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Day One: 15 Minute, 15-Day Marriage Challenge

 

I have a new friend over at Making Love in a Microwave (funny name–you should go check it out and see how she got that name) has thrown down the gauntlet and issued a marriage challenge, so being the competitor that I am, I’ve decided to take her up on it.   In fact, not only are Dear Hubby and I going to do this personally, we’re inviting all of YOU to also join us in the 15 Minute, 15-Day Marriage Challenge.    I bet you can guess the challenge.  For the next 15 days, set aside just 15 minutes specifically for your spouse and your marriage. There are rules (aren’t there always?) but they are pretty easy:

  1. Leave a comment below letting us know that you’re participating–then pop over to Aja’s page and leave a comment too!
  2. Devote 15 minutes a day, every day, throughout the challenge. If you’re apart for business or something, try 15 phone minutes or 15 Skype minutes.  Find a way to make it work.
  3. Spend the 15 minutes engaged with one another. Sitting next to each other watching TV in silence doesn’t count.
  4. Sex does count, but if it’s a quickie that takes less than 15 minutes- fill it out with some pillow chat or something.
  5. Don’t try to be perfectionists! If you haven’t really been spending time together at all you may even feel a little awkward. You may get interrupted. For one reason or another, things may not go as planned. Have fun with it and just do it.
  6. If you have a spouse that’s unwilling, use the time to work on your marriage by yourself. Sounds strange to say, but choose this time to try and be the best husband or the best wife you can be.

Okay…so today is Day One.  Since there are no specific things we have to do, I’m going to suggest that we coordinate the Affaircare FB page, Twitter, and Romance Calendar to all reflect one thing we can do for 15 minutes that day… to meet the challenge! Today’s marriage tip was to Just Sit Together, and the Romance Calendar had Movie Monday today–HER choice.  So I suggested that today we take 15 minutes out of our day to put EVERYTHING ELSE DOWN and just sit by our spouse, hold their hand, and listen to them as if we care!  Seriously, when was the last time we treated our spouse as if we LIKED them and were their friend?  Remember “back-in-the-day” how much you used to look forward to being together?  And when they would talk, you would listen as if you were their friend and really cared for them and what they were saying?  Let’s bring that back!

So today–MAKE THE CHOICE to take 15 minutes or more out of your day, put everything else down, let your spouse talk, and listen to what they say (rather than when they’re gonna get done so you can tell them about you).  LOL!  Be on your spouse’s side.  Be their friend.

Top Ten Marriage Sites to help your Christian marriage grow

Obviously we think our own site is the bomb.  We specifically help people keep their marriage affair-free, or if there is an affair, to recover after the affair.  We do help anyone who comes and asks for it, but we do primarily focus on Christians and we definitely have a nouthetic approach.

Thus, this list is very focused on Christian marriage and that’s because we do believe that to REALLY recover after infidelity, a person has to turn their life over to God.  The priority isn’t the marriage but rather doing what pleases God.  Thus we are in the trenches with several other folks in our industry who are  helping couples build stronger, healthier, more loving, godly marriages.  We want to toot their horns!

#10 Christian Nymphos – Don’t let the name throw you (although is sort-of threw me at first)!  I like this site because they identify first as Christian women who belong to God and have a saving faith in Christ‘s work.  Then they go on to say that they “… submit all of (their) sexual desires to His authority so that (their) expressions of passion with (their) husbands are healthy and appropriate.”  The mission to teach Christian women how to spice it up in a godly way is right on the mark.  Thanks Nymphos!

#9 Trench Diggers – This group is the brainchild of my dear friend, Courtnee Scott.  She wants to put together a directory of REAL help for REAL people…Christians who are willing to jump in the trenches with you and address the real issues that we so often “pretend” are not part of The Church.  Rather than turning a blind eye, let’s help our brothers and sisters out of the trenches.

*8 Generous Wife/Generous Husband – I have made these two one entry because Generous Wife writes from the lady’s point of view for other ladies…and Generous Husband for the men!  But the ministry and encouragement is very similar–namely to help women learn to be better wives and lovers and to help men learn to be better husbands and romancers!

#7 The Hero’s Spouse–MLC Marriage Advocate – I have not been working with Kenda Ruth very long, but I am SO impressed with the little community she has.  Yes it’s true she takes an approach that is more into the psychology (whereas we focus on nouthetic help) but learning all you can about what happens and why can be VERY helpful to both the person having the MLC and the spouse who’s standing for their marriage.  Thank you for this great site!

#6 Intimacy in Marriage – One of the biggest issues I hear, over and over again, is one spouse that says, “Well we’re married now and I am not that interested in sex, so you’re cut off and I expect you to stay faithful to me”  Thankfully we have Julie to speak plainly and openly and help couples come into a more godly view of what sex IS (it is intimacy shared in many ways, not just physically) and IS NOT  (it is not just for *your* pleasure…but your spouse’s!).  Thank you Julie for speaking the truth in a very biblical way.

