Valentine’s Week Relationship Series: Gary Thomas

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Today’s post is from our friend, Gary Thomas. Gary is the author of several books, including one of the best marriage books we’ve ever read, Sacred Marriage. Gary blogs at www.garythomas.com/blog. You can connect with him via Twitter (@garyLthomas) or Facebook. For every story of breath-taking romance and ecstatic sighs on Valentine’s Day, there are two or three stories of crushed expectations. Years ago, USA Today ran some comments from husbands whose…

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Valentine’s Week Relaitonship Series: Jenni Clayville

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Today’s guest post is from our friend Jenni Clayville. Jenni is on staff at Paseo Church, helps lead the marriage team for Leading and Loving It, and is a marriage coach for RefineUs. Jenni lives in El Paso, TX with her husband Brian and their two boys. (P.S. Jenni and Brian left for Moldova (Eastern Europe) on a mission trip yesterday. Please keep them in your prayers.  Check out Jenni’s…

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Valentine’s Week Relationship Series: Ted Lowe

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Today’s guest post is from our friend Ted Lowe. Ted leads a ministry called MarriedPeople, which helps churches be strategic about marriage ministry. He and his wife Nancy live in Atlanta, GA. Check out Ted’s web site: MarriedPeople Follow Ted on Twitter: @married_people I run a division of a non-profit, Orange, called MarriedPeople. Every day I’m slammed with Facebook ads, Twitter ads, Google ads, email ads of really great people…

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Valentine’s Week Relationship Series

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Valentine’s Day is a pretty big deal. No matter if you are married or single, in a relationship or just coming out of a relationship, you can’t escape February 14th. You want to know how big of a deal Valentine’s Day is? Last year, just in the United States we spent 17.6 billion (WITH a  B) on Valentine’s Day. That is a lot of dead flowers, candy and teddy bears….

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Finding Closure When You Can’t Find Restoration

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Not all relationships can be restored. Not all relationships should be restored. What God has been teaching me (Justin) over the past few weeks is that you can have closure even if you can’t have restoration. A little over four years ago, I found out my dad wasn’t my biological father. A little over four months ago, I received a call that my biological father was dying of cancer. I…

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Helping Someone You Love Through a Tough Time

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This has been a pretty tough week for me (Justin).  I haven’t been myself. I haven’t felt like being around people very much. I’ve had very little desire to engage emotionally in conversations. My family has been very patient with me as my mood swings have been quick and often. As I was thinking through the past few days, what kept coming to mind is how amazing my wife has…

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How To Bring Life To Every Relationship

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The words we say have power. They have power to breath life into a relationship. Words have power to build up a marriage. They have power to inspire a child. They have the power to shape a soul. Words have power to destroy as well. They can wound a heart; they can damage a marriage; they can create hurt that lasts for years. Words can build up and words can…

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The Hardest Battle You Can Fight

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To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.  E.E. Cummings There is a fear we all live with: What if who I am isn’t enough? What if who I really am is rejected by the people I value the most? What if…

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Will You Fight For It?

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A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with a friend who was having some problems in his marriage. He began to walk me through their issues, and they weren’t unique or different or unsolvable. They were real and they were serious, but not exclusive to their relationship. At one point in our conversation, I said to my friend, “What you need to do is you need to fight for…

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Fighting With the Wrong Enemy

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One of the biggest mistakes I make as a Christian is that I underestimate the spiritual battle I’m a part of every day. For years, I thought that people who talked about spiritual warfare were a little off their rocker. I knew it was in the Bible…but in my mind…it wasn’t relevant today. I didn’t want to make everything from a hangnail to a flat tire a spiritual attack…so I…

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