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Danny and Annie's Love Story

“I could write on and on about her.... In my mind, in my heart, there has never been, there is not now, and never will be, another Annie.” If you're anything like me, walking through the grocery store checkout can be depressing. It seems like every day some artist I look up to (or at least up at) is getting a divorce or having an affair....

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How To Have A Great Marriage
How To Have A Great Marriage

Haven’t we all fantasized about the great skills and qualities our “Mr.” or “Ms. Right” will have in their repertoire? Everyone wants a marriage that lasts a lifetime.  With divorce rates high, even among Christians, how do you build a relationship that goes the distance? Not surprisingly, it all starts with the person you choose to...

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Real Sex is Not Like the Movies
Real Sex is Not Like the Movies

Call me naive, but when I got married, I did not know much about sex. I grew up in a conservative church where we were taught that sex was reserved for marriage only. I believed that (and still believe the best sex is within marriage), so I tried not to think about it. Idecided I’d keep my virginity until I got married. Actually, I was pretty afraid...

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What Is God’s Love Like?
What Is God’s Love Like?

July 6, 2008 - that was the day Michael popped into my eHarmony inbox.  You have a match waiting for you.  If you’ve ever been on eHarmony, or any dating website, then you know that those words are enough to fill you with hope and dread all at the same time. Before I tell you what happened next, I should rewind a little. In July 2008, I was...

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Anger: Definitive vs Distorted
Anger: Definitive vs Distorted

I will apologize for doing something I believe is wrong. It’s a great start however this is problematic if I didn’t see anything wrong with my action but my spouse does. Or vice versa. Has that happened to anyone? We learned a few principles to help sort this out at an anger workshop lead by Dr Gary Chapman. The purpose of anger First thing...

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Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?
Valentine, How Do I Love Thee?

Valentine's Day brings sweet expressions of romance. "I love you" fills telephone lines, mailboxes, airwaves, personal ads and cybertraffic. The price of flowers mysteriously rises in February. How do you say, "I love you"? Maybe a kind greeting in the morning or a phone call midday? A nice lunch or dinner can convey the feeling. So can a surprise...

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Surviving Valentine’s Day as a Single
Surviving Valentine's Day as a Single

It's Valentine's Day and you're single? That is awesome, because you can choose to celebrate it any way you want! In fact, you can even choose to ignore it completely. However, that last option is actually quite difficult to pull off. Sometimes loneliness seems especially acute on that day. So here are some ways to hold it at bay. Plan ahead....

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Being in Love Isn’t Enough
Being in Love Isn't Enough

Right before I got married I read Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married by Gary Chapman. There is a great list of “flags” to go through in conversation with your significant other before, and even after, you marry. I believe most sources of conflict in marriage can be worked out so I didn’t see anything on Chapman’s list that was...

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