Newsletter Apr 2011

April 2011
Ron and Janet Biagini
The Devil Wants Your Marriage - Part 2
biagini-webWith life's frenetic pace, sometimes it becomes too easy to ignore your own marriage. Like a car left in cruise control, the pace becomes comfortable, monotonous, and predictable. Be intentional about caring for your marriage. Always search for and implement ways to express your love to your spouse. counseling_5Who do you know that falls in love and gets married hoping to fail? When was the last time you heard about two people who entered into a holy estate of matrimony in order to intentionally ruin one another’s lives and devastate their children? That would be insane reasoning! None of us would ever knowingly sabotage our chance for a fulfilling marriage and family life, yet more than half of all first-time unions fall prey to the unwelcome undertaker of divorce.

And what about those who have already been through the pain of divorce and gotten remarried? One would think that on their second, third, or fourth go-round they should certainly have a handle on how to succeed at the game of marriage. Yet in spite of that rationale, experts tell us that the divorce rate for remarrieds is even higher!

If God set up the institution of marriage for our good, then why does it commonly go awry? Where has this pandemic of divorce come from? Why is the very fabric of marriage under intense scrutiny and even considered obsolete by many? Jesus said:

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)

What does Jesus want for you?
“A rich and satisfying life.” That would include your marriage. For in order to have a rich and satisfying life, there has to be peace and enjoyment on the home front.

What is the devil’s modus operandi?
“To steal and kill and destroy.” That would also include your marriage. If the devil can keep you focused on your marital rights and your spouse’s negative qualities, then he has you right where he wants you.

We are in a spiritual battle and the devil wants your marriage. While every couple must take personal responsibility for the condition of their own marriage, we have an enemy that’s not going to relent in his attack. He tempts and taunts us, accuses the brethren, and incites wrongdoing. He would want nothing more than to take the very covenant that you’ve pledged your full allegiance to and wipe it out completely because he knows how utterly painful that will be for all involved. Why would he do this?

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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Communication Before I Ever Opened My Mouth
Healthy communication is important for any relationship. If a marriage is to thrive, a husband and wife need to learn how to speak openly about their feelings and opinions, their values and vantage points. It's in this very merger of differing communication styles where relationships are built up or broken down. Here are some simple observations I've made over the years:

1. People can say the dumbest things.
Did you ever misplace something like your car keys or the remote control to the television? After a grueling search you finally find it. Then someone points out the obvious: that it’s always in the last place you look. Well, wouldn’t that be true whenever and wherever you find it? That’s what makes it the last place, because you don’t have to look for it anymore!

2. It’s easy to get yourself into trouble and harder to get out of it.
Open mouth and insert foot. We’ve all done it – probably more often than we’d care to admit. Trying to justify or talk your way out of it can even make matters worse.

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On the Lighter Side
Spice Up Your Marriage
A couple was celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on the beaches of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Their domestic tranquility had long been the talk of the town. People would say, “What a peaceful and loving couple.” The local newspaper reporter was inquiring as to the secret of their long and happy marriage.

The husband replied: “Well, it dates back to our honeymoon in America,” explained the man. “We visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona and took a trip down to the bottom of the canyon by horse.

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Spice it up A surefire way to strengthen your marriage is through the regular usage of sincere compliments. What makes a compliment sincere? When your spouse recognizes that you’re not just saying something out of obligation, or to manipulate a situation, or to get yourself out of trouble, or to impress others who may be listening. A compliment should arise from a personalized appreciation of your spouse and become an expression of your praise to them.

Successful songwriters understand the emotional intensity and importance of compliments as they capture this in not only their lyrics, but even in their song titles:
     -How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
     -You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
     -God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You
     -You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

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