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How a Warped View of Forgiveness Enables Abuse and Destroys Lives

Christian teaching is big on forgiving, but have we missed something important? Here's how a warped view of forgiveness enables abuse and destroys lives.Photo by RODNAE Productions from PexelsI'm a big believer in forgiveness. Healing is often impossible without first forgiving. It's something I've written a lot about and a quality I've endeavored to exemplify in my life. We can't keep clinging on to the things of the past without sacrificing the health of our future.Way, way easier said than done though. When someone shatters a dinner plate in the kitchen, forgiveness on its own doesn't fix the plate. Many times the one ...

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10 Of My Favourite Baby Products As A New-ish Dad (So Far)

As a dad I've learned there is a psychotically staggering number of things you can buy for infants. Here are 10 of my favourite baby products... so far.Source: Our baby shower! Credit my wife's amazing creativity and photo from the super talented Kenneth Yam PhotographyI've really enjoyed being a dad. I was going to title this a list of my favourite baby products as a new dad, but the reality is it's not so new anymore. The number of nappies changed is in the hundreds and well on its way into the thousands, the number of family outings has grown ...

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Why You Can't Keep Saying No To Everyone

I continually see one word destroying people's love lives and opportunities. Here's a few reasons why you can't keep saying no to everyone.Photo by burak kostak from PexelsWe were recently at a baby's birthday party and it's so great watching my friends and their kids as they continue to grow up. However, for a number of my friends, they've hit or are hovering around the Terrible Twos. Why are they so terrible? One word, and you already know what it is:No.No is an amazing word. It can actually also be a really great word. A powerful word. A freeing word. When you recognize ...

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5 Reasons You Keep Losing Friends and Close Relationships

Have you ever wondered, "Maybe it's something I'm doing?". Well, maybe it is. Here are 5 reasons you keep losing friends and close relationships... and how to fix that.Photo by Liza Summer from Pexels"You say you want it, but then you complain when you get it!". I stared her straight in the eyes as this frustrating conversation was underway. She had been very very adamant that this was what she wanted, but her actions weren't lining up. It was so confusing to have her telling me and everyone else who would listen that this was what she wanted, but when she was being ...

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Why Are Men So Immature? (Revisited)

You want him to be a man but he's content to stay a child, or perhaps you feel like all you know are little boys. Why are men so immature?Source: Paramount - the immature manchild is a common trope of cinema indeedDid ya miss me? It's been quite a while since I've done any writing. The reason is because I've recently joined the Dad Club, with our daughter being born and I've been focusing all my time on making sure that's been strong. It's been a great experience and looking forward to our new life ahead.But before Dad life became ...

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The Most Beautiful Places I've Ever Been To (So Far)

International travel is still off the cards for now but the world is still full of amazing sights. Here are the most beautiful places I've ever been to... so far.New Zealand's South Island approaching Mount Cook, definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever been toHard to believe it's been about one year since Coronavirus shut down international borders. It's amazing how much globalisation, the Internet, and fantastic airline services made the world so connected. Nowadays the digital highways are getting the most traffic but we still remember a time when travel was freely available and people were posting ...

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Reality Is Often Disappointing: 3 Ways WandaVision Nails Grief and Loss

Marvel's most popular show is a great watch and brilliantly written, and I must say I absolutely love the way WandaVision nails grief and loss.Source: Disney/MarvelSpoilers for WandaVision (up to Episode 7) below.I would probably call myself a mid-range Marvel fan. I don't own any comics or know every single character, but I'm definitely on the nerd spectrum and can keep up with most references brought up. I've seen most of the movies and even rate comic book-esque movies (like Scott Pilgrim and Amazing Spiderman 2) pretty highly. Most of my exposure to the characters previously has been in the ...

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5 Ways Sex Scenes Ruin Your Love Life

Bridgerton, Normal People, 365 Days - popular shows on streaming services are getting big views for getting hot and heavy. But are they healthy? Here are 5 ways sex scenes ruin your love life.Source: NetflixMature written content warning.Like many people during mid and post pandemic times, I've been watching a lot more TV. With things being locked down and travel outside the house limited, you inevitably find yourself hitting Netflix, Disney+ or one of the other services for some extra entertainment waiting for normal activities to be available again. Check out a bunch of the anime I've really been enjoying, ...

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6 Ways To Be A Terrible Husband

No man starts out wanting to be this way, but that's sometimes where we end up. Here are 6 ways to be a terrible husband.Source: Sony"You're not hearing what she's saying, Matt".Krys is a sharpshooting older gentleman who wanted to have a chat to me during the dating phase with my now wife. I was startled as he ran through some examples of how I wasn't hearing what she was saying and how instead I should be picking up on things.But I was known as someone who helped many people with relationships, and people had so many praiseworthy comments about ...

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Feeling Alone At Christmas Is The Worst Feeling In The World

It's a time when you're supposed to be happy, but a nightmare when you're not. Feeling alone at Christmas is the worst feeling in the world.Photo by cottonbro from PexelsOr at least it's definitely up there.Christmas is a time where there are many images of joy displayed throughout the world, bombarded into our eyes and minds from every conceivable angle. Smiling children, singing carolers, joyous gift recipients and very content and full feast goers. The colours are bright, the music is upbeat, and the mood is entirely festive.All this can be quite hard when you don't feel any of that on the inside.I'm ...

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