Archives For Gary Thomas

Answering This Famous Question in One Sentence: Want to know what your current boyfriend or girlfriend will be like as a husband or wife? The answer to this question could be the most important piece of information to consider before marrying your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or letting your kids marry their boyfriend or girlfriend. And […]

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It sounds crazy, but the very traits that make you fall in love with someone can be the things that most irritate you once you marry. The difference between living with a quirk and occasionally visiting a quirk is huge. How can we re-fall in love with the person we married, learning to remember what […]

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June 23, 2014

Power in Prison

Gary Thomas — 

  Some of your marriages may feel like a prison of loneliness.   Some of your families are facing medical and financial catastrophes that threaten to suffocate you if you think about them for longer than five minutes.   Some of you can’t take a step or draw a breath without physical pain.   Some […]

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Let’s make marriage sound simple today, shall we?  Let’s narrow it down to the one thing that matters. I like “one thing” lists.  Give me a list of even three things, and I can get confused over which one is most important.  Give me a “list” of one, and even I can remember that. Perhaps […]

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I saw a depiction of first century (B.C.) Romans carrying their queen’s living quarters.  They had built a room with a bed (complete with a roof) and then put poles under it.  Thirty or so men would lift up the poles and walk.  It made me think: how heavy would that thing get in four […]

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A crippled, unassuming 17th century monk left behind a small collection of letters and a few conversations that eventually became a classic entitled Practicing the Presence of God.  People were drawn to Brother Lawrence’s divine friendship, the way he seemed to dwell in intimate union with his heavenly Father.  Though he was celibate his entire […]

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  Have you ever experienced hurt, confusion, and loneliness as a result of a communication breakdown with your husband?  This is a guest post from author Sandy Ralya offering some suggestions based on a chapter from her book The Beautiful Wife.   Several years ago, my husband and I were driving down a country road […]

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June 5, 2014

A Mom’s Eyes Opened

Gary Thomas — 

Liz cringed when her daughter lost the election to become student body president just as she had cringed when her daughter didn’t get chosen as a cheerleader.  But this rejection, one year after the election loss was more difficult still. in spite of high grades, a decent SAT score, and after carefully logging her volunteer hours […]

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        Stubborn divorce rates proclaim that spouses often get bored with each other which, in a sense, is understandable.  There are movies that I love—but I don’t want to watch the same ones every weekend.  There are restaurants I enjoy dining in but except for Starbucks, I wouldn’t want to go there […]

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  Singles, married people never argue with me when I quote James 3:2, that we all stumble in many ways.  You don’t have to convince anyone who is married that the human heart is evil and has a propensity to go astray.  We see the evil in our own hearts more than enough; sometimes, we […]

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