We need your help

UPDATE (1/11/09):ย  We have gotten a tremendous response from all of you.ย  THANK YOU!ย  We’ve landed on a name.ย  More details later ๐Ÿ™‚ In upcoming posts, we will describe in greater detail what God has been doing to take our story and ministry to jacked up couples to a whole new level.ย  For now let me say this…we are starting a non-profit organization to facilitate the opportunities God is providing us to minister to couples.ย  Here is where you come in.ย  We have no idea what to call it. ย ย  We have considered the following: Better than new (this has personal meaning for us) Your New Normal ( is available) I think we are trying to say too much and neither really feels right.ย  We want it to be simple, subtly descriptive, and obviously be available with the Secretary of State in Oklahoma as well as online.ย ย  So, what is the gist of what we are going to be doing?ย  Well, among other things, we are going to create an environment where we invite other couples (when possible) into our world for a few days.ย  We want to be a first step for couples whose seemingly normal marriages have just been devastated by the revelation ofย  lies, infidelity, addiction, etc.ย  Wow, I’ve said a lot.ย  Shutting up now.ย  Make some coffee (this helps the creative process) and comment any and every idea you think of…good things

37 thoughts on “We need your help”

  1. *Redemption or Redeemed
    *Even Better
    *Better Than (print materials could show several “better thans” – Better than new, better than before, better than you’ve dreamed, etc.)
    *Re: (Redeemed, Restored, Redefined, Renewed, Reunited, Reconnected, etc.)

  2. ok, I have already had lots of coffee…besides it’s almost lunch time…next pot is brewing!!!

    what about something like

    isn’t it about starting “today” with new changes, attitudes and commitments. it is the journey that the “yesterdays” have brought to Today!

    hey no pressure, I’m sure you will get lots of ideas.

  3. How about

    The idea that even broken pieces can make a beautiful marriage. We know that first hand!

    Love & miss you guys.

  4. I like the idea of something short yet powerful. Most certainly should be easy to remember and add a “.com” or something on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    However, I got nuthin’. If I have a brainstorm, I’ll come back.

  5. I like “Better Than New”. However I’m biased as well.

    I guess you could call it “Schuub” or however it’s spelled in greek/hebrew except no one would know what it was.

  6. I like the “new”, of course because at some point we are all made new in Him. But what about playing off of the “newlywed” term? Like it would actually have meaning again in a marriage to be “Newly Wed” knowing that you’re starting again, starting fresh. (Think “renewing your vows”, renewed purpose/commitment). I also think Grace is big piece of the puzzle since it’s so hard to give/receive and it comes strait from God, poured over us. It has to be given in a marriage in so many ways, especially if you’re starting over. Just a few thoughts. Of course it may not be helpful at all because I can’t put it together in a cool little .com package. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I’m not really good at this, but playing off of Alison’s & Tamara’s – or etc.

    Great idea! Praying for the resources & creativity to flow for you guys!

  8. I think either name is great but, for me, I was drawn to your site over “new normal”. And from my experience in my marriage, I don’t want restored, I was something completely different and new. Our old normal is bad normal. I need new normal! I’m excited to hear more about this!

  9. I like all the suggestions you and others have made. So many good ideas! The only one I could think of is:
    Beauty From Ashes

    What an awesome ministry this will be!

  10. I really like “Better than new.” Those newlywed years are full of novelty and firsts, but there’s nothing like the relationship that’s weathered the battering and bruising that life inevitably brings our way.

  11. “We want to be a first step for couples whose seemingly normal marriages have just been devastated by the revelation of lies, infidelity, addiction, etc.”





    This has always caught my eye though… Better than new

  12. I love!!!

    Better than new is awesome too.

    My brain cells are dead, but my praying power is strong.
    I love this…. I really love this.

    I can’t wait to to see the results.

  13. Cindy,
    As you know I am a huge fan of the book and what you guys are doing.

    I think

    All Things New

    Because it is not just a new marriage, you have a new desire, passion, identity, understanding of who God created you to be

    I also like


  14. is the time when I would love to be creative but I’ve got nothing…wish I could be more helpful. I’m sure if it’s anything like your blog it will take on a life of it’s own!!!

  15. My vote goes to “All Things New” for previous suggestions.

    Starting Over ….. I know, too simple. hummm.

    Three Strands Marriage ….. self explainatory, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    OH wait, I just saw the Beauty From Ashes one….holy crow PICK THAT ONE!!

    Yes yes. Beauty From Ashes. Beautiful!

  16. I am so excited to see where God is going to take your ministry and story!! I think “better than new” is what you and your story is all about and it’s been your own “title” since you began writing your story. I am personally not for “the new normal” b/c in my very humble opinion, there is just no such thing as “normal”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Better than New. is my vote. Wow so many crative titles however Alison is right about your already self ‘title’ it also would be personal meaning for the two of you. so excited to hear more of what you are doing!

  18. I got notta… I will say I really like Kevin’s ‘All Things New’, but I love Steven Curtis Chapman and that was the first thing I thought of. BUT that could and is a good thing.

    But if you have a title that already means something to you guys, then it might seem weird going with something else.

    Anways, good luck and look forward to seeing your choice.

    I thought of one, “A New Day” Maybe I stole that from above or it’s a song.. I’m not sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I like Your New Normal, it makes it more open ended and could encompass a lot of situations! I think our reality of normal is ever changing!

  20. Beauty from Ashes is a great saying but evertime I hear it I think of Joyce Meyer and her book. Am I the only one that thinks of that??


  21. So I was laying in bed last night writing out a prayer and asking God to restore a relationship with my sister… and I immediately thought of this post.

    Restore. Restored. sumpin like that.

    There’s my contribution. Again. ๐Ÿ˜† haha!

  22. for sure like the new normal approach……that’s what happens, right?……..we learn to live in the new normal. love the idea, cindy. so very needed. i’ll pray.

  23. I like “mosaic marriage”
    and I like “better than new”

    Interested to see more on this! Cool thing you guys are doing, very cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. i like the idea of a short ministry name (one or two words). and i think you’d want it to convey the idea of what what you want to do, without saying too much (to protect people’s desire to maybe not have everyone know why they may be going to you, at least initially).

    i’ll keep thinking.

  25. Well sweet Bealls….you know that you 2 hold a super ginormous spot in my heart SO with that my thoughts on the non profit are… Good luck! There are a lot of fabulous suggestions and you had some great ones. The “new” normal seems to come up often. Praying for God to rock this one out! heart you guys tons!

  26. I like “all things new” because it makes me think of that part in your book where you talk about watching “The Passion of the Christ” and just crying. That is my favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

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