Marriage

Marriage

Putting Marriage First
Honoring God's Order Pattern for Family

by Leslie Ludy

When I was pregnant with our first child, Eric and I attended a childbirth education class—an experience I definitely would not want to repeat. While I am sure some childbirth classes are beneficial, for me the experience only served two purposes: first, to make me terrified of having a baby, and second, to try to convince me that my new baby should be the center of my universe.


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Keeping Romance Alive
Letting Children Strengthen Your Marriage

by Leslie Ludy

Keeping Romance Alive: This past December, Eric and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. At first glance, it didn’t seem like a very romantic day. The weather was freezing, snow was covering the ground, and it was dark outside well before five p.m. We’d had our two toddlers, Rees and Lily, for only about...


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Teaching True Love
Guarding Their Innocence, Preparing Them for Purity

by Leslie Ludy

Teaching True Love: I once heard the parents of a young child declare, “We are not going to let our son find out anything about sex until he’s ready to get married!” Somehow, this well-meaning couple believed that if they kept their son naive of certain things until he was in his twenties or thirties, it would...


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A Vision for More
Passing on a Heavenly Expectation for Marriage

by Leslie Ludy

A Vision for More: Several years ago, a young woman told me that her mom was trying to convince her never to get married. “She says that marriage only leads to heartache and regret. She doesn’t want me to go through what she did,” the young woman told me. “She said it is better if I just stay...


MarriageDiscipling Kids

The Lost Art of Godly Honor
Modeling Noble Behavior to Our Children

by Leslie Ludy

The Lost Art of Godly Honor: I once heard about a young wife who was extremely purposeful about welcoming her husband home after a long day at work. She put dinner on the stove, lit candles, played soft music, took a bubble bath, and put fresh make-up on before he arrived. Each night, her...


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Growing Together
Practical Ways to Stay Spiritually Connected with Your Spouse

by Leslie Ludy

Growing Together: When my love story with Eric was unfolding, we had an usual way of spending time together: studying Scripture and reading Christian biographies. In the beginning of our relationship, we’d entrusted our emotions to God, and asked Him to unite our hearts spiritually before we became...


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How Prayer Strengthens Marriage
Becoming United for the Battle

by Leslie Ludy

How Prayer Strengthens MarriageI’ll never forget the day when Eric and I really began to pray together, as a strong, unified, passionate team, wrestling together for God’s purposes to be realized. We’d been married for several years. We’d been in full-time ministry since...


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Secrets To A Vibrant Marriage
Modeling a Healthy Marriage to Your Kids

by Leslie Ludy

Secrets To A Vibrant Marriage: When Eric and I were first married, we heard all kinds of “doom and gloom” predictions about our romantic future. “Sure, you are in love with your husband right now,” a cynical older woman told me, “but just wait a few years. Pretty soon the romance will die, and he’ll start getting under your skin.” Another time...


Marriage

Purposeful Unity
Putting Marriage Above Kids

by Leslie Ludy

Purposeful Unity: While I was pregnant with our first child, Hudson, Eric and I attended a multi-week child-birth education class (not the most pleasant experience, but that’s another story!) There were about six other. . .


Marriage

The Significance of Unity
Modeling a Healthy Marriage to Your Kids

by Leslie Ludy

A few months ago, my eight-year-old daughter, Harper, drew a picture as a special gift for Eric and me. It was a sweet, childlike, and quite hilarious illustration of Eric giving me a kiss. When I asked her what motivated her to draw that particular picture, she answered rather wistfully, “Because I never see you and Daddy kiss each other anymore.” The comment surprised me.