Friday, October 28, 2011

How Singles Image Christ and the Church

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32 ESV)

The relationship between a husband and wife is a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church. As Paul says, this is a profound mystery. It is also a humbling reality that every married man and woman, whether they realize it or not, are portraying a romance that will last forever. It is an incredible honor for married couples.

But where does that leave single people? ...

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Introducing Family

Have you introduced him (or her) to the family? If not, you may be missing out.

Getting to know each other’s family is an invaluable aspect of a relationship. Spending time with someone’s family helps you understand him or her like few situations can. Also, family can usually offer wise and thoughtful counsel on the suitability of a potential spouse.

Spending time with each other’s families can be useful in another way as well.

Context can reveal a lot about a person. It’s important to get to know a potential spouse in more than one venue, since people often behave very differently depending on the situation. Family — in their multigenerational beauty and chaos — can provide a wealth of dynamic situations...

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Travel Light

I’ve had a box of “keepsakes” for as long as I can remember. Before I was even born, my parents began saving memorable odds-and-ends from special events in my life… cards received at my baby shower, bits of wrapping paper from my presents.

Once I was born, the box grew. Baby clothes and blankets were nestled with favorite toys and first stories written for school. I began adding to these as a girl with my own hodge-podge mix of memorabilia — programs from community theater productions, ribbons from the county fair, and trinkets that caught my attention at local craft shows.

What began as one box became an oversized stack of eight mismatched cardboard and plastic containers. Now, as my family prepares to move to a house across town, I’ve decided it’s time to downsize. It simply isn’t feasible to cart around this load for the rest of my life...

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