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A Serving Attitude

In Luke 15:11-32, the Lord was not only merciful and gentle with the prodigal son, but also with the older unforgiving son, urging him to repent of his sins: jealousy, a lack of forgiveness, hostility, etc. A proud, self-righteous attitude grieves the Lord deeply. Its impossible for such a person...

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My Husband, My Protector

God established the husband as the head of the house. Yes, the husband is expected to be considerate of his wife's views and feelings, but he has the responsibility of making the final decisions, and God holds him accountable for those decisions. Therefore, it is important that we wives yield...

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The Allure of a Quiet Spirit

One day, I asked my husband, Tom, if he still found me attractive. He said yes. Then I asked if he still found me sexually appealing. He said, "sometimes". I asked him to explain, and his answer surprised me because it had nothing to do with looks! (That's actually good news, because the aging...

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Considerate Love: A Husband’s Role

The Bible says, "Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect " (1 Peter 3:7, NIV. The emphasis is mine.) In order to gain an understanding of this verse, we must know what "in the same way" is referring to. It is referring to the same verses 1...

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Husbands, Be Considerate

The Bible says, "Husbands... be considerate as you live with your wives..." (1 Peter 3:7). Tom and I had been married eleven years before we gave our lives to Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, old habits and selfish ways take a long time to change, even with the Lord's help. (That's why we shouldn't...

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Discerning What To Say Yes To

As I was re-reading my old journals from when our children were young and observing daughter Kristy and her husband raising their own preschoolers, I felt compelled to write a note of encouragement to young moms. (The guidelines at the end are applicable to anyone.) I think we can all agree that...

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A Helpmate or a Nag?

"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies." (Proverbs 31: 10) I would like to be thought of by my husband, Tom, as more precious than rubies, so I'm trying to be open to continual learning. One thing I had to learn was the difference between being a true helpmate...

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Be Encouraging Rather Than Pushy

My husband, Tom, and I both desire to be helpful to each other, but there have been times when it felt like our spouse was being pushy instead of helpful. For example, one night, Tom and I were discussing what our passion or calling in life was. What excited us, and how could God use that? It...

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Discussion Questions for Couples

No matter how long we've been married, it's good to intentionally keep learning about our spouse. Since people keep changing, good communication is always important. I created the following discussion questions for my husband and myself, but perhaps you will find them helpful as well. I recommend...

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