Fill Up

Fill Up

Have you ever driven your car without oil? I hope not, because you probably don’t have that car anymore. Or at the very least, you had to replace the engine. The oil in your car is pumped through the engine to help keep the metal parts from rubbing together and...
Finding That Rhythm

Finding That Rhythm

Recently, as a couple, Jane and I were clicking on all cylinders. Laughing. Loving. Sharing. Not arguing. It was wonderful! For those of us who have been married a long time, that doesn’t always happen when we’re together for long periods. However, I made a disastrous...
Family Is Practice and Performance

Family Is Practice and Performance

Almost two hundred years ago, Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the musical giants of his day. Labeled a child prodigy by most, he began playing the piano publicly before he turned nine, and he had some of his own music published by the age of twelve. Less than thirty...
Find Joy

Find Joy

How many times do we get stuck in a rut in our marriage and family life because we are mourning the life we wish we had instead of living fully in the one we have? It can happen in marriage when things aren’t going the way we had hoped. For example, you imagined...
Finding Forgiveness in Unlikely Places

Finding Forgiveness in Unlikely Places

Husbands and wives sometimes have a hard time forgiving each other for leaving dirty clothes on the floor, forgetting to bring dirty dishes to the sink, or not remembering to get the oil changed in the car after several reminders. When the situation involves the...