Bruce's Blog

How to communicate with your spouse without anger

Okay, we’ve all had those conversations. You know the ones. We need to talk about something important with our spouse - a concern, a frustration, or some other issue -  and it ends up going south. We both end up angry, we feel unheard and unloved, and the issue is...

3 Surprising Things Happily Married Couples Do Every Day

All couples want to be happy in their marriages. But is that even possible? The reality is that on any given day I experience happiness in one moment, and not so much in another. This is normal. In my work as a counselor, I’ve come to understand that couples who...

A Beautiful Death

Today I've got a guest post from Carrye Burr. She's an amazing writer and speaker, mom to three, wife to one, and a genuine follower of Jesus! (She also happens to be my niece.) I went to the Speak Up Conference with her two years ago, and she's been on a writing...

Are You a Gospel Patron?

Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women…These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” Luke 8:1-3 What is a Gospel Patron? A Gospel Patron...

God’s Declaration on Immigration

There’s been plenty in the news lately about immigration reform, what to do about the “Dreamers,” building walls, protecting borders, etc. We live in a very polarized country right now, particularly when it comes to political issues, and the topic of immigration...

On Turning 54

I've had a wonderful life already. If I died tomorrow, I would be eternally grateful for the time God gave me on earth. I've had more opportunities, more amazing experiences, and more incredible friends than I would have ever imagined. I re-choose my gorgeous wife...

Hope in the Midst of Hatred

Another week. Another shooting. As Marlina and I gathered in my study for our morning coffee and prayer time, we reflected on yet another tragic mass shooting, this time in Texas. I realized I’m almost becoming numb to it. Marlina verbalized the question many of us...

Hope When You’re In The Perfect Storm

Hope When You’re in The Perfect Storm Adapted from Desperate For Hope This month marks the end of a catastrophic hurricane season, both in sheer numbers (16 already) and storm intensity. The hurricane season officially ends on November 30th, but it’s already been the...

Hope When You’re Experiencing Collateral Damage

Hope When You’re Experiencing Collateral Damage Adapted from Desperate For Hope One of the first things we focus on when something bad happens is ourselves. “What did I do to deserve this?” And more often than not, the answer is “nothing.” You didn’t do anything...

Hope For When You Blow It

Adapted from Desperate For Hope Bad things happen to good people for a lot of different reasons, most of the time through no fault of our own. But sometimes we get in a bad spot…and it’s our own fault. So let’s just start with the most obvious reason that bad things...

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