More Articles from Archive ~ Marriage Decisions

Decision#14: to Trust Trust grows out of the previous decision of doing what is right.  If I know my partner in life has a track record of doing what is right, it builds trust.  Bev can trust me not to cheat on her, because she has seen the discipline I have in what I do […]

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Decision #13: Be People of Integrity For Bev and I, doing what is right is part of our family DNA. The foundation of right choices is, for us, a spiritual commitment.  We both love Jesus Christ very much.  He was a person of integrity.  He always did what was right.  He treated people with love […]

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Decision #12:  Be Partners Bev and I are big on thinking as a team.  We help each other succeed. My parents encouraged working as a team.  When I was in late elementary my parents were able to buy their first home.  My mom had to work in order for that to happen.  As a result […]

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Decision to #11: Forgive Each Other One of the most powerful events in our early marriage happened after I exploded in anger.  I do not remember what made me mad, but one morning I stormed out of the house and slammed the door when I left.  Ironically, I was going over to a college campus […]

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Decision #10 to Communicate In our early dating relationship we made good communication a high priority.  We loved to explore each other’s thoughts and feeling on all kinds of topics.  We enjoyed walking through the mall and learning about each other’s sense of fashion, or we would go through housewares and talk about what we […]

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Decision #9 to Rely on God A powerful principle of Alcoholics Anonymous is that we are powerless to change ourselves, and must rely on a “higher power” to change. I need God’s wisdom to be a good husband. There is a small book in the Bible called First John.  That book is a very powerful […]

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Meet one Another’s Needs We are not fans of tight roles in marriage. Bev has always worked outside of the home.  For many years we were in ministry together.  In later years, Bev worked on her business.  Because of that, the traditional roles for men and women did not work for us. We have switched […]

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Decision #7  To Laugh Together Once, when our girls were in grade school, I listened to a motivational tape, where the speaker encouraged people to have a good laugh every day.  So, every so often I would just burst out laughing around the family.  They thought it was weird, but they started to laugh.  They […]

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Decision #6:  Be Grateful One of the important lessons I have learned in the Bible is about being grateful to God.  There is a story about ten lepers who were healed by Jesus.  The ten went away healed but only one came back to thank Jesus.  Jesus complimented the leper that expressed thanks. We are […]

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