6 Ways To Spice Up An At-Home Date Night

6 Ways To Spice Up An At-Home Date Night

Last Christmas I gave Hubs the best gift I’ve ever given him: a year worth of monthly dates planned by me. A typical night at home usually involves sweatpants, a computer, and propping up my feet, so I knew I needed to spice things up a bit.  Like many married couples with kids, we wanted to date each other, but money and time often stood in our way.  In order to make our monthly date night a reality, I knew I needed to alternate between a date on the town and a date night at home. Could a date at home really be fun and special without seeming like an ordinary night in?  To my surprise, YES! Once I established … Read more

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours

To the Wife Whose Husband Works Long Hours I know a time comes when your husband’s sacrifice and steadfast faithfulness to provide for his family despite the hours will cross from seeming unfair to him to unfair to you and your kids. Resentment will build (if it has not already) and it will be harder to shake the feeling that you are on the outside looking in on other “happy” marriages and families. The weight of being mom and dad will cause your back to bend and your heart to crack. You put on a brave face when he missed a little league game. You talked yourself out of tears when you had to cancel another couples night with friends because he wouldn’t … Read more

3 Ways You Allow Sin to Grow in Your Child’s Heart

3 Ways You Allow Sin to Grow in Your Child’s Heart

1.  Ignoring “small” Sin. Tears filled her eyes as she recounted stories of a boyfriend she disapproved of, broken curfews, and drinking.  Her daughter’s rebellion threatened to tear the family apart.  Adding more cream to my coffee, I listened as she struggled to understand how things went so terribly wrong. I recalled a time when she gave little thought to a few missed chores.  Even though her daughter’s disobedience was clear, she blew it off as just being a kid.  “Kids are like that.” she would say over a steaming cup of coffee. Now, she had bigger fish to fry.  She longed for the days when all her daughter did was refuse to do her chores and talked back from … Read more

Favorite Podcasts for Christian Men

Favorite Podcasts for Christian Men

My husband got into listening to podcasts as a powder coat technician, working 10 hour shifts daily.  He was allowed to listen to whatever he liked on his iPod during his shifts.  While most of his colleagues were listening to secular music or sports news, my husband had found that this was a great way for him to insert a bit of spiritual meat into his life as well as keep up on current news from a Christian worldview. Maybe your husband doesn’t have the ability to listen during work hours, but  could on his commute, during his workout, or maybe as a break from television you could both listen together. I have found that listening to some of these myself during the … Read more