Stop Calling Marriage ‘Hard Work’

There’s some great nuggets in this article that could build into a dynamic discussion between you and your spouse… But first Stop calling marriage ‘hard work’…  By Jessica A. Chance

Jessica A. Chance is a Florida born, Texas girl who is currently calling North Carolina home.

As followers of Christ, we believe the first marriage happened in the garden during creation when, in Genesis 2:18, God made Eve for Adam. “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Jesus references back to Genesis when He later teaches on marriage in Mark 10:6-10, saying, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female. ‘For this reason, a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
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The Shack – Hmmmm

Michelle and I went to see the “Shack.” Several of our friends, [who have read the book or seen the movie like we have], have varied opinions.

Here are some audio clips from a “Couple of different listener” opinions on “The Shack”…

Several of our friends commented with their views below;

  • “It’s only a movie… Not a definition of what God is or isn’t but very thought provoking for my Wife and I.” Jerry S
  • “I liked the movie, as a movie, but was uncomfortable with the story line – only because it was very real for my husband and me. We lost of a child several years ago. So the loss is still there. But, at the same time, the way the movie producers handle the loss was “comforting.” I believe they put a lot of thought into how to handle the little girls death and they were  careful with where the little girl was, & how the movie dealt with heaven. I recommend it! It will make you think about your relationship with God and with others. It did me!” Judy and Sam

Go Here for the “PlugIn Movie Review” of “The Shack”

If You Really Want To…

Monday’s Word of the Day: If you really want to do something, you ll find a way! If you don’t, you ll find an excuse.

Sometimes you want to give up. you’re feeling a bit like that today maybe, as you try to run faster and get back in shape to run a half marathon in the spring. If you’re honest, you occasionally feel that way too. Whether it’s a relationship, a job, a heart issue, etc., that feeling of just throwing in the towel seems like a great solution, at least temporarily. While there are times where change is necessary, that’s not giving up. Change isn’t giving up; doing nothing is giving up. Quotes from Rachel Wojo.

Bible Verses for When You Feel Like Giving Up:

  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6
  • The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
  • But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Eph. 6:10