Emotions

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The Gift of Disappointment

All marriages face disappointment. It doesn’t matter how well matched or how mature we are. We shouldn’t feel worried about occasional bouts of disappointment. We should feel concerned if we get stuck there. When we experience disappointment and it’s neither spouse’s fault (such as a loss of employment due to corporate downsizing or infertility), we…

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Overcoming Hurtful Words — Interview with Janell Rardon

In Janell Rardon’s book, Overcoming Hurtful Words, she challenges readers to “reflect, reframe, and reauthor” their thinking to thrive in all areas of life. Focusing on the foundational importance of communication in marriage, I asked Janell, a Board Certified Life Coach, about the power of words in marriage, finding hope in trying times, and where…

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How Devotions Almost Broke Up My Marriage

My wife and I came from very different spiritual backgrounds…and temperaments…and expectations. A bit of the “opposites attract” thing. So of course when we got married the idea of devotionals had totally different meanings for each of us. I was pretty much the straight-forward Evangelical of the crowd: we get up early (like Jesus), we…

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