Covering for My Spouse and WW Linkup

Overlook Offenses

I think there’s just something in the DNA of every human being that tries to cover up vulnerabilities and weaknesses that we see in ourselves. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about, because that describes me much more than I’d like to admit! However, I think this pattern started way back in the Garden […]

How to Affirm Your Mate Printable

Affirmation Single

It’s been quite a challenge to get back on track with the blog since vacationing and celebrating my son’s wedding. Add to that, my laptop has a major issue that has left several computer geeks stumped and you might understand why I’m taking yet another break from my Sloppy Joe Times. I will be back, […]

When Storms Come in Marriage – WW Linkup

JS Kiss Edit

This past Saturday, my husband and I were excited to celebrate with our oldest son, Jordan, as he married his sweetheart, Sarah at beautiful Sorella Farm in Evington, Virginia. They had planned to have an outdoor ceremony followed by a grand reception in the nearby, decked-out barn. We knew that storms were a possibility on […]

‘Everybody Loves Vulnerability’ And WW Linkup!

Vulnerable in Marriage

I am still unpacking what I feel are the important aspects of creating a confessional culture today, which leads me to share about a vulnerable and unflattering moment of mine in my own marriage. Sometimes the best way to communicate a reality is to learn from a real-life and raw human encounter in marriage. It […]

Are You ‘In Over Your Head’? Video

Faith Over Fear

I wanted to share a video this week of a song that has become very close to my heart lately. I love the lyrics because it says, “I’m in over my head.” I love that idea because, so much of the time, we hear songs or messages that talk about walking on water or being […]

When Your Apology is Used Against You – And WW Linkup!

Love Hurts

It’s never easy to make yourself vulnerable nor to lay your heart out on the table in a sincere and humble apology before the one person on earth who matters most—your spouse. But what’s worse is when your spouse uses your apology against you. Typically, a spouse won’t do this unless: Your spouse simply got […]

Battling to Spiritually Lead? Sloppy Joe Time Video

Spiritual Leader

Sometimes the “best laid plans” of wives and husband’s go awry! Especially when wives, like me, try to encourage their husbands to lead spiritually. In this video, I share about how I struggle with this in my own marriage and describe how my over-zealousness, eh-hem, “pride” really hurt my husband and children. Maybe you can […]

3 Ways to Handle a Failed Confession And WW Linkup!

Confession & Apology

Sometimes you do everything to prepare your heart and mind for a confessional moment with your spouse, and yet it fails! How can that happen? Typically this happens in the heat of the moment and for various reasons. Consider this scenario: You’ve prayed and processed, processed and prayed and feel that you’re ready to humbly […]

Why Fearing God is Needed for Your Trial and Messy Marriage

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I know it’s been a while since I posted a “Sloppy Joe Time” and, FYI, I have two more in the queue! However, today I’m posting this very important video by Francis Chan that explains why the fear of God  is needed in life, especially if you’ve been in a long-standing trial. I know how […]

When and When NOT To Apologize – Plus WW Linkup!

Time to Confess

Creating a confessional culture in your marriage should be developed with both discernment and timing in mind. Like most changes you want to make in life or marriage, you must go slowly and strategically, unless you are prepared for the entire effort to backfire on you! This is especially true if your spouse is not […]