Sliding Door Moments

Years ago, a concept in a relationship book changed me. It’s called the sliding door moment. According to Dr. John Gottman, a marriage and family expert, sliding door moments happen when we’re in relationship with one another. When something upsets us, or when someone makes us mad, we have the opportunity to open up the […]

When Your Husband is Unfaithful

By A Daughter of Hope Trigger Warning: Description of Infidelity and Reference to Pornography Hard things are too hard. I’m sitting here, staring at the ceiling in the counseling room of the church. A room I’d dreamed I’d be doing the counseling in, not being counseled. The ceiling is ugly, mottled and full of cracks and […]

Sex Through the Seasons

By Adrienne Gross | Twitter: @adrienne_gross There’s a reason the type of sex most prevalent in TV shows, movies and popular music is young, wild, impetuous, and often adulterous. It’s new, exciting and illicit, so people are convinced that kind of sex is desirable. We rarely see happily married couples having home-cooked, comfortable sex. I admit there was […]

When You and Your Husband Have Different Callings

When my husband and I met, we knew one of us would have to give up our calling: acting in Chicago for him, or teaching in China for me. Due for time back in the states, I gave up China. And because of the nature of marriage and parenting three children four and under, he […]

Did You Hear What God Said About You?

A couple of weeks ago my husband taught a message called “Fighting for your Family.” As he was teaching, he pulled out one of my old bibles I’d often used many years ago when our marriage was in a crisis. I hadn’t seen that particular Bible for quite awhile, so I was amazed that he […]