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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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        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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May 26, 2014

Love as Tough as Tires

Gary Thomas — 

  Images matter, and how we imagine what love should look like has a huge impact on our satisfaction in marriage and our acceptance of what it is. My long-time friend, Pastor Dan Little (Binghamton, NY), mentioned a wonderful image in a sermon about biblical love.  I’d like to share it with you; I think […]

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Are you as good of a spouse as you think you are? How do you know? A student in one of my classes at Western Seminary (Portland, OR), was challenged when we talked through this in class. He later shared his story (in written form allowing me to share it with others): Sacred Marriage served […]

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