By Tara Buchanan

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We’re Joe and Tara

No matter how perfect someone’s marriage looks from the outside, every relationship has its struggles. We’ve been married for 24 years and in that time we’ve have had our own share of obstacles. From healing from childhood abuse to battling our own sin and selfishness, we know marriage is not easy. But we do believe when God enters the equation and we surrender our lives to Him, it’s always worth it. Stick around as we share the struggles and stories behind our smiles.

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I don’t want to fail

How do you feel about failing?  Failure is inevitable but it doesn’t have to have the last word in our lives.  When we fear failure, or we can’t own up to it is when we get in trouble.  Instead we can use our failures to point us to our need for Jesus.  To His unfailing love.  When we know that our ... VIEW POST

When I Was a Child

So much of our experiences in our childhood follow us into adulthood.  In this week's episode, we talk about Joe’s experience of neglect as a child and how that has negatively affected him.  We also share the role that child sponsorship plays in helping other vulnerable children avoid those negative ... VIEW POST

If Anyone Found Out, Our Lives Would Implode

This week we want to introduce you to our new friends, Elisabeth Klein and her husband, Buzz.   They share the difficult parts of their story with wisdom and grace, a story that includes living in an abusive marriage, separation, and divorce.  Their transparency is refreshing as they share ... VIEW POST

Can We Just Let it Go?

Do you like to be asked to let it go? Kinda in the same category as “calm down”, right? How do you preserve peace and connection when one of you wants to let it go and the other doesn’t? Joe and I have unsuccessfully answered that question too many times. Joe’s tired, feeling powerless, and I just ... VIEW POST

Emmanuel, God With Us!

Part of what makes the Christmas season so meaningful is the music.  Now, neither Joe and I start listening to Christmas music in October, but we both appreciate the rich history behind so much of the music of this season.   One of our favorite songs is, O Come, O Come, ... VIEW POST

What do you (really) want?

So many times during the holiday season, we find ourselves asking or being asked, what do you want for Christmas?   But the bigger question we need to be asking ourselves is, what is it that we really desire, out of life, out of our relationships? Which of those desires -even the healthy ones- ... VIEW POST