My Maker and Me

Local Bible Study begins September 23, 2014

Pat Domangue, Founder

On Fire Ministries

As founder of On Fire Ministries, I desire to see women’s lives changed through the power of God’s word just as mine has been changed. I am a Bible study author and teacher and women’s event speaker with a passion for God's Word and for women to experience the incredible life transforming power of His word.
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Budget and Discipline

When addressing money in marriage some difficult topics such as budget and discipline are sure to rise to the surface. Watch the interview with Dr. Joneal Kirby and identify your areas of strengths or weaknesses in dealing with money in your marriage and learn practical ways you and your spouse can handle money in your marriage.

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Money in Marriage

Today’s blog post, “Money in Marriage” is from Taylor Draughn, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. Most married women have argued with their husbands over money and how to manage it at some point in their marriage. I interviewed a couple who have been married for 18 years. Their biggest obstacle they faced and overcame in their marriage is how to manage their money. I asked them basic information to show how different they value money and how they were able to overcome this challenge.

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Our View of Money

I have heard it said that money is one of the top causes for arguments in a marriage. Not sure if that is your story, but it is mine. In the early years of our marriage my husband and I were polar opposites in how we viewed and handled money. We were raised differently and experienced differing situations based on a number of different factors.

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Reoccurring Conflict

Todays blog post about reoccurring conflict is from my friend and personal health coach, Ashley White. Which is better, being right or being at peace? In the middle of a reoccurring conflict with her loved one she lost perspective and ignored this question. She felt justified and decided to stand her ground. Her feelings took charge and she vowed to no longer be taken advantage of. Her firm stance caused both to push away magnifying the problem. Each harped on the others mistakes causing defensive feelings to rise.

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Lord, Control Our Tongue!

Joneal and Taylor have given some great counseling tips regarding conflict and communication. Our Bible study from our opening post about conflict and communication taught us the value of submission and unity in a marriage. Now take a journey with me through the Old Testament book of wisdom and “how to’s,” Proverbs.   Truth King Solomon wrote Proverbs as wise instructions to his son. He wanted him to know what to look for and avoid when marrying a wife. Solomon repeatedly told his son: Better to dwell in a corner of …

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Conflict – A Gateway To Intimacy

Come and join me as I learn from Dr. Joneal Kirby about conflict and communication in marriage. She had my attention when she began our interview stating that conflict is a gateway to intimacy in a marriage. How in the world can that be? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wy8ODLog14  Intimacy in marriage links up with conflict in marriage because it is through working through hard times and issues that we grow and strengthen our relationship. I want to end with a prayer for you and your husband. Remember the power of praying in agreement. …

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Can Divorce Actually Be Predicted?

Today’s blog is from Marriage and Family Counselor Intern, Taylor Draughn. Thanks Taylor! The answer to the question “Can divorce actually be predicted?” is “yes”. I do not claim to have this ability, but a researcher in Washington, named Dr. John Gottman does. He has spent 16 years of his life dedicated to studying marriages and understanding why some last and others fail. He can predict a marriage’s demise not 50, not 60, not even 80% of the time, but 91% of the time after watching a couple’s interaction. He …

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Conflict and Communication in Marriage

Conflict and Communication in marriage can be extremely difficult. When in conflict in our marriage, we struggle being heard and hearing our spouse so of course communication is hindered. Learning to communicate wisely in the midst of conflict may be the real key we are looking for. As a Christian wife, I want to understand the picture God’s word paints for me in my marriage. Today’s Bible study will do just that.   Most of us know that Ephesians 5:22-24 tells us to submit to our husbands and most of …

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PICKY EATERS AND HUNGRY HUSBAND

Here are some tips and encouragement from Ashley White Wellness for busy moms who have hungry husbands and picky eaters. Ten years ago a church wide invitation to participate in a program “Seven Weeks to Health and Wellness” detoured my life forever. I needed change and desired peace in my home considering I prepared four different meals attempting to please my picky eaters and hungry husband. This craziness was causing friction with my man and running me ragged. I signed up for the program, dove in, and intended to drag …

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Husbands – The Priority Position

My three daughters are precious and have brought me so much joy over their lifetime. I can’t imagine life without them! However, I only have one at home who has 2 years left of high school. There is a good possibility she will move out when she starts college. Our children are not under our roof for a lifetime, but our husband is. If we let our children have the priority position in relationship, what will happen when they move out? I am not sure the answer is always the …

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