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10 Signs Your Marriage Is Built on Christ

Ephesians 5 is a classic text to turn to when seeking biblical wisdom about marriage. However, it also has a tendency to unsettle those who do not understand that the word of God can be trusted with all areas of life. Truths like, Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit... Read more

3 Ways to Protect Your Marriage from Adultery

The giving of the Ten Commandments is among the most iconic passages in Scripture, and is recognized widely as being guidelines for all people to follow. The Ten Commandments serve as the foundation for Israel being a just and civilized society. It is upon this foundation that the Old Testament law is built.The seventh command... Read more

An Advent Prayer for the Lonely

Just as the miraculous advent of Jesus birth is often overshadowed, the lonely are also overlooked at a time when friends and families are celebrating. Here's a prayer you can pray for them (or yourself) today. Father to the fatherless, defender of widowsthis is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he... Read more

8 Surprising Things about You That Are Attractive to Your Husband

Ladies, we may hate our stretch marks, but our husbands cherish them. I often call my stretch marks, my battle scars. They are a reminder of the ability of my body to carry and bear children. Each time I see them, I remember how wonderful it was to experience the miracle of pregnancy.Our husbands feel... Read more

How Can I Be ‘Slow to Anger’ in Today’s World?

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. – James 1:19Our nation seems to be teetering on what some call a revolt or revolution. The news is full of rioting, burning, and looting in the streets. Even "peaceful" protests seem... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about Narcissists?

Narcissism is defined as having an excessive interest in or admiration for oneself and in ones physical appearance. The word, although seemingly modern, has been around for a very long time. In Greek Mythology, Narcissus was known for his beauty and a fixation on himself and his outer appearance. The story told about him is,... Read more

When to Tell a Friend How They Hurt You

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20)Oh, how careful we must be when reacting to hurt. Quick to listen, and slow to speak. The most important... Read more

7 Ways You Can Pray for Someone Today

Why Christians Pray for Others This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)Prayer is a link between us and God. The Bible lets us know that those God deems righteous can confidently approach him in prayer, knowing with certainty that their prayers... Read more

How to Forgive Your Parents for Childhood Pain

I believe I need to start this article with a caveat from the jump. As my parents frequently will read my Crosswalk articles, I have no doubt theyll stumble across this one, and that could lead to an awkward conversation later.After all, most of us would love to believe that our parents have tried their... Read more

5 Truly Harmful Effects of Gossip

Gossip is a sin thats all too easy to commit. The desire to share a secret, vent about a grievance, or get another person to hear our side, can often get the best of us. Yet, we see a throughout the Bible that gossip is no small offense. Not only does the Lord condemn the... Read more

Whose Fault Is it that Im Angry? The Answer Might Surprise You

The Other Person Has Responsibilityfor Their Actions, and for Acknowledging Your Feelings Before I learned about emotions, I often blamed my husband for itand then wed argue about whether my anger was justified. But arguing about my anger distracted us from a much more important question.Its this: how could my husband and I work together... Read more

How I Learned How to Treat My Privilege with Humility

I was in first grade when I first saw posters for the upcoming election in Apartheid South Africa. The year was 1983, and I remember asking my Mom who shed be voting for.In the few minutes we had before school drop-off, she explained shed be spoiling her vote in protest: it wasnt right to only... Read more

9 Steps to Restoring Trust in a Troubled Marriage

The Bible has a lot to say about marriage, and even more to say about trusting the Lord. Perhaps one of the best ways to rebuild trust in a troubled marriage is to focus more on our trust in God, and less on the actions, sin, and betrayals of our spouse. It is better to... Read more

5 Ways You’re Making Conflict in Your Marriage Harder for Yourself 

On the flipside, when you constantly remind yourself that hes never going to listen, never going to change, then youre anticipating more fights. And when they come, you tend to pack a mean Aha, I knew I was right! punch. You start slinging fists because you were right about him dropping the ball.If you revel... Read more

How to Pray for Your Husband instead of Trying to Change Him

Your husband will not change overnight. And perhaps, he might not change at all.Will you trust God enough to accept that EVEN IF your husband doesnt change, you will still trust that God is in control?A beautiful story in the Bible depicts this even if statement in Daniel 3:8-30 where King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone to... Read more

