Updates from our family life ministry

Languages of Apology

“O Lord”, I prayed, “have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against you.”  (Psalm 41 v 4) Apology language #1 is expressing regret. Examples are “I’m sorry” or “I feel badly about what I did.” Apology language #2 is accepting responsibility. “I was wrong” or “It was my fault.” Apology language #3 is making restitution. “What […]

Communicating Sincerity

You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now, you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart. 1 Peter 1:22 Have you ever questioned the sincerity of someone’s apology? It’s probably because the person did not speak your apology […]

DISCOVERING LOVE LANGUAGES THROUGH HURTS

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful ways in me and lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139 vs 23-24) What does your spouse do or say that hurts you most deeply? That is probably a clue to your […]

BECOMING ONE

As the deer longs for streams of water, so long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him? (Psalm 42 vs 1-2) After the creation of Adam and Eve, God said that the two should become one. Becoming “one” does not mean that we […]

DIFFERENCES IN PARENTING

DIFFERENCES IN PARENTING If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1 vs 5) One of the issues that often disrupts marital unity is differences of opinion on how to rear children. One wife said, “we didn’t have any problems […]

THE POWER OF LOVE

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. (Ephesian 5 vs 1-2) In the context of marriage, if we don’t feel loved, our […]

Change begins with me

Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you only fooling yourselves…….if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it. (James 1:22-25) Improving a marriage is […]

Dealing with distorted anger

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make temper flare. (Proverbs 15: 1) Distorted anger can destroy your marriage. Distorted anger is the emotion you feel when you don’t get your way. It is sometimes called selfish anger, because its root is in you rather than in any external circumstance. Legitimate anger is your […]

A POSITIVE MARITAL LEGACY

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (1 Timothy 4:12) What kind of legacy will you leave your children? When you die, you will leave some material legacy: money, clothes, furniture, cars, and so forth. But the most powerful […]

Working Together for Stewardship

The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities”. Let’s celebrate together. (Matthew 25: 21) A common biblical word regarding money is stewardship. We are responsible for using wisely all that God gives […]