The Love Fail Part II

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So how should I respond to Paul’s “love fail”? And how should I deal with Liz’s disappointment?   Liz: While a more sanctified person would gently smile and think “well, it is the thought that counts” I found that much harder to do while staring at a grease-stained dress. But realistically speaking, this type of situation will happen often within a…

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The Love Fail

The Love Fail

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It’s the end of the week and time for a “marriage situation” post.  We’ll post the situation today and its biblical solution tomorrow. As always  my comments will be normal shading and Paul’s will be bolded. This week we write about a somewhat normal occurrence within any close relationship. Marriage usually is not made up of big sacrificial moments of love, but of ordinary moments…

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The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

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One of the things that first attracted me to Liz was her indomitable optimism. She was always encouraging, empathetic. . .and optimistic. With a sunny smile, this strange creature would say things like “everything will be fine,” “I’m sure that won’t happen,” or the less common “I’m sure your world won’t dissolve into an abyss of wretched pain tomorrow at…

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The Tale of the Uncomfortable Mattress, Part II

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So when we left you yesterday, our heroine was perched on the edge of a supremely uncomfortable mattress sobbing and expressing her feelings in what can only be described as “a  melodramatic fashion” while our groggy hero looked on in dismay. The question we posed yesterday was this:  What is the right way to handle this type of situation? What is the biblical…

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The Tale of the Uncomfortable Mattress

The Tale of the Uncomfortable Mattress

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It’s the end of the week and time for a “marriage situation” post.  Here’s how they will work: Paul and I will post a real-life situation or *ahem* discussion we’ve had in the past. These will be posted on Friday. On Saturday, we will slow down the situation and try to give some practical, bibilical wisdom for resolving this type…

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Announcing…

Announcing…

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In a blatant attempt to keep you coming back (every Tuesday!) we will post two playlists today instead of only posting one.  For more info on how we find our selections and why we choose the songs that we do, please visit our playlist information page.  Again we choose these not just because we like them, but also because of…

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I’m All Shook Up

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A speaker shakes an open water bottle in front of his audience and then asks, “Why did water spill out of this bottle?” On hearing the obvious answer, “because you shook the bottle” he shakes his head. Then he re-asks with pointed emphasis, “Why did water spill out of this bottle?” This visual metaphor sticks in my head these days….

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“I Don’t Know About This”

“I Don’t Know About This”

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Those are the timorous, fearful words my son often says to me when I read to him or we watch a movie together. He says them “when the plot thickens,” that is, when it looks like the hero/protagonist might be caught, or hurt, or fail. He turns away from the story and looks right at me and says the words…

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There Is No Sin

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There is no sin that I have done That has such height and breadth It can’t be washed in Jesus’ blood Or covered by His death. There is no spot that still remains, No cause to hide my face, For He has stooped to wash me clean And covered me with grace.   My wife and I were asked to…

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Can’t You See It’s Raining?

Can’t You See It’s Raining?

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How does God prove his love and goodness to people in times of great sadness?   Here’s how he proved it to me as I was driving to work yesterday morning. It was a somewhat rainy, dreary day. My grandmother had passed away two nights before, and I had spent the previous evening making travel arrangements for the funeral. And…

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