How to View Sex as Holy, but Without Shame

Something Ive learned over the years is that, despite good intentions, most of our Christian parents didnt do the best job of talking to us about sex.Most of our parents talked to us about being sexually pure from a standpoint of avoiding consequences, rather than the goal being to bring glory to our holy God.Even... Read more

5 Ways to Bring More Joy into Your Marriage

Our world tends to be overly serious. We forget to let ourselves relax and have fun. Think back to the last time you had a really good laugh with a friend or your spouse and how good it made you feel. Its been proven laughter can relieve tension and stress, boost your immune system, release dopamine... Read more

9 Romantic Ways to Get the Quality Time You Need, Even during COVID

Whether you reserve a spot at a campsite or blow up the air mattress and pitch a tent in the yard, camping is one way to appreciate the outdoors with a measure of privacy.If youre at a campsite, bask in Gods creations by observing the wildlife around you, taking a walk in nature at sunset,... Read more

10 Scriptures Singles Need to Guide Their Dating Decisions

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer Dating can often feel like navigating a field dotted with land mines. One false move, and youre in serious trouble! Whether youre naturally a cautious planner or an impulsive thrill-seeker, dating can be exhausting and discouraging. There are many ditches to fall into on both sides of the... Read more

7 Things to Do When You Know You’ve Made a Mistake

Crystal Caudill iBelieve Contributing Writer The question is not what should we do if we make a mistake, but when we make a mistake. Mistakes are normal, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the issue. Here are seven things to do to restore your life and relationships when you realize you've made a mistake.1.... Read more

4 Keys to Loving Someone When They Get Angry

4. Help Them Process and Prepare When my wife and I are about to drive in rush-hour traffic, she will regularly pull me aside before we get into the car and say, Jol, we are about to hit heavy traffic. Prepare yourself. Its going to be ok. It sounds silly, but that little reminder helps... Read more

30 Day Prayer Challenge for Your Husband

Every day for the next 30 days, you will be challenged to pray in a specific way for your husband. Get ready to see God move in BIG ways in and through your marriage! Do you feel the need to pray more earnestly for your husband and your marriage but not sure where to start?... Read more

3 Ways Elder and Younger People Should Honor One Another

Elders need those who are younger to lovingly listen, respect, and connect with them. Younger folks need those of us who are older to let go, keep up, and show more of Jesus. My doctor started it. Medical charts don't lie. He knows how old I am. I've tried all of the tricks: Photoshop edits,... Read more

Is It Possible to Be Addicted to a Person?

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12If its not good for man to be alone, and if close relationships are the ideal, can you really be addicted to another person? It seems like... Read more

Who Taught You How to Date?

Be honest, who taught you how to date? My husband, Damien, and I were blessed. We both grew up as preacher's kids and in a two parent household. However, to be honest with you, we were never sat down and taught formally (or even causally) on how to date God’s way. Yes, even in a... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about Neglecting Your Wife?

A husbands is to stay faithful to his wife and not divorce her.Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth (Proverbs 5:18 ESV)Husbands are to be content and stay satisfied with their wives, even as they grow older and are less physically attractive, according to the worlds standards.Husbands, love your wives, and do not be... Read more

Should Parents Be More Vulnerable with Their Children?

4. Immerse Them in Scripture and Prayer In our constantly changing culture, we may feel intimidated by all our children face and encounter. Out of self-protection, this might motivate us to disengage. There are so many outside forces seeking to leave impressions on our children. There are teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and mentors. Add to that... Read more

10 Ways the Church Can Speak Love to Black and Brown Brothers and Sisters

As I sat in a home Bible study with two other couples, I wrestled with the question the host asked.He read an article that stated a certain percentage of people say they experience discrimination. He posed the question: How do they know? I pondered why he asked. Was this question a result of ignorance? Was... Read more

6 Encouraging Ways to Be a Better Wife

I didnt grow up dreaming of a fairy tale wedding or getting married. I was too busy dreaming of a CEO by day and a writer by night.I thought if I got married, I would lose myself amidst the mundane of chores, kids, and housework. I was the second oldest of six kids and I... Read more

9 Benefits of Worshiping during ‘Why, God’ Trials

When our prayers are being answered, when the test results are the ones weve prayed for, or when we get that job we really needed, we look up and praise God and have no problem worshipping him. But is that conditional worship? If God does what we want... then Hes worthy of praise? No. God is... Read more