3 Things Every Successful Marriage Needs

I love being married, and I want that for all of you! I want to share with you three things that every marriage needs to be successful.

One is…Everyone needs someone that is cheering them on in life, that celebrates success, that encourages them when they feel defeated, that says, “Yes you can, I believe in you!!” That has your back.

Listen now for more tools on how to have your best marriage!

He’s Going to War – What Deployment Taught Me

Just like you, I’ll never forget September 11, 2001. It changed all our lives. Soon after, it dramatically changed our lives because Marshall started deploying to combat; he went to war.

Before deployment, I would spend time daily on my knees in prayer. Not now; I was afraid I would lose control of my emotions... oh no, I was trying to get control, not lose it. I stopped reading my Bible. I had to get my life back under control before I would allow God back into my box where I wanted Him. Crazy, I know!

 

 This went on for a few months, and then it happened…I finally broke! In front of a group of women. Fortunately it was a group of women who loved me. They reminded me of two things.

I bet Martha was a List Maker Too – Reading Your Bible

I love to make lists. In fact, I don’t know how people get through life without one.

Luke 10:41– 42.  “Jesus said to her, Dear Martha, there will always be many pressing things to capture your time and attention. She who has chosen to sit at my feet has chosen the one true thing which will outlast all other matters.”

I bet Martha liked lists too.

I know I need to spend time daily with God, so I write it on my list of things to do. If the idea of spending time with God daily is new or seems like a great idea but tough to accomplish, I would recommend you start small.

GPS – God’s Perfect Son

GPS – Global Positioning System – we all have them on our phone. We use them to navigate us through unknown territory, to direct us to where we need to end up.

What do you use to guide you through life? To determine your next step? To get you around obstacles? To get you where you need to be? The Perfect GPS for life is God’s Perfect Son, Jesus.

The Benefits of Waiting - Really!

The Benefits of Waiting - Really!

Today I’m going to talk about waiting...I don’t like it! I want quick results. In fact, we’re being conditioned more and more each day to expect quick results, to not have to wait.

If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day, you’ve probably figured out that you can NOT rush God.

Here’s the thing...there ARE benefits of waiting. I’ll share what I’ve learned in the waiting.

3 Things you Should NEVER do if You’re Married!

3 Things you Should NEVER do if You’re Married!

First, you should never, and I mean never, be disrespectful. Now, disagreeing isn’t disrespectful. You will never agree 100% with your husband. In fact, you’re crazy if you think you will. It’s all about how you disagree that’s important.

The second thing you’ve probably heard before but need to be reminded.

The third thing...I’ll bet you’ve never given it any thought BUT it’s important!! And I think most of us mess this one up!

What Call has God placed on Your Life?

What Call has God placed on Your Life?

I am confident that God has given me a work to complete and that God has given YOU a work to complete, a work that brings Him glory.

Are you like Isaiah who cries, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose.” Have. You ever felt that way?? That what you’re doing is useless and has no purpose?

Find out what the Bible has to say about the call God has on your life.

Why I finally accepted my husband’s mistress.

I used to be so jealous of my husband’s mistress. She was revealed within days of our wedding. He always responded to her needs no matter how inconvenient it was. She got his full attention no matter how hard I was trying to fulfill all his needs.  I struggled with how much attention she got. I felt like I couldn’t compete.

The mistress I’m talking about - his job, his career.

 

What needed to change, was my attitude towards his career. I needed to stop looking at his career as the other woman, his mistress and instead look at his career as a companion who provided us with money, really cool opportunities and that it can be very rewarding.



What I learned when our dog encountered an alligator

What I learned when our dog encountered an alligator.

Sometimes we’re like my dog Tar. We can’t see the dangers in life. We’re so focused on what we’re doing, so caught up in the crazy of life, we don’t check in with God to see if we’re walking in His will. Sometimes we might be experiencing little zaps, feelings of unease or uncomfortableness, unrest in our spirit, but we try to ignore this because we think we know what we’re doing. We’ve got this.

If you feel like something is off, maybe God is trying to get your attention. Maybe we need to turn to our master, to God, to receive further instruction.



Rahab had two reputations: the prostitute and the woman of faith. (Part 2 of 2)

Rahab had two reputations: the prostitute and the woman of faith.

 

She had to choose to step out in faith. Many of our decisions have become a habit.

The story of Rahab shows the tremendous contrast between one’s past and future potential. The key is faith. It takes courage to change the course of your life. She had to put her past behind her in order to move forward in God’s plan for her life.

 

All my best to you,

 Tracy Lynn Dougherty

Rahab had two reputations: the prostitute and the woman of faith. (Part 1 of 2)

She had to choose to step out in faith. Many of our decisions have become a habit.

