“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
My wife and I have been happily married now for 13 years. It has been an amazing journey and we pray that God gives us long life and many more wonderful years. But marriage has its ups and downs. Its greatest hits and the hits that keep on coming.
Through it all, we find out so much about what love is really about. What its like and what it does and doesn’t do.
Take this marriage test below and see how well you stack up. Every time you see the word “love” replace it with your first name and read the sentence again. See how well you score. […]
What DON’T you want in your preferred future?
When it comes to making big, key decisions in our lives, this can be a tricky question!
In fact, in basic, everyday ways it can throw us off as well. It’s hard to determine what we DO want but it’s often easier to figure […]
Caffeine. It’s more than just a cup of joe, isn’t it? It’s our friend. Our raison d’etre! Our favorite thing. Let’s be honest. You more than just “like” it. You LOVE it! And dare I say it, some of you would say that you “need” it!
Sounds like the beginning of a great love story!
Many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, if you’re reading this blog post in the morning, there’s a very high probability that you’re cradling a steaming cup of coffee right this minute. Heck, it may not even matter what time of day it is!
If you’re anything like I used to be, I always had my coffee with me. Coffee was my go-to for my caffeine fix and we were like two peas in a pod! (Or maybe it’s two peas in a pot – of coffee!)
But studies show that this “need” for caffeine can have some serious side effects and I was beginning to see some of them in me.
So do me a favor. It what may be very difficult to do this – but just push aside the cup of joe (or soda, or energy drink, etc) and finish reading this first. After that, see if maybe you may need to lay off the caffeine just a little bit too. […]
Find your purpose in life. That’s what we often hear. It’s something that many people struggle to find or even identify what our purpose may be. But we intuitively know that it’s there for us. We sense it as we journey through life. It is a noble and important endeavor. But there is something more important to find. Something more valuable to your life than finding your purpose.
This is not to say that you don’t need to find it. It’s just that there is one thing more important. Without this one thing, your purpose will never be fully realized. Before we look at that, though, let’s discuss your purpose.
God has uniquely equipped each person with a set of skills, gifts, personalities, and strengths that make us who we are. As Rick Warren says in his best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, “If you’re alive, there’s a purpose for your life.” I couldn’t agree more!
Finding your purpose is, in many ways, the search for meaning and understanding of the age-old question: “What am I here for?” But what a shame it would be to find your purpose but not have this. […]
Adversity is not a test. Instead, it’s a revealer. It shows you what’s inside after the fire melts the weaker parts away. It’s what settles and remains when the storms of life pass.
In speaking to reporters about this year’s football team, defensive coordinator for the Michigan Wolverines, Don Brown, spoke on this very issue. He was asked how he felt about losing so many starters from last year’s team to the NFL. One reporter asked:
“How are you feeling about losing so many seniors and starters from your defense. Are you worried about that at all?”
Here was his response. It’s so good!
“I’m not concerned about that. What I’m concerned about is what happens when adversity shows up and introduces a man to himself.”
Did you catch it? It’s subtle but profound and important for us all to pay attention to. […]
The Crazy Cycle. You may not know the phrase, but if you’ve been married for any length of time, you’ll definitely recognize what it is.
The Crazy Cycle is a term that was coined by Emerson Eggerichs, author of the best-selling book, Love & Respect. In this fantastic book (his live training and videos are excellent as well!), he explains what this all-too-familiar issue is all about.
I try to give a quick explanation of it here, in the video below. […]