Husbands Love Your Wives

Growing a healthy marriage involves many challenges and much hard work. Let’s face it, we men all too often leave the hard work of relationship building to our wives. We easily assume that they know more about such things and we simply lack confidence in our own relational ability. But we need to give ourselves […]

Get CLEAR

Marriage has so many questions… “Where do you want to eat?” “Are you okay?” “How much did it cost?” “What else is on?” “This one or this one?” “What are we going to do?” And so many more. This coming 2017-2018 year, our theme for our Marriage Ministry will be encouraging couples to get CLEAR. […]

Children Are a Blessing: Yes or No?

Psalm 127 states: Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. These few poetic verses emphasize a principal that runs throughout the Bible: children are valued and loved by God. […]

Staying in Tune with Your Mate by Wayne Grant

Marriage Ministry  Trinity Baptist Church For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:24   Staying in Tune with Your Mate The distractions of daily living can cause a couple to drift a part, with each partner slipping into […]

Treasuring The Moment

I have not been married, but I have watched the hit NBC TV show The Office, so I know the wedding day goes by fast. On the episode where at long last Pam and Jim get married they agree to take mental pictures throughout the day so they can cherish it all later. Having officiated […]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Child

“What do you think,” Wendy asked me during Eric’s well-child visit. “Mark and I want to attend but we are uncertain about leaving Eric.” Mark and Wendy had heard about the upcoming marriage enrichment retreat for young couples which was one of several such retreats sponsored by their church and led by a skilled family […]

Behaviors That Say “I love you.”

“Your actions speak louder than your words!” Although this proverbial statement is not always true, it is, more often than not, true when it comes to relationships in the family. This statement makes an important point: Words are important in communication love, but actions give validity to the words. When we said our vows during […]

A Mutually Affirming Marriage: Built from Scratch

The wedding ceremony exhibits commitment, excitement, joy, hope. It is the first step into the marriage where two become one. No couple enters marriage with the expectation of failure; the newly minted bride and groom anticipate the future with the expectation of expanding love and intimacy. Often the onlookers view the smiling couple as they […]

I and You Statements

One of the most effective, yet simplest, ways of facilitating open communication at home is to use “I” statements in place of “you” statements. “You” Statements “You” statements are by nature accusatory and negating. They put the recipient on the defensive because he or she feels attacked and threatened. The innate reflex when one feels […]

Marriage?

Marriage. What do you feel when you hear the word marriage? Whether or not to marry and, if so, whom to marry are two of the biggest decisions one makes in life. Below is an email excerpt I recently wrote to an engaged couple (names changed): Paul & Jane: I am happy for your love for […]