A Christmas Free from Stress

The holiday season spanning from Thanksgiving through Christmas is a stressful time for many.

Instead of taking the time to enjoy our families and what each of these holidays actually represent, we spend most of it worrying about the many things that need to get done.  Buying presents, planning and cooking meals, coordinating the visit to someone’s house, or preparing for everyone to come to our houses, the list goes on.

It seems like another job instead of a time of celebration.  By the time it’s all done, we’re just wiped out and thankful it’s over.

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Are Arrows Flying in Your Marriage?

Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words.
Psalm 64:3 (NKJV)

Picture this. Carrying a bow and some arrows, you walk into a room full of people. You then start shooting arrows all over the room. Some of those arrows hit the wall. Some hit the furniture. But some hit the other people. You look over to see one of those arrows sticking out of the chest of your spouse. You cry out that you didn’t mean to. You were just shooting around and weren’t planning on hitting anyone. But you did. And now they’re badly hurt. That arrow is out there and you can’t bring it back.

Your words can be like those arrows in that they can be devastating. People are hurt by words that are thoughtlessly spoken as much as words that are said with the intent to harm. And like those arrows, you can’t take them back. They’re already out there. Those wounds can take a long time to heal. Many people are still hurting from words that were said years earlier.

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Marriage Link – FireprooftheMovie.com

On September 26, the new movie from the creators of “Facing the Giants” arrives in theaters.

Fireproof” is a story about a firefighter husband and his wife who are going through very difficult times in their marriage.  The various issues they face may seem familiar to many of us, so this movie may hit close to home. The story goes on to show the attempt to work the marriage out before following through with the divorce. From what I’ve seen of comments about “Fireproof“, it is ultimately a message of hope in God’s power to restore what was thought to be lost.

“Facing the Giants” is one of my top ten all time favorite movies.  That being the case, along with my obvious passion for trying to help others have the great marriage God intended for them, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this movie.

If you haven’t heard of it yet, go to Fireproofthemovie.com and watch the trailer.  Also check out their companion site, FireproofMyMarriage.com, to find additional marriage resources.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about the upcoming movie “Fireproof“, or tell us about other great marriage sites you may have come across.

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Book Drawing Winners for “It’s All About Him”

Thanks to everyone who entered the drawing for a free copy of Denise Jackson’s book “It’s All About Him”.

The drawing has been held and the nine winners have been notified by email.  The books will be sent out via USPS in the next week.

Congratulations to all the winners and let us know how you like the book!

Book Drawing: Free Copy of “It’s All About Him”

We were recently sent a number of copies of “It’s All About Him: Finding the Love of my Life”, the book by Denise Jackson, the wife of country music superstar Alan Jackson.

My wife recently wrote a review of the book and now we have 9 copies to give away via a drawing.

If you live in the continental U.S. and you’d like a free hardcover copy of this book, do the following:

  1. Go to the contact page and send us a message that you’d like to be in the drawing
  2. Include your name, address, and email address

That’s all there is to it.  We’ll hold a drawing on September 1st and notify the winners via email.

*Update: This drawing has expired. The drawing took place on September 1st, 2008 and the winners have been notified.

Book Review: “It’s All About Him”

In this guest post, my wife Lori reviews Denise Jackson’s book “It’s All About Him”.

Denise Jackson, wife of country music superstar Alan Jackson, seemed to have it all.  Married to her high-school sweetheart, she had three beautiful daughters and most anything money could buy.  Her world included mansions, jewelry, luxury cars, and expensive clothing.

But despite the appearance of a perfect life, all was not well.  Denise’s marriage to Alan was crumbling, and she felt lost and alone.  Having spent her entire adult life focused and dependent on her husband, what was she to do once he decided to leave?

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Marriage Link – MarriageToday.org

The web is full of resources around the subject of marriage. But finding the good ones, the ones that give a Godly, Biblical perspective, are sometimes hard to come by.

As I come across these valuable web sites, I’ll begin sharing their links in order to provide you with more valuable information for your marriage.

The first Christian marriage site I have for you is for my all time favorite marriage ministry, MarriageToday. Through their TV show, articles, and seminars, the work of Jimmy & Karen Evans has been extremely beneficial to my marriage. I’ve learned a lot from them, and continue to do so. They’ve also recently started a blog at MarriageTodayBlog.com.

Check them out…you and your marriage will be glad you did.

Let us know about other sites you may have come across.

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Wedding Day Promises

Today we went to a wedding for a couple from our church. It’s been a long time since we’ve been to a wedding and it was the first wedding that our kids have been to. Having recently celebrated our 15th anniversary, most of our friends have long since been married.

The wedding we went to today was very nice. Everyone could tell how much the bride and groom truly adored each other. And the ceremony itself was very deliberately focused on God being a part of the union and that with Him at the lead, the marriage would be strong.

While sitting in the church, watching the couple exchange vows, a few things came to mind.

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MarriageVictory Turns 200

MarriageVictory has now turned 200!

No, not years, but 200+ RSS subscribers.

We consistently hit the 200 mark a few weeks ago. And to show off a little, we added the plugin that shows our reader count in our “Subscribe” box.

Some additional numbers show that our Marriage eCourse subscriber list has topped the 400 mark.

We are very blessed to have so many readers and hope that the information we provide has been a blessing to you and your marriage as well.

So if you’re not a subscriber yet, subscribe to the Free MarriageVictory News Update today to be informed of new blog posts.

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Your Marriage Can Be Resurrected

It’s Easter…when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

But before He was resurrected on Sunday, Jesus had to go through Friday of pain and suffering and Saturday of death.

Many husbands and wives are sitting in the middle of their Friday or Saturday when it comes to marriage. There is a lot of pain and suffering or the relationship seems dead.

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