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Reboot a Marriage: Re/Engage with Humility to Melt Hearts of Stone

Re?Engage's Susan Cox with her family   CahyKrafve.comI needed to reboot a marriage. My own marriage. I was tripping David with the way I communicated. If only I could summon up more courage and humility. But I felt crushed, defeated, and very, very insecure. 

 

And angry. Why did everybody else seem to have great marriages but me?

Susan CoxRe/Engage Director at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, joined me to talk about how we reboot a marriage. Both our own and those hurting marriages all around us. (Susan with her beloved family shown above.)

Truthfully, over 37 years ago I didn’t know the best ways to communicate. Eventually I was so frustrated, I didn’t care. Still, it hurts me to remember I was so ineffective in the way I communicated that I risked our marriage over it.

Susan offers us the simplest, best approach ever!

Reboot a Marriage, Couples Restoring Each Other

“Humility melts the heart of stone. Colossians 3 tells us we are to bathe ourselves in humility,” says Susan CoxRe/Engage Director at Watermark Community Church in Dallas. Then, she adds with a laugh, “Husbands and wives, if you’re listening, when you get dressed every morning, we should bathe ourselves in humility!”

Humility. Simple, yes. Easy, well, ahem, maybe not for some of us!

Through Re/Engage, Susan joins tens of thousands of couples to share tools to restore and reboot a marriage anywhere people are ready for a change. 

“The beautiful thing about this is it’s the gospel. The core principles of this ministry is God’s word. It’s God’s people. It’s God’s Spirit,” Susan adds.

In this episode, Susan Cox shares a bunch more about how humility enhances everything in a marriage. Plus, we share some great stories from our own marriages. Find this and many more podcasts at Fireside Talk Radio. 

Unsung Marriage Champion

Not that she would ever admit it, but God is using Susan as something of an unsung marriage champion. All because she humbly sought help and had the courage to step into authenticity herself. 

First, she and her husband had some work to do rebooting a marriage of their own. (Find Susan’s story.) Fortunately, they found a community of couples willing to help and encourage along the way. Next, she grew to trust the scriptural principles because she realized they work. Eventually, she gained so much passion for marriage restoration that she simply couldn’t stop talking about it.

Now she directs Re/Engage, a ministry equipping couples to help each other. As news spreads of it’s success, growth has been crazy with churches calling regularly to bring Re/Engage to their communities. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

And thanks for listneing in!! We are grateful for YOU!

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Broken Marriage: Re/Engage No Matter How Bad the Crisis with Susan Cox, Her Story

Nobody wants a broken marriage. Of course, we all want the happily ever after, fairy dust marriage. Where is the line for THAT marriage? Yet many of us reach a breaking point of frustration and pain in our marriage. Maybe we even wonder if there’s any hope. Eventually, we may feel like giving up.  

God blessed me with an interview with Susan, shown right. What a treat for us all

“I showed up broken and wanting to hide,” says Susan Cox, Director of Re/Engage, about the first time she came to her church, Watermark Community Church. 

Maybe marriage seems easy for some people. But for a lot of us, it’s harder than it looks. (Especially the communication piece, in my case!)

Probably all people can relate to feeling hurt at one point or another.

In this episode, Susan shares many more personal stories about how rough it was for them and how they got on course for the cherishing marriage they have today. Find this interview and many more podcast at Fireside Talk Radio.

Wedding Vows Omission

“Girl, if I could go back to the day of my wedding, I wish the pastor had added in these two verses,” she laughs, “I wish he’d added in I Corinthians 7:28 which simply just says for those who marry, you’re going to have trouble.”

Next, she points to another informative verse when it comes to creating unity in marriage. Especially for restoring a broken marriage.

“I also wish he’d added in Romans 3:23 that just says, ‘For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,’” she adds. 

Have you ever been to a wedding with those verses included in the vows? Of course not. Well, that is, unless you are in a very exceptional church. (In a step of faith, bring Re/Engage to your church. Or find out more.Clearly, it’s no wonder marriage can mean such hard work!