The story of Rahab shows the tremendous contrast between one’s past and future potential. The key is faith. It takes courage to change the course of your life. She had to put her past behind her in order to move forward in God’s plan for her life.

The Woman at the Well – Jesus’ Encounter with a Sinful Woman (Full Version)

The woman was in her dark place… even though it was high noon, her shame had driven her to the “dark” time to go to the well. And what did Jesus do…He didn’t say come back during a better time, he didn’t say come back when you are accepted, come back when you have it together… He met her where she was… he met her in the dark.

What’s your hard??  What’s your dark??

It’s time to EXPOSE it to the Light. Give it to Jesus.

The Woman at the Well – Jesus’ Encounter with a Sinful Woman (Part 4 of 4)

The woman was in her dark place… even though it was high noon, her shame had driven her to the “dark” time to go to the well. And what did Jesus do…He didn’t say come back during a better time, he didn’t say come back when you are accepted, come back when you have it together… He met her where she was… he met her in the dark.

What’s your hard??  What’s your dark??

It’s time to EXPOSE it to the Light. Give it to Jesus.

The Woman at the Well – Jesus’ Encounter with a Sinful Woman (Part 3 of 4)

The woman was in her dark place… even though it was high noon, her shame had driven her to the “dark” time to go to the well. And what did Jesus do…He didn’t say come back during a better time, he didn’t say come back when you are accepted, come back when you have it together… He met her where she was… he met her in the dark.

What’s your hard??  What’s your dark??

It’s time to EXPOSE it to the Light. Give it to Jesus.

The Woman at the Well – Jesus’ Encounter with a Sinful Woman (Part 2 of 4)

The woman was in her dark place… even though it was high noon, her shame had driven her to the “dark” time to go to the well. And what did Jesus do…He didn’t say come back during a better time, he didn’t say come back when you are accepted, come back when you have it together… He met her where she was… he met her in the dark.

What’s your hard??  What’s your dark??

It’s time to EXPOSE it to the Light. Give it to Jesus.

The Woman at the Well – Jesus’ Encounter with a Sinful Woman (Part 1 of 4)

The woman was in her dark place… even though it was high noon, her shame had driven her to the “dark” time to go to the well. And what did Jesus do…He didn’t say come back during a better time, he didn’t say come back when you are accepted, come back when you have it together… He met her where she was… he met her in the dark.

What’s your hard??  What’s your dark??

It’s time to EXPOSE it to the Light. Give it to Jesus.

All About Attitude!

Attitude!?! What attitude?? Sometimes, people and circumstances can make us have a negative or bad attitude.  

 In today’s video I will equip you with 4 ways to CHANGE your attitude. Because we can’t always change our circumstances or the people around us but we can CHOOSE to change something about ourselves, choose to change our attitude.

After you’ve watched the video, I would love to hear from you! Please leave your comments below and tell me, “What do you believe is the most important thought or attitude you need to change in your life? How will your life be affected if you change your attitude?

 

All my best to you!
Tracy Lynn Dougherty

Live your passion now!

What if you decided that in 2019 you’re going to live your passion!?! That you are going to be intentional about making sure you are spending time on what you’re passionate about.

If I looked over your calendar would I be able to see you living the life you’ve been called to live, that you desire to live?

Don’t let 2019 be just another year of doing the same ole, same ole. Start praying now about what God is calling you to and then start pursing it… do the thing. It’s not too late.


In the comments below share what’s your passion and what are you doing to live it out.

All my best to you,
Tracy Lynn Dougherty

How to get through the hard in life; what I learned on the playground.

A few summers ago, I was hanging out at the playground with some friends when the young son of a friend was trying to eat a WarHeads Extreme Sour candy.

Life can be like that piece of candy. We start to notice a not-so-pleasant taste in our mouths, we really don’t like what’s going on, then next thing we know, life has gotten really hard. The secret to when life is hard, when life isn’t palatable, is to add water, but not just any water - Living Water.

I’m going to share with you where to find the Living Water you need when you’re going through the hard of life.

 

In the comments below share how you get the Living Water to sustain you during the tough times of life.

All my best to you,
Tracy

Tracy, you’re naked! The power of accountability.

Many of us surround ourselves with people who tell us how awesome we are, who affirm all our decisions as the right decisions, who constantly lift us up. We do need women like this but we also need women who are willing to say the hard things, the honest things.

So, let me ask you -  do you have any women who will speak truth in your life? Women who are willing to say the hard thing? I encourage you to INVITE accountability into your life because Proverbs 12:15 reminds us, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.”

 

 

In the comments below, share about your experience with having accountability in your life.

All my best to you,
Tracy Lynn Dougherty