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Posts with the category “marriage-resources”

Better Boundaries
by Mike Hurt on May 23rd, 2022
We all need better boundaries so that we live in healthy relationships.  That was the big takeaway from my message yesterday.    It is time to break the bad habit of codependent relationships.   The goal is to be completely dependent on God rather than codependent on anyone. Jesus was our perfect example of better boundaries and complete dependence.  He wasn't a people pleaser.  He wasn't an enabl...  Read More
Why Can't I Forgive Myself?
by Mike Hurt on April 19th, 2022
from re|engage It’s a phrase I’ve heard many times, often from people who have cheated on their spouse or committed some other sin that hurt their family. It can be a massive weight, suffocating you with guilt and shame and preventing you restoring oneness with your spouse. You may spend your days obsessing about how to overcome the past, desperately searching for a way to somehow “forgive yoursel...  Read More
Managing Money as a Couple
by Mike Hurt on April 12th, 2022
from re|engage There are few other topics more emotionally charged than money. In marriage, this is especially the case. Money has a way of exposing our hearts. Matthew 6:21 says that where we place our treasure, our heart will be also. So, when issues of money come up in marriage, they can very quickly become sources of conflict.Thankfully, there is hope. There are two essential attitudes and two...  Read More
The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Children
by Mike Hurt on April 5th, 2022
From re|engage I’ve been on staff at Watermark Community Church working with students (grades 6-12) for 18 years. In that time, I have observed hundreds of students navigate adolescence and grow into adults; the oldest “students” I’ve worked with are now in their thirties. Many of them thrive after graduation. Their faith continues to grow, they remain connected to the body of Christ, and they con...  Read More
How To End Endless Arguments in Marriage
by Mike Hurt on March 29th, 2022
From re|engage Have you ever been in an argument with your spouse that seemed to go in circles? Perhaps you left the conversation feeling misinterpreted, invalidated, or ignored. You felt less understood or less loved than you did before the conversation. Maybe you regularly struggle to see eye to eye with your spouse.That’s not unusual; it happens to all of us at times. Communicating clearly and ...  Read More
Want an extraordinary marriage? Be an ordinary Christian.
by Mike Hurt on October 26th, 2021
From the Gospel Project Christians seeking ways to strengthen and improve their marriages aren’t suffering a shortage of advice. Much of it is good, even excellent. But how often are married believers told that the foundation of every successful marriage is an ordinary Christian life—perhaps not ordinary in terms of how many professing Christians practice such a life, but certainly ordinary as Scr...  Read More
3 Mid-Marriage Essentials
by Mike Hurt on October 19th, 2021
From the MarriageTrac Even though the years between forty and sixty-five do not represent the true middle of our lives—few of us will live to one hundred or beyond — midlife is a very real thing. There’s something essential going on that’s worth exploring, particularly as it relates to marriage.This is a time of multi-dimensional change. As these shifts alter the landscapes of our lives, it can be...  Read More
Husbands: Five Ways They're Different
by Mike Hurt on October 12th, 2021
From the MarriageTrac Value His DifferencesBe devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 NIVMy husband and I conducted a marriage enrichment conference one Saturday at a church in Fairbanks, Alaska. The night before the conference, the church hosted a date night event for their congregation and their community. The evening was set up so that couples could firs...  Read More
9 Reasons to Get Married
by Mike Hurt on September 2nd, 2021
Watch a classic black-and-white movie, and you pretty much know how it’s going to end. In an old-fashioned Western, the white-hatted hero will ride into the sunset. A monster movie? The monster won’t survive to the credits (until the next sequel comes out, that is). And if it’s a romance, you’re bound to hear wedding bells — a Hollywood-made happy ending.But today, in real life, wedding bells aren...  Read More
Before You Leave Your Wife
by Mike Hurt on August 25th, 2021
I used to wonder why so many marriages ended in divorce. Why so many of my friends through grade school, high school, and college were the children of divorce. And then in the years after college, why so many of my peers had already been divorced.And then I married. And like any other married person, I suddenly felt how painfully hard communication can be between a man and a woman. I groaned over ...  Read More
Four Defining Moments for Young Marriages
by Mike Hurt on August 15th, 2021
In Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations, Pip meets the cruel and contemptuous Estella, who tortures him throughout the novel with unrequited love. But Pip doesn’t really love Estella. He loves what she represents — a stratum of society to which Pip hungers to belong. Pip is blinded by his swollen expectations, and only later comprehends the true cost as he remembers the day he met Estella:...  Read More
The Path to Rebuilding Trust
by Mike Hurt on August 2nd, 2021
From The Fierce Marriage The path toward repairing and rebuilding trust is neither easy to find nor quick to travel. Your heart hurts and your relationship seems like it will never be the same again. Could it be that God wants to use this difficult time to show you more of his mercy, goodness, and grace? Could it be, that this could make your marriage better than ever before? Listen in as the Fier...  Read More
God, Spouse, Kids - Priorities Matter
by Mike Hurt on July 19th, 2021
From Fierce Marriage When things are in alignment, everything runs smoothly. But when one piece of the puzzle is missing— or one moving part of an engine is out of place— the whole system becomes compromised. My husband and I hit rock bottom in our marriage before we recognized that our priorities were way out of alignment.  Perhaps you feel this in your own marriage right now.  Maybe you have no ...  Read More
5 Workplace Habits That Harm Your Marriage
by Mike Hurt on July 12th, 2021
From XO Marriage Work is a necessary part of life, and it’s a huge blessing when we love our work and our workplace. Naturally, we spend a lot of time there, and how we conduct ourselves and the boundaries we have—or don’t have—in place will either protect or end up hurting our spouse and marriage. So, we need to be aware of the pitfalls, so we can avoid them. Here are 5 common workplace habits th...  Read More