a lot like Jesus.

July 23, 2014

Sometimes the devil sounds a lot like Jesus, telling me I’m not enough… I adore Ben Rector’s music, but the first time I heard this line I almost turned the song off. How could the devil sound like Jesus? That’s the trick though, isn’t it? The devil puts just enough truth in his pile of lies that his…


a lot like Worry.

July 21, 2014

Very, very rarely (perhaps never) have I split one song up into more than one post. But “If You Can Hear Me” by Ben Rector is too good of a song to only devote one post to. Since last week I had a theme of not losing your voice and listening to the right voices,…


until death do us Part.

July 7, 2014

The incomparable Julie Baldwin is here to wrap up the wedding vow mini-series. How do we cope with the ‘until death do us part’ line? What does that mean in our day-to-day married lives? “Marriage: To Death, Infinity and Beyond” The first time Will, my now-husband, and I talked about him specifically dying, I felt the…


love and honor each Other.

July 2, 2014

Jen considers what it means to love and honor each other in a marriage. Similar to the question of intent, but repeated for emphasis in the vows, couples are invited to continually love and honor each other all the days of their lives.  When Amanda asked for volunteers to write guest posts based on portions of…


sickness & Health.

June 30, 2014

Please welcome Heather Anderson Renshaw to the blog as she shares her experiences on what marriage looks like in sickness and in health. My goodness – those two shining people in the wedding photograph – the sheer joy that radiates from their faces as they prepare to embark on a new life together is almost…


for richer or Poorer.

June 25, 2014

Mother of twins, Sarah Huston, reflects on the next marriage vow: for richer or poorer. We headed off down the road that hot July afternoon, fresh from our wedding; excited to be going on our first trip together. Even as we drove, we knew we didn’t have it all figured out, but we thought we’d…


in good times and bad, for better or Worse.

June 23, 2014

The newly married Emily Baumgartner takes on the next vow with her reflections on what it means to hold to marriage in good times and bad, for better or for worse. Do you promise to be true to your spouse in good times and in bad? For better and for worse? If you don’t remember…


to have and to Hold.

June 18, 2014

What does it mean to have and to hold someone? This vow is far less literal than the others… These words mean something different to me now, after 16 years of marriage, than they did in January 1998. I was twenty-two years old, and I was “in love” with a man I had been dating…


take you to be My…

June 16, 2014

According to the Rite of Marriage, there are two forms of vows that couples can take. In an effort to avoid being redundant, I’ve combined the similar parts of the vows for this series. The questions of intent (the previous three posts in this series) are the same no matter which form of the vows a…


…according to the law of Christ.

June 11, 2014

Gina, wonderful gal that she is, had so much wisdom when it came to the vow about accepting children and bringing them up according to the law of Christ, that one post simply couldn’t hold it all. Here, for your mental and spiritual enjoyment, is part two of her post. {Part one can be found…


accept Children…

June 9, 2014

The third question of intent, Will you accept children lovingly from God, and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church? will be reflected upon by the wonderful, beautiful Gina Fensterer. I’m so delighted to be guest-posting on my dear friend Amanda’s blog while she’s honeymooning! Her series on the questions of…


honor each Other.

June 4, 2014

Next up in the wedding vows mini-series is the second question of intent: Will you honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives? It is my honor to present to you Mandi Richards, and her reflections on this question of intent: Do you honor your spouse? I assume that the verb “to…



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