“Can You Fix My Spouse?” (And Why That Prayer Doesn’t Work)

By Jodie Berndt | June 7, 2021 | 1 Comment

  When Jodie Berndt asked if I would consider endorsing her new book, Praying the Scriptures for Your Life, I gladly agreed. Like Jodie, I appreciate the power of prayer—particularly as it shapes our friendships, our parenting, and our marriages. One of the things I love about Jodie’s writing is her honesty. She doesn’t hold […]

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When Following is Dangerous: Refusing Bad Marital Dance Steps

By Barbara Rainey | April 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Barbara: What am I supposed to do when my husband is leading me into territory that I don’t think is healthy or holy? And he won’t listen?   Dear Daughters of Eve: A few years ago Dennis and I signed up for dance lessons. If you had been there to watch, you would have […]

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Why Easter Matters to Marriage

By Barbara Rainey | February 22, 2021 | 31 Comments

One of my great faults, which shows up regularly in our marriage, is my first-born perfectionism turned on my husband as “helping.” Sometimes it happens when he’s telling a story and doesn’t get the details right as I remember them and I correct him. (By the way, I do work hard not to correct publicly.) Other […]

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5 Ways to Believe the Best About Your Husband When You Feel Like He’s Failing

By Barbara Rainey | October 29, 2018 | 18 Comments

Dear Barbara, How do I still respect my husband when I feel like his lack of faith negatively affected the plans God has for our family? Don’t get me wrong; my husband is a strong believer. And there’s not a big sin issue.  I just feel like he isn’t believing and relying on God in […]

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Dear Barbara: What If My Husband and I Fight All the Time?

By Barbara Rainey | October 1, 2018 | 11 Comments

Dear Barbara — “What if we fight all the time? It seems like that’s all we ever do anymore: nitpick about everything, look for the worst in each other, and are ready to duke it out daily. What can we do?” First, let me assure you: you’re not alone! Earlier this month on September 2, […]

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