Growing Through Prayer–Thaw the Ice In Your Family

Growing Through Prayer–Thaw the Ice In Your Family

Lord, winter storms and icy roads can leave me snowed in and stuck in my tracks. In the same way, stress and conflict pile up until I can’t reach the heart of my child. Warm affection grows cold, and I don’t know how to thaw the ice between us. I need your...
How to Clean Out the House Without Messing Up Your Marriage

How to Clean Out the House Without Messing Up Your Marriage

My grandmother’s Norman Rockwell figurine is permanently placed on top of the piano. My father-in-law’s collection of watches will always fill a corner of Rob’s dresser drawer, dead batteries and all. We both hold on to keepsakes the other doesn’t value or understand....
The Power of “I’m Sorry” in Your Marriage

The Power of “I’m Sorry” in Your Marriage

You know things are “off” between you. That cutting remark still stings. Time passes with a promise unfulfilled for another day. Loyalties are divided, and you’re at the bottom of your spouse’s list. Little irritations feel like major offenses...
How to Keep Conflict Out of Christmas

How to Keep Conflict Out of Christmas

Christmas traditions run deep in our families. We carry childhood memories of family fun and closeness we want to hold onto forever. Like many couples, when Rob and I married we realized our hopes and expectations for the season were miles apart. We had to work for...
The Power of Confession in Marriage

The Power of Confession in Marriage

You can feel the distance between you. You find yourself annoyed by every little thing. Sarcastic remarks are whispered under your breath. You avoid eye contact. Distraction is sought through work and busyness. You sleep with your back turned, as close to the edge of...