Marriage Part 5: Choosing to Love

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Gary Chapman’s five “Love Languages” are these: Quality Time Words of Affirmation Physical Touch Receiving Gifts Acts of Service My wife Sharon’s love language is #5, Acts of Service. But it’s not my native language to “speak,” so to speak. I think the Lord has gotten a decades-long chuckle out of this. In what’s known as covenant marriage in the church, my …

Marriage Part 4: Separating Past from Present

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It’s not uncommon to hear the following phrases from the couples I work with in pre-marriage counseling, as they speak with each other: You always . . .  That would be just like you . . .  Oh here we go again . . .  Why even bother . . .  Such language suggests unfinished business lurking in the background, …

Marriage Part 3: Being Right

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Every few weeks I talk on the phone with my friend, Marion Anderson. She’s 91. She’s also wise beyond her considerable years. Me, I’m just wise enough to ask her advice. On marriage, for example. “Don’t sweat the little things,” is one of her favorite adages. From the perspective of husband Johnny gone on to glory several years ago, she …