Marriage

Love Your Neighbor (but Who is My Neighbor?)

One thing I love about living in the south is the cultural hospitality. I’m sure it exists in other parts of the country, but around these parts, casseroles and coffee cake are a love language. My fondest memory of love baked at 350° was after the birth of my first baby. I came home from the hospital on Mother’s Day. I found a casserole in my fridge and a Mother’s Day card on [Read more...]

How to Date Your Mate Without Spending Money

My husband and I lived on a thin red line in our early years of marriage. I was in OT school which kept me from working. His first job out of college paid well, but the starting salary was “just enough.” I remember eating our dinners on an overturned laundry basket because we couldn’t afford a dining room table. When we wanted to be really fancy, we set up the ironing board on [Read more...]

The Gift of Presence

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence.” Thich Nhat Hanh Not many things motivate me to reach into a toilet. Through a series of mishaps involving my potty training three-year-old, his blankie, and my phone, my most prized electronic device took the plunge. My floating phone was enough to make me reach in the germ infested water without so much as an, “Ew, [Read more...]

What I Did Instead of Setting New Year’s Goals

I am tired of feeling overwhelmed. Years of goal-setting and driving hard to achieve those goals left me feeling frazzled, stretched, and out of focus. When presented with an opportunity to read Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregorie’s new book, Overwhelmed: How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity, I knew I needed whatever they had to say to me. The book did not disappoint. Kathi and Cheri [Read more...]

The Gift that Promises Forever

It wasn’t the gift I expected, but it promised forever. On our second Christmas as a couple, I held a secret wish in my heart as I sat beneath the Christmas tree. David and I planned to walk the aisle in August of the coming year. In my mind, Christmas seemed like the ideal time for the question and the ring. I opened my gift, a rectangular-shaped box wrapped in thick red paper. Inside the [Read more...]

When Christmas Isn’t the Way You Want It

The concept of “leave and cleave” sounds lovely when you stand at the altar with your husband-to-be beside you. But when it comes to the holidays, it isn’t so lovely. The question of where and how to spend Christmas can cause discord in the most harmonious of marriages. My first Christmas as a Smith was dramatic. My husband’s job was as new as our marriage. He had to work on Christmas [Read more...]

We All Need Brave Friends

The word “brave” inspires images of men and women standing courageously in the face of adversity. We connect bravery with heroines through the ages, both real and imagined—Helen Keller, Rosa Parks, Scout Finch, Katniss Everdeen. Stories of courage aren’t limited to history books and novels. We can find courage in the women we call friends, and their bravery inspires. We can find [Read more...]

It’s Time to Break Up with Your Imaginary Boyfriend

As little girls, we have no trouble dreaming up Prince Charming. We start with a cute guy on television and endow him with the noble character traits they read about in books. During our teen years, we dream about the quarterback or the quiet poet from across the high school classroom. While dating, we measure our prospective partners to our dream guy until we find a man who fits the description. [Read more...]

Click Here for Encouragement: 5 Links You Need to Visit

My goal is for MrsDisciple to be a valuable resource for Christ-followers to find encouragement for our many roles—disciple, wife, mother, and friend. For today’s #FridayFive, I collected five links that helped me in each of these areas over the past few weeks. I hope you find encouragement, hope, and maybe even a challenge to walk tall in your calling.   Freed from the Life [Read more...]

5 Wives Share the Secret to Love that Lasts (Part 2)

Eighteen years ago, I said, “I do.” I walked down that aisle full of hopes and dreams. I have to say, every dream has come true. We have three beautiful children, a home, and careers. The very things I dreamed about on that hot August morning are the very things that pull at our love. The stress of raising children, paying a mortgage, and managing the demands at work threaten to [Read more...]