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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 6, 2011 - Road Trip

By Dave Kidd

Guys will relate to this. It was a man’s road stretching out for miles with regular mountain climbs and slalom descents. Add a liberal speed limit, and you have a pulse- quickening and exhilarating ride.

During our recent daylight drive to the Grand Canyon, Robin and I were enjoying it. The beautiful scenery of desert gave way to high-mountain scenery and then mountain timber as the elevation increased.

The trip north from Phoenix was a blast. Upon arrival, Robin and I spent the afternoon walking the South Rim trail and then riding the shuttle bus to some other overlook sites. The views were breathtaking.

The ride back down to Phoenix, however, was another story. The road had not changed, but now we were descending on the interstate from the mountains in the dark.

I still thought it was great fun, but Robin was not enjoying it. I could sense her tension, and her quick, verbal reminders of every speed reduction sign indicated as much.

At times, I had to stay 15-20 mph below the speed limit so she would feel more secure. It required a conscious effort. I had to battle my own selfishness, my desire to get back to the hotel as quickly as possible and my love for thrilling (yet legal) speed.

“Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7, NIV).

While some wives are even more thrill seeking than their husbands, such is not typically true. As husbands, we need to be sensitive to the things that cause our wives to be fearful, uncomfortable or insecure. When we are sensitive to those things, our wives will feel more loved and the love they feel will be manifested in our marriages.

For me, that often means a little less foot on the pedal.

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship — “the caring place” — in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

 

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