Marriage Part 8: Tone of Voice

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A couple I know has been married 40+ years. Recently I spent a few days with them. Three things I noticed: 1. They listen to each other.2. They’re polite to each other.3. They serve each other. #2 above, politeness, is in danger of becoming a dinosaur in our culture, even in marriage. Just look at TV and social media, which …

Marriage Part 7: The Marriage Triangle

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I like diagrams. The Marriage Triangle is a favorite diagram of mine because it’s simple and profound. Here’s how it works: As Sharon and I move “north” on the triangle toward the Lord Jesus, we move closer to each other as a married couple. The opposite is also true. Moving south creates more space between us. A critic may object …

Marriage Part 6: What to do with our Money

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My wife Sharon grew up a saver. I grew up a spender. Inside a spender’s mind a little recording plays over and again: I can afford this, no problem. What’s a dollar or two — or twenty or fifty — in the grand scheme of things? I work hard. I deserve this little “payoff.”Sharon’s counter-voice to this rationale is: “Every dollar …