May 19, 2017 rhcrowe

Honest: to be free of deceit and untruthfulness; sincere. Can you honestly say you are honest with your spouse? Are you a spouse who only tells your spouse what you think they need to hear or know? Sit and think for a moment about how honest you are with your spouse. This can make or break your marriage.   When I think of being honest, I think of being completely real about the situation; no “sugar coating” it, but just letting the realness come forth. A lot of times, we want to spare people’s feelings and tell them part of…

February 26, 2017 rhcrowe 1Comment

We all know the line in marriage vows, “till death do us part”; but let’s face it, marriages aren’t lasting until death. One or both spouses are wanting out and it’s getting easier to do. When problems arise, one spouse, if not both, tend to want to run from the marriage instead of working through the issues.  I’m not making light of anyone’s situation, but there’s nothing you can’t work through if both parties or even one of you are willing to work on the situation. So, what should you do if your spouse wants out of the marriage but…

January 4, 2017 rhcrowe

I recently had the honor to appear as a guest on a relationship expert’s podcast speaking on interfaith marriage. After thinking on this topic and appearing on his podcast, I decided to blog about faith in marriage. Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. I choose to put my trust and confidence in God; some choose other religions or spiritual beings. No matter who or what you choose to put your trust in, your faith is what carries you through the good and the bad in life. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the…

November 28, 2016 rhcrowe 1Comment

This time of the year often makes us reflect on our lives and makes us realize how blessed we truly are. There are small things as well as some big things we often overlook and never give our gratitude for. It’s always easy to focus on what we don’t have instead of appreciating what we have. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.  Often in our lives it’s hard to rejoice let alone give thanks when circumstances arise that are not favorable….

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…

September 12, 2016 rhcrowe

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Let me start this blog by being completely honest with you; health and wellness has never been a priority of mine. Eating pretty healthy I can do, but going to the gym…let’s just say I’ve paid for a gym membership at a gym that didn’t see me much (waste of money). Now John on the other…

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…