Reclaiming Your Sexy In 60 Seconds Each Day!

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: As Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, it’s a great time to add a little “spice” or a little “sexy” back into your marriage relationship. Deacon Derrick: After you have been married a while you move from that can’t keep your hands off each other to less of the honeymoon … Continue reading Reclaiming Your Sexy In 60 Seconds Each Day!

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Spice Jar Winners, December 2018

For well over two years now, hundreds of local engaged couples have been playing what is known as the "Spice Jar Game", an interactive, input-based group sharing activity which is the centerpiece of the "Married Love" learning session at the Foundation for Marriage preparation program. The activity is designed to have the couples come up with … Continue reading Spice Jar Winners, December 2018

Surviving The Holidays

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Deacon Derrick: The holidays are a wonderful and special time of year. During this season, Mistianna and I look forward to singing Christmas carols, giving gifts, baking cooking, hosting and going to parties, spending time with family and friends, and hopefully, finding ourselves thrown together under the mistletoe at least once … Continue reading Surviving The Holidays

When Depression Descends Upon Your Marriage

By: Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Deacon Derrick: Depression is a common but difficult problem in many marriages. It is a seriously difficult topic to write about, but it is something that silently threatens marriages across the country and in every faith tradition. We don’t talk about depression in our marriages because we don’t want … Continue reading When Depression Descends Upon Your Marriage

How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Mistianna: Derrick and I know that marriage is hard and really requires a daily decision to love each other, even when you don’t feel like it! Choosing to love your spouse, even when they aren’t lovable, often means making small sacrifices for them and for your marriage. This daily … Continue reading How Daily Deciding To Love My Spouse Can Change My Marriage

“What Is Marriage Anyway?”

by Deacon Stephen Bowling As I travel around the Archdiocese training married couples in our new “Companion Couple” marriage preparation program Joined By Grace, I find myself constantly reflecting on the joys and virtues of marriage, especially as the dozens upon dozens of couples I have worked with so far share their stories with me.  … Continue reading “What Is Marriage Anyway?”

Be “The King” in Your Marriage!

by Deacon Derrick and Mistianna Barnes Being "the King" at our house means completely and totally forgiving someone for the wrong they have done to you.” Derrick: As Catholics, we view marriage as a sacred sacrament and a covenant with God. Since, I’m a Deacon in the Catholic Church, I have the honor of witnessing … Continue reading Be “The King” in Your Marriage!