Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 3

Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 3

Aug 31

Marriage In Our Modern Culture

Today’s culture creates a world of complex issues for marriage. On one hand because of technological advances we can gain access to many types of advice on marriage. We also have tools to communicate with each other instantly through many avenues. Both of these can be a blessing and a curse. We live today constantly distracted. It’s no longer just TV that is vying for our attention. Now we have all forms of social media and gaming at our fingertips. Social media brings up a whole new level of boundaries to discuss within the marriage. Click here to listen to podcast devoted to social media and marriage.

What do we do? In order to protect your marriage we need to make sure that we are setting aside time unplugged to focus on our spouse. Set aside time for communication. Make sure to make your marriage a priority in today’s culture with distractions pulling at us from every angle.

 

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Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 2

Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 2

Aug 30

Marriage Mirrors Our Relationship With God

One of the beautiful things about marriage is that one of it’s many purposes is to emulate the relationship between God and the church. The church is referred to the bride of Christ many times through scripture.   Because of this our marriages are under attack. The enemy knows that an easy way to immobilize a family or Christian leader is to take down the marriage. Again this is such an important topic we have spent a week-long series on placing boundaries around your marriage to protect it. Click here to see that series.

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Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 1

Why Marriage Is Difficult | Part 1

Aug 29

Expectations

We live in a culture today that, because of all of the resources available, marriage should be a breeze. We have access to movies about relationships and tons of books from fiction to self-help. We can text, talk and message each other constantly. We even have the internet as a constant source of information on the subject. So in this day and age, why is marriage so difficult? Why is the divorce rate so high? There are many reasons that we will explore this week ranging from reasons like the fact that many of us haven’t seen marriage done well, to the constant distraction of the world around us.

The reason we explore today is expectations. We all enter marriage, know it or not, with expectations of what it will be like. When those aren’t met we can feel disillusioned and hurt. This is such an important topic that we spent an entire week long series fleshing it out. For that series click here.

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Raising a Wise Decision Maker | Part 5

Raising a Wise Decision Maker | Part 5

Aug 26

NO Excuses

The generation of children and teens have been raised observing the “its never my fault attitude”. Many in society want to blame every one around them for circumstances and choices, the victim mentality is sadly very prevalent.  This is a very adolescent attitude that many adults have not grown out of.

We need to teach our children that their choices are their own, which means that they need to learn how to take responsibility for their actions.  No excuses are acceptable.  Teaching this attitude of responsibility for decisions makes our child both marriageable and employable.  Never being able to admit when you are at fault makes both of these areas very difficult.

The Living Bible translates the Proverbs 22:6 verse like this, “Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.”  We are training our children not only to make the right choices but to take responsibility and learn from the poor ones.

 

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Raising a Wise Decision Maker | Part 4

Raising a Wise Decision Maker | Part 4

Aug 25

Challenges

The challenges of decision making are evident in every decision your child has to make.  Rather then making these decisions for your child, or becoming frustrated with the child’s poor decisions, use these as opportunities for decision making development.

What are examples in the decision making training process? Well when our children are young we train them to pick up after themselves.   That is ultimately helping them make the decision to do that later on.  How they handle their allowance is a great decision making opportunity.  Decisions about when is an appropriate time to leave if something is happening at a party or date that goes against what is appropriate.

All the “challenges” we as parents face with our children and teens are also great training opportunities.  The need to learn the skill of wise, disciplined decision making is often more significant then the behavior we are dealing with.  Don’t get frustrated and miss out on the opportunity to train.  We need to instill in our kids the thought, “Its not that my parents caught me, it’s that I made the wrong decision.”

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more on the topic of decision making.