Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
3 basic reasons why friendship in marriage is important:
1. To Have a Life Partner
* Man was not created to live alone - Genesis 2:18
* It's important to like the one you married, since this is the person you plan to grow old
with and share who you really are; your dreams, joy & very soul.
2. To Walk in Spiritual Unity
*Matthew 18:19 say's, "Again I tell you if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask
for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven."
*Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 shows us 4 benefits of a friend: Productivity, Support, Warmth & Protection
NOTE: In order to get closer to your spouse you MUST first draw closer to God.
3. To Have Sexual Relationship
* To enjoy a quilt-free, disease-free, sin-free expression of love.
* Genesis 2:25 says, "The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame."
The Importance of Fun in your relationship
Too many couples do not keep fun alive in their marriages. Think back to when you were dating all the fun you used to have. What has happened is we have gotten too busy or we are too tired and all of our responsibilities have mounted up so we let all of these things ruin our fun times.
In order to keep the fun alive you will have to make time for it and when you do protect that time from any conflict. Once you have done these two things get up and go have fun with your spouse.
Find things that you will enjoy doing together.
What is the intended use of Sex? Look at I Corinthians 7:1-5 (Message)
Now, getting down to the questions you asked in your letter to me. First, Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly - but only within a certain context. It's good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong enough to contain them and provide for a balanced and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder. The marriage bed must be a place of mutuality - the husband seeking to satisfy his wife, the wife seeking to satisfy her husband. Marriage is not a place to "stand up for your rights." Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out. Abstaining from sex is permissible for a period of time if you both agree to it, and if it's for the purposes of prayer and fasting - but only for such times. Then come back together again. Satan has an ingenious way of tempting us when we least expect it.
We are there to please our spouse and our spouse to please us. If your not sure what pleases your spouse simply ask them.
An important thing to remember is INTAMACY is NOT sex. Intamacy is meeting an emotional need INTERCOURSE is the sexual act.
Remember sex is like a dance, you have to learn how to dance. Men have to learn how to lead and women have to learn how to let him lead.
The POWER of your sex life is determined by the PURITY of your sex life.
Your sex life is based upon how well you want to GRATIFY/SATISFY your spouse.
Romance is the adult version of a play ground, and sex was for pleasure long before it was for having kids.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
5 Question Every Man Must Answer: (Women Ask)
1. Am I more important than our money?
2. Are you really sincere?
3. Do you notice me?
4. Am I more important than your ___________?
5. Do you notice other women?
5 Question Every Woman Must Answer: (Men Ask)
1. Is life with you going to be filled with admiration?
2. Is life with you going to be free of complication?
3. Is life with you going to be sexual?
4. Is life with you going to be cooperative?
5. Is life with you going to be lived in the present?
Friday, February 15, 2008
–1. Speak for yourself. Don’t mind read!
–2. Don’t go on and on.
–3. Stop and let the listener paraphrase.
•Rules for Listener:
–1. Paraphrase what you hear.
–2. Don’t rebut. Focus on what the speaker is saying.
•Rules for Both:
–1. The speaker has the floor.
–2. Speaker keeps the floor while the listener paraphrases.
–3. Share the floor.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
1. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
2. Fighting for your marriage by Markman, Stanley & Blumberg
3. A Lasting Promise - A Christian Guide to Guiding to "Fighting for your Marriage"By Scott Stanley, Daniel Trathen, Savanna McCain and Milt Bryan
4. Toward a Growing Marriage by Gary Chapman
5. The DNA of Relationships by Dr. Gary Smalley
6. Heirs Together by Mac Hammond
Enjoy and happy reading!
–Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
3. Negative Interpretations
4. Avoidance and Withdrawal
The most important scripture to remmeber when it comes to communicating is James 1:19-20 which says: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for your anger does not produce God's righteousness. (NIV)
Monday, February 11, 2008
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To receive the discounted rate, your registration must be received by FamilyLife prior to 11:59 p.m. on Monday night, 18 days prior to the conference start date (March 24th). Group registrations can only be processed by phone or mail at this time.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
We are looking forward to next week where we will be talking about how to communicate love effectively to your spouse so you can make sure their love tank never gets low.