Celebrate the Moments


Celebrate the Moments A married couple recently posted a picture on their Facebook page that went viral. Jeff and Vicky Piper took a picture of themselves holding an empty bird’s nest along with a little chalkboard that said, “Empty Nest August 2018.” They had just dropped off their youngest child at college and wanted [...]

Celebrate the Moments2019-10-01T09:36:48-04:00

Learn to Forgive


Learn to Forgive Recently, I heard a story about a woman who, in the midst of a large group where everybody was joking around, made an inappropriate comment. She didn’t think it was inappropriate, otherwise she wouldn’t have said it. She was contributing to a conversation where everybody’s humor was feeding off of each [...]

Learn to Forgive2019-08-29T14:59:24-04:00

Learn to Lean


Learn to Lean Here we are at the end of another year. I remember a time when the year 2020 seemed so far away, and now, we are nearly there! There is a natural inclination at the end of every year to reflect back on what we’ve accomplished, what we didn’t get done, what [...]

Learn to Lean2019-08-29T14:59:25-04:00

Straighten It Out


Straighten It Out Bob’s the kind of guy who you’d think has it all together. He prefers his clothing crisp, his hair clean-cut, his problems solvable, his life in order. This is a man people go to for answers. With 20 plus years of marriage under his belt—it would be fair [...]

Straighten It Out2019-08-29T14:59:26-04:00

Straight Up


Straight Up If you’re like me, you’ve often interpreted your spouse’s words incorrectly. For example, if my wife says, “fine” but her arms are crossed, her eyes are like slits and her tone is sharp enough to cut wood, it doesn’t mean everything is okay. Or how about when you [...]

Straight Up2019-08-29T14:59:26-04:00

Where is your focus?


Where Is Your Focus? I have yet to meet the married couple that isn’t, when you get right down to the core of things, Mr. and Mrs. Fix-it. Despite whatever’s going right in their relationship, no doubt pay more attention to what’s damaged, what’s wearing thin, what’s never worked too [...]

Where is your focus?2019-08-29T14:59:26-04:00

Be true to each other


Be True To Each Other If you watch any movies or TV sitcoms today or you regularly peruse through media website of any kind, you know that having a traditional marriage and being faithful to your spouse is not quite the “in” thing. It’s not high on the “what’s hot [...]

Be true to each other2019-08-29T14:59:26-04:00

Signs of Significance


Signs of Significance Digital billboards are making their way into the world. Although old-fashioned billboards still dominate most major highways and thoroughfares, digital billboards can be seen locally along Interstate 196 near Holland and on U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids. They are very colorful and bright, but depending on what [...]

Signs of Significance2019-08-29T14:59:26-04:00

Understanding Anger


Understanding Anger “At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled. I would like to suggest that hitting, blaming, and hurting others—whether physically or emotionally—are all superficial expressions of what is going on within us when we are angry. When we are truly angry, we [...]

Understanding Anger2019-08-29T14:59:27-04:00

On Forgiveness (Of Self And Others)


On Forgiveness (Of Self And Others) The basic reason for forgiveness is that God says to do so. There’s nothing fair in having to forgive abuse, because there was no excuse for the abuse. Forgiveness requires a supernatural act and is only possible when God accomplishes it through you, rather [...]

On Forgiveness (Of Self And Others)2019-08-29T14:59:28-04:00