Does Eye Candy Really Matter if I Stay Faithful to My Spouse?

I don’t know where you live in the world, but in the state of North Carolina, we’re experiencing an epidemic. Parents are hysterical. Small children’s eyes widen at the pure horror, pointing fingers and rousing parents from their naps, nestled beneath beach umbrellas. Teens up and down the coast are nervous too, constantly tugging … Read moreDoes Eye Candy Really Matter if I Stay Faithful to My Spouse?

Three Dating Tips for the Christian Girl Who’s Been Hurt

You thought he was the one, he seemed to tick all the boxes. It was like a dream come true until you woke up to a far from perfect reality. You realized he was never what he seemed. That you were naïve and wanted a fairy-tale, so you held on for so long. You were … Read moreThree Dating Tips for the Christian Girl Who’s Been Hurt

Why Kids Should Learn To Code

It’s a given that kids need to learn to code if they want to work as a web designer, software programmer, or computer scientist. Beyond that, you might think that it is a pretty useless skill. Writing line after line of code or debugging software programs do not appeal to the vast majority of people. … Read moreWhy Kids Should Learn To Code

5 Things Every Couple Needs to do to Have a Strong Marriage

Like any healthy relationship, a good marriage requires work. No matter how compatible a couple may be or how in love they feel, there will be times when unforeseen challenges arise, and it’s then that the true foundation of a marriage is revealed. Lizzy Christian shares in her article for Relevant “5 … Read more5 Things Every Couple Needs to do to Have a Strong Marriage

10 Ways a Man Makes His Wife Feel Ugly without Saying a Thing

Days before I got married, my pastor’s wife told me, “Your husband will never intentionally hurt you.” Twenty-two years later, I believe she was right—for the most part. Yet the key word is “intentionally”. Even though the average guy isn’t making it his mission to hurt his wife, he can unintentionally leave her feeling rejected, … Read more10 Ways a Man Makes His Wife Feel Ugly without Saying a Thing

6 Ideas for Unified Prayer in Your Marriage

Prayer is a core part of the Christian life; naturally, it should extend to our most intimate relationship: marriage. One author and theologian, Henri Nouwen says: “a spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ.” Two common questions about prayer and marriage People often write to us asking about prayer in their marriage. … Read more6 Ideas for Unified Prayer in Your Marriage

4 Most Difficult Things about Divorce (And What You Can Do to Help Those Going through It)

Divorce is an unfortunate reality in today’s church. The church is said to have a 30-50 percent divorce rate. And regardless of which side you stand on the issue, as Christians, we are called to reach out to those in need to show the love of Christ. And like any issue in the church … Read more4 Most Difficult Things about Divorce (And What You Can Do to Help Those Going through It)

10 Signs You’re Dating Your Future Spouse

Big news: Last month, I got engaged! (Cue happy dancing and girlish screams.) But the process of moving from casual dating, to couple status, to getting engaged was not the simplest process. I found myself constantly second-guessing if Kyle was “the one”. I mean, our relationship didn’t look like a Nicholas Sparks movie so … Read more10 Signs You’re Dating Your Future Spouse

10 Things Your In-Laws Want from You

The trickiest relationship in most families is the in-law relationship. If you’re married, you’ve heard the in-law jokes; you’ve probably told in-law jokes. You know that parents-in-laws can be possessive, clingy, and intrusive in their dealings with you. In-laws might disagree about child-rearing, housekeeping, careers, politics, faith, family traditions, and so much more. Maybe you … Read more10 Things Your In-Laws Want from You

When Ministering to Others Feels Too Costly

She bounces off the bus alive with energy. She drops her pink backpack on the front step and races to the backyard with just a quick hello. “One hatched!” I hear her call from the tiny spruce tree that holds her treasure. For a week now, she’s been closely monitoring three turquoise eggs in the … Read moreWhen Ministering to Others Feels Too Costly

6 Things Pastors Forget to Tell You in Premarital Counseling

Many pastors won’t marry a couple until after they have completed premarital counseling. This can take many forms, and is often very effective in preparing an engaged couple for marriage. Some pastors organize weekend retreats with multiple couples undergoing the marriage course at the same time, while others meet one-on-one with couples for … Read more6 Things Pastors Forget to Tell You in Premarital Counseling

Should Young Christians Rush to Get Married?

Ring before spring. Getting an “MRS” degree. Calling Bible colleges “bridal colleges.” The jokes made about college students (especially Christians) going to school to find a spouse seem never ending, but with so many people marrying young, they aren’t entirely unfounded either. For young adult Christians who have grown up believing that … Read moreShould Young Christians Rush to Get Married?

Attitude of Gratitude

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm107:150 In today’s world, not many of us are satisfied with life. We desire more and more from it and are disappointed with things we can’t receive. We are frustrated because of our unfulfilled dreams or failed plans. We often complain and … Read moreAttitude of Gratitude

What You Need to Know about Marriage That Isn’t in the Bible

If you’re a regular reader of this trending blog, you may have heard me talk about the early years of my marriage before. As I’ve written in previous articles, my husband and I got married young, and speaking for myself, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I believed my husband … Read moreWhat You Need to Know about Marriage That Isn’t in the Bible

10 Warning Signs that Mean You’re Not Meant to Say ‘I Do’

Marriage is serious. God takes it seriously, and so should we. But in an age where weddings take up more conversation time than marriage itself, it’s easy to jump into an engagement on a wave of infatuation without asking some hard questions. In the church, marriage is sometimes used as a “solution” for … Read more10 Warning Signs that Mean You’re Not Meant to Say ‘I Do’

10 Ways to Help Your Spouse Grow as an Individual

After 28 years of marriage, my husband and I have settled contentedly into a good balance of marital and individual growth. While this may seem elementary on the surface, this is no simple task. Most couples—especially young couples with small children—struggle with the tension of growing in relationship together without getting lost in the marriage … Read more10 Ways to Help Your Spouse Grow as an Individual

Wives, This ‘Harmless’ Sin Isn’t So Harmless

There is never a good evil, what’s not right remains wrong.  This piece by Sarah Coleman is a must read for all. It started with Calvin Klein underwear models. Then came the books, the movies, the objectification, and even restaurants where you can be served by shirtless men in tiny shorts. I’m talking about having … Read moreWives, This ‘Harmless’ Sin Isn’t So Harmless

What Does Dying to Yourself in Marriage Really Mean?

We all long for intimacy. To find and stay connected with that one person who knows us fully and loves us deeply. But our natural tendency is toward selfishness and pride, traits that weaken relational bonds and lead to distrust and isolation. Dying to ourselves, however, enables forgiveness, helps us demonstrate the fruits of … Read moreWhat Does Dying to Yourself in Marriage Really Mean?

Finding Love the Godly Way: Guide for Christian Women

Many Christian women are single and want to find the right man for a lifetime commitment. Finding love the Godly way takes work and discipline. In addition, it takes stages for a relationship to mature to lasting love. Here are guidelines to help single Christian women find love the Godly way. Work on Yourself Firstly, … Read moreFinding Love the Godly Way: Guide for Christian Women

5 Ways to Protect Your Marriage on Social Media

Did you know that 20 percent of divorces involve Facebook? As a former social media manager and avid Facebook user myself, I was not surprised by this statistic. Facebook’s convenient social engagement – sometimes couched in the privacy of a message inbox – is an excellent way to stay in contact with old friends. But this … Read more5 Ways to Protect Your Marriage on Social Media