Being Your Husband's Safe Space

Creating strong marriages take work. Tips on how to be your husband's safe place.

Conflict in relationships is inevitable.  Whenever you put two people together there are going to be times they disagree.  Marriage is no different.  Marriage without some degree of conflict at times is virtually non-existent.  So it is not a matter of is a matter of when.

When conflict arises, we need to have a mature, productive way (and most of all a Biblical way) of handling it.  Carrying grudges and holding on to anger is not only unproductive and hurtful, but it can hold God’s hand back from blessing us or even hearing our prayers for forgiveness ourselves.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25 (NKJV)

Bible Study Tips & Methods { Grace & Truth Link Up Party }

Eager, yet, feeling stuck. I sat with my bible open and so thirsty to fully grasp what God wanted me to hide in my heart, yet, I lacked focus. 

I needed a way to understand each word and sentence of the scriptures instead of just lazily reading. I needed a bible study method. 

Today's featured post is from Abi at She put together an amazing list of bible study tips and methods from some amazing Christian blogger. 

I hope one of these tips will encourage you as you seek God today. 

The best bible study tips!

Now let's get on with the PARTY! I look forward to reading your 

What is Your Nineveh?

Running away from what God wants you to do.

Maybe your name isn’t Jonah, but God told you to do something and you don’t want to. You told Him someone else would do it better. Someone else is better equipped and has the necessary skills. Pretty much anyone - but you could do this, but God won’t let it go.

Imagine if Jonah had gone to Nineveh when God first called. If that had happened, Jonah would not have put his life and the lives of the sailors in jeopardy. They would have been safe and Jonah would have given the people of Nineveh more time to repent. Jonah would have seen God work and had his faith strengthened.

Yes, the situation turned out fine in the end, but it didn’t have to. God could have struck Jonah down on the spot for disobeying. He could have allowed the stormy sea to take Jonah’s life. Instead, God had compassion for Jonah and had a whale swallow him. Sometimes God does that for us.

We go our own way, and He sends something to cover us. We make a mistake and God fixes it for us. Other times, He gives us another chance to do the right thing.

There are always going to be consequences when we don’t obey, like being stuck in the belly of a whale for 3 days. (That must have smelled wonderful.) Jonah could have avoided that experience if he had just done what God asked. When we don’t do what God wants us to right away, God has to get our attention.

There have been many times in my life I have balked when God asked something big of me. I never feel ready for what it will require of me. However, when I do it right then, God rewards me. When I say yes, I find that God helps me grow into the task. Several years ago, I helped start a prayer team at my church.

Even though I grew up in church, the whole idea of praying out loud always scared me. How was I going to lead prayer meetings twice a month? God worked it out and helped me move past that fear into something much better.

Even though I surrendered to God’s will in praying out loud, I still don’t understand why God asks me to do things that I don’t feel competent at.

A few months ago, I was asked if I will be a financial coach. I laughed, as if it was a joke. It wasn’t a joke. Me? Help people with money? What I am learning is that God wants my willingness more than my natural talents. All I have to do is say yes, and God will work things out.

When Jonah was finally willing to go to Nineveh, all he had to do was give them a message from God. He didn’t have to do a dance for them, fight them, or anything that required skill. He was God’s spokesman. That’s it. As Jesus said in Luke 11:28, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Are you willing to be obedient to God’s calling? Are you ready to say yes to God and help in the way you are needed?

Our author today is...Sarah Donegan is a wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. She grew up a tea drinker but switched to coffee once kids came along. Now that her girls are in school, she is embracing the plans God has for her instead of trying to force her own that just don’t fit right. When she isn’t singing or reading, she is probably writing. You can find her at her Blog and Facebook.

Charting The Course {Grace & Truth Link Up Party}

Today's featured post comes from Marigold at She writes of being thirsty for God's will in her life. I love her descriptive words as she shares her hearts desire to seek God in all she does and encourages us to press in to God and all He has for us. Please click here or the image below to read her article. 

Now let's get on with the PARTY! I look forward to reading your 

How to Guard Your Heart and Bless Your Relationships {Grace & Truth Link Up}

Today's featured post comes from Deb over at Counting My Blessings. I love how she elaborates on Proverbs 4:23 and the tips she gives for guarding your heart according to God's Word. Please click the image to read Deb's article. 

"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it"       Proverbs 4:23

Enjoy the link up, I look forward to reading your posts! 

The ultimate link up party for christian bloggers.

Fresh Start Any Time

Now, today, is the perfect time to start a new goal or resolution.

Is there anything as beautiful as a blanket of pure white snow? It is a sparkling canvas for a fresh start.

Looking out at it, any hints of negative are wiped away. It is easy to imagine a future the way we would see it in a perfect world.

The month of January is like the snow day of the
year. Anything is possible. We dream up ways to reinvent ourselves. We focus on what we can change and set lofty goals. There is no way we can live up to these goals, but we try for a few days anyways.

I gave up resolutions years ago out of defeat. There was nothing quite as deflating as failing a few days into the new year.

5 Tips on Giving Your Husband a Happy Wife {Grace & Truth Link Up}

When everything was stripped away, she stood. Frail. But stood just the same. God was her focus and she clung to His promises. 
Seeking His refuge when the world threatened to drag her down with it's heavy chains of negativity and unmet needs.

Their income was not steady, family unkind and the stress - she could feel it building up. What does a christian wife do when the happiness she once felt drifts away like escaped balloons?

The things is, happiness doesn't come from having the right amount of cash in the bank, the perfect husband, greatest kids and accepting family. 

Happiness, true happiness, only comes from the Lord. 

It doesn't come from your husband. 

It doesn't come from the stuff you buy. 

It doesn't come from your kids. 

It doesn't come from your career. 

That is a need only to be filled by the Lord.

To read my list click HERE or click on the image below. 

Now let's get to the Grace & Truth Link Up Party! 

 Grace & Truth exists to point people to Jesus! We hope this link-up will be a source of encouragement each and every week. If you’re a blogger our hope is that you’ll use this space as a way to meet new friends within the Christian blogging community. If you’re a reader our hope is that you’ll meet new bloggers that love Jesus just as much as you do! Most of all, we hope you’ll meet Jesus here. 

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