Friday, October 26, 2012

Don’t Be Consumed By The Future

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:33-34 ESV)

At Marry Well, we often discuss the importance of intentional dating. We advocate dating with a purpose — finding out if you and the person you are getting to know are compatible as marriage partners. At the same time, we discourage casual dating that pays little attention to the future of the relationship.

That said, in our effort to think ahead, it’s important that we don’t become consumed by the future...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Women and Self-Obsession

Ladies, I have a confession. I am self-obsessed. My guess is that you are, too.

Jan Quick begins her Resurgence article “I See You and I Judge” with this confession. Self-obsession is rooted in pride, but pride often shows up in unexpected ways. Quick wisely examines self-obsession through the lens of insecurity.

There is a judge, a jury, a panel of accusers. “Do you think you’ve hidden your shame?” they cry. “You are a fraud, a loser, a wannabe. You’ll never make it to the top!” These voices have been with us all of our lives, it seems. Who are they anyway? The Bible tells us that this voice is the accuser of the brethren whose name is liar and yet . . . it still feels so true...

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A Glimpse: Cake Decorating Class

My little sister talked me into taking a cake decorating class with her this month at Michael's. I was very proud of this cupcake. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dream With Marriage in Mind

A couple of weeks ago some long-time family friends came to spend the afternoon with my family. We spent the day catching up on each other’s lives over coffee and pie. As inevitably happens in a family with three unmarried adult daughters, the conversation turned to singleness and marriage as our friends gave us their two-cents of advice.

The husband belabored one point in particular — don’t marry a man who only wants to add you to the life he already has planned. This sort of man, he warned, wants to put you on a shelf with all his other possessions and accomplishments. The result of this mindset, according to our friend, could be disastrous...

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