Marriage Talks

God is our source

By Dr. Hope Murphy
God does not intend for our marriage to be our source….of love, friendship, affirmation. Our marital relationship is intended to be an extension of Him, not a replacement for the love, care, and fulfillment that can only be found in Jesus Christ. When we attempt to have people_ our spouse’s to fill […]

Posted: November 20, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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It’s not all about us

By Dr. Hope Murphy
The belief that marriage is all about us overlooks the fact that our marriage serves a Godly purpose. Certainly, God wants us to be attuned to the needs of our spouse. However, He also wants us to be tuned in to the reason that we are joined together as husband and wife. […]

Posted: November 1, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Trusting God with Our Marriage

By Dr. Hope Murphy
Whenever most of us think of the meaning of trust, we probably imagine a child jumping down from a high place into the arms of a father standing below. The imagery makes us smile, as we think of the innocence of youthful abandon. However, somewhere within ourselves, we also think, “Only a […]

Posted: October 5, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Recognizing a wonderful life

By Dr. Hope Murphy
In the next few months, our family will gather to watch the classic film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Although it is billed as a Christmas movie, we watch it at different times throughout the year. In the film, the main character, George Bailey, feels that his life is not worth living. He […]

Posted: August 31, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Using time wisely

By Dr. Hope Murphy
This past week my husband and I had the opportunity to be at home alone while our children went to visit their grandmother. (I’m not sure who was more excited — them or us.) My husband sent me a text asking if I wanted to go out to dinner and maybe to […]

Posted: July 31, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Is it OK to be angry?

By Dr. Hope Murphy
Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians 4:26
When our spouse does something that we don’t like, do we have the right to be angry? Suppose it’s something that we have talked to them about previously …. After all, shouldn’t they know better?
The reality is […]

Posted: July 1, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Time is precious

By Dr. Hope Murphy
As we hurry through everyday life, cramming every moment with items from a seemingly endless “must do” list, how often do we consider that time is precious? The time that we spend alone with God, time spent serving in our local church, time with our children, helping others, appreciating a sunset by […]

Posted: June 10, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Can you be totally honest with your wife?

By Phil Callaway
When I agreed to write a book documenting my attempt to live without a lie for an entire year, my wife just grinned and asked, “How’s the soup?”
“Very good,” I lied.
“No, it isn’t,” she said. “You’ve hardly touched it.” Then she had the nerve to ask, “You wanna go to Mom’s for dinner […]

Posted: June 4, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Believe in your wife

By H. Norman Wright
From time to time I’ve asked husbands the question,
“If your wife were to change something about herself, what would you like to see changed?”
You can just imagine all the different answers I’ve received over the years; they’ve ranged from the most absurd and ridiculous to those that are quite positive and encouraging. […]

Posted: May 10, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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Celebrate marriage by saying GOOD things

By Dr. Hope Murphy
Make a habit of praising your spouse in front of others.  Not only does saying GOOD things about your spouse make YOU feel more positively about your spouse, it also helps your spouse to feel affirmed.  Private praise is good, public praise has a greater effect. Make a conscious effort to take […]

Posted: March 27, 2015 / Categories: Marriage Talks
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