After the Storm

May 20, 2013 A devastating, killer tornado struck. But the lives of this woman and her family were saved forever.  Her husband had left her, and she was in the depth of despair, but the tornado miraculously changed all that. "That morning I had wanted to give up.  But when I faced the reality that I might have lost my kids, that I might not see their faces, or hear their laughter again, I changed my mind." "God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform." After the Storm &...
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Motivation for Marriage

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman To Be Successful At Dating and Marrying, You Need To Figure Out What Will Give You an Ongoing, Burning Desire to Succeed I recently scanned The Mayo Clinic Diet book. The Mayo Clinic is one of the premier medical centers in the world and they have been helping people with lots of things including weight control for decades. In the first chapter of the book the authors say: “Knowing the how-to, eat-this/don’t-eat-that of weight loss is certainly import...
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Creating My Vision of Marriage

Contributed by Thomas B. Holman and Abby Viveiros Whether you train to get fit for a marathon or for a great marriage, you need a vision of what you want the end result to look like and who you need to be to achieve that end    Creating a Vision of Your Marriage                                                            The Bible tell us “where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).  Let’s get started creating a vision of your marriage, as a word picture of what ...
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Folding Pages

I have recently started folding pages.  It’s like origami, but uses entire books.  My most recent endeavor is shown above.  It’s an old CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.  It took me around eleven hours to do the more than 10,000 folds necessary to make it look just the way I wanted. As my wife can sadly attest to, I tend to have conversations with inanimate objects.  And with eleven hours to kill, that book and I had some lengthy conversations.  The main one went something ...
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Creating Shared Meaning

Culture is not limited to countries or nations. Even two people who share a life together can create their own culture. They can have customs, traditions, stories, and beliefs that bind them and give meaning to their life together. As John Gottman says, "Marriage isn't just about raising kids, splitting chores, and making love. It can also have a spiritual dimension that has to do with creating an inner life together-a culture rich with symbols and rituals, and an appreciation for your ro...
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Did I Survive to Serve Others?

By Gordon F For 131 days I thought I was going to die. Everyone around expected me to. For some time my brain functioned only partially. When I finally left the hospital, I weighed only 107 pounds; I couldn’t sit up, roll over, walk, or even feed myself. My short term memory was practically gone. Anyone who came to visit had to fully suit up in medical gowns, gloves and mask. What had brought me to this? My wife and I had been out in the morning when my leg started to drag. By the end ...
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