and our decision for allowing her on social media was completely different from what was expressed in this conversation.  This is how we decided: 4 Telling Signs Your Child Is Ready For Social Media.

5 Telling Signs Your Child Is Ready For Social Media

The question posed was at what age is it ok for a child to have social media accounts.  This answer can seem easy when we know that with most social media accounts, a child has to be at least 13 to have one.  So, anyone under 13 should not have an account.  That settles part of the question.  But, I don’t really think that age has as much to do with the decision beyond that. Read More

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Grace and Truth ~ Want to Go Deeper in Prayer This Year? (7 Ways to Pray More)

Well…if you have been on my blog for any length of time, you would know that one of my deepest passions is prayer (hence my huge subscriber freebie of the Ultimate Prayer Guide).  So, would it be any surprise that my feature this week is a post about prayer written by 2 lovely young ladies???  Peyton and Joy have devoted their entire blog to prayer and prayer tips, ideas and encouragement.  What a special gift they are to the Christian community!  Head on over to their site and read their fantastic post: Want to Go Deeper in Prayer This Year? (7 Ways to Pray More).  PS – their first prayer tip is one that is dear to my heart…for these obvious reasons.
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Grace & Truth ~ Why Marriage is so Hard: Restore Joy to Your Marriage

Marriage.  Hard.  Work.  And the most joyous thing in my life, along with my children.  I believe that when we speak negative things over our marriage, we are cursing it. However, when we speak good things over it, we are blessing it.  Once, I heard a pastor say that our spouse will hurt us the most.  And I believed him.  I now know that this is not true and it is a curse spoken over marriages.  I’ve had several people hurt me a whole lot more than my husband ever has.  My husband has been the one to help pick up the pieces of my broken heart.  He’s the one who has held me while I cried.  He is the one who has never given up on me, faults and all.  So, that is why I chose Kira’s post to feature this week, Why Marriage is so Hard: Restore Joy to Your Marriage Part 1.  I love this from her post, “With some hard work, and a strategy of our own, we can shed our worst selves and enjoy marriage the way God intended it to be.”

Kira, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you!  

 

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3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One

My dear readers, I have a special treat for you today!  I have a beautiful young woman guest posting here today.  There is a special spot in my heart for the unmarried woman of God.  I long to encourage them to live fully for God.  They have a unique opportunity to do amazing things for God that we married woman can’t – our obligations are to our families.  The next time you chat with a lovely unmarried woman, ask her what God is calling her to, what He is doing in her life…instead of the dreaded question of whether or not she has a ‘man in her life’.  Put the focus on her relationship with God.  

Because of that tender spot, I am so pleased and excited to share Ava James of Inspired By His Words with you today.  She wrote a wonderful post on 3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One.  Read, leave her an encouraging comment, share the post and then hop on over to her site to read some good stuff there!!  

You thought for sure you'd be married by now. Maybe even have children. But it hasn't happened yet. It can be hard waiting...waiting for God. But the wait will be worth it. Here are 3 Things To Avoid While Waiting for the One.I am not a patient person, but in my decision to surrender my heart totally to Christ, I asked Him to make me into the person after His own heart – a pretty tall order! Read More

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Mom Prayers For The New Year

The New Year brings on the urge to make resolutions and set goals for ourselves and for our family.  We say good-bye to the past and look forward to the future.  We reflect on what has gone well the previous year and areas where change is required.  Fresh beginnings are welcomed and embraced.  One great place to start this process is in prayer.  The fervent prayer of a mom does wonders!  Here are my Mom Prayers For The New Year

Looking for a great way to begin the New Year? Start with prayers for yourself, your husband and your kids! Includes free prayer printable. Mom Prayers For The New Year.

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Don’t Wish For A Marriage Like Mine

She sat across the table from me, stirring her cup of tea, a wistful look in her eye.  Finally, she blurted, “I wish I had a marriage like yours.”  My darling friend, if you only knew the truth.  This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this.  It isn’t the first time my marriage has been caught in the trap of comparison.  People see the results of over 18 years of hard work, pain, joy, and learning.  Yeah, Marcus and I have a rock solid marriage.  And it certainly isn’t because we’ve had good role models for marriage.  Except for one.  Once we learned – and applied – this fundamental truth for a holy and happy marriage, we were well on our way to a rock solid marriage.  So, if you long for a healthy marriage, Don’t Wish For A Marriage Like Mine.  Instead, discover the essential truth that totally transformed our marriage.  

The comparison trap is so appealing. We see the couple who has tall. Great marriage. Awesome kids. And we begin wishing for what they have. But here's the thing. We shouldn't be looking to other people for our example. There is something better. Don't Wish For A Marriage Like Mine

The first few years of marriage were rocky.  When Marcus thinks about those years, he laughingly quips, “I knew nothing back then!”  And he is right…I didn’t either!  We were both incredibly broken people – one unbeliever and one trying to be a believer the best she could.  If we had only known then what we know now, we would have saved ourselves a lot of heartache.  So, what should you be aiming for in your marriage?  What example should you be following?  The answer is pretty simple…but often ignored or overlooked. Read More

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Grace and Truth ~ What To Do When You Feel Incomplete In Your Faith & 5 Truths for Times of Waiting

Have you made New Year’s resolutions only to realize that they are all about you?  No wonder why we don’t stick with them, hey?  I do get pretty bored of myself after a while.  So it is only natural that selfish resolutions quickly fade away…and then I just feel…empty.  I love how Lil from Embracing The Lovely helps readers refocus on how Jesus makes us complete in Him.  Check out What To Do When You Feel Incomplete In Your Faith for some good heart encouragement today – and download her FREE printable that is stunning!  And then check out the other blog posts that are linked up here!

I have another post for my feature this week!  When I read Kira’s post, I was reminded of the time when I finished my teaching degree and I had 2 little ones running around.  My heart was torn – I wanted to teach AND I wanted to stay home with my babies.  I applied for teaching positions, but nothing came of it.  I wondered why God lead me to attend university to be a teacher, helped me through (I tell ya – Finite math was NOT fun.  I burned all of my assignments when I finished that course!) – just to stay at home, without any work.  It was hard.  I doubted God.  I doubted I had heard Him correctly.  Fast forward 12 years and I see He had the BEST plan of all.  I have the best of both worlds!  So, Kira, be encouraged!  God has an amazing plan – what He has in store for your life is worth the wait.  Head on over to read Kira’s post, 5 Truths for Times of Waiting.

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Drum roll, please!

I am so excited to introduce our 2 new G&T hosts to you!  I have ‘known’ these ladies for about 2 years now and I love the heart they have for women and for the Lord.  Sarah Ann blogs over at Faith Along the Way and Starla over at starlajimenez.com.  Please help me welcome them to Grace and Truth!  I know they will be blessed by your blog posts as I have been and they will bless you in return.

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