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13 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOUR MARRIAGE

I’ve been doing marriage counselling for 39 years - just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 18, 2019
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THE POWER OF 2ND CHANCES: THE KELLYS’ STORY

2nd chances are a gift from God. His 20-year marriage had just ended. Rick didn’t expect to see anything positive from the ordeal. Her 25-year marriage also ended in divorce. Jan's expectations of the future were few in number and a "happily-ever-after" wasn't one of them. Jan jokes that the end of her marriage was her fault. “I couldn’t get along with my husband’s girlfriend – even though she was my best friend!” Rick was worried about the legal costs and shared custody of his young daughter. He hit rock bottom. A GODWINK When a friend shared that there’s hope through faith in Jesus Christ, Rick accepted Jesus into his life and started to attend church. It was no coincidence…
Bob Jones
May 15, 2018
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THE 7 LAWS OF LOVE

Photo by Akshar Dave on Unsplash Marriage is not 50-50. Divorce is 50-50. Marriage is 100-100. Love is not splitting everything in half, but giving everything you've got. And love isn't a quick fix - its a lifelong pursuit. Dave Willis lays out 7 laws that will set any relationship free. 7 Laws Of Love 1. Holding a grudge doesn't make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn't make you weak; it sets you free. 2. Bitterness and love can't live in the same heart. Each day we must decide which one gets to stay. 3. Lifelong love isn't the result of compatibility; its the result of commitment. 4. Treat your spouse the way you want your kids' future…
Bob Jones
February 14, 2018
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26 CHOICE BOOKS FOR YOU

You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. What are you reading today? I chose the following books as my Top 26 for two reasons: 1. I could recall the title and the author's name. I have hundreds of books in my library and though I've read them all I cannot recall them all. These I can. I've met some of the authors in person and own autographed copies of their book. They left a deep impression on me. 2. The content of the books have formed my personal perspective, principles, and practices. They address theology, personality, healing, prayer, relationships, marriage, parenting and leadership.…
Bob Jones
March 12, 2016
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15 THINGS I DISCOVERED IN 2015

When you're done learning, you're done. 2015 was a year of firsts - first grandson; first trip to Israel, Germany, France; first Caribbean cruise; first book published. It was a year of learning and discovery. 15 Things I Discovered In 2015 In random order of importance: 1. If you leave the window of your hotel room open overnight in Tiberias, Israel don't be surprised if you wake up to find pigeons roosting on your lampshade in the morning. 2. Grandkids are God's gift of family that can be returned to the manufacturers after every use. 3. Spider Mable is the greatest superhero in Edmonton. 4. Israel is a miracle. Jerusalem is unforgettable. Pilgrimage should be experienced by every believer. Walking…
Bob Jones
December 28, 2015
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Marital Conflict: NHL Playoff Insights For Couples

Members of the Ottawa Senators' (in red jerseys) fight with the Montreal Canadiens (in white jerseys) during the third period of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal hockey game in Ottawa May 5, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY) Rodney Dangerfeld is famous for a lot of sayings but none so sarcastic as the one about the NHL – “I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out.” Professional hockey has a reputation for bloodied noses, broken fingers and black eyes. Some feel fighting gives the NHL a black eye but a closer look will show something that even married couples can learn about conflict from hockey players. Fights in the Playoffs The…
Bob Jones
June 5, 2015
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PROMISES OF 313 YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE

I was in a meeting with seven veteran leaders from North Pointe. As I looked around the room it dawned on me that we all had one thing in common - marriage. Some quick math revealed we totaled 313 years of marriage experience. Surely we must have something good to offer others from our experience. So I asked them their secrets to wedded bliss. Secrets of Happy Marriages "Be flexible.  Blessed are the flexible." "Marry a great girl." "Embrace the journey!" "On our 32nd anniversary I gave my wife a sympathy card." "Find a spouse who is easy to get along with." "To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're…
Bob Jones
March 31, 2015
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Readers Choice Top 5 Posts of 2014

5 posts that caught the attention of our readers in 2014. Marriage...courage...cancer.... The stuff of life that that can lift your life to a higher level. Thanks for reading. 1. 13 Things to Stop Doing to Your Marriage         3,380 views I’ve been counseling couples for 34 years – just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. Read more here... 2. 17 Courageous Statements You Need to Hear     2,245 views Courage is what you earn when you've been through tough times. “Courage does not always roar; sometimes courage is the…
Bob Jones
December 28, 2014