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One night when I was a teenager, my mom, sister, and I were driving down the main highway where we lived, when we starting seeing the flashing red lights of fire trucks. As we slowed down approaching the scene we could see a house was on fire. We then pulled off the road and tried to make sense out of what we were seeing. Because the puzzling thing was, the fire department on the scene was doing nothing to put out the fire. It didn’t look like a control burn because we could see someone begging the firemen to do something. Continue reading
Emotions are tough to deal with sometimes. It’s something we see routinely as we teach our Marriage Builders class or meet with couples we are mentoring. Whenever we talk to someone who is letting their emotions get the best of them, we try to give them some helpful advise. First, the most important thing to remember is, emotions are untrustworthy.
“It takes two to make a marriage,” was the words I heard that were meant to ridicule me for the way I had treated my marriage. And in fact, those words did strike a nerve with me. Those words did remind me of how much I had failed my marriage. I was the one who still wanted to be married, but I really had no idea what it took to “make a marriage.” Continue reading
It’s that time of year where men, women, boys and girls, are trying hard to come up with the perfect Valentines Day surprise. Cards are being pick over, gifts are bought, and reservations are made in effort to treat that special person in a way that will reflect how we really feel about them.
I love it, it is a great time to bring our relationships to the forefront of our lives. But, I struggle with the fact that after this day has come and gone, there will be a lot of relationships slipping back into a pattern of taking each other for granted.
Marriage is a wonderful gift from God. It’s the union of two unique individuals blending their lives together to become as the bible says, “one flesh.”
But beyond their attraction and compatibility, couples are faced with the life long process of blending together their differences. Continue reading