Relationships

Receiving God’s Perfect Gift Means No Returns

Proverbs 18:22 states “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.” I can say that I have truly found a treasure. I think from the first time I really met her I was in love. I remember what our pre-marriage counselor, Stephan Tchividjian, said, “Your spouse is […]

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God’s To-Do List for Marriage

“I, Patricia, do take you, Patrick, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to live together in the Holy Estate of Matrimony; to love, honor, respect, trust, cherish, encourage, and support you according to God’s Holy ordinance …” At a monthly Living Waters Counseling how-to-do-life seminar, my good friend, Dr. Norman Wise, painted perhaps the best […]

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The History of Diamond Engagement Rings

Summer is the season for weddings, and today, having a diamond engagement or wedding ring is virtually a given. But, it wasn’t always that way. The custom and use of engagement rings dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The rings were placed on the fourth finger as it was once believed that it […]

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The Holy Estate of Matrimony

Installment five in the marriage vows series. “I, Patricia, take you, Patrick, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony…” The word holy means divine, set apart, sacred. Estate is a state of being, and matrimony is, of course, marriage. Marriage was the first institution that God set […]

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Vows: To Live Together Forever

This is the fourth installment in a study on marriage vows.  “I, Patricia, take you, Patrick, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to live together…” No, this is not an article answering whether Christians should live together before marriage. As my friend Pastor Tommy Boland, says, “There are some things you need to pray about […]

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Renew a Happy and Holy Marriage

Most of my days counseling are filled with praying for and providing resources to people in deep emotional and relational pain.  There is no lack of pain and struggle.  However, the application of Christian truths will renew a Christian marriage.   The concepts below are for spouses who are safe from violence in the home. […]

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Six Pillars of Parenting for Fathers

The first Father’s Day in the United States was observed on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. The day was proposed by Mrs. John B. Dodd, who wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who raised six children alone after his wife died in childbirth. Clearly, Mrs. Dodd took seriously the […]

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Lawfully Wedded

I, Patricia, take you, Patrick, to be my lawfully wedded husband… While Christian marriage is a spiritual event, to be legally married according to Florida state laws, you must follow Florida Statutes Chapter 741. Accordingly, you must apply for and get a license to marry at the courthouse, documenting your identity and paying a fee […]

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Breaking Free From Unhealthy Relationships

After attending church for about 13 years by her mid-twenties, Tewannah Aman, director of Broward Right To Life and the Guard Your Heart ministry, said she felt convicted about her relationship with a man at the time. She had asked in prayer, “Lord if it’s not your will that we’re together, I need you to […]

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A Vision for Unity

Before Jesus went to the cross, he gave the world a vision for unity. He prayed, “That they may all be one.” Yet there seems to be a lot of confusion about what this vision for unity actually is and how it should be realized in the world. For example, people can be frustrated with […]

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