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Overcoming Defensiveness (Pt. 1 of 2)

by Harold and Bette Gillogly It’s instinctive.  We all do it.  Our mates say something perfectly innocent, we take it personally and become defensive. It’s as though we feel we must protect ourselves at any cost.  In fact, that’s what “to defend” means: to protect.  The problem is that protecting has two sides, for when […]

Keep Your Home Fire Burning

by Bob & Yvonne Turnbull As Susan drove home, she wondered what Jeff had up his sleeve. She hadn’t been able to concentrate since receiving his call earlier in the day.  “The kids are staying at your mom’s this weekend.  See if you can get away a little early so you can get a bag […]

7 Myths of Cohabitation

by Patrick & Dwaina Six Cohabitation is nothing new.  It happened in Biblical times, too. Remember when Jesus spoke with the woman at the well in John 4:17? When questioned about her husband, she answered that she had no husband. A popular contemporary Bible version renders Jesus’ response as, “That’s nicely put: ‘I have no […]

If We Do Not See Each Other Again

by Bob & Yvonne Turnbull  It was two or three days after the horrendous 9-11 terrorist attack in 2001 when we listened with heavy hearts to a woman being interviewed on TV. Through her tears she sobbed that the last words her husband heard from her were, “I wish I had never married you!”  She had slammed the door […]

Interpreting Love Languages

What is your definition of love?  What actions do you interpret as love?  We all have a “language of love” we have been compiling since early childhood. The ways your parents communicated their love to you….The ways you saw other people communicate love to one another….Even television and movies helped form your “language of love.” […]

Commit to a Time to Talk

Authors: Bob & Yvonne Turnbull To have good communication in marriage is more than just learning effective skills. It’s about making time to communicate.  Why is that important?  Because communication is the way we connect – feel close to one another – grow together.  If we are only having snatches of communication – like – […]

Love and Respect (Pt. 2 of 2)

Are you glued? Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24 KJV)  We quoted the King James Version here because it uses the word “cleave.”  Great word – “cleave.”  It means “to be glued together.”  God’s design is that you, […]

It’s Time to Restore Hearts

Authors: Patrick & Dwaina Six God is all about marriage and family relationships!  In Genesis we read that after creating the heavens and the earth, the first thing God did was to bring the first man and the first woman together as husband and wife.  At the end of the Old Testament in Malachi 4:6, […]