Getting separated from your spouse can be the “kiss of death” regarding your marriage.
“Matt, can you help me figure out what is going on with my wife?” Bob said with a tremble in his voice. He and Sandy were married for 24 years with three children.
“What’s going on?” I asked. Bob gave me a very familiar response. His wife had gone COLD just like a block of ice. As he was sharing I was thinking ALERT, ALERT, ALERT as if we were inside a war room and witnessed the enemy launching nuclear missiles towards our land. Bob didn’t see the threat. He was calm and collected. He thought it was simply a ‘phase’ they were going through. Continue reading “3 SIGNS A MARRIAGE IS IN TROUBLE”
I wish I would have counted how many times I heard someone tell me “God wants me to divorce my spouse”.
When I first heard a man tell me this, I was shocked. “Really, please tell me more” I asked. He proceeded to unveil his twisted tale as my suspicions grew even stronger. His reasoning had so many holes in it even a child detective could have proven him guilty of ignorance and narcissism.
What is the real issue behind all your issues? Have you ever wondered why your marriage isn’t thriving? Most of us blame our partner and keep our focus on their list of sins. My spouse has a temper. My spouse has a drinking problem. My spouse is a liar. The list goes on and on. Every item on your list may be true but are those issues the ‘root’ problem? Probably not.
The real issue: ONE BITTER ROOT of judgement.
Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’
Jesus is talking directly to us about the ROOT problem. Our hearts have grown hardened. In the same passage he gives us a solution.
PROBLEM: We allow one bitter root of judgement to grow in our hearts and it begins to close our eyes and ears to the truth. We then create a hardness towards others (and God) without even knowing it. We allow ‘others’ sins to shape our hearts. My sin never resolves someone else’s, it only compounds the problem. A bitter root judgement is when you judge someone who failed you or hurt you and your self-righteous judgement turns into bitterness. You may not even know you are doing it. Often that bitter root carries over into all of your relationships. It becomes your identity. Continue reading “BEWARE OF THE BITTER ROOT”
John came home from work exhausted. He walked into the kitchen only to be attacked by four wild beasts who were eagerly waiting for him. His children ranged from three to fourteen years old. Continue reading “Three Ways To Spice Up Your Marriage”
Sandy woke up on a Saturday morning and filled her coffee cup with her favorite blend. It was a cold winter morning. Her husband was gone. He got up early and went to the gym. It had been weeks since they ‘talked’. Tim was growing more and more distant and Sandy didn’t know what to do. This family needed a hero.
Have you ever been there? The distance begins to grow between you and your spouse. You may have forgotten what started it and have no idea how to build a bridge back to each other. Let’s focus on three simple steps.
Pam and I were enjoying a quiet night of reading when my phone rang. I picked it up only to hear a desperate man on the other end. “Matt, i need your help, my wife want’s a divorce, my sons are acting out and a friend gave me your phone number, can you help?” Continue reading “3 things to tell an angry child facing divorce.”
You are sitting at home and all of the sudden the phone rings, it’s your closest friend and they have bad news “I WANT OUT OF MY MARRIAGE”, you find yourself sitting there in shock not knowing what to say.
Here are the TOP TEN things NOT to say.
ONE: “You deserve better”
The truth is, we all have horrible moments in our life and our marriages. None of us ‘deserve’ better during the times our spouses are acting terrible any more than we deserve it when our spouses are acting wonderful. That is not a fair card to play.
Marriage, sex, politics, homosexuality, transgender, republican or democrat, Christian or other?
The truth is, truth is polarizing.
If you are like millions of Americans who are filled with anxiety as to where politics is taking us as a culture and as a nation, you are not alone. Let me give you three simple principles to stand on that may give you hope and clarity.
FOLLOWING MAINSTREAM CULTURE IS DANGEROUS!
The wisdom that comes from the world is earthly, unspiritual, and demonic (James 3:15). It’s tempting to follow the advice of worldly wisdom because many times it seems to make sense—at least from man’s point of view. Yet the world’s wisdom only leads down the road of disappointment, regret, and pain. In contrast the wisdom of God brings us peace and direction for our lives. Continue reading “TRUTH is POLARIZING”
Have you ever went canoeing with your spouse? Do you remember the anxiety? “Paddle on the LEFT, NO, THE OTHER LEFT!” an angry husband yells at his wife then mutters under his breath.
I will never forget a time when we went canoeing with Craig and Janine, our very dear friends. We were in Florida visiting them and decided to float in canoes for a few miles down a river that was very narrow and was occupied with alligators. It seemed like a wonderful idea at the time.
Off we went with our lunch packed along with little blankets to find a beautiful place of refuge along the way to engage in pleasant par-takings of delightful snacks and relaxation. We were all doing quite well until I heard Janine yell out, “Left, left, left!”, then I heard a scream of terror. Poor Craig had no choice but let the current take them under overhanging tree limbs which were full of spider nests. Like raindrops, bundles of spiders fell into their canoe.
Spiders crawling all over you while trying to navigate a canoe in alligator infested waters would be the opposite of pleasant or delightful thoughts. I must admit, for a few seconds I was laughing out-loud.