Tidbit Tuesday


When the movie “Fireproof” first came out in 2008, I wanted to see it because my son is a firefighter. Simple, huh?

Actually, not so much. Seeing this movie greatly impacted Rick’s and my marriage and we decided to buy the DVD as well as the “Fireproof Your Marriage” Couple’s Kit Bible study. And I also bought the paperback Fireproof to read. If I like something a lot, I want to know as much as I can about it! That’s how I roll.

Our 10-year anniversary was in 2008 so we decided to have a private ceremony—just Rick and me—in which we renewed our covenant vows and exchanged new, matching wedding bands that have three etched crosses on them. Now, please understand that our marriage was not in peril but seeing this movie reinforced in both of us the need to tend to our relationship in a new, special way. Every. Single. Day.

It is so easy to let things slide in order to avoid conflict, but that just causes the little things to pile up into a huge mountain and then watch out! Here’s where a full-on blow-up can happen. One of the things we have learned is to let go of what doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things and yet make sure we talk over what does make a difference in our marriage. We make sure to be constantly and consistently vigilant to not let the embers of our love die out because of something we said or didn’t say. Or did or didn’t do.

I shared that I would be writing about “enough” this year, but let me clearly state that our marriages are not to be taken for granted. We need to nurture our marriages and our marriage partners every day. This is a case where “enough” is NOT enough!

Here’s a video trailer of “Fireproof” to whet your appetite in case you haven’t seen it. And if you have seen it, I’d like to challenge you to watch it again with a new frame of mind for how much more your marriage can be… even if—as was the case for Rick and me—you think your marriage is already the best it can be.


4 thoughts on “Fireproof

  1. Interesting how God has used this movie to save or rejuvenate many marriages. Craig and Deanna were greatly affected them too. They said it rejuvenated their marriage. When he died I think they had been married about 23 or 24 years. It is my opinion, the most important thing in marriage today is no one seems to realize it is a commitment and one they vowed to complete. In other words, in today’s society your word or vow or commitment is not taken in the least sincerely not in marriage or anything else. Like your chosen word of the year, *enough,* they don’t view a vow as enough of a reason to honor their vow. If people would give time to bad situations, like all things in life, this too will pass and the edges will smooth again. With my marriage of longevity, I will attest to that. Just because we were married 49 years does not mean they were perfect, as you know, they were not. BUT, we both believed in commitment and vows matter. When I say give it time, I don’t mean bury it. You need to work it out, but when tempers are hot is not the time to make major decisions.

    Well, enough of my two cents and “wisdom”! Have a good day. It is a concern you are seeminly worse on that medicine. Will they give you a refund on the last bottle if you return it?


    • Donna, thank you so much for sharing your insight with us! It is seemingly so easy to just give up on things these days, especially marriage, but it is infinitely better to ride out the rough patches. And what blessings we find in nurturing our marriages!


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