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Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Learning to Communicate...

In defeating the arguments and problems that can crop up around any home, try seasoning each day with a liberal sprinkling of praise: "I'm proud of you." "What a good helper!" "Way to go!" "You're very special to me." "What a treasure you are!" "That's so creative!" "I'm praying for you." "You're wonderful!" "I'm with you all the way."
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring Your Wife...

Let your wife teach you how you can best meet her needs during a crisis or when she's discouraged and losing energy.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Friday, June 20, 2014
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Honoring God...

Have you never counted on the road of life and marriage being as rough as it turned out to be? It happens. But maybe you never counted on a Friend who loves you as much as God does. For He Himself said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Joshua 1:5, NIV).
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Honoring Your Husband...

When your husband is down, don't react with disgust as though he had lost his masculinity. Maintain the attitude that he's important.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring Your Wife...

An incredible amount of hard feelings and conflict could be avoided if husbands would resolve not to make any decision affecting their wives and the rest of their families without first getting their wives' consent.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring God...

We live overflowing lives because the Source of life, instead of the gifts (people, places, possessions, and position) of life, brings us contentment. How? By leading us to the well that never runs dry.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Learning to Communicate...

"Meaningful communication is sharing your feelings, goals, and ideas--your very personhood. But it isn't always easy to express those deeper things to one another. That's where a word picture can help to bring your thoughts to life, activating your mate's emotions as well as intellect."
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring Your Wife...

"A woman loves to build a lasting relationship with a man who cares about her enough to let her lean on him when she needs comfort. She needs a man who will understand her fears and limitations so that he can protect her."
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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

"Usually, by being soft, genuinely seeking to understand what happened, admitting when we're wrong, and specifically asking for forgiveness, we can see anger begin to drain away quickly in another."
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.

THIS IS TRUE WHEN I REALLY LISTEN AND SEEK GOD
I CAN SEE THINGS CLEARER AND WHEN I AM WRONG
I ADMIT IT AND THINGS SO SO MUCH BETTER . HUBBY
DOES THE SAME. HE IS SO SWEET AN I DO THANK GOD FOR HIM.



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Monday, May 12, 2014
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How to be your wife's best friend:

Learn the names of her friends and associates.

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How to be your husband's best friend:

Be aware of his vision or goals and affirm them.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Friday, May 9, 2 014 Finding Treasures in Trials...

"Anger, hurt feelings, fear, and lust can actually help us develop a closer, more vital relationship with Jesus by serving as warning signals."
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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How to be your wife's best friend:

Choose a week in the not-so-distant future and purpose not to watch any tv. Take the time that would normally be spent watching the tube, and spend it with her doing what she wants.

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How to be your husband's best friend:

Go out for coffee together.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Friday, April 11, 2014
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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger - April 11







Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

"When you boil down a lot of destructive arguments, what you often find is a simple lack of facts. The conflicts begin when an individual sees something that bothers him and then draws a conclusion. But what he thinks he sees may not be true at all. There's nothing new about this advice. James, the Lord's brother, wrote, "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" (James 1:19, NIV)."
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Finding Treasures in Trials...

"No one likes trials, yet no one can escape them. We can let them ruin our lives-making us bitter, angry, and resentful-or we can look for the treasure that will let us love and serve others."
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley



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Finding Treasures in Trials...

The pain we feel for others helps us move forward in our personal journey into maturity. Additional benefits include heightened thoughtfulness, gentleness, carefulness, kindness, patience, and self-control.
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Learning to Communicate...

One of the easiest ways to reduce misunderstandings and communication friction is to share only a few thoughts with someone and then allow the person to repeat back what he or she thinks you said, much as would happen when you place an order at a fast food drive-through. This method will also improve your listening skills.
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Increasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...

One of the greatest secrets in history is that true happiness comes from reaching out to others with a genuine desire for them to feel love from us.
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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

There are five keys or attitudes that open a closed spirit:

-Become gentle; demonstrate tenderheartedness.
-Understand what the other person has gone through, listening
carefully not only to what is said, but also to how it is
said. What has caused the anger?
-Acknowledge that the person is hurting, and admit when you have
been offensive.
-Touch the other person gently.
-Ask for forgiveness.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Those men and women who are wise enough to reopen a person's spirit have to learn to listen beyond the words to the hurt feelings behind them.

