• Love,  Marriage

    Love: What Is It Really?

    I am so excited to tell you guys about my new and improved book available on Kindle for only $6.99! Do you know how to love? Do you want to improve your relationships? For years I have been fascinated by the concept of love. Not the worldly principle of love like romance or sex, but rather God’s view of love. Love is one of the most talked about subjects in the world. Almost every song, movie, and television show are about or include love. One thing I’ve learned over the years, was that what God says about love and what society says about love are two very different things. I’ve…

  • Talk About It
    Fighting,  Love,  Marriage

    Talk About It

    Yesterday was not a very good day for Justin or me. I’m not going into a lot of detail, but suffice it to say I’d been angry about something for awhile and kept hoping the feeling would go away. It didn’t. And instead of talking to Justin about it when I was calm and rational, I ended up screaming at him before he went to work because the emotions I’d been bottling up exploded everywhere. It was a bad morning. But we both had time to calm down while he was gone and by the time he came home from work, we were okay again. We talked it out and…

  • What to do in Hard Times
    Fighting,  Finances,  Love,  Marriage

    What to do in Hard Times

    We all know that times get hard whether you’re married or single, but if you are married you don’t have to go through those hard times on your own. Yes, we can always have friends and family to help us, and God will never leave us nor forsake us, but if you’re married you have a live-in helper too. You and your husband will go through hard times together. We can’t always prevent those times from coming. We can’t always make them end  – sometimes God wants us to go through them. But we do have a choice on what we do in those hard times. I see married couples…

  • How To Stay Married for the Long-Term

    How To Stay Married for the Long-Term

    Tara: I just want to introduce our new guest poster, my mom, Karen! This post was written by her, edited by me. Look out for more great blog posts from her later on! And if you would like to contribute as a guest poster on this blog, send me an email! I’d love to hear from you! My darling husband and I just celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last month and it really had me pondering how we have made it this long when so many marriages are failing and ending in divorce, even Christian marriages. I have prayed and thought about it for a while now and God took…

  • 12 Steps to a Better Marriage

    12 Steps to a Better Marriage

    We all want a happier marriage. We all want fewer fights, more fun, and to be less stressed. Whether you’re at the end of your rope in your marriage or just getting started, I want everyone to have a better marriage! I know it’s possible because I’ve studied long-term, happy marriages and learned their secrets to success. Here are the 12 steps you can start taking today if you want to have a better marriage for tomorrow and the rest of your lives! 1. Practice Better Communication No one starts off as a perfect communicator. But thankfully we can learn to be better if we practice the right things. Use active…

  • Seeking God's Will
    Beliefs,  Marriage

    Seeking God’s Will

    When we don’t know what to do next, we need to seek God’s will. There are many times when we just don’t know what to do. We’ve reached the end of our rope, done everything we can, and now we need guidance. Maybe you’re sick, or your finances are poor, or you’re struggling in your marriage. Whatever it is, God has a plan for you and for me. We can live our lives any way we want, but will that bring us joy? No, if we’re not accomplishing God’s will we won’t have joy and peace. The only way to know God’s will is to read His Word and spend…

  • through god's eyes
    Love,  Marriage

    Through God’s Eyes

    When my mom was raising me she asked God to help her see through my eyes. To this day she says that it made her a better mom. I believe we need to ask God the same for our husbands. We need to ask Him to help us see through our husband’s eyes. But we also need to ask God to help us see through His eyes. Not only should we learn to see ourselves as God sees us, but we need to see our husbands as God sees them. It’s easy to find faults in our husbands, to see only the things they do wrong. But we need to…

  • partners in faith

    Partners in Faith

    In 2 Corinthians 6:14 we are told: “do not be unequally yoked.” That means we should not marry non-Christians. Life is challenging and marriage can be difficult even when we share the same faith. But if we don’t share the same faith, we’re making our lives and marriages 100x harder. If you and your husband are born-again, I want to challenge you to be partners in faith. There will be a lot of challenges and trials in all our lives. All of us have times of doubt, anger, and fear no matter how spiritually mature we may be. That’s why it’s so important that we are partners in faith with…

  • Marriage

    Faith in Your Marriage

    Too many people today have a negative view of marriage because there are so many bad examples of married life. The problem with this is that it fills our minds with doubts and fears about our marriage, even thoughts of divorce. You fear that your husband will cheat on you. You fear that you’ll end up hating one another some day. You fear that eventually you’ll get a divorce. But fear and faith can’t live in the same mind. We either live in fear or we live in faith. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not…

  • Beliefs

    What Do You Believe?

    One extremely important part of marriage is that the two of you should understand one another’s beliefs. Now, if you were both saved before you got married then you should already know one another’s views on salvation. In fact, that should have been one of the first conversations you had when dating. However, you may not know your husband’s views on everything in the Bible, or how to raise kids, or political beliefs, or how we should live as Christians. Now, I’m not saying you need to go grab your husband and say, “Babe, Tara says that we need to sit down for the next 5 hours and discuss everything we…