To The Woman Who Made Me A Father – Thank You

To The Woman Who Made Me A Father-Thank You


Zach Brittle

To the mother of my children,

That day was such a blur. We hardly knew what was happening to us. It didn’t help that she was two weeks early. Or that she was born on New Year’s Day just hours after we’d gone “all in” on one final kidless party. I will be forever grateful for the triage nurse who finally admitted us so that I could get a nap.

You were incredible that day. That whole nine months. I remember we discovered we were pregnant the day before Mother’s Day. Four days later we were the proud owners of a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas thanks to our boundless optimism, as well as incredible stupidity, about what it would mean for us to become a family.

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The importance of mutual respect in marriage

I have found in my work with hundreds of couples that a common thread in their relationship is a desire for mutual respect. In fact, a relationship without mutual respect will be dysfunctional in some way.

Consider Douglas and Rebecca, a couple who are engaged to be married, but who are postponing their marriage now because of problems stemming from disrespect.

Douglas and Rebecca, both in their early 20’s and attending the local university, clearly love each other. Both display their affection and also voice caring about each other deeply. Yet, there is a thread of disrespect running through their relationship that, if not addressed, will surely be their undoing.

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Our journey together is too short


A young lady sat in a bus. At the next stop a loud and grumpy old lady came and sat by her. She squeezed into the seat and bumped her with her numerous bags.

The person sitting on the other side of the young lady got upset. She asked her why she did not say something.

The young lady responded with a smile: “It is not necessary to be rude or to argue over something so insignificant. The journey together is so short; I’ll get off at the next stop.”

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The Other Room


The other room
Where a woman pretends
To be weak
So that a man
Can believe he is strong
Where a woman pretends

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The Virtue of Hospitality


Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.

The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.

As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep on their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.

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5 signs you are dealing with a toxic person

5 signs you are dealing with a toxic person


David Simonsen

We all may have toxic relationships but don’t realize it. These five things can help you know for sure.

We all run across people in our lives who focus more on negative things than positive. Sometimes these people are so toxic that it’s best to avoid them.

I recently had a conversation with a family member where they pointed out three things I had done to hurt them. I let them know the reasons that these things happened, as well as made an attempt to make things right with them. Since I believed we were having a productive conversation, I pointed out some things that I had noticed as well. That’s where the actual conversation ended.

What happened next was a bit shocking. Threats of ending the relationship … accusations … and assumptions and, most importantly, nothing to make the relationship better. I came away from the exchange realizing I needed to have a better plan for interacting with this person and people like them in the future. I had unwittingly fallen into a trap.

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Mean What You Say With Your Kids


Nina Roesner & Debbie Hitchcock

Loretta and Jacob pulled nto the driveway. Immediately Jacob scurried from the car and commanded, “Be ready in 10 minutes! And I’m hungry. Make me a sandwich!”


Loretta wondered if aliens had abducted her 14-year-old and replaced his brain with someone else’s. Her family never treated each other like that. Loretta decided not to respond while she was irritated and instead chose to wait before addressing the issue. Giving herself that time helped her stay calm.

Knowing that teenagers are frequently in phases of hormonal flux, she also chose not to take his behavior personally. Loretta sensed the Lord’s prompting for a teachable moment, and instead of carrying out her son’s request, she went upstairs, lay down on her bed, and started reading a magazine.

Jacob burst into her room. “We have to leave! We’re going to be late. What are you doing? Where’s my sandwich?”

Oh my, Father, help me be Your love to this man/boy.

It was time to push the reset button.

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Richard Innes

“Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.”
(Psalm 51:6 NIV)

Some years ago I recall visiting the Moody Institute of Science and putting on a special pair of eye lenses which turned everything upside down. It was a weird feeling. Dr. Moon, the director of the institute, in an experiment wore these special lenses for something like 2-3 weeks (if I remember correctly) without opening his eyes without these funny looking lenses. He wore black eye patches when he went to bed to sleep.

When he stopped using these special lenses, an amazing thing had happened, his brain had made a radical switch, and now everything he saw was upside down. It took 2-3 weeks for his vision to come back to normal.

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Stephanie Humpa

I want no part of anything that will bring me destruction. We don’t always know the things that will bring us destruction but when there is a guarantee that something is going to be bad and bring destruction, commonsense would tell us that we should stay away from that.

Haughtiness (or pride) is something that will guarantee destruction in our lives. It’s easy to see this unattractive trait in others but it can be hard to detect it in ourselves.

What are some signs that this might be something that is beginning to be an issue in your life?

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Overlooking Offenses


Os Hillman

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” – Proverbs 19:11

I have a friend who tells a story of a lesson the Lord taught him through his wife. It seems that every time he and his wife would get in the car to travel somewhere, his wife had a strong need to direct his driving. She would tell him where to turn and when to turn, even in their own subdivision. It was such a horrible habit that it drove my friend crazy and became the source of many an argument. Finally, one day my friend concluded that the Lord was trying to teach him something through this experience. He decided he would let go of his need to be free from this correction. He began to affirm his wife and even thank her for her input. It was excruciatingly painful to do this from where he sat.

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