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I have failed often to willingly submit to my husband’s leadership in times of crisis. Trusting his judgment is pretty easy when the questions are, “Do we want to rent the big house or the bigger house?” or “What color should we paint the walls?” But when the questions are, “Should we move to Nepal in...
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When God called me to testify to His Word, and I read Paul, I considered the unchristian and dangerous estate in which I had been, in view of the pomp, pride, usury, and great fornication of the monks and priests. I therefore obeyed and took a wife according to the command of God. Paul was...
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On this day in 1812, Adoniram Judson was married to Miss Ann Hasseltine, who was destined to become the heroic “Ann of Ava.” In June of 1810, Judson and his three friends came to Bradford to attend the Massachusetts General Association of Congregational Churches.  They were hoping to present themselves to the board as foreign...
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On this day in 1888, Jonathan Goforth and his new wife of only three months, Rosalind, set sail for China. While Jonathan attended Knox College in Toronto preparing to go to China, Rosalind was at the Toronto School of Art, preparing to be an artist like her father.  But Rosalind was never truly satisfied with...
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Let me put this in the terms we have been using in this book. I am convinced that many marriages, between people who name themselves as believers, have almost nothing to do with God at all, and this is where the trouble actually begins. Perhaps the couple has had a little premarital counseling, and perhaps...
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I want to thank the Lord Jesus for giving me the 40 greatest years a man could ask for. On this day 40 years ago I married Lelia Elizabeth (Betty) Ferguson at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Rome, Georgia. I have loved her since I met her. She has always been the greatest encouragement, the...
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So, what should you do as you are confronted with daily differences between you and your spouse when it comes to the way that you think about and respond to the issues and situations of daily life? Let me suggest steps of a productive pattern that will work to strengthen the unity, understanding, and love...
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Celebrate your Creator. Refuse to see the differences as right or wrong. Learn where your differences create difficulty and call yourself to unification work. Admit where these differences challenge you to grow. What I struggled with was the fact that these differences were calling me to grow and change. 1) God is in absolute control...
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Love is being willing to have your life complicated by the needs and struggles of your husband or wife without impatience or anger. Love is actively fighting the temptation to be critical and judgmental toward your spouse, while looking for ways to encourage and praise. Love is the daily commitment to resist the needless moments...
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They had never really considered the hardship of a flawed person living with a flawed person. They had never considered the daily and costly sacrifices that are necessary to make a long-term marriage work. They didn’t think about what they were being called to give to one another. No, what occupied their minds was what...
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