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Marriage

๐Ÿ’ Fuel To Keep Your Marriage Flying High

As a pilot, one of the things Iโ€™ve learned is that autopilot is a safe, efficient way to fly a planeโ€ฆuntil a pilot becomes complacent. An over-reliance on autopilot can put you out of practice. You might lose the skills you need to deal with problems like turbulence or bad weather. Marriage is the same way. When things are going well, we stop working at it. We go into autopilot. Then, when conflict arises, we struggle to…

๐Ÿ’ What A Woman Really Needs

In Ephesians 5:25, Paul gives men a challenging but important instruction: โ€œHusbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.โ€ Jesus loved the church with a sacrificial love. His love was selfless. He loved the Church more than He loved Himself. Thatโ€™s how men should love their wivesโ€”by sacrificing to meet their needs. What are those needs? 1โƒฃ First, her greatest need is for security.ย A woman feels most secure when…

๐Ÿ’ What A Man Really Needs

In Ephesians 5:22, the Apostle Paul instructs wives to โ€œsubmit to your husbands as to the Lord.โ€ A few verses later, in verse 33, he says, โ€œlet the wife see that she respects her husband.โ€ A lot of people get caught up on the word โ€œsubmitโ€ in this passage, worrying that it calls women to submit to men because they are lesser or not as equal. I donโ€™t believe in this concept of submission. Men and women…

๐Ÿ’ The Secret Of Being Best Friends

Friendship is the foundation of any healthy relationship. Before anything romantic occurs, friendship needs to be present. Friendship means you like being togetherโ€”you would prefer to be with your spouse above anyone else. I believe there are seven steps to becoming best friends with your spouse: 1โƒฃ Be faithful. During hard times, a friendship will either be lost altogether or will come out stronger. There was a point during the darkest days of our marriage where Karen…

๐Ÿ’ How To Make Your Dreams Come True

The story of the Bible is very simple: God wants a family. He doesnโ€™t need anything because He is self-existent, but He does want something. God has a dream, and His dream is a family. Thatโ€™s how the Bible begins, with God creating Adam and Eve in the Garden. We are Godโ€™s dream. Thereโ€™s a story in Mark 14 that provides an example of what that means. Jesus is at the home of Simon the leper when…

๐Ÿ’ The Laws Of Love

One of my favorite biblical passages related to marriage is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which says this: In the Bible, God gives us laws of love that determine the success or failure of our relationships. These ensure that love is not a fickle thing that we might lose. Love is within our control. One of the most significant of these laws is the Law of Sowing and Reaping. Galatians 6:7-8 says, โ€œDo not be deceived, God is…

๐Ÿ’ A Cord Of Three Strands

One of my favorite biblical passages related to marriage is found in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, which says this: โ€œTwo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?…

๐Ÿ’ How To Keep Your Marriage Flying High

Last time we talked about the danger of putting your marriage on autopilot. When you disengage from the controls and begin to relax, you lose sight of each other. You stop putting in the hard work. You begin to coast. A plane can’t coast forever. It either runs out of gas or experiences a situation that disengages the autopilot. When that happens, you have to be able to fly on your own. But some marriages have been…

๐Ÿ’ When Your Marriage Is On Autopilot

One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a pilot. I only fly a single-engine plane, but my hobby puts me in contact with all kinds of pilots. One of my friends runs a charter service and he was telling me about a time he hired a commercial pilot to fly for him. The commercial pilot had 30 years of experience behind him. He had something like 15,000 hours in the cockpit…

๐Ÿ’ How To Find The Right One

I speak to married couples on a regular basis, but some of the most important decisions in a relationship happen before the wedding. The choices a couple makes while dating build a foundation for the rest of their lives together. Dating the right way is crucial. So when I speak to young single adults, here are a few of the things I tell them about dating: Date by faith and not by fear. When we make decisions…