When Giving Money Is Easy for One Spouse but Not the Other

“Christmas gifts for 23 of your family members? Why can’t we draw names?” “Our friend’s kid’s first birthday? Really… like the kid will remember or even care. (Oh, never mind, the $500 of other gifts they will get from all of the other suckers who bought into it!)” “Ol’ So-and-So needs money for something… if they would have just managed their money right in the first … [Read more...]

Are You Cheating Your Spouse?

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I’ve been cheating on my husband. Wait, no. Let me start over. I’ve been cheating my husband. Last week, I was working on a lesson on hospitality for our Sunday School class. (Yes, that’s how we roll. We still have Sunday School. And I’m totally cool with that.) Anyway, in addition to the Scripture passages we were studying, I started looking up what a few other … [Read more...]

Marriage 101 :: Do You Need a Refresher?

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I don’t think Wal-Mart even waited until the Fourth of July stuff was cleared out. Row upon row of school supplies sprouted up, mid-summer it seems. Don’t get me wrong—I love school supplies. “I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils, if I knew your name and address…” (Name that movie!) And now it’s August, and “back-to-school” really is upon us. Some … [Read more...]

A Marriage Guarantee: Storms Are Coming

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I attended a wedding ceremony recently, and the pastor quoted from Matthew 7: Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t … [Read more...]