“You know, your prayers are pretty shallow. Why don’t you pray a real prayer?” The young man was reeling—was she really going to leave him because his prayers weren’t “good enough?” “Why are you in this lane? Why are you going so slow? Don’t you think we should have taken the other highway?” I read […]

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Emily is a gifted interior design artist. After the birth of her third child and her decision to homeschool her children, she decided to sell off all her design books, close the business bank account, and focus on her family. When Chip and Joanna Gaines became household names, Emily and her husband Doran watched Fixer […]

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“Over the course of my marriage, intercourse has drastically changed from something I just endured to something that frustrated the heck out of me to something I crave.” Ruth Buezis lived with various degrees of sexual frustration for about twenty-five years. She has spent the past decade making up for it. And she has dedicated […]

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Do you want to cultivate and enjoy a great marriage? Do you want to be more energized and less discouraged, regardless of what is happening around you and how others are treating you? Do you want to see God use you in tremendous ways? In one sense, it all begins in your head. During my […]

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This week I’m excited to announce that a book I’ve been talking about for months is finally available: Together Through the Storms by Sarah and Jeff Walton. I can’t imagine a more appropriate time for a book that addresses marriages learning to survive and even thrive in the midst of challenges, heartache, setback, and struggle. […]

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April 23, 2020

A Fruitful Life

Gary Thomas — 

When I start writing a book, I wear the hat of an explorer. I have a general destination in mind, but I don’t always know where I’ll end up until I get there. Sometimes, it’s only until after a book is finished and I start regularly teaching on it that I finally understand the implications […]

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When doing premarital counseling, I’ve found that the session when I take couples through their “Prepare and Enrich” test results is often the most helpful and revealing session of all. The test tells couples where they are likely to stumble and serves as a general measure of overall compatibility. As a tool, it can be […]

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Have you ever known someone who cares about their physical health so much they forget to enjoy life? Everything they eat, everything they put on their bodies (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen) have to be approved by the right magazines and “authoritative” organic websites. More than they fear sin, they fear parabens and sodium laurel sulfate […]

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Britney is in her early thirties and has mostly married friends. As a single, Britney told me she sees marriage from the perspective of what you gain, but almost all her married friends see marriage from the perspective of what they have lost. They seem frustrated with what their marriage isn’t, while Britney sees so […]

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March 26, 2020

For Such a Time as This

Gary Thomas — 

A few weeks ago, a good friend of ours texted both Lisa and me to ask what was going on. She had had a terrifying dream about us the night before. “You and Lisa were in this tall tower,” she explained, “and this red plane was headed straight for you. I could see both you […]

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