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A woman's native ability in the area of relationships is her greatest resource. With it, she can lovingly and persistently help her husband fulfill life's most important responsibilities and reach the most crucial biblical milestones in life.

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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

Deep-seated problems don't vanish instantly. They require consistent work by the couple and a reliance on God's strength for daily endurance.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring Your Husband...

Men need to feel appreciated. Many husbands think their biggest contribution to you and the family is the financial support they provide. So one of the best ways to show your appreciation is to thank him for his faithfulness on the job. Even if you're providing part of the income, (or most of it!), it's crucial that you show him how grateful you are for his provision.
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When she's expressing frustration, a woman doesn't need her husband's mouth, but his shoulder and arms.

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Honoring God...

Ungratefulness can be traced to a failure to find benefits in everything we experience and an unwillingness to trust God to fulfill our deepest needs.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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ncreasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...

Many men don't realize it, but more than 80 percent of a woman's need for meaningful touch is nonsexual. Sex does not begin in the bedroom. It actually starts in the everyday acts of truthfulness, consistency, kindness, touching, and talking that build a growing desire in a woman.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Increasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...


One important way to build intimacy is to give frequent praise. The simplest way to make your spouse feel good is to say, "Well done!"
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring Your Husband...

Keep a mental list of little things your husband does that save you time and effort, and thank him for them as often as possible. When he feels he's meeting the "small" as well as the big needs of his family, his self-respect increases, and he will often begin to feel a deeper love for his appreciative wife.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley



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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...

How can we turn our negative thoughts to positive ones before they affect our sense of worth and become a hurtful part or our self-image? By developing a grateful attitude. One of the most attractive qualities a person can have is a spirit of gratefulness.

From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

Even when crises come from external sources, we must be careful not to close the spirits of those around us. When we are under stress, we can react harshly to our mate and close his or her spirit.
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Learning to Communicate...

Words have awesome power to build us up or tear us down emotionally. Many people can clearly remember words of praise their parents spoke years ago. Others can remember negative, cutting words--in extraordinary detail.
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Honoring God...

We honor God by serving Him. Seeing people (like our mate) renewed, healed, blessed, encouraged, and motivated by our love for them increases our self-worth as servants of God.
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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...

Take the initiative occasionally to suggest a specific time to talk together. For example, set up a breakfast or dinner out with just the two of you. Let your convictions show. Meaningful conversation is crucial in developing a growing and loving relationship.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

When we have offended someone, we must give that person a chance to respond. True restoration is confession of wrong plus forgiveness granted.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Honoring God...

God wants us to be mature, loving people who reflect Jesus Christ's character in every area of life, including marriage. The only way He can make that happen is to allow trials. It's important to note that God doesn't cause the trials. They come from many sources, including our own sinful nature and Satan, God's enemy. But God uses them for our ultimate benefit.
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Finding Treasures in Trials...


Great faith is the confidence, even during a trial, that it will one day turn out to be to our benefit. "Dinky" faith is complaining or "murmuring" during a trial that there will be no benefit.
From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...

When you speak of a man's personal power, you immediately think of words reflecting character like warmth, sensitivity, dependability, determination, genuine compassion, and caring.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Learning to Communicate...

"People who consistently use word pictures to point out the faults of others are misusing this communication method. They may make you feel terrible with their words and somehow convince you it's your fault. Word pictures are to be used to covey how you feel, not to attack the other person."

From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.



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Increasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...

"In a nurturing and healthy relationship, you perceive that your ideas and insights are valuable, and you learn how to negotiate and listen to the other person's views. You hear things like 'What a great idea!' 'What do you think about this?' and 'Your opinion means so much to me.'"

From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley



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Honoring Your Wife...

"If a husband can overlook the actual words his wife uses to express herself and instead actively pursue what she means, fewer arguments will take place."

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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...

"A character of honesty and serving must be deep-rooted to survive; it reaches way down into the soil of consistent living. It isn't a short-term change of behavior that makes an impression on your mate; it's a life."

