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Couples Rejoice (Pt. 2 of 3)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Has there been a celebration at your house since the last SEEDS FOR GROWTH?  A celebration of your love for one another?  We hope so.  It is our prayer for every couple to make “rejoicing” the key characteristic of their marriage?  We hope you have made a decision to put […]

Couples Rejoice (Pt. 1 of 3)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly Throughout Scripture, there is a distinct current of celebration, especially as God reveals His intention in creating marriage.  When God fashioned Eve and brought her to Adam — they celebrated (Genesis 2:22-25).  When Ruth and Boaz were finally united, there was jubilation (Ruth 4:14).  Solomon and his Shulamite wife rejoiced […]

Hanging on Through Tough Times

As you walk along the road in your journey toward  spiritual intimacy, you are going to come across some ruts, chuck holes and boulders in your path.  The enemy is going to make quite sure you encounter a lot of rough places.  And why shouldn’t he?  Satan’s agenda is to make you give up…to quit…not […]

Encourager or Critic

We are commanded by the Holy Spirit to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thess. 5:11). If you know the Lord, then, hopefully, you take this command pretty seriously.  You try your best to encourage those who are DIScouraged.  But is that enough? Is there more to this command than meets the […]

Communication that Fuels the Fire

CONFLICT.  That crippler that tears us apart…that alienates …that polarizes two people so that they can not reach across the chasm they have dug with their own hands.  This is the third SEEDS FOR GROWTH dealing with conflict—the greatest cause for marriage failures today. We have been discussing the three basic reasons for conflict: (1) […]

When in Grief – Take Flight

Yes, it’s true.  These are hard times for America.  Our economy is deeply wounded.  The stock market is on a roller coaster.  Some folks have lost their retirement. Others have lost their jobs.  In addition, our country is in a life and death struggle with Muslim extremists who are bent on our destruction. All this […]

Power Struggles: A Sure-Fire Way to Lose

In our last SEEDS FOR GROWTH, we began discussing Conflict…that crippler that terrifies and tears us apart.  You know what we’re talking about, don’t you?  You probably have some old, unworkable habits you just naturally fall into when anger and conflict arise in your marriage and family relationships.  Right?  Yeah, we all do.  We walk […]

Make Me a Blessing

How to fall in love, stay in love, rekindle your love.  That’s the subtitle of Dr. Ed Wheat’s LOVE LIFE FOR EVERY MARRIED COUPLE…probably the best book we’ve ever read on marriage.  You know why?  Because it’s so practical. We want to share a portion of it with you, just in case you haven’t read […]

Three Practical Communication Tools

What is a good marriage?  Some people think a good marriage is one that stays the same through the years.  But there is something desperately sedimentary about a marriage that does not change.  How can a relationship not change one way or another when everything around us is changing so quickly?  Our circumstances, friends, jobs, […]

How to Make Love Last (Pt. 2 of 2)

by Harold & Bette Gillogly If a recipe is followed exactly, the results will be exactly what the recipe intended.  The cake, cookies, casserole… whatever the recipe was for will be delicious.  God has given us His recipe for a loving, lasting, fulfilling marriage relationship.  In the last SEEDS FOR GROWTH, we talked about the […]