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8 Things That Kill Your Marriage (If Left Unaddressed)

Could you be directly (or indirectly) ruining what could be great? Here are 8 things that kill your marriage... if left unaddressed.Photo by RODNAE Productions from PexelsJohn and Helen Burns rightly observed that a good marriage is the closest to heaven on earth you can experience. Conversely, a bad or troubled marriage they say can be the closest thing to hell on earth.Feeling trapped in your own house, unhappy with the thing you once dreamed about, at the end of the rope with this person you supposedly used to love at one point - these can feel like a nightmare without end, and ...

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For The Ones Who Scroll Facebook But Never Post Anything

I see you there. You know who you are. The ones who scroll Facebook but never post anything themselves.When my wife and I announced we were dating on social media, I think the Internet broke. It's very encouraging to have the support and love of your friends and family. I think the posts clocked up 700+ likes in a matter of hours.I remember thinking, wow, people are really cool. I also remember thinking, wait, I haven't seen about 50 of these people post anything in a while. A similar reaction when we got engaged, what a happy day that was. ...

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Why I Got Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It seems even sex, politics, and religion have not inspired as much contention or division as this issue recently. Here's why I got vaccinated against COVID-19.Photo credit Kenneth Yam PhotographyNB. These views are my own.It seems like just a short time ago when the anti-vax movement was the butt of every joke and meme for at least a year. Whether it was pulling old episodes of House MD, comparing anti-vax parents to Spongebob chickens or just outright criticism of the death of children, it seemed like a daily occurrence to see someone paying out those opposed to vaccines.And then COVID ...

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6 Things That Can Distract You From Your Purpose

There is no greater exhaustion than living dissatisfied. Here are 6 things that can distract you from your purpose.Source: Disney PixarI think it's quite well chronicled that burnout is a devastating state to live in. When you've overexerted yourself physically, emotionally or spiritually, it can take quite a while to recover from it. In fact I know several people who never really have been the same since a stint with burnout. If you're in that category I've been absolutely loving the writings of Carey Nieuwhof in this space - highly recommended.But I think even more prevalent than this sort of ...

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6 Ways to Be More Outgoing (From A Legit Introvert)

Whether trying to build friendships, find a date, or make a difference, we all need to put ourselves out there. Here are 6 ways to be more outgoing, written by an introvert.Source: UniversalWell it's been a hot minute since my last post indeed. In that time the world has more steadily begun to move towards being a more open place, or at least in my own country of Australia. Two states within the next few weeks are about to open borders and plans like COVID doesn't exist anymore, with a number of the others well on their way.One of the ...

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10 Realistic Movies About Love (Well, Realistic-Ish)

Hollywood romances are super popular, but not always truthful depictions of what really happens in love. Here are 10 realistic movies about love… well, as realistic as Hollywood can be anyway.Source: Warner BrosLove can be such a complicated and layered topic at times. Even moreso when it's your own love life you're looking at. It can be much easier to critique or explore the issues of love when you're looking at someone else's life.And even if it's not a real life, but a fictional one - watching someone else's drama can be an escape from your own. Or perhaps more ...

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Do You Really Want To Marry Your Best Friend?

Words can say one thing, but dating habits can say another - are you sure you really want to marry your best friend?Source: Lionsgate, and easily one of my favourite movies on this topicMature written content warning.Everyone says being able to marry your best friend is the absolute goal when it comes to dating and marriage. I wholeheartedly agree to be honest. So much so that on our wedding day we made sure that the words of Bishop Jeremy Taylor were shared during our ceremony - that love is friendship set on fire. I'm very fortunate and blessed to say ...

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The Lonely Christian & 5 Ways to Make Meaningful Connections

Can't find a date, a place to belong, or even a friend in and around church life. Here are 5 ways to make meaningful connections and avoid becoming a lonely Christian.Photo by Ric Rodrigues from PexelsMany Christians live their lives guided by a series of views on what they're "supposed to" be or not "supposed to" be. In fact, "supposed to" is one of the biggest phrases we throw around in our life of faith. It's because the Christian life by nature shows us what our ideal and fully fulfilled and redeemed potential could be, as well as things that get in the ...

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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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