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Did you catch the Family Life radio programs? If you’re here because you connected with the recent programs on Family Life…welcome! I’m so glad you’re stopped by! We talked about three different subject on the three days of programming. If...

How To Pray Together As a Couple

Mark: I confess that praying together is not something Jill and I have always done well. As a pastor, I could pray with just about anyone except my wife. Why is that? Fear of judgment. My own lies in my head. My fear of disappointing and not doing it right. Those are...

The Slow Fade of Child-Centeredness

Jill: Over the past few months we have coached quite a few young couples that have felt their hearts are miles apart. As we dug into each of their stories, it became evident that parenting had taken over their lives, leaving their marriages on autopilot. Mark: In our...

What Is Your Response to Conflict?

Mark: Conflict handled without care can bring out the worst in us. Unless we’re intentional about responding rather than reacting, we can end up with a mess to clean up. Jill: It’s rare that we both haven’t contributed to the mess in some way. So we...

Thankful for the Challenges

Mark: I have been working on changing my view of the conflicts within marriage. To be honest, I am not someone who likes conflict at all. There was too much of it when I was growing up so I wanted my own family to be conflict free (can you say “unrealistic...

What’s Your Plan For Prioritizing Your Marriage?

Jill: It was 2011 and proving to be the darkest year of our then 27 years of marriage. Mark: The slow fades of unrealistic expectations, avoiding emotion, defensiveness, and minimizing had been eroding the foundation of our marriage for years, but we didn’t know it. ...

A Relationship Worth Fighting For

Mark: We recently did a Dive Deep Interview with Beth and Jeff McCord for our No More Perfect Date Night members. It was such a fabulous interview that we decided to ask Beth if she would provide a Marriage Monday blog post about the enneagram and how it can help your...

You CAN Rebuild Trust In Your Marriage

I lifted the phone out of my husband’s hands. He was so tired lately and had fallen asleep in bed while texting.  I’d been out of town for the day and had come home late to find him already in bed. As I went to plug it in for the night, I saw a conversation on the...

5 Easy Steps to Wreck Your Marriage

It doesn’t take much effort at all to destroy a relationship. In fact, it’s quite easy. Just follow your feelings and give energy to every little negative thought in your head and you won’t just be sauntering down the road of destruction, you’ll be running down it....

7 Ways To Stay Connected When You’re Apart

Mark: Last Tuesday, June 25,  was our 36th wedding anniversary. If you’ve been hanging around her for very long, you KNOW that’s a BIG DEAL!  (If you haven’t been hanging around here very long, you can read our story here.) Jill: We had plans for...

Let Your Spouse Do What’s Important to Them

Jill: The last two Saturdays were the first Saturdays we’ve had home in months. Our speaking schedule keeps us traveling on the weekends in the spring and the fall. However, summer brings a change of pace and we’re home more on the weekends. Mark: Jill...

How To Rebuild Trust in a Marriage

Mark: It’s bound to happen in just about every relationship. We keep something from our spouse and they find out. We repeatedly do something our spouse has asked us not to do. We minimize our spouse’s thoughts and feelings. We are addicted to something...