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The vicar in a small British village had heard enough of Jean’s complaints. “All I’ve been hearing is continual carping about how awful it has been for you being married to Reg, how mean and bad-tempered he is. I’m fed up with hearing the same old thing week in and week out. I don’t want […]

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November 11, 2014

Artificial Intimacy

Gary Thomas — 

  Why do couples who are convinced they have found “the one” end up divorcing each other just a few years (or sometimes a couple decades) into their marriage? There was a time when they couldn’t imagine being apart for five hours; now they can’t bear the thought of being together for five minutes; what […]

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9:30 p.m. I have to get up at 4:30 a.m. for my Saturday run group. “So, what time are you going to be home tomorrow?” Lisa asks. “Let’s see. Run from 5:30 to 7, we’ll talk a bit afterwards, I’ll take a shower, stop at Starbucks, I’d say around 8:00.” “You don’t have to stop […]

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September 30, 2014

A Marriage Worthy of Our Calling

Gary Thomas — 

Sparks will fly (in a good way) if we’ll apply Ephesians 4:1-3 to our marriages. “Therefore I… beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. 2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make […]

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September 19, 2014

A Double Dose of Good

Gary Thomas — 

Confession: we have one of the worst backyards in our neighborhood. You are free to feel sorry for my wife. A couple times a week I think, “Gary, you really need to do something here,” but I never feel motivated enough to actually get going.   If there is any defense, I struggle to find […]

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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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April 10, 2014

Hard Truth

Gary Thomas — 

  “The truth is, you’re committing fraud.” Melissa let the words go and then flinched, waiting for her husband’s response. Grant called his bookkeeping practices “creative tax policy” and wanted his wife’s approval. Melissa couldn’t give it. Nor should she have. Most of us were raised in a culture that views “friendship” as making people […]

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