October 25, 2016 rhcrowe

As we all know, there are many reasons spouses withdraw from each other. Sometimes the withdrawal period will be a short time; other times it could be a lot longer. None of us like the feeling of a withdrawn spouse and must realize at times it has nothing to do with us but them. The key is to find out why your spouse has withdrawn from you and try to work on it. Below I have listed the top 10 reasons I think women withdraw from their marriage/spouse. 1. Lack of Appreciation/Respect: When a woman feels unappreciated for all she…

October 18, 2016 rhcrowe

  When we think of the term invest, we usually think of all things financial; investing in a company/business, investing in a new home or a new car. When you invest in something, you expect a return from it. You invest in things you feel will grow and be prosperous; when a family member or friend come to you with a business idea you feel will bring in a residual return, you make the necessary investment. So, how often do you look at your spouse and your marriage as an investment? When you take the time to invest in your…

October 3, 2016 rhcrowe

Kids are a wonderful gift from God! But let’s face it; many times the busyness of taking care of the kids leave you with little or no room for yourself or your spouse. After drop off/pick up, extra curricular activities, homework and every other thing pertaining to kids; who has time to read a book, write a blog or even think? Well, we have to find the balance between taking care of the kids and our spouse. Many times (not always) one spouse ends up being the parent that does “running around” for the kids which leads to one tired…

September 26, 2016 rhcrowe

  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14. Prayer is a very powerful tool, but how many of us use it effectively? Do you send up a quick prayer right before a meeting or right before a doctor’s appointment? Do you pray when things aren’t going the way you would like or when you are in trouble? The thing about prayer is that it is life…

September 19, 2016 rhcrowe

Unity: “the state of being united or joined as a whole; the number one”. When a man and woman are joined together in marriage (vows/commitment), they become one. The bible says in Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” One flesh…so what does that mean? Does that mean we have to think alike, dress alike, do everything alike? No. It means that you come together as one when making decisions in life. The way you discipline your children; how you handle your finances;…

September 6, 2016 rhcrowe

  Quality time is defined as, “time spent in giving another person one’s undivided attention in order to strengthen a relationship”. In order for any relationship to develop and grow, time must be invested by all parties. When you invest your time in your relationship, you are letting the other person know you are interested in what is going on with them, which then strengthens your relationship with them. Quality time is very important in a marriage because people are always growing and changing in their relationship (hopefully for the better) and when you spend time with your spouse you…

August 29, 2016 rhcrowe

  “Because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like a room without a roof; because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth; because I’m happy, clap along if you know what happiness is to you; because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do.” – Pharrell Williams. One line from that song I really like is, “clap along if you know what happiness is to you”. How many of us can truly say we know what happiness is? Happiness means different things to people. Some people look to material…

August 22, 2016 rhcrowe 1Comment

  “R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me R-E-S-P-E-C-T take care, TCB.” These famous lyrics, sung by Aretha Franklin, have been many people’s anthem for decades. Webster defines respect: “a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important etc.; a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious and should be treated in an appropriate way.” Respect means different things for different people. When it comes to any relationship, we all want respect. We want to be admired by others for our accomplishments on our job; we want our spouse to value us and…

August 15, 2016 rhcrowe

  “Love, a word that comes and goes; but few people really know what it means to really love somebody.” These lyrics from Kirk Franklin’s song Love always come to mind when I think about love. Love is a word that people tend to throw around loosely; I love football, I love food (which I really do), I love you. The second party of that line of lyrics says, “few people really know what it means to love”, I think that is so true. God shows us the perfect example of love, Jesus. When we look at His example of…

August 8, 2016 rhcrowe

  “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”   James 1:19 It always amazes me how kids, who don’t know each other, can come together and immediately start communicating/playing with one another. Just a simple look in another kid’s direction and they are playing like they’ve known each other for years. So why, as adults, is it hard to communicate with our spouse, especially when it comes to conflict? We expect our spouse to know what we are thinking or what we feel without communicating to them our wants and…