Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Twelve days ago my husband had a medical emergency, and while he does feel better now, he is still in the hospital hooked up to various medical things, waiting for more tests and next steps. Any medical emergency is hard, and even harder in a pandemic. In our case, COVID-19 protocols kept us from seeing … Continue reading Make Haste to Help Us, O God

Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

Three years ago I read and reviewed Dorothy Littell Greco's Making Marriage Beautiful: Lifelong Love, Joy, and Intimacy Start With You, so I was curious to read her follow-up book, Marriage in the Middle: Embracing Midlife Surprises, Challenges, and Joys (InterVarsity Press, 2020). How would she address the unique challenges and opportunities of marriage in … Continue reading Marriage: Midlife Crisis or Opportunity?

Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

When I first learned that one of my sister Redbuds planned to write a book about entrepreneurs and marriage, I mentally added it to my must-read list. After all, I grew up in an entrepreneur family. I saw first-hand how many hours my dad poured into his snack food manufacturing business, how much my mom … Continue reading Start, Love, Repeat: How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur in a Crazy Start-Up World

The Fragile Beauty of Marriage

A few weeks ago, I published my review of Dorothy Greco's Making Marriage Beautiful. "But what does that mean?" asked a friend with a puzzled look. "Isn't that like saying soup is wise?" For him, somehow marriage and beautiful didn't go together in the same sentence. Since then I've been thinking about how to describe marriage … Continue reading The Fragile Beauty of Marriage

Making Marriage Beautiful book cover

How to Make Your Marriage Beautiful

As a pastor I've read my share of books on marriage, met and counseled many couples preparing for marriage, and I've been married to my husband and best friend since the first Star Wars movie was released (and yes, for those of you trying to do the math, I was a child bride). Yet for all … Continue reading How to Make Your Marriage Beautiful

Authors in the House 2: Husband and Wife and Two Forthcoming Books

Last year I shared Authors in the House: Husband and Wife and How We Write, which compared and contrasted my husband's more academic writing style and projects with my own. At the time, we were both immersed in book projects with specific deadlines, but the when, where, and how we engaged in writing were quite … Continue reading Authors in the House 2: Husband and Wife and Two Forthcoming Books

How to Pray for a Wedding Dinner

How to Pray for a Wedding Dinner

links last updated August 2020 A month ago, James and Ashley asked if I would offer the grace before the meal at their wedding reception. Of course, I said yes right away. While I've officiated at a lot of weddings, I've had fewer opportunities to offer a table grace, and I felt honoured by their … Continue reading How to Pray for a Wedding Dinner

Love is Not All You Need for a Strong Marriage

This year, I'm excited to officiate at three weddings. It's such a privilege to meet with couples as they prepare for spending the rest of their lives together, and I love to see how God is at work in each of their relationships. In honour of this season of weddings, today I'm sharing a short … Continue reading Love is Not All You Need for a Strong Marriage