Hiding and Broken

Often, churches can offer support and true help, even life-changing strategies. But not everyone feels comfortable in church. For instance, Susan remembers her first impression when she finally sought out some help.

“I remember sitting in that room thinking I cannot open my mouth and let these church people know what’s going on behind closed doors,” she says now, years later. “I mean, our story involved fights that escalated to the point that 911 calls were made.” 

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As she sat in the crowd she thought, there is no way these guys and gals can ever find out what’s going on. What would they think? What would they say about us?

In our interview, Susan shared much more about how hidden baggage from our past can create ongoing issues in a broken marriage. For example, she named family of origin issues like alcoholism and sexual abuse. (What do you do if you discover sexual abuse in family? Find our interview with Deb L. Butterfield. Or check out what Sarah Van Hook said on rebuilding family relationships after sexual abuse.)

“I had hotel keys in the bottom of my purse. I was in the middle of an affair,” she reports. “My husband was unfaithful as he was traveling coast to coast in business.” Plus, she was “entrenched in the throes of pornography.” (For more help, find Rosie MaKinney’s interview about porn addictions and porn-proofing your kids.)

Immediate Help for a Broken Marriage

Fortunately, the pivotal moment that morning came when the lead pastor spoke to Susan’s heart. FIND THE FULL ARTICLE

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for listening and reading!! ❤️ 

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cathy

 

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Grace-filled Families: The Grace Impact on Family with Nancy Kay Grace, Her Wisdom

“Vows often say the words for better or worst. There’s a starry eyed bride and groom repeating the vows and when I see them I think they have no clue!” Nancy Kay Grace returned this week to talk about grace-filled families. “They have no clue what’s coming. I didn’t and I’ve been married for 45 years!”

“All couples are incompatible. We all married the wrong people.” she adds, laughing and paraphrasing Stanley Hauerwas, a prolific modern Christian writer and thinker who was born in Dallas, Texas. (I had to throw Dallas in there. Find more great marriage quotes.)

Nancy Kay Grace, shown right, talked with me on Fireside Talk Radio to tell some funny and some personal stories.

So, how do we create grace-filled families? Where do we get the patience to keep loving when our people get really messy?

In our interview Nancy shared more about their prodigal child. I hope you listen in for encouragement on so many levels. Find this and all our Fireside Talk Radio podcasts.

Dandelion Disaster

She compares grace in marriage to a dandelion disaster that cropped up in their yard. 

Nancy, in an attempt to help her husband, sprayed each and every dandelion with Round Up.  By the time he came home that evening, brown patches spotted their yard like a woman wearing polka-dots. 

To his credit, he didn’t say much except to note the change. 

“The next day, I was going to go out and dig up all the little brown spots,” she can laugh now about how she compounded her mistake. “So, now I have holes scattered across the whole front yard. It was a disaster.” 

She chalks up her mistake to not asking for help. Boy, haven’t we all learned the hard way to ask the right questions! Obviously, Nancy’s heart was in the right place, wanting to help her hubby, Rick, but…. 

“If I had waited and talked through with him, talked through a plan, we would have tackled the problem and the lawn disaster would have been averted,” she reports, citing the advantage of working together as a united team. “It wouldn’t have looked like crop circles!”

Finally, the only natural conclusion of her front yard failure unfolded.

“At the end of that season we had to plant new grass. Totally tear it up and plant new grass,” she says, adding with a chuckle, “And also to keep the neighbors from laughing about what was happening at the Grace household.”(Find more of Nancy’s stories in her book, Grace Impact: When Our Lives Overwhelm.)

Marriage and the Grace-filled Family

Nancy explains why grace is so important in marriage to create a grace-filled family. FIND THE FULL ARTICLE

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for listening and reading!! ❤️ 

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cathy

 

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Feel Overwhelmed? The Grace Impact Changes Everything

We all feel overwhelmed sometimes. When our lives overwhelm us, we need grace. But what is grace exactly? Happily, my friend Nancy Kay Grace showed up to talk about one of our favorite topics together. So, I asked her to tell of an ongoing challenge facing her for many years.

