When You Feel Insignificant…

When You Feel Insignificant…

At the end of a long, humid summer day in Michigan, I felt a cool breeze stir the air as the sun went down. I clipped a leash to my dog’s collar and slid on my shoes for a walk around the neighborhood. Fireflies flashed in the shadows. The streets were empty and...
When You’ve Fallen Out of “Like” on Valentine’s Day

When You’ve Fallen Out of “Like” on Valentine’s Day

You’ve been at this marriage thing for a while now. You’re well aware of your spouse’s morning breath, nervous habits, and ratty sleepwear. The oh-so-cute quirks that made your partner unique are now stomping on your last nerve. You examine your in-laws with fresh...
Growing Through Prayer – Love for My Wife

Growing Through Prayer – Love for My Wife

Lord, thank you for the gift of my wife. The way she loves me and our family is humbling and inspiring. She selflessly gives her time, talents, and resources so we can live our lives more fully. So often, she willingly and joyfully sacrifices her own goals and dreams...
Testing the Heart of My Marriage

Testing the Heart of My Marriage

Everywhere I look, I can find a tool to get to know myself better. I can mail off a DNA test vial to reveal my ancestry. An enneagram quiz will offer a tidy numerical system to explain why I do what I do. Myers-Briggs, the “Big Five”, and DISC testing unpack the...
Depression: Where Pain Met Love in Our Marriage

Depression: Where Pain Met Love in Our Marriage

In the middle of the night, I lay crying out and gasping for breath in the worst panic attack I’d ever known. My husband, Rob, turned to me and quietly said, “It’s time for you to get some help.” Those words were a rope thrown into my pit of depression to begin...