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We Turned Off Our Pursuit of NCIS and Turned On Our Pursuit of God

In my last blog about the empty nest, one line stuck with me and won’t let me rest: “It takes lots of prayer and lots of conversation with that spouse to navigate it with grace.” That...

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Lock it Down!

If someone asks me, “what’s your best advice for marriage, parenting and developing your faith life?” I would give them the same answer for all three…listening. It’s the one thing we can all do better, it doesn’t cost, it...

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Underwear and Other Petty Things

It was well into about our 5th year of marriage when I started to really tire of picking up Mike’s underwear. Everyday. Why couldn’t he just bend down and pick it up? He was a grown man and my...

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One Plus One Equals Three

By its very definition, a sacrament is an outward sign or witness of the inward or divine reception of grace. But a sacrament is so much more. It ushers Jesus Christ into our lives. Through the seven sacraments of...

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The Dating Game

At first glance, you probably thought this was a blog about helping your teen cope with the ups and downs of their dating life. It’s not about that. No, this blog is about your dating life. If you’re thinking...

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All the Days of My Life

“I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life…” -Roman Catholic Rite of Matrimony The concept of...

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Phubbing: How Cell Phones Cause Relationship Problems

Phubbing is the newest phenomena of the cell phone culture and it refers to the bad habit of checking your cell phone when you’re supposed to be fully present to your significant other. A new study says this could...

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Embrace Forgiveness

My wife is 100% German. And sometimes when I do something stupid that hurts her feelings, by accident or on purpose, she sometimes says (with a very thick German accent – try it!), “I vill make you pay for...

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The Destroyer of Relationships

In his book, Making Love Last Forever, the late Gary Smalley explains that the number one destroyer of relationships is unresolved anger. And while Ephesians (4:31f) urges us to get rid of all bitterness, passion, anger, harsh words, and...

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Saying “I Do” Means Saying “I Don’t”

Some people have a TV in every room of their house… not me. We have one TV, and most of the time, if it is on, it has some children’s movie playing. I do, however, have a stereo, usually...

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