Practical Marriage Tips to Re-Ignite Your Passion by Guest Blogger Lori Clapper

Practical Marriage Tips to Re-Ignite Your Passion by Guest Blogger Lori Clapper

 

Practical Marriage Tips to Re-ignite Your Passion

April 17, 2014

By Lori Clapper

Therefore, guard your passions! Keep faith with the wife of your youth. Malachi 2:15

After nearly 20 years of marriage, there is one thing I know.  

There are so many things I did wrong.

Words that weren’t said, but should have been.

Words that were said, that might have been better kept to myself.

Selfishness.

And the list could go on.

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I sent my son halfway around the world...

I sent my son halfway around the world...

Last Friday, we put our youngