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…

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…

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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