Archives For Marriage

January 8, 2014

Desire is Not Love, pt. 2

Gary Thomas — 

[In the previous post, we made a distinction between desire and love. If you haven’t read that post, please go back and read it before you read this one.] Since there is such a spiritual significance in understanding the difference between desire and love, the goal of our marriages must change accordingly. Most couples I […]

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January 6, 2014

Desire is Not Love

Gary Thomas — 

  When an immature 29 year old soul proclaims, “I love him; I really love him!” she may well be speaking with a five year old’s heart: “I love candy; I really love candy!” Our culture has made love and desire synonyms. As long as we mix up the two, we will never understand biblical […]

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December 26, 2013

Devotionals for the New Year

Gary Thomas — 

If marriage is sacred, then it will never be stronger than your walk with God. Walking with God is as far from a one-time decision as running a marathon is as far from sending in an entry form. Walking with God is built on a thousand daily steps in His direction. This post is designed […]

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The Bible is so powerful that one phrase can feed a hungry soul for days. The way God weaves words to nourish our spirits is truly astounding. Though I am an ardent lover of the great Christian classics—the best and brightest of all Christian books handed down through the centuries—there still is no comparison to […]

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December 9, 2013

Celebrating Humble Families

Gary Thomas — 

The storming of the Bastille was the seminal event that unleashed the tumultuous French revolution; Europe would never be the same.  And yet, astonishingly, King Louis XVI’s diary entry for that day was “14/7 1789: Nothing”. It’s incredible, when you think about it. The road to King Louis’ execution was paved that very day, yet […]

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December 5, 2013

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

Gary Thomas — 

(This is the second of two posts offering a free copy of the Gold-medallion award winning book Authentic Faith. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog, and a free download is yours. In honor of this generous offer made possible by Zondervan, this and the previous blog post have been based on […]

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The next two posts are offering a chance for you to get a free copy of the Gold-medallion award winning book Authentic Faith. All you have to do is subscribe to this blog, and a free download is yours. In honor of this generous offer made possible by Zondervan, the next two blog posts are […]

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Voltaire warned us not to let the perfect become the enemy of the good. That’s not a bad motto for marriage, in one sense. Can we call a good marriage a “good” marriage, or in your mind, is that a “bad” marriage? What I mean by this is that some people seem to think unless […]

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November 25, 2013

Baby Bouncing

Gary Thomas — 

There is a common trap in marriage that younger couples need to be aware of. I call it “baby bouncing.” In a real-life case (names changed), Francine ultimately grieved when her husband Jacques fell madly in love with their firstborn child (Eliane). That might sound odd; wouldn’t a mother love the fact that her husband […]

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November 18, 2013

Duplicity, Desire, and Fear

Gary Thomas — 

One of the great marital traps is duplicity. Duplicity can do more than just wreck our intimacy and our marriages—it can wreck our souls. What does duplicity come from, and what is it? Duplicity exists in the intersection of desire and fear. When we desire something that isn’t appropriate and so fear the consequences, duplicity […]

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