A Gift to Celebrate

There is a birthday coming up soon that you will not want to miss! Did you know that “the birthday of the Church” is on May 24 this year? You may know the day better as “Pentecost” or as “the Feast of Weeks.” There are Read more…

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National Day of Prayer 2015

This Thursday, May 7, will be the 64th National Day of Prayer.  You can be part of this important movement as we pray together for our country. The National Day of Prayer website offers a number of prayer resources. I am attaching two of those resources Read more…

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Love: Just the Basics, Please

I often need to recall the basics. Here are the basics of love, as spoken to us by Love Himself, paraphrased by Eugene Peterson. My favorite line is near the end: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. From “the love chapter” (1 Corinthians Read more…

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The Parity Principle

How would you take these two Scriptures concerning marriage and put them together in one illustration? “You husbands must give honor to your wives.” 1 Peter 3:7, NLT “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:22, ESV Author and pastor James Read more…

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6 Reasons for Hope

Are you ready to give up on your marriage? Perhaps you have reasons such as these: You are the only one trying to making it work. It takes too much effort. Nothing ever gets better. It is too painful. What if you discovered that God’s gift Read more…

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Marriage Essentials

If you had only a few minutes to share the most important principles about marriage, what would you say? What are the most critical components to understand about marriage? Your Marriage: God’s Masterful Design is my response to those questions. I am excited to share this new resource with Read more…

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God’s Gorgeous Design of Wives

Thank you for your prayers for the “WifeSOS” webinar this week. God blessed us with a wonderful event. As we thank Him for His help, let’s continue to pray that God will use the material to encourage and equip many wives. If you missed the Read more…

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Twelve Days of Christmas Blessing

You made your list. Now check it twice: have you included a gift for your marriage? I like the idea of celebrating the twelve days of Christmas with my true love. But have you priced a partridge in a pear tree lately? That unique-but-classic gift Read more…

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Vicki Rose on this week’s prayer call

Could you use some encouragement in your marriage? Do you know someone else who could? This Thursday, author Vicki Rose will be joining me on our weekly prayer call—and I am confident that God will use her to encourage everyone on the call. Vicki is the Read more…

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“The Harry Potter Girl,” Marriage, & God

In her speech at the U.N. headquarters last week, Emma Watson announced the #HeForShe campaign, which encourages men to support women’s rights. I wrote about the new movement, feminism, and marriage in this article for StartMarriageRight.com. Click HERE to continue reading.   Image courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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And the winner is …

… Selena! Moody Publishers will be sending  to Selena a complimentary copy of Every Reason to Leave, and Why We Chose to Stay Together by Vicki Rose. Selena, be sure to email me (MannaForMarriage@gmail.com) with your mailing address. I pray that this book will be Read more…

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Join us!

You are invited to join us as we “fight on our knees” every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern time).  Join us either by phone or online as we pray for marriages and families. The call lasts only 15 minutes. To join us by phone, simply  Read more…

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Something New Today …

I am trying something new today. I would like to share with you a presentation called “Battle Strategies in Prayer: How to Fight on Your Knees.” In this slide-show, I discuss  several aspects of effective prayer. These are spiritual principles that we can learn from Old Testament battle Read more…

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Marriage according to the Master

Looking for God’s direction concerning your marriage? Here is some clear instruction from 1 Corinthians 7—along with some encouragement and challenge, too: Marriage is not a place to “stand up for your rights.” Marriage is a decision to serve the other…. [I]f you are married, stay married. This Read more…

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“Her” Prayer

Last week, I shared with you a husband’s prayer. Today I want to share with you a wife’s prayer, based on Scripture. May God honor your prayers as you honor Him. I thank You, LORD, for my husband and for Your awesome design in creating him; Read more…

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“His” Prayer

Do you have “his” and “her” towels at your house? How about “his” and “her” prayers? Today I want to share with you a husband’s prayer, based on Scripture.  Next week, I will share a wife’s prayer. And as always, I am glad to hear Read more…

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Calibrating the Compass of Your Heart

We tend to think that we love someone when that person attracts us. When we no longer feel attraction, we feel that we no longer have love. We see others as magnetic-like forces with the power to attract or repel us. But are we really helpless Read more…

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Why Eve Came from Adam’s Side

We can call bitter “sweet,” if we want. That’s nothing new. (See Isaiah 5:20.) But this semantic violence fails to produce anything more than confused thinking: changing labels does not change essence. If we call homosexual union “a marriage,” then we need another word for this: God’s Read more…

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Mighty Men in Marriage

Big boys are everywhere, but where are the men? Where are the men who stand taller than passivity? Where are the men who are mighty in marriage? There are such men. There are real men who have the strength to shoulder responsibility, the nobility to Read more…

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Who is getting your crumbs?

Are you giving your spouse your best “bread” or the leftover “crumbs”? When Jesus spoke with the Greek woman about the children’s bread and the pet dogs under the table, He was not belittling her; He was explaining His priorities and being faithful to His Read more…

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Frozen to the Sword

Does anyone remember reading about Eleazar, the son of Dodai the Ahohite? Probably not–but he was an incredible warrior, one whom we would do well to consider. According to Old Testament accounts, Eleazar was one of David’s “mighty men.” In a battle against  the Philistines Read more…

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Forget Your Marriage!

Forget your marriage.  Why would someone who is committed to encouraging marriages tell you to forget your marriage? What I mean is this: Focus on your spouse, not on your marriage. Trying to achieve a certain kind of marriage can make us crazy! This is misplaced energy; Read more…

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