Entries by Jay & Laura

Budget is NOT a 4 Letter Word

The freedom of a budget I (Laura) was not taught how to budget money, and as a result, I used to think budget was a four-letter word. For a while, I cringed every time Jay said it because I knew he was trying to reign in my spending. But now I realize how amazing that […]

Argue Argue Argue!

It feels as if we argue all the time! Help! There are 3 realities in marriage when it comes to arguing: Here is the first  reality – you are 2 different people, with 2 differing backgrounds, you will argue. You will have different thoughts and opinions from your spouse. Many couples get way too worried […]

4 Reasons to get away just the two of you

When was the last time you and your spouse took the time to get away just the two of you? For some the answer might be “our honeymoon!” Most couples do not understand the importance of getting away together.  We recommend couples make a plan to get away and get ahead at least two times […]

What’s your Word for the year?

Words have power.  Words can uplift or tear apart.  Words can encourage or destroy.  Even Scripture tells us the power of The Word, where in John we read: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. Our […]

The Best Christmas Gift EVER!

I (Laura) LOVE Christmas.  And by love I mean there is no other time of the year that even comes close. I was born in December, got married in December. God moved me from Atlanta, GA to Michigan so I could have “White Christmases”. For me December is one big festive party. We have many […]

Real living is THANKSliving

How many times a day should we THANK the Lord? 24? Once for every hour? How about over 20,000? Because that’s how many breath’s the average adult human takes in a day. What about 100,000 or 35 Million? No, that’s not your lottery winnings, it’s how many times your heart beats in a day or […]

Your Marriage As a Fortress in a Uncertain World

We live in uncertain times.  As Christ followers we must understand this is part of God’s plan. As Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of The King’s College in New York City put it: “We don’t live in a post Christian America. We don’t live in a post post Christian  America. We live in a post reality America. What […]

Creating a Family Mission Statement

If you aim at nothing you’re sure to hit it every time.  The same can be true in marriage.  Look back over your years of marriage and allow your story to help you mold your future.  Here’s how it worked for us. Year seven of wedded bliss found us going in 100 different directions! We […]

Legalization of Gay Marriage

We have to write this. We fight for marriages, including our own, everyday. However, our take on this ruling might not be what you think. Here are some of our observations about the legalization of gay marriage: God was not surprised by this ruling; grieved yes, surprised no. His plan for marriage has been under attack […]

Keep Young Adults in Church

If you haven’t seen the stats then the following might surprise you:  According to leading Christian pollster George Barna up to 59% of children raised in Christian homes will leave the church permanently or for an extended period of time.  Instead of dissecting “why” this is happening, we’d like to give you 3 strategies that […]