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Carrie Foldberg. Help! I’m in a Painful Marriage. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, December 3rd 2018. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you in a difficult marriage or know someone who is in a painful marriage who can benefit from a booklet that would apply biblical counseling to the situation?  This work is a helpful resource; don’t underestimate its size!  It is the second title that I read from Shepherd Press’ “Lifeline Mini-books” series and thus far this series have really impressed me.

I read this and discussed it with my wife after she read it.  My wife pointed out to me that the author in the introduction mentioning her own struggle in her marriage was really helpful to build a bridge with any reader that might be going through marriage difficulties.  This is followed by four chapters in the book.  Chapter One is titled “Why Does My Marriage Hurt So Much?” and goes over what God’s design for marriage looks like.  Chapter two is about bringing Jesus into the picture of your marriage while chapter three explores further of how Jesus is our example in dealing with marriage pain.  Chapter four gives us more personal application.  After the conclusion the book also gives personal application projects that’s helpful for applications.

I really enjoyed the author’s call for readers to look towards Christ.  She also did a good job bringing verses to bear in a way that makes readers look towards God and Christ but also give hope.  This is a resource for someone in marriage difficulty but also for any married couple to read too.  I recommend it, and give this a five out of five.

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Handling Criticism in Marriage Part 3: Assessing Criticism

Selected Scripture

 

Review:

First session we saw that according to the Bible you shouldn’t defend yourself too quickly in order to help us handle criticism biblically in our marriage.

Second session we want to look at three imperatives in terms of your goal with how you are to handle criticism.

 

Purpose: In this session we want to look at how to respond to three possible outcome when we assess our spouse’s criticism about us.

  1. How do we respond when we are wrong?
  2. How do we respond when we are not sure if we are wrong?
  3. How do we respond when we are right?

 

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Handling Criticism in Marriage Part 2: The Goal

Selected Scripture

Review: Last session we saw that according to the Bible you shouldn’t defend yourself too quickly in order to help us handle criticism biblically in our marriage.  This session we will consider what our goal should be when we hear criticism about us.

Establish the Need: When your spouse criticize you, do you know what’s your goal should be?  If you don’t you won’t know what’s the God-honoring way to respond.  This message is important for you

 

Purpose: In this session we want to look at three imperatives in terms of your goal with how you are to handle criticism.

  • Make it your goal to find out if you have sinned
  • Beware of the symptoms of avoiding criticism
  • You must pray about the criticism

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Here’s our blog’s three part outline series on Godly Communication for Marriage.  I think its appropriate that I shared this on Mother’s Day.  For husbands among the many things you can give your spouse, one thing I think our spouse would really appreciate is being better in communicating and communing with our spouse.

For those that have read these posts before I think it is also worth bookmarking and reviewing since it pays great dividends in godliness and marriage to review how to biblically communicate in marriage.

Feel free to comment and share if the Lord used these posts and the biblical truths to encourage you in any way!

So here’s the table of contents of this series:

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Compatibility: Is it important and how important is it?

 

Purpose: In this session we will consider the issue of compatibility by understanding the following three points:

  1. Point 1: We need to be aware that sometimes people can over-exaggerate the claim of a couple’s differences as the primary source of their problems.
  2. Point 2: We need to pursue compatibility of biblical belief and practices instead of superficial similarities.
  3. Point 3: We need to pursue biblical solutions for differences in relationship and marriage

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I want to make a bite size memorable witty ditty to make a point memorable.

For those who are Christians and single it is not easy to navigate the issue of whether to court someone or marry someone or not.

While it is difficult there’s also times its clear you should not be courting someone let alone marry them.

Here’s a little rhyme to drive the point home:

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Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Tom.  Tom is no stranger to those of you who read this blog.  His blog be found here.

 

Okay, it’s not the BEST analogy, but…

While this post is intended primarily for Christian husbands and fathers, our single brothers and our sisters in the Lord are also very welcome.

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