Psalm 132: I Love a Parade!

 July 16, 2020

“I love a parade,” or so the song goes. Outdoor, live action involving music and people in costumes—what’s not to like? As a child, all it took was to come upon the high school marching band practicing in the street, and I would follow along. To happen upon a parade while visiting a small town […]

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Changes in Gender Roles in Marriage

 July 13, 2020

Guest writer, Ken Wyatt, reflects on changes in gender roles in marriage. Women are now just as likely to be the one rescuing their man rather than waiting to be rescued. As has been the case in his own marriage. The Sinking Ship Rescue  “I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can […]

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Psalm 131: A Child At Rest

 July 9, 2020

Michigan summers are a great time to relax on the beach or at a cottage on one of the many lakes in this great state. Being by a body of water automatically invites me to quiet contemplation. What else invites such rest? A child sleeping in its mother’s arms. Psalm 131 invites us to rest […]

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Navigating Storms in Marriage

 July 6, 2020

We are in the midst of summer storm season here in Michigan. Some find storms frightening, others exhilarating. Storms in marriage can be terrifying or an opportunity for healing. It all depends on how we look at them. Storms in Marriage I love taking a walk during a storm. The raw energy unnerves me and […]

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Psalm 130: Hitting Bottom

 July 2, 2020

Psalm 130 is written by someone who has hit bottom. Many are hoping we have hit bottom or will hit bottom soon for the coronavirus. What does hitting bottom look like? Hitting Bottom In addiction treatment they speak of hitting bottom. It isn’t until the addict hits rock bottom that they are ready to make […]

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Fishing on the Great Lakes

 June 29, 2020

Summer in Michigan often means vacation or weekend getaways to one of the abundant lakes in this great state. Marriage often means doing activities that you don’t love, but that your partner does. Fishing on the Great Lakes Every day for two weeks, they get up early in the morning and head out on their […]

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Psalm 129: Like Grass on the House Tops!

 June 25, 2020

“Grass doesn’t grow on a busy street!” Or so the cliché goes in regards to bald heads. The image of grass growing on a bald head has been stuck in my head this week as I reflected on Psalm 129. Psalm 129 Psalm 129 is composed of two sections. The first is a message of […]

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Riding the Falling Waters Trail

 June 22, 2020

Michigan is a great state for riding bikes along the many trails. It’s great exercise, safe during this pandemic and good for your marriage. Riding the Falling Waters Trail They love cool summer mornings, riding thier bikes along the Falling Waters Bike Path. She looks over at her spouse and can see she’s holding him […]

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Psalm 128: Blessed

 June 18, 2020

When asked what was necessary for happiness, Freud didn’t go on a long philosophical discourse. He said “Love and work… work and love, that’s all there is.” He may very well have been referring to Psalm 128. Psalm 128 Another wisdom psalm, Psalm 128’s focus, like Psalm 127, is that happiness comes from fear of […]

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In Sickness and in Health

 June 15, 2020

Guest post by Ken Wyatt on how stress related to growing old together can tear a couple apart or  be a catalyst for greater intimacy. In Sickness and in Health We are at a time in life when the body has left its youth behind and finds itself in an increasing struggle to preserve physical […]

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