The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year
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The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year

Have you ever noticed how when someone you love does something or says something that hurts your feelings, your mind immediately goes to the last time they did or said that same thing?—and the time before that?—and the time before all the times they’ve done or said it? The new year is a time for…

How Self-Pity Wrecks Romance and How to Overcome It
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How Self-Pity Wrecks Romance and How to Overcome It

February is romance month. All those hearts! All that sugar! Rebecca and I wanted to write something a little Valentine-ish, but February 14th came and went so fast we missed it. But it’s still February, and as I was pondering the romance angle, I came up with something a little different. I thought about something…

A Critical Spirit: How Much Damage Can It Do?
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A Critical Spirit: How Much Damage Can It Do?

I’m blessed with many wonderful friends, but there is one in particular who I would describe as a “breath of fresh air.” Just being in her presence encourages me. I’ve known her for more decades than I would like to admit I’ve even lived, and I can remember only once or twice that she’s spoken…

Should a Woman Confront Her Husband? The Importance of Honesty in Marriage
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Should a Woman Confront Her Husband? The Importance of Honesty in Marriage

Honesty may be the best policy but it exacts a high premium. Honesty is hard. Especially in marriage. Confrontation is not comfortable. And less so if you’re a Christ-following woman. Christian women often feel conflict about confronting their husbands so they fall into a pattern of dishonesty. I have to admit that I have not…

Why are Manners Important in Marriage?
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Why are Manners Important in Marriage?

There’s an old idiom said to have originated in the Aesop fable, The Fox and the Lion: familiarity breeds contempt. Aesop was a smart guy.

Who are you more familiar with than your spouse? Is your familiarity breeding contempt?

Sometimes husbands and wives speak to each other in tones they would never use with a neighbor, or someone from church, or even a perfect stranger.

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