As the nursery rhyme goes more or less, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a kid—or two or three or four—in a baby carriage.” Your marriage may or may not include offspring, now or in the future. But no matter what, you need to know that modeling a healthy marriage relationship has [...]
About Jay PayleitnerJay Payleitner, national speaker and best-selling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?, The Prayer of Agur, and more than 25 other books. Find out more at jaypayleitner.com.
What season of life are you in? Each one brings its blessings. The irony is that in most seasons, you’re too busy to appreciate it at the time. […]
Thanksgiving? Already? If the days are moving too quickly, that’s all the more reason to approach the holidays with thoughtfulness and intentionality. I do hope you’re feeling grateful. Even if you’ve had a tough year, the evidence of God’s provision is clear and compelling. In any case, allow me to make three recommendations specifically for [...]
My wife was in a “street gang” on the southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport. The Clicky Chicks didn’t terrorize the neighborhood, but they stuck together giving each other the kind of confidence eighth-grade girls need to grow up in the city. On hot summer days, the girls would either walk around the [...]
This post will not save your marriage. This post will not tangle or untangle your bedsheets. This post will not cause you to laugh and love and live in peaceful harmony all the days of your life. Only you can make that happen. How can you improve your marriage? Most importantly, you can raise [...]
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” —Matthew 11:28 NIV It’s easy to love Matthew 11:28. The message feels like a comforting embrace and delivers clear meaning and intent. “Work hard and then rest.” There’s even an easy-going lyrical quality to the words of this [...]
There’s a strategy I’ve been endorsing for years. It’s for husbands (and wives) to literally make a list of things your spouse likes. Not huge, extravagant, budget-breaking trips or gifts. Small things. Things you can share with each other on a weekly or daily basis. Let me explain. […]
It's great to get active as a couple. That said, it's also great to take life down a notch, slow down, or stop and smell the roses. Jay shares 11 ideas to strengthen your marriage this summer.
Are you a new dad, up to your knees in dirty diapers, baby bottles, and stained bibs, with a young wife mired in postpartum depression? Are you the hardworking father of sprouting children, trying to build a career while also being a model parent—feigning interest at back-to-school night, scratching your head over math homework, dramatizing bedtime stories, [...]