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One of you is a neat freak, and the other doesn’t worry much about a few socks on the floor here and there. One of you is a saver; one is a spender. One is always on time; the other is much more relaxed about the clock. One of you loves noise and energy and parties, and the other loves quiet time at home. One of you is creative and passionate, which is nice, but also prone to leave a... Read More
Marriage is hard: We're selfish
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Ever hear one of your friends say, “I have to take care of me for a change.” “It’s my time now.” “I need to be looking out for number one.” Unfortunately the people who say these things don’t mean Jesus Christ. They mean themselves. Sinners like you and me do not need to go to grad school or subscribe to webinars on how to be selfish. We are born with software already installed and functioning. Our parents (hopefully!) slowly trained... Read More
Marriage is hard: We’re prideful
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Have you ever seen the sappy Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw movie romance entitled Love Story? MacGraw played a character who was dying, and at her bedside O’Neal, choking and tearful, said he was sorry. MacGraw then unloaded a line that has done a lot of damage to relationships and marriages everywhere: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Apologizing is hard work. Apologizing and changing your behaviors is even harder, and what makes it so hard is pride. Dating and... Read More
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My wife and I got married as very young people by today’s standards. My approach wasn’t too sophisticated. I saw her one day in college. She looked good to me, so I got to know her. She still looked good to me, so I asked her to marry me. At some level I must have looked good to her because she said yes. We made a commitment to God and each other to stop looking and make a marriage. Solomon... Read More
Loveless Marriage
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Some people grieve because the years are slipping past and they have not found a spouse. Their biological clocks are ticking and their bells are tolling. It was never their heart’s dream to be single. But being trapped in a loveless marriage is even worse, because your situation is now more or less permanent. What do you do when none of your needs is met and you feel used? What do you do when you feel like someone else’s emotional... Read More