Month: June 2012

The Demanding Wife, Withdrawing Husband Trap

Recently, I came across an article written by Dr. Val Farmer, a clinical psychologist who works with farm families and writes a regular column for the Farm and Ranch Guide. No, I do not normally read the Farm and Ranch Guide magazine or journal, but an internet search led me to his article and the title seemed interesting enough for perusal. The title of the column was “Understanding the ‘wife demand, husband withdraw’ pattern.” In the column, Dr. Farmer explains that “One of the ongoing struggles between couples is to find a satisfying level of closeness (intimacy) or distance...

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Making Your Family a Priority

I think if I asked you, “Do you spend enough time with your family?” Most of us would be hesitant to say yes. We can always think of times where we wished we spent more quality time with them. We also have to constantly try to balance school, church, and sports activities with family activities. So, today we are going to look at how we can make our family a priority in our lives. Family First After Jesus Christ, God’s order of priority ranks family at the top spot. Marriage First Within our family, God ranks your marriage above...

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I Hope my Kids Love Me the Same Way my Fish Do

On Sunday our pastor used an illustration for Father’s Day that he hoped that his kids would love him in the same way that his dog does. Being that I have never been a big dog person and our kids are allergic to dog hair, I decided to try to make an analogy that would fit my situation. Cats wouldn’t work either for the same reasons. So, the best I could come up with is I hope my kids love me the same way my fish do. You know what I am talking about right. They come up to the...

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How Do You Handle Criticism?

It seems like everything that we do these days has two elements to it. The first element is actually participating in the activity. The second element is the questionnaire we are suppose to fill out where we rate all of the aspects of how the activity provider managed to lead us in conducting the activity. We recently stayed in a hotel for the weekend and I have received no less than three emails requesting me to fill out a survey on my stay. I went to a camp with my son last weekend and at the end of camp,...

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A Husband’s Servant-Leadership: A Closer Look

I have spent a lot of time recently trying to define how a husband should lead his wife and family. It is very easy for us to say that a husband should be the leader of his family, but it is really difficult to describe what that leadership should really look like. From a Christian perspective too often our definitions of leadership fall into two extremes: either a dominant leadership position, where the family is micromanaged completely by the husband; or a passive leadership position, where the husband is a total servant to the family. Today, I would like...

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Photo by Jurica Koletić on Unsplash Sometimes, I think that we tend to assume that the most important things about God’s will are the external things. The decisions we make about who to marry, what job to take, what house to buy, what school the kids should attend, etc… But it is my belief that […]

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How Can I Find God’s Will for Me?

How Can I Find God’s Will for Me?

Sometimes, I think that we tend to assume that the most important things about God’s will are the external things. The decisions we make about who to marry, what job to take, what house to buy, etc… But it is my belief that those things, though important, are quite secondary in God’s eyes to the […]

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