Category Archive: Vows

The Secret to Staying Married for 60 Years

Last Spring I wrote a series of posts on what it means to keep our wedding vows. I thought that reminding ourselves of what we agreed to in the first place might be a good way to strengthen our marriages. After all, most marriages start strong as a commitment made from an overflow of love that …

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The Myth of the Right (or Wrong) Person

My wife and I met when we were pretty young. I was 18 and almost finished with my first quarter in college. She was just over a month away from turning 16 and a sophomore in high school. A friend of mine who was still in high school threw a party for the cast of …

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We Were Just Talking About This

Guys, I was on vacation last week, and I’m still catching up on real life. So for today’s post I wanted to point out that last week’s episode of The Familyman Show fits perfectly with what we were just talking about here. The episode features an eye-opening interview with Sam Black, a representative from CovenantEyes, the …

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A Terrible Poison in Your Marriage

I’ve been struggling to write this post for over a week. There are several drafts, all incomplete. I don’t like talking/writing/thinking about this stuff. But it needs to be done. So here goes. Porn is poison. Prolonged exposure to porn effectively rewires the brain to actually dehumanize living, breathing, daughters of the King. That is awful. …

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In Sickness and in Health

Dig, if you will, the picture: everyone in the family just feeling run­down and mildly miserable, nobody in real pain or even discomfort, just sniffling and coughing and funky. We’ve been sick these past two weeks. My wife held out the longest, but she finally succumbed as well. We’re actually still not fully recovered, which …

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For Richer or For Poorer – Part 2

My wife and I are not big planners. We like to think it makes us more spontaneous, although having children has greatly reduced our spontaneity. So we’ve had to plan more in recent years than we did when we first got married. Planning doesn’t come naturally to us. For the first several years of our …

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For Richer or For Poorer – Part 1

Money stress makes the cut for every “top ten” list of reasons people get divorced. This strikes me as especially sad because it seems like one of the easiest areas of a marriage to work on. Some marriages struggle due to extremely serious issues that can only be resolved over time with marriage counseling and/or …

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For Better or For Worse

Some days life as a married man is all aquaria and yogurt pies. (You’ve never had a yogurt pie, you say? I just had my first one yesterday, and I intend to use it as my depiction of the good life for the foreseeable future.) All aquaria and yogurt pies, I say. Other days life …

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To Have and to Hold

The distorted sound of a man’s voice cut through the low hum of the electrical room as we lifted a server into position in the rack. “Set it back down,” José said. “I’ve got to take this.” We lowered the server back into its box, then José quickly grabbed the phone from his back pocket and …

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Why We Make Vows

The power of a firm commitment lies in sticking to it. If you make a firm commitment to exercise 4 days a week and then you start to let that slide to 3… and then 2… and then… oh never mind, I can’t even finish this sentence. You get the idea; it’s effectively not a …

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