Nancy knew in her spirit something was wrong. 

“I shouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night with pain in my tongue,” she says.

Along the way, she developed a sore on her tongue. First, her initial doctor gave her remedies and suggested she wait and see if it healed. Next, another doctor confirmed that approach. (Find more about how the right conversation can change everything here.)

Nancy Kay Grace, shown here, meeting life’s challenges with peace and joy!

Grace to Persist

Since her situation felt ominous, she persisted in spite of their reassurances.

“It’s probably an ulcer,” the oral surgeon suggested, removing the sore, just in case.

“I had oral surgery right then and there in his office. The surgery took longer and he had to remove more of my tongue than just a small section. He almost didn’t send it off for biopsy because he didn’t think I fit the profile for cancer,” she reports.

Later that day, Nancy went home with stitches in her tongue. Suddenly, She couldn’t talk and couldn’t eat. Naturally, her head was spinning. What is happening here?

In this episode, you get to hear many more details of what Nancy Kay Grace’s battle with tongue cancer. Plus, you can hear it in her own voice, clearly spoken. Such beautiful evidence of Gods grace impacting her life! And ours, too! Find this and all our podcasts on Fireside Talk Radio.

When We Feel Overwhelmed

A couple days later she got a phone call and found out it was cancer. That night she prayed through her fingers, sitting at her piano. (Find how musically-challenged mommies can inspire their music-loving children.)

“I played and I prayed through my fingers. I couldn’t sing because my tongue was all messed up,” she explains. “But I prayed through my fingers and prayed and I released it all to God. I said, ‘Whatever is ahead, Lord, I turn this over to You and I believe You are going to be with me.’” 

In that moment of prayer, she describes a perfect exchange. 

“The peace of God came over me. I knew it was a peace given for just such a time as that when someone is at a very critical point of receiving some difficult news.”

The Picture of Grace

When I first met Nancy several years ago, she extended grace to me naturally without even realizing it. I’m really sensitive to grace. Yep, because I mess up a lot.

I noticed immediately Nancy is not judge-y or condemning, but really compassionate. Sometimes people dish out a ton of rejection and condemnation out of their own self-condemnation. But not this kind-hearted lady!

For over a year now, I’ve wanted to interview Nancy on Fireside Talk Radio, but she couldn’t talk! Yet, each time I talked to her throughout the year, I was amazed at her rapid improvement and her clearer enunciation. What a beautiful miracle to watch God’s grace at work in my friend’s life! I find Nancy inspiring. FIND THE FULL ARTICLE

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Changing Lives: Conversational Adventure Worth Pondering

 

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Last time Erin Kerry and I talked about sparking wholeness the downloads went crazy. Over a million downloads within a couple of weeks. Yep, Erin's changing lives by simply sharing her story and what she's learned.

Maybe you caught Erin's fabulous healthy perspective in those two podcasts. (Find them here.) If so, you'll love this interview, too.

(If you are dreaming of writing a book, keep reading to the end of today's blog where I shared some great contacts for you.)

Changing Lives

This time, Erin asked me for my unvarnished thoughts about tough conversations. Changing lives? Check. With conversational adventures. Find more podcasts from Erin HERE.

How do we spark wholeness in our families with great conversations? Can we reduce stress by talking gently on the toughest topic?

For instance, she asked me, "You’re trained in communication, but you felt like your marriage/life was falling apart because you lacked communication skills. How can that be?" Speaking of changing lives, my marriage was transformed by conversational adventures. (Find our whole book of Marriage Conversations.) 

Clearly, my most authentic self showed up for our interview and answered with reality from my own marriage and life. I loved the perceptive way Erin drew out the deep stuff. See what you think. 

In this episode of Erin's Sparking Wholeness podcast, we talk about how the right conversational adventures free us from stress and promotes wholeness. You'll love the way Erin makes it easy to open up with vulnerability and unvarnished common sense. (Find more of the interviews I've done on other people's shows here. Read the full article HERE.

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