Marriage & Family

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Posted 6/16/16 at 11:28 PM | Karen Kramer

No Fear—Get Married

Several wedding invitations are on my desk. Each couple has planned a special day with flowers, flowing dresses, serious vows, love, laughter, maybe some joyful tears, and a gathering of families and friends.

But beyond the moments shared at the altar or in a garden, and after a brief honeymoon, the real journey awaits. And honestly, their future is unknown.

Many couples delay marriage—sometimes fearing failure, money issues, or just too much uncertainty in our weary world of horrible tragedies, suffering and misfortune. But please don’t let that stop you from saying I do.

Scary highlights from the year I married:

Revolutionary forces in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran.

Militants later seized the US embassy and held over 50 Americans hostage—for over a year. FULL POST

Posted 6/16/16 at 3:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Is the two-year-old snatched by alligator in heaven?

Melissa Graves with son, Lane

By Mark Ellis

The nation was horrified by the loss of two-year-old Lane Graves after he was snatched at the edge of a lagoon by an alligator in front of his parents at an upscale Disney hotel only a monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom.

One of the most troubling dimensions to the loss of a child is the question of their eternal destiny. There will be comforting words from friends, but some will be left wondering if they will see their little one in heaven.

One of the most famous sermons ever delivered by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the legendary pastor and Bible teacher with a Texas twang, addressed this important question.

The subject was close to his heart because the McGee’s first child was stillborn.

“There is no sorrow quite so heartrending as the death of a little child,” Dr. McGee affirmed. “The image of the little one is written so indelibly upon the mind and heart that during the long watches of the night it appears on memory’s screen to haunt us.” FULL POST

Posted 6/10/16 at 11:52 AM | Brian Wallace

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Posted 6/6/16 at 3:04 PM | Lara Sen

How to Prepare For a Christian Wedding

There are definitely different kinds of wedding ceremonies due to differences in the goals, beliefs and desires of different intending couples. However, Christian wedding stands out among others due to its religious root which symbolizes a form of godliness that is often part of the wedding ceremonies. Though there are needs for godliness and sanctity in Christian weddings, preparations must also be made for the wedding occasions just like in other kinds of wedding events.

Couples must first come to an agreement on the fact that they want their wedding to be a Christian wedding, so that there will be no disparity in their beliefs and expectations from the wedding. Once agreement has been reached, it is time for you to start preparing for the wedding occasions by paying attention to every detail involved in planning a Christian wedding.

In order to get the best out of a Christian wedding, it is important for you to observe the following; FULL POST

Posted 5/31/16 at 12:48 PM | Mark Ellis

Rugged former rugby player discovered importance of feelings he stuffed, began journey of truth and authenticity

Blue (second from left) playing rugby in college

By Mark Ellis

As a Christian counselor with one of the largest practices in the Chicago area, he came to a startling discovery after walking with Jesus for many years.

“Something profound happened inside of me between my convictions and my heart – there was a major disconnect,” says Rich Blue, founder of the Center for Christian Life Enrichment in Northbrook, Illinois and author of Surprised by God: a Journey of Divine Discovery (HigherLife).

As a child, he endured an abusive, alcoholic father with anger issues. “I remember one time my father beat me with his belt because he heard me swear. I couldn’t get away from him. He went into a rage. I don’t remember him stopping. I thought that happened with everyone,” Blue recounts.

He also developed an inappropriate level of closeness with his mother and became “sort of a husband to her” in ways that were damaging. FULL POST

Posted 5/27/16 at 11:49 AM | Lara Sen

Top 10 Most Expensive Watches

The 10 most expensive watches in the world list will make you think how valuable the time can get. They are the ultimate destination of luxury, historical art pieces, and crafted by the best designers:

10. Breguet Pocket Watch 1970 BA/12

Price: $734,000
The watch is filled with 18 Karat Gold, is master piece and surely one of the most expensive watches. Apart from exquisite workmanship, it comes with a silver face and antique look. It ranks at the last slot amongst the top 10 most expensive watches.

9. Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication

Price: $800,000
The Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication is a self winding one which is composed with18 Karat gold. Unique in structure featuring a perpetual calendar moon phases, one minute tourbillion regulator and coaxial split second chronograph completes the look of this elegant piece.

8. Louis MoinetMagistralis

Price: $860,000
The Louis MoinetMagistralis is designed by Louis Moinet. It features a minute repeater with cathedral gongs, a mono-pusher column wheel chronographer, a perpetual calendar and a violin style amplifying case make it a remarkable piece. FULL POST

Posted 5/19/16 at 9:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Do We Know What it Means to Serve our Husbands?

Have you ever really studied your husband?

I mean really studied him? Do you know what makes him tick? Do you know what makes him discouraged, and what makes him feel like he can take on the world? Do you know what his biggest fear is, and what his biggest success is? Do you know his dreams, his goals, his worries?

It’s Wednesday, the day when we talk marriage, and today I want to issue a big challenge to us wives: Can we become students of our husbands? I don’t mean students in terms of him teaching us something (though that’s likely a part of it); I mean students more in the way that Thomas Edison was a student of science. He ate science, breathed science, lived science, and was always trying to figure it out.

I believe that kind of focused study is what God is calling us to.

Let me explain.

In Ephesians 5:21-22, we read this:

(21) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (22) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. FULL POST

Posted 5/11/16 at 11:20 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Should I Tell My Husband I Fantasize/Fake It?

If you’re faking orgasm or fantasizing while you make love, should you confess to your husband?

Wow. That’s a tough one! Every Monday I like to take a reader question and answer it, and this is one I’ve had a few people ask. One woman gets right to the point:

Should I tell my husband if I fantasize about other guys alone and while with him sometimes? Or will I just hurt him?

Another woman says:

Sex has never felt that great for me, and my husband used to get really upset about that and wonder what was wrong with me. So I started faking orgasm. And I’m tired of faking, but I don’t want to deal with all the fights if I tell him what’s been happening. What should I do?

I thought I’d try to tackle both of these on the same day since they both have to do with honesty about sex. I’m going to ask my husband to chime in on one of these, too! So let’s get started. FULL POST

Posted 5/5/16 at 10:45 AM | Karen Kramer

Amazing is spelled M-O-M

It has been said that our society cannot depend on what happens at the White House; our nation’s success depends on what happens in our house. Success at home has a lot to do with Mom.

Here’s why:

A mom knows that the clock is unforgiving. It doesn’t make allowances for sick kids at 2 AM or for the boss expecting a report on his desk by 8:30 the same morning. That’s life.

On school days, moms can simultaneously make breakfast, pack lunches, find the youngest’s missing shoe, feed the dog, and help the oldest with the science experiment in the garage, all before backing out of the driveway with enough time to drop everyone off and get to work on time.

While driving through traffic to get home before soccer practice for one kid, and piano for the other, a mom constructs the evening meal in her head, knowing what’s in the cupboard and refrigerator. She commandeers pots and pans, feeds the crew, cleans up, and heads out with the kids for a couple more hours. Tomorrow brings different activities, same response. FULL POST

Posted 4/28/16 at 9:01 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Don’t Use Your Kids As Your Emotional Outlet!

Susie’s mom was depressed again. Her dad’s bosses were upset at him, but he wouldn’t smooth things over. He was standing on principle, he said. But meanwhile, where was the paycheck going to come from?

As soon as Susie came home from school she could sense that her mom was itching to unload on her. So she took the lunchboxes away from her sisters and said to them, “let’s play dressup! Why don’t you both run and find all of my fun dresses and shoes and some of Mommy’s old makeup, and we’ll have a fashion show?” Her little sisters ran off, and she hoped they’d be gone for enough time that she could calm her mother down.

As her mom prepared the after-school snack she started moaning about her dad. And little Susan listened, like she always did, hoping that spilling everything to Susie would stop her mom from worrying her little sisters.

Susie grew up. She got used to running interference for her siblings. She got used to judging her mother’s moods and trying to manage her mother’s emotions. And she started to really dislike her father, who was always so irresponsible and got her mother so upset in the first place. FULL POST

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