I read the selection below in James Merritt’s How to Be a Winner and Influence Anybody: The Fruit of the Spirit as the Essence of Leadership. Merritt actually excerpted the passage from David Ireland’s book Letters to an Unborn Child. Ireland had a debilitating neurological disease that confined him to a wheelchair. He knew he might never have the opportunity to enjoy a relationship with or see his unborn child grow up, so he wrote a book with letters to the unborn child.
God desires to change our hearts and reveal his beauty, love, and sacrifice to us more than he seeks to use his God-magic-wand to change the circumstances. [...]
All too often you hear stories of “Tornado Husbands” that unnecessarily and inconsiderately leave a wake of disarray as they meander through their homely habitats. Wives will inevitably feel frustrated, resentful, exhausted, disrespected, offended, overwhelmed, sad, and more. Yes, there is definitely a balance to this, but more often than not, men get lazy. Yes, days can be long and exhausting, but get over yourself.
I remember the beginning of our marriage, after my brand-spanking new wife and I started living together, I was and am still amazed by the “little stuff” that matters to her. Do not misunderstand me, I am not complaining! I am merely an amateur anthropologist documenting surely staggering phenomena. Since I am the most perceptive husband in the world, I have observed the following [...]
Pardon the ridiculous title, but I bet we gotcha readin’ didn’t we? Yes folks, we used the “S” word… today we are going to take a few moments to explore the frightful topic of “marital submission”. What is the Bible’s CORE message about submission? What does submission actually look like within a Christian marriage?
“Submit” is really just a sensationally saucy word for “serve” [...]
We had a wonderful discussion at bible study / small group last night that I definitely want to share with all of you. This simple analogy may seem a bit macho, but I assure you it is powerful and can transform how you relate, live, and communicate with your spouse.
Consider how your approach to so many aspects of your marriage would change if you looked at your marriage as a truly united and cohesive TEAM.
Set aside quality quiet time for you to spend with a pen a few sheets of paper. You may also use a word processor, but there is something timeless and enchanting about good ole’ hand writing.
During this time, think through the many reasons you adore, cherish, desire, appreciate, love, admire, honor, relish, regard, respect, treasure, revere, esteem, praise, savor, extol… and WRITE THEM DOWN! [...]