Right or Loving?

When you and your beloved disagree, are you more interested in being right or being loving? Right means you win (and someone loses!)Loving means you seek understanding for the sake of the relationship. Which do you think makes for a closer marriage? Well, Captain...

Bronwyn and C J on their Premarital Coaching . . .

The components of our pre-marital counseling that were most impactful for us and we revisit them on a daily basis are the discussion about love languages: Knowing what our love languages are and how to best apply them in different circumstances has been absolutely...

Time for Serious FUN!

How much fun have you and your companion enjoyed in the past month? If you’re young and you’ve passed the honeymoon phase of marriage but don’t yet have children, then you may have evenings out to dinner and a movie, or long strolls hand-in-hand. If you have children...

Sarah & Josh

My husband and I got engaged in 2014 and we were so excited to ask Pastor Bill to marry us. He said yes but told us he required premarital counseling before the big day. Before the wedding, we met several times, worked through some lessons and had some amazing...

Selfless Love: “The Race to Second Place!

Selfless Love: “The Race to Second Place!

“If ours is to be a selfless marriage, then I must race to second place!” That’s not verbatim Jacob’s response, but it’s close. Gold star, Jacob. Well-said. Challenging to accomplish!

“No Matter Whats”

Does your marriage need a bit of relational oxygen? Would your relationship benefit from a few moments of freedom from the constraints of routine?

Maximize Your Vacation with Six Hard-Learned Lessons

The summer solstice just past and I’m longing for the beach on these longer days! Mary Beth and I have a few weeks before that longing is satisfied. So, I ponder, “How can I maximize my vacation time?” To answer my own question, I remembered what made past vacations...

Are You Building Bunkers or Bridges?

Think about this: What happens when a nation fears an attack on its borders? It fortifies its perimeter. A person will do the same. If my wife feels attacked by my criticism and comes to expect it, then she will fortify her borders, building defensive bunkers around her heart that are hard to penetrate.

What exactly is marriage coaching and is it for me?

What exactly is marriage coaching and is it for me?

Both are important questions. find expression When people find out I’m a marriage coach, these questions frequently follow. I highly suspect they pop up in the minds of others most people who have never had a marriage coach. I’ll answer the first so you can answer the...

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