#5 Black and Married with Kids – What can I say about Lamar and Ronnie Tyler?  First, they are a normal couple just like you or I or anyone else–but second, they make the effort to paint marriage in a POSITIVE light.  Their site is updated daily and addresses the special issues faced by black couples, specifically the positives of being a man, father and husband.  They are a DYNAMO of positive PR for marriage and they are the founders of #MarriageChat on Twitter, every Wednesday night at 9pm ET (6pm PT).  Join us and you’ll see…this week’s topic is “Infidelity!”

#4 Romantic Vineyard–Okay I admit it.  I am utterly in love with the romance of how this site is set up–I mean seriously!  It’s like a walk through a vineyard!  But even beyond that wonderfully inventive ambiance, this site has sound, biblical advice for both men and women and is written in a gentle, loving voice that stays true.  This day and age, that is unusual and so I pick them fourth on my list.

#3 Stupendous Marriage–Again, I have to admit I have a soft spot in my heart for Stu and Lisa, for back in the day, when I was first getting Affaircare off the ground, I got to know them on Facebook and Twitter and they’ve been mentors ever since.  Stu started with “The Marry Blogger” and told his story, gradually, and over time introduced his Beautiful Wife ™ to us all.   Now the two of them have joined forced to bring this ministry even further, and it is a personal but modest way of addressing the damage that porn can create in a marriage…but the encouraging part is that they tell you how to stop.  So catch their show–listen to the podcasts–read the blogs–sift through the resources–and get real help from someone who has “been there, done that” and offers compassionate, godly help for your marriage!

My top two sites for helping your Christian marriage are sort of hard to describe, mainly because neither site focuses only on Christian marriage, but rather both sites focus on Biblically correct admonition FIRST and on renewing our minds which then results in pleasing God and a better marriage.  So while the sites are my number two and number one TOP sites for helping Christian marriages…the better marriages that you’ll find here are a result of reading God’s Word and obeying Him–sort of a by-product, if you will!  So without further adieu:

#2 IBCD “How to Love Your Spouse”–IBCD stands for The Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship and they specifically train people to become Nouthetic Counselors.  The thrust of what is taught is not a particular denominational doctrine, but rather it is focused 100% on Scripture.  What does the SCRIPTURE say?  Not on science…not on admired preachers/teachers…not on worldly wisdom…but purely what does the BIBLE say?  The training for Nouthetic Counseling does include many common counseling issues, but the specific ‘marriage’ area includes topics like “How do I change my husband/wife?”, the Biblical directive for marriage, solving common marital problems (like conflict resolution), and sex!  The reason this is my number two site is that always, Always, ALWAYS the focus is on the Bible and what God says.  So check out their whole site but listen to the MP3’s on marriage!

#1 Institute for Nouthetic Studies blog (by Jay Adams)–Dr. Adams is the man commonly credited with “founding” Nouthetic Counseling.  Of course, we know that God is the actual founder, since He is the one who wrote the Bible and is the Great Counselor, and yet Dr. Adams is the one who coined the phrase.  And over the course of the years, Dr. Adams has written numerous books that ultimately point us to the best way to help your Christian marriage: namely to let GOD do the work and let GOD do the changing!  We are all sinners, and guess what?  Your spouse is too!  And whilst we may observe how this “issue” or that “problem” has certain commonalities, in the end our job as a counselor is to point the person to what the Bible tells them to do, give them the tools to struggle with it, and let the Holy Spirit actually do His work in them.  It’s not us and not necessarily “medication” that will cure someone by transforming them, but the Holy Spirit!  So take it from Dr. Adams…help your Christian marriage by turning to the Bible for “admonishing, correction and instruction.”

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Here’s the Affaircare “Hot Marriage Site” award!

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Like a lighthouse guiding you home after an affair

I know some of you are here because you are having trouble in your marriage and you’re looking for a lighthouse to guide you through the darkness of infidelity. You’ve found help. For more than ten years now I’ve been involved with helping couples recover after the storm of an affair. I offer Christian care and guidance, and I’ll listen to you with compassion, whether you are the loyal spouse or the one who was disloyal and now you want to save your marriage.

We often hear people say, “If s/he ever cheated on me, I’d kick ’em to the curb!” but in real life, the breakdown of a marriage can have unexpected costs. There are heavy physical, emotional, mental, financial, and spiritual costs for divorce, and it’s felt by everyone in the couples’ lives: the spouses, their children, their immediate family, the extended family, employers and co-workers, friends, people in school and church–the devastation can be FAR REACHING. So it’s wise to consider and reconsider forgiving yourself, forgiving your spouse and repairing the damage that’s been done so you can build a new, stronger, more loving marriage! And that’s why I’m here…to help you do just that.

I feel hopeful and confident that you *can* recover and that your marriage can be rescued from the storm, because I’ve helped so many people reconcile and grow. You’ll find a lot of help here if you start on the Affaircare Home Page, and if you’d like you can follow Affaircare on Facebook or on Twitter.  But come here regularly–come often–and let’s bring your marriage back to safe harbor.