For Better…or Worse {When Seasons In Marriage Change}

For Better or Worse When seasons change

  1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time […]

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5 Ways to Embrace Grace In Your Marriage

5 Ways to Embrace Grace

  “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8 Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God.  We see this best through the death of Christ given for our salvation so we can receive present and eternal blessings. Grace is what we receive when we have messed up, fallen down, made wrong choices, and sinned. And this grace we have received – we need to humbly extend to our husbands when they mess up, fall down, make wrong choices and sin. But how do […]

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The Effects of Feminism On Women in the Church

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  Today we conclude our series titled: {Radical} Women –Living Well. As we study Titus 2:3-5, we find the passage quite simple to understand: Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. (esv) It’s simple to understand Titus 2:3-5. So extremely simple. But so extremely difficult to live out, in a world where feminism has blurred the thinking of women in the […]

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5 {Radical} Qualities Young Women Should Pursue

5 Radical qualities young women should pursue

Older women are not off the hook with this post…because all of the qualities listed for young women to learn –older women should be role-modeling for us.  Now remember, grace.  We are all a work in progress and none of us will have these mastered perfectly…ever.   That is why we need the power of Jesus in our lives.  He helps us become the {radical} woman he calls us to be. Titus 2:3-5 says: Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands […]

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4 {Radical} Ways To Love Your Husband & Children

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The modern women of today, want it all. We want husbands, children, college degrees, corner offices, a big house, weekends away with the girls, designer bags, a size zero waist, no wrinkles and to be –world travelers. But keeping a family together in the midst of those pursuits…is tough. Let’s face it – husbands and children get in the way.  Husbands take time, compromise, and energy to please.  Children stretch our waist lines and fill our designer bags with diapers and sippy cups – hardly the life we imagined. And so when reality sets in that our husbands and children […]

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How to Banish Bitterness in Marriage

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  This post is a part of the Summer Marriage Splash Series!  I have teamed up with 5 bloggers for 5 days with 5 books! Each day a different blogger is offering encouragement for marriage and then we pass the virtual baton to the next author who will be posting the day after. Today is my day and then here is the schedule for the rest of the women. Monday:          Lisa of Club31Women Tuesday:         Darlene of Time-Warp Wife Wednesday:   Courtney of WomenLivingWell Thursday:      Jennifer of Unveiled Wife Friday:            Ashleigh of AshleighSlater I hope you’ll […]

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So Excited To Share Something New With You!

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Here at Women Living Well, we discuss lots of topics.  We discuss theology, marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, my daily life, recipes and other odds and ends.  Do you know what the number one topic is that I get the most email questions about? Marriage. I believe that the foundation of the family is under attack.  Many of us come from broken hearts, broken homes, broken pasts and let’s just face it – even if we come from a solid Christian home – we are sinners and we married a sinner and that makes marriage hard. The culture has made it […]

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Should a Wife Submit To Her Husband?

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Thank you for the lively discussion regarding the role of women in the church, on last Monday’s post titled: Can a Woman be an Elder or Pastor? Today we will discuss the role of women in the home.  If you are joining us mid-series, I encourage you to read through the past posts that correlate with this post, by clicking on the links at the end. Titus 2:3-5 are verses that are very familiar to most women in the church.  We tend to glide through the list – focusing on the “love your husband and love your children” part.  But […]

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When Your Child Doesn’t Want to Go To Church

when your child doesn't want to go to church

From our guest Lynn Donovan: Wow my friends, one week passes swiftly. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me to your home here on the web. Thank you Courtney for allowing me to be part of your amazing family. I love you! I remember a time when my daughter said “Mom, I don’t want to go.” I stood staring at my daughter’s small face glaring back at me with pinched determination, her arms crossed in a defiant stance.  In that moment I felt a panic creep up my neck, followed by a twinge of fear; but […]

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Who is the Spiritual Leader in a Mismatched Marriage?

Lynn is back for part 3 of our series: Who Is a Spiritual Leader? Our online community at often tackles many of the unique and challenging areas of living in a spiritually mismatched union. One of the common struggles we face has to do with spiritual leadership. The spiritual direction of our home is monumentally important. We all wrestle with how to handle this issue well. In my own marriage this was an area of great confusion for me. Many difficult questions troubled my mind, such as, •          Do I wait for my husband to become a believer before […]

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Thriving In a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage – Part 2

  Hello House of WLW: Lynn Donovan here again today.  And as promised, let’s jump right into a powerful passage that has absolutely changed my life.  I pray you step into this truth with new understanding and hope. One verse in particular gives me the greatest comfort as a mother. What is utterly fantastic about this passage is that it is written specifically for those of us who live in a spiritually mismatched home. I’m humbled and thankful to realize that God knew thousands of years ago that there would be marriages such as ours. What relief and freedom this […]

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Thriving in a Spiritually Mismatched Marriage – Part 1 {& a Giveaway!}

  Hello Family of Women Living Well! My name is Lynn Donovan and I’m joining your community this week while Courtney is vacationing. I met Courtney years ago as a sister blogger. She is the bomb! And I love her book. She and I connected a few months ago as I was reading her book and I asked her to read my recent book. We both have a heart filled with love for Jesus and for wives and moms. So, I hope you will sit with me for a few minutes, a couple of days this week while she is […]

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