Marriage and Family

What Love Requires of Us – Christian Article

More than a Feeling Most of us grow up thinking that love is romance and ecstasy. We hear the words “You complete me,” and we melt into a puddle of emotional goo. We understand that love is more than just feelings, but when those feelings of love are gone, we usually assume that love has gone as well, or perhaps was never there, because we are convinced in our heart of hearts that love is a feeling, and a very…

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The Reason You Are Married – Christian Article

Marriage for God’s Glory The ultimate thing to see in the Bible about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. Most ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It is designed by God to display his glory in a way that no other event or institution does. The way to see this most clearly is to connect Genesis 2:24 with its use in Ephesians 5:31–32. In Genesis 2:24, God says, “Therefore…

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How to Pray During Marital Conflict – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. Be Armed and Ready Young couples are often inadequately prepared for the conflicts that they are sure to encounter in their marriages. Learning how to resolve conflict is one of the most vital skills to develop in marriage. The potential causes for conflict are virtually limitless; among the most common are issues related to sex, finances, and in-laws, not to mention parenting (for couples with children). Paul’s words to believers,…

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How to Pray for Unbelieving Family Members – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. God Cares for Us One of the greatest concerns—and heartaches—for many Christians is with the members of their families who have not come to faith in Christ, or who perhaps have abandoned the faith they grew up with. Many, many of us are burdened in our prayers for such loved-ones, and sometimes it is hard to know how and what to pray. That can be so even for Christians who…

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“My Worth As a Woman” – Lifestream – Christian Article

I couldn’t believe anyone would want to interrupt their vacation to drive all the way from San Francisco, just to have lunch with me. That’s a six-hour drive! I had met this couple a year or so ago. Now, they were visiting California from the east coast and wanted to know if we could share a meal together. I try to do that whenever I can, but I don’t schedule those very far out because of the craziness of my travel…

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Help! My Teenager Won’t Open Up to Me – Christian Article

This article is part of the Help! series. The Sound of Silence “How was your day?” I ask my teenage daughter after school. “Fine.” She responds. “Anything interesting or noteworthy to report?” “Nope.” Silence. I know Proverbs says the heart is like deep waters (Prov. 20:5), but surely there are more than single syllable grunts inside her. How can I draw out thoughts and feelings? I want to become a woman of understanding, but my teenager is not doing much…

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Why Your Parents’ Limitations Aren’t Limiting – Christian Article

What Are Limits and Why Don’t You Love Them? Limitations, by definition, are restrictions; they will follow you through your teen years and into adulthood. Your alarm clock limits the amount of sleep you get each morning. Your pantry offers a limited supply of breakfast items. After breakfast you have a limited amount of time to put your dishes in the sink before your mom reminds you. You are limited, and in many ways you are used to limits. You…

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Do You Ever Fear You Married the Wrong Person? – Christian Article

Love and Marriage Carl knew he had made a mistake. A big mistake. He had married Sally five years ago, and for the first year or so it had been OK. But as time went on, it had become very clear to him that they were not compatible. They didn’t communicate well. They often rubbed each other the wrong way. Recently they had quarreled a lot. In fact Carl dreaded going home, and started postponing it as long as he…

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Is Domesticity a Bad Word? – Christian Article

Domesticity Defended Creating the ambiance of a loving home and church is a woman’s prerogative and privilege. A friend of mine was discipling a young woman who was a “major messy.” They had worked on cultivating the disciplines of Bible study, prayer, and Scripture memorization. Then one day my friend said, “Now we have to do something about your house.” The young woman was surprised. “It doesn’t matter. My husband is just as messy as I am. Neither of us…

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How to Pray When You’re Fighting with Your Spouse – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. Make Prayer a Habit Every marriage is guided by a set of habits. The question is, are they healthy habits that result in a God-honoring and joyful marriage, or are they bad habits that lead to a self-centered and strained marriage? The character of your life and the health of your marriage is not defined by two or three dramatic decisions but in thousands of little moments. The development and…

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5 Myths about Complementarianism | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

Individual yet Distinct Complementarian interpretation of Scripture holds that God’s creation purpose for man and woman entails equality of individual value but also distinct roles. God established this intrinsic reality and order at creation as part of his blueprint for the man’s and woman’s mission on earth to be lived out together for his glory. According to the divine design, men are given the responsibility to lead in marriage and the family, as well as in the church as God’s…

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