The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

The Secrets of a Happy Marriage

Twenty-nine years ago, I made some very specific promises to Gabriel, and I became his wife. I heard that marriage was going to be hard. Everybody said so. I was twenty-three years old. How did I know that conventional wisdom would prove to be so wrong? I almost feel guilty for confessing that marriage has been easy for the two of us, because I know all too well the heartache of so many others. Sure, we’ve experienced our fair share of hard times from infertility to cancer, but through it all, the love we have for each other grew stronger as together we faced whatever challenge came our way. Maybe it helped that Gabriel had a ten year start in life over me, and brought maturity to our relationship. I’m sure that played a part. But as the years have gone by—and we’ve reflected over this many times—I believe it comes back to the core values we chose from the start:  Never cross the line of respect, and always try to out-serve each other in love. Believe it or not, that’s it! Believe it or not, that may be enough. On October 18, 1986, Gabriel and I stood at the altar and he promised me to love me unconditionally with his “deepest love, unselfish devotion and tenderest care.” He promised to be “faithfully committed to me with God’s help,” and he gave me his word that he’d “stay at my side for the rest of his life.” He has lived up to these promises time and time again. One of his favorite sayings is that “love is a demonstration, not an inclination.”...
Radio Interview with Roger Marsh on Powerful Moments in the Presence of God

Radio Interview with Roger Marsh on Powerful Moments in the Presence of God

This week I had the privilege of talking with Roger Marsh, host of the radio talk show “The Bottom Line.” Roger comes from my hometown area in California, and talking with him felt like returning to my roots. I’m so glad his was the first interview I’ve had about the new release of my book, Powerful Moments in the Presence of God. I was fully prepared to answer Roger’s questions about the devotionals; surprisingly, I was caught a little off-guard with his questions about my photography. I was glad to talk about both! http://lorrainemarie.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Bottom-Line.mp3   If you prefer to listen to the interview while looking at beautiful pictures from this book, click here instead!   To order your own copy—or one for a friend—you can visit Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or...
The Making of a Book Cover

The Making of a Book Cover

We drove into Seattle on New Year’s Eve. I convinced my husband, Gabriel, that we could take some beautiful photos of the fireworks going off over the Space Needle. The night was warm and clear—definitely a treat for the Pacific Northwest, and something we hadn’t seen often in the years we’d lived here. Unfortunately, the idea came a little too late. By the time we entered the city, the streets were full and not a single parking spot was to be found for miles. We quickly turned around and set back for home, celebrating the beginning of the New Year in our car while stopped at a red light. That’s one way to do it! Not to be deterred, I decided that before dawn, it would be worth the risk to drive 70 miles in the opposite direction to see if we could see the sunrise over Mt. Rainier from beautiful Gig Harbor, Washington. It was a risk, because often the mountain is covered over by early morning fog, and you just never know if you’re going to be successful. This time, it was a risk that paid off! For 45 minutes, we stood in awe as we watched the most beautiful dawn break open over the Gig Harbor marina. The stillness of the water, the impressive mountain and the colors that unfolded had me mesmerized. I didn’t want to look anywhere else…until this caught my eye. I had never seen ivy shaped so distinctly as this before. Hearts on a vine, glistening with the morning frost. As I stood taking pictures, a woman approached us with her camera in...