Tag: marriage

Endings and Beginnings – Marriage Moments

 August 1, 2019

This past month, Marriage Matters Jackson closed its doors. I’ve been part of this organization for more than twelve years. Over the years I’ve served on the initial advisory committee, chaired the religion and faith subcommittee, volunteered at many events, and served on the board for seven years. I also wrote two short books of […]

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Psalm 45: What’s Happening to Marriage?

 November 6, 2018

Psalm 45 was written for a royal wedding. We love royal weddings, don’t we? For that matter, as a society we seem to be in love with weddings, rivaling the royal wedding with expenditures and extravagances to make that day “special”–as if wanting to commit your lives to each other wasn’t special enough. But for […]

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What Does It Mean to Say God is our Shield? Psalm 3

 December 19, 2017

The image of God as a shield is found throughout the Old Testament. Clearly it was an important image to the early Hebrew community. But what does it mean to say God is our Shield? God as Shield in the Psalms The image of God as a shield appears eleven times in the Psalms. 3:3 […]

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Living Through Peaks, Valleys, and Plateaus

 August 4, 2017

Ordinary Time – Season of Stability Married life isn’t lived just on the peaks, the happy moments of celebration, nor is it just for the valley times to support each other through times of sorrow and loss. A good deal of married life is spent on the plateau of day to day living, bearing with […]

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June Wedding!

 June 3, 2017

Easter – Season of New Life A wedding in June. Flowers everywhere. Young life, young love—energetic and restless–stirring anew your love in us, expressing their love in commitment. New love–a new life together. What could be better! The community of believers were of one heart and one mind.     Acts 4:32   This post is […]

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Love Renewed

 May 8, 2017

Easter – Season of New Life So many years of marriage with heated arguments, sometimes uncomfortable silence. So many struggles raising children, balancing family and careers, juggling schedules. Could it be, now that the children are gone, now that we’re settled in our careers . . . Could it be that the embers of love […]

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Winter Wonderland!

 February 6, 2017

Ordinary Time Growing up in Michigan, I remember the slogan “Winter Wonderland” depicting Michigan’s winter beauty. We’ve long since given up that slogan for other slogans, but the term remains engrained in my psyche. It is a way to get through drab, dreary cold winter days by focusing on the beauty of snow covered hills […]

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Vows Fulfilled

 January 3, 2017

Christmas – Season of Promise He is old, yet spry. She moves slowly, but gracefully. Their minds are sharp. Their reason for living has kept them active longer than their contemporaries. Promises pledged in youth and tended to these many years give meaning to their lives. Their promises to each other, spoken so many decades […]

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Holy Family

 December 31, 2016

Christmas – Season of Promise It takes a village to raise a family, they say, but the reverse is also true. It takes a family to raise a village. God knew what he was doing when he put us into families. Kids fare better when raised by their mother and father in a family setting. […]

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New Release – In Time for Valentine’s Day

 February 1, 2016

Looking for a Valentine’s Gift for a newly married couple! Just Released – From I DO to WE DO:  The First Five Years! It started with “Hello.” A chance encounter that led to dating which led to the words, “Will you marry me?” and the response, “I do!” But what do you say after you […]

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