2 simple steps to get on the same page with your spouse

Take these 2 simple steps with your spouse and make time for your marriage during this busy holiday season. When you invest time in your marriage — especially during the Christmas season — you are communicating to your spouse and to everyone else watching that your priority is your marriage relationship.

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK

Mentioned in this episode:

Christmas Gift Ideas!

Celebrate Your Marriage – May 2019

Celebrate Your Marriage – October 2019

Memories on Mackinac June 2019

The Marriage Cruise in January or July – themarriagecruise.com

Sponsor a Child with Compassion International – Compassion.com/jayandlaura

Ultimate Date Night He Said, She Said Winter Tour – jayandlaura.com/events

Give to Celebrate Ministries! – jayandlaura.com/donate

How to avoid unmet and unrealistic expectations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But oftentimes, the holidays magnify the issues we struggle with throughout the year such as unmet and unrealistic expectations. If you’re looking for a greater connection with the loved ones in your life, you’ll find it necessary to manage your expectations. When you know exactly what to expect from each other, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief and find the FUN at Christmas once again.

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK

From M:

 

You’ve asked me to keep you up to date since your Chattanooga TN visit, here is a miracle. I texted this to my husband last night. I texted it because I didn’t want to cry. It would have ruined all I needed to say. Ok….

The Lord has answered my prayers. Even if I was rebellious when I asked.

He gave me fresh eyes to see you, your heart. A new heart to love you the way God wants me to love you and the way I want to love you, again. A new desire to want you and desire to need to be ‘with’ you, in all ways a husband and wife should be together. He also gave me an eager heart to want to spend every moment with you I possibly can.

I hope you’re ok with my clinginess and touchy feely needs. I hope you’re ok with all the kisses I want to share with you. I hope you’re ok with all the “I love you” ‘s.

I prayed for fresh renewed love and it happened a couple of days ago. I need you so much in every way. I love you always.

Jay and Laura, obedience is serious business when you’ve submitted your life to Christ in every way, for Him to use as He desires. That is when all things fell into place.

We can’t hold grudges and I was doing exact that. Hope y’all come back! We’ll be there! I’ll stand in any line to see you face to face.

 

Mentioned in this episode:

Living the Married Life Video Series – jayandlaura.com/living-the-married-life/

Holiday Gift Ideas!

Celebrate Your Marriage at Grand Hotel – celebrateyourmarriage.com

Memories on Mackinac – memoriesonmackinac.com

The Marriage Cruise – themarriagecruise.com

He Said, She Said Ultimate Date Night Winter Tour – jayandlaura.com/events

Give to Celebrate Ministries! – jayandlaura.com/donate

Sponsor a Child with Compassion International – Compassion.com/jayandlaura

Are you as 100% disciplined in your marriage as you want to be?

Creating a Family Mission Statement Part 2

Are you as 100% disciplined in your marriage as you want to be? Listen in to discover how creating a family mission statement will allow you to build positive personal habits.

Missed last week’s podcast? Check it out –  Creating a Family Mission Statement Part 1 Here

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK

To Jay & Laura:

The greatest challenge in our marriage right now is being able to open up to one another and being honest when things are bothering us and not just letting them fester and grow and also having the time to talk to each other. We have two young kids and by the end of the day we are tired and don’t spend the time to really talk to each other.
Kim

Mentioned in this episode:

25 Habits of Our House

  1. We obey the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. We love, honor, and pray for each other.
  3. We tell the truth.
  4. We consider one another’s interest ahead of our own.
  5. We do not hurt each other with unkind words or deeds.
  6. We speak quietly and respectfully to one another.
  7. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
  8. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
  9. When someone is sad, we comfort him.
  10. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
  11. When we have something nice to share, we share it.
  12. We take good care of everything God has given us.
  13. We do not create unnecessary work for others.
  14. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
  15. When we open something, we close it.
  16. When we turn something on, we turn it off.
  17. When we don’t know what to do, we ask.
  18. When we take something out, we put it away.
  19. When we make a mess, we clean it up.
  20. We arrive on time.
  21. We do what we say.
  22. We finish what we start.
  23. We say please and thank you.
  24. When we go out, we act as if we are in this house.
  25. When necessary, we accept discipline and instruction.

Also mentioned in this episode:

Black Friday Special Through November 30 – May 2019 Celebrate Your Marriage Conference

Black Friday Special Through November 30 – October 2019 Celebrate Your Marriage Conference

Black Friday Special Through November 30 – June 2019 Memories on Mackinac Conference

Cyber Monday Books Through December 8: Make Love Everyday and It’s All About The Shoes

Give a Donation – Give a Donation to Celebrate Ministries

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Need an “Easy Button” to handle your busy schedule?

