Marriage

Below are links to marriage articles we hope will be a blessing to you:
(Written by the Motls & published on Crosswalk.com)

What is God's Purpose for Your Marriage? Before the drain of daily duties entered your marriage, did you have a vision of purpose in your relationship? When we focus on God's calling on our marriage we reap a number of benefits. 

Kneeling in Prayer instead of Needling and Nagging Whose words do you want ringing in your spouse's ears: yours or God's?

Forgiveness: The Key to Handling Family Drama Managing your family dynamics with grace

This Wasn't Part of the Deal There are times when we look at our marriages and silently think, “This so wasn’t part of the deal.” But in reality, it was and is.  

Helping Your Spouse Through Seasons of Stress: In your marriage you will undoubtedly come to impasses where life is just plain overwhelming. In those seasons of intense stress you must proactively guard your marriage. Here’s some practical ways to protect your marriage from the eroding force of stress...

Feeling Disconnected? Understanding how we can be married, yet totally un-engaged--and how to change the cycle!

Calming Quarrels in your Home : Being married doesn't mean you are destined to fight. Tap into God's design for how to process conflicts in your marriage 

Cleaning House: What Areas of Your Marriage Could Improve? Imagine your marriage as if it were a house. Which rooms might need some extra cleaning out and which ones might need a little extra attention to spruce them up? 

Make Your Marriage a Safe Haven during Uncertain Times While the Bible gives us truth to handle high pressured situations, a great source of relief can come from our marriage relationships. 

Yours, Mine... and Ours "His" and "hers" might be embroidered on towels, robes and coffee mugs, but when it comes to issues of the heart, there is no "yours" or "mine" -- it is all "ours." 

Waiting on God to Fill the Cradle “Do you have children?” It seems as though the frequency of the question should numb the sting - but it doesn’t. Here are four specific areas where my husband and I have dug deep to find treasure in this painful season of waiting... 

The Big I.F. : Facing Infertility with Faith I.F. Stands for infertility. A big ugly word that hangs over the hearts of more than seven million people. It’s also a complicated word. It’s a word that lots of people think is an easy fix when it’s not. It’s a turn-your-world-on-it’s-head word. A word that simultaneously brings silence and shouting to deep places in one’s soul. A word that touches things inside you that you didn’t want to be touched. And it’s not the end of the story.

Contentment: A Key to Keeping Your Love Alive  About six months ago, my husband said he thought the Lord was trying to teach him to be content with mediocrity. Mediocrity? I thought, Never! But in light of a few life lessons of my own, I think I now understand what my husband was saying... 

Are You Disconnected from Your Spouse? I have come to believe that one primary problem sits at the root of most couples who feel disengaged. I call it the “full plate” phenomenon. 

Holiday Articles

Bringing a Sacrifice of Praise: God doesn't expect His children to live disconnected from reality in some kind of happy-plastic church world. So how can we be honest about the hard things and still maintain hearts of gratitude? 

Thankful for… That? Are there reasons to be thankful for the hiccups and hurts in our marriages?  

Having a Merry Christmas in Your Marriage  All families struggle with the extremes holidays bring out of -and on- us! Here’s a few tips to help you navigate the season...

Are You Married to the Grinch? When Christmas turns your spouse into the Grinch, Mr. (or Mrs.) Clause or Frosty...

The Best Christmas Gifts You Can Give Your Family Giving gifts that last, inspire, and create legacy...

Valentine's Day: Let Christ's Love Fuel Your Marriage A relationship centered in God’s love acknowledges that the Lord, not your spouse, is your personal source of satisfaction… 

Holiday Grief  Processing grief and the holidays

What God can do with Your Emptiness If last year's disappointments are casting a shadow over your thoughts of the New Year ahead, consider what God does with emptiness...