Run to Your Jesus and be Nice to Your Man

October 20, 2014 by Nama

Marriage by His design is my second deepest heart passion.

To know and love my Saviour, prayerfully pointing others to HIS worthiness is number one.

i come from a home that suffered the hell of divorce twice; i watched my mamma persevere through two marriages that brought unfaithfulness and betrayal as she parented 9 children, primarily alone. Having watched my mom’s heartbreak I headed towards adulthood pleading with my Lord for a marriage that would last, a marriage that would cause others to praise our worthy Lord and Saviour. Continue reading

Marriage Monday~Contentment, Grace and Forgiveness

August 25, 2014 by Nama

Each day i see a bit more clearly that our marriage is the most important relationship in which I can be working out my Faith.

If my Lord has promised it or he has commanded it there is no more important place for me to practice it than in my relationship with Tim.

Philippians 4 is a favorite passage of mine, what does this passage look like in my marriage? Continue reading

Love and Respect

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If i need to know i am loved and cherished to thrive in our marriage, my man needs to know and feel he is respected.

There is a great book that talks about the need of a women to know she is loved and the need of a man to know he is respected.  These needs run deeply in each of us, so much so that this author uses the analogy of a hose providing our means of survival being pinched shut when we choose to withhold respect from our men.  This may be the area i have most miserably failed in our 33+ years of  Happily Ever after.  My natural bent is not towards a quiet and gentle spirit, nor do i easily consider my opinion as having little value to this world.  i think the best way for me to share what this respect looks like is to share some ways i have fallen short in respecting my man.

1. Be Nice.  Stinkin, be nice!  Much of our marriage i have functioned in a “witchy” state of mind.  Without getting all psycho as to why or how this has come to be i will just say, We wife’s need to be nice!   Treat your man as kind and considerate as you treat the dentist who is about to extract a tooth.  You don’t have to ‘feel” kind to be kind.  If i am in a “mood” Tim is bound to be the one i blame and Tim is going to get my wrath regardless of how uninvolved he is in the issue of angst.

2. Be Really Nice.  Be Stinkin Nice!  If there is one place and person you need to invest all of your very best, it is in your man.  Don’t withhold kindness, being cautious and guarded.  Compliment him on at least one great thing he does today.  “Thank you so much for getting up and going to work to put a roof over our heads today!”  would be a great place to start. Go out of your way and comfort zone to make coming home to you and your home his favorite part of the day.

3.  Tone of voice.  You all know we can say “Why did you choose to put your shoes over there?”  In a way that clearly and loudly communicates respect and honor; in a way that says “We are on the same team.”  You can say those exact same words in a way that questions intelligence, implies disapproval and erodes the foundation of respect your marriage needs to be built on.  There is nothing that needs to be said with a condescending, judging and doubting tone.  Don’t do it girls, you are shooting yourself in the foot or perhaps more accurately in the heart.  A man who hears disapproval and lack of respect will quickly learn how to avoid the bearer of those messages, if you want your man to pursue cherishing you… you better commit to communicating deep respect for him.  i speak from painful experience here.  Sassy is my forte’.  It is not good ladies, not good!!

This is just a start my girls, but it is enough to start!

This weekend i had the joy of visiting with my mamma and little sister.  Between the three of us we have a lot of years of marriage stacked up.  We have a divorce or two, we have a lot of tears and heartache and doubting and questioning but when it was all shuffled through and sorted out between the donuts and fresh brewed Keurig, we all agreed…we have to respect our men, we have to read and seek help if the path seems unclear. Some days we need to be reminded that the covenant we made to forever was not a vow to happiness, or easy or i feel “in love” , it was a covenant to a Holy God who has promised he will lead the way and He will provide the Grace if we will trust and obey.  There is little that is sweeter than to hear my 70 something mom ache to pass along these truths to her grandbabies as they are making their own lifetime commitments to forever.

No one ever promised anyone a rose garden with no thorns, but we are promised beauty from ashes and eternal joy if we are willing to commit to the sweet with the thorns, Forever.

Determine to respect your man today…be intentional, be generous, be the girl who fell in love with him and find something in him you know he needs to hear you value, then tell him!




August 4, 2014 by Pappa

Pre-Ramble by Nama…last Monday i wrote about Cherishing this moment  here , i asked Tim to help us look at the practical of Cherishing and Treasuring our spouse this week.  I thought we would write something together, as is typical Tim did such a grand slam job there is no need for me to ramble.  Enjoy…Cherish by My Man. 

There is an old tune by “The Association” that reads . . .

Cherish is the word I use to describe,
All the feeling that I have hiding here for you inside,
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I had told you,
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could hold you,
You don’t know how many times I’ve wished that I could
Mold you into someone who could
Cherish me as much as I cherish you.

Although this tune is about a man courting a woman, there are some truths that can be gleaned here for the married man from this poor fellow’s feeble attempt to put his feelings into actions.

Feelings to Action – That is the conundrum that all married men face.  So we see this poor rookie sap struggling with bad communications skills, regret, and awkward attempts to “fix things”.  Oh wait, that’s me after 30 years of marriage J. Continue reading

We Have This Moment…that’s It

July 28, 2014 by Nama

This morning my heart aches for a friend who said goodbye to her husband over the weekend. A few years ago in this steamy summer season Tim and i stood at the family photo table in the foyer of a little rural church hurting with another friend who had just said goodbye to the wife of his youth.  As we looked at each image chronicling the years and love they had shared we tried to come to terms with how quickly one face can be ripped from those images.  As we stood side by side we each knew… “Something has to change!”  We knew in a way we would not escape that we had to find the path to treasuring one another and cherishing each moment we were gifted. If it was really true that as quickly as we had said the words “I do” it could all be snatched from our hands and hearts we could not waste another moment of this precious together life. Continue reading

S’more Love, S’more Fun, S’more Forever

July 8,2014 by Nama

We had the pleasure of celebrating these two cutes on Sunday.

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J.J. and Margit will say “I do” to their Happily Ever After on the Thirtieth of August.

We Celebrated in camp style at J’s childhood home.  It stormed, it rained, it was humid and there were bugs.  It was absolutely perfect as family and a few friends came together to reflect on love, commitment, family and forever.

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i offered to put together a S’more Bar as the sweet treats of the day. Continue reading

Why We Fight and How We Fight, Part 2

July 7,2014 by Pappa and Namamarriage-commitment-communication-fight-challenges-love-forever.jpg //

Or as Tim prefers to call it…Our Rules of Engagement.

If you missed part 1 with rules 1-5 read this first.


 When you do things, do not let ·selfishness [rivalry; selfish ambition] or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more ·honor [regard; value] to others than to yourselves.    Philippians 2:3 (EXB)


Talk, discuss,fight, argue,disagree or communicate… Whatever you call it, you have to commit to engaging one another continually, both with your joy and with your heartache. The alternative is stuffing, piling up old laundry…none of it is good and all of it will destroy. Continue reading