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…

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…

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 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…

January 4, 2016 rhcrowe

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….