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Increasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...

"When your spouse seeks to honor you, you're listened to and encouraged to participate in discussions and decisions. You hear things like 'What did you say?' 'You always know the right thing to say.' or 'Let's talk about this.'"

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Resolving Conflict and Dealing with Anger...

"How destructive bottled-up resentment can be! Anger has many tragic consequences in a marriage. It creates distance and pushes us into darkness. It can tie our emotions and decisions into knots."

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Learning to Communicate...

"How do you honestly tell the one you love about something you find displeasing or aggravating without prompting that familiar defensive stare or indifferent shrug? You can help your mate become more sensitive to the problem by using a word picture rather than direct confrontation. Use examples that interest him or her, such as hobbies, everyday objects, or imaginary stories."

From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley



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Honoring Your Husband...

"Become a channel of God's love to your husband. Jesus calls on you to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor (especially your husband) as you do yourself (see Matthew 22:37-40)."

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Honoring Your Wife...

"Wives need consistent proof of change over a period of time in at least three areas before they will believe their husband's commitment: careful listening without justification or argument, quickness to admit error, and patience with her doubts."

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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...

"A gardener--nurturer--has a responsibility not only to find out what's wrong with a plant, but also to do whatever is necessary to nurse it back to health. In Ephesians 5:21-33, we see this picture as a role of the husband."

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"In a marriage, meaningful words bring life-giving water to the soil of a person's life. In fact, all loving relationships need the continual intake of the water of communication or they simply dry up. No marriage can survive without it."

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Honoring Your Husband...



"If you truly expect to have meaningful communication with your husband, you have to activate the right side of his brain so he can understand your feelings. One of the best ways to do this is with a word picture."

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"Your goal should be to become a genuine, loving, and tender husband who does not lecture. Lectures during stressful times only create more stress."

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How to be your wife's best friend:



Choose a week in the not-so-distant future and purpose

not to watch any tv. Take the time that would normally be

spent watching the tube, and spend it with her doing what

she wants.



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How to be your husband's best friend:



Go out for coffee together.

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From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.




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Learning to Communicate...



Communication within the family is like the body's circulatory system. When we stop listening to each other, it's as though the family suffers a stroke. We become disabled. Certain members no longer respond to other members.

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From It Takes Two to Tango by Gary and Norma Smalley.




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Honoring Your Husband...



Don't feel hurt and condemn your husband because he doesn't speak the "language of relationships" very well. To him, it's like a foreign language. Instead, help him learn to use it as fluently as you do.

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Honoring God...

We dishonor God when we live with an attitude of ungratefulness. We know we're ungrateful when we are: constantly comparing what we have with the possessions or positions (or marriages) of others; continually complaining about the way "life" is treating us; always fearful, trying to manipulate others; and so on.

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Finding Treasures in Trials...

Disappointed expectations confront us all. How we handle those disappointments will have a powerful impact on the peace and stability of our lives.

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Honoring Your Husband...

Though your husband may not demonstrate or even realize it, he needs you to teach him about intimate relationships! Men can learn how to relate at a deep level, but only when they've chosen to communicate--a decision you can help your mate to make.

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Honoring Your Wife...



When a man learns to speak both the language of the head and the language of the heart, it can make tremendous positive changes in his own life and in the lives of his wife and children.

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Increasing Your Intimacy 100 Percent...

"When your spouse seeks to honor you, you're listened to and encouraged to participate in discussions and decisions. You hear things like 'What did you say?' 'You always know the right thing to say.' or 'Let's talk about this.'"

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Learning to Communicate...



In defeating the arguments and problems that can crop up around any home, try seasoning each day with a liberal sprinkling of praise: "I'm proud of you." "What a good helper!" "Way to go!" "You're very special to me." "What a treasure you are!" "That's so creative!" "I'm praying for you." "You're wonderful!" "I'm with you all the way."

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Honoring Your Wife...



"If a man truly wants his wife to grow and the marriage to be strengthened, he should be the example of what he wants to see in her before saying anything to her."

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Keeping Alive Romance and Security...



"Conversely, all it takes to see the romantic spark doused with buckets of cold water is to expose major impurities in one's character."

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