Creating a Family Mission Statement Part 1

Most families are looking for something to help them handle their busy schedule. If we were to ask you the mission of your marriage or family, could you, your spouse, or your children clearly articulate it? What matters to you? What is important to your spouse? How about your kids? 

Developing a Family Mission Statement will help you step off the treadmill of a busy schedule and begin to move in the direction the Lord has given you. Focusing on the values you hold dear in your life will help you stay on course and not allow you to stray back to the treadmill and back to the busy schedule that keeps you from the values you’ve determined are important to you.

Mentioned in this episode:

Black Friday Special – May 2019 Celebrate Your Marriage Conference

Black Friday Special – October 2019 Celebrate Your Marriage Conference

Black Friday Special – June 2019 Memories on Mackinac Conference

Cyber Monday Books: Make Love Everyday and It’s All About The Shoes

Giving Tuesday – Give a Donation to Celebrate Ministries

All Upcoming Events

The ultimate guide to better understanding your spouse

understanding your spouseWhen Bill and Pam Farrel wrote the book, Men Are Like Waffles–Women Are Like Spaghetti they created a blueprint to better understanding your spouse. On this episode, we are privileged to chat with Bill and Pam as we get a firsthand explanation of the reasons men are like waffles and women are like spaghetti.

Grab a snack and listen in … this will make you hungry for more!

Mentioned in this episode:

Eight different ways to communicate with your spouse

It is such a challenge to communicate with your spouse. One of the reasons is because we have to communicate about so many different things. Last week we discussed The Living Room, or Communicating through Planning, The Family Room, or Communicating through Play, The Dining Room, or Communicating through the Trivial and The Kitchen, or Communicating through Service.

This week, we begin in the bedroom.

This week we’ll cover communication in…

The Bedroom: Communicating about Intimacy

The Bathroom: Communicating about Crisis

The Car: Communicating about Vision

The Basement: Communicating through Worship

Lean in close now and listen in!

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK

 

Thanks for the kind words, Dan and Becky! We’re glad you enjoyed the Ultimate Date Night!

Mentioned in this episode:

Best Pork Tenderloin Ever

  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper
  • American Spoon Apple Cider Grilling Sauce (available at Spoon.com)

Season the tenderloin generously on both sides. Sear the tenderloin on both sides for 3-4 minutes a side. Cut the tenderloin into medallions about 3/4 inch thick. Finish grilling to medium rare-medium. (Don’t overcook.)

Create a “boat” out of aluminum foil and place some of the grilling sauce in the bottom.

Place the medallions in the boat and cover with the remaining grilling sauce. Hint: put a couple ounces of water into the grilling sauce jar after you’ve dumped it into the boat. Seal the Jar and shake. You will get all the grilling sauce out plus add some moisture to the boat.

Place additional tin foil over the boat and seal well. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes.

Also mentioned in this episode:

There’s more than one way to communicate with your spouse

The subject today is a subject that is an issue in every marriage… Communication! Sometimes it feels like you’re talking to a brick wall when it comes to communication in marriage. When there are two people who have the ability to talk, why is it so difficult to communicate with each other?! Take a walk with us through a virtual house of communication tips. Here we take a look at 4 ways to communicate with your spouse.

This week we’ll cover communication in…

The Living Room: Communicating through Planning

The Family Room: Communicating through Play

The Dining Room: Communicating through the Trivial

The Kitchen: Communicating through Service

Click play now and let’s get to it! Then tune in again next week as we venture into more of our virtual house … including The Bedroom!

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK

Thanks for reaching out to us, Jess! Take a listen as we talk about how you can act your way into a new way of feeling but you can’t feel your way into a new way of acting. Hit play and check it out!

Mentioned in this episode:

Does Your Marriage Have Purpose?

What is the purpose of marriage? Have you ever asked that question?

A lot of people have speculated on what the purpose of marriage is, but as Christ followers, we thought if we could go to Scripture and see if Jesus gave us any direction, perhaps that would be the purpose of marriage. We found Jesus does tell us the purpose of marriage in Mark 10:6-8.

Hit play now and let’s dig in!

LISTENER SHOUT-OUT OF THE WEEK!

Thank you, Kimberly! It’s good to know doing something “just because” works in other marriages, too!

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Sportscenter Piece featuring Tyler Trent
  • Mark 10:6-8
    But at the beginning of creation, God ‘made them male and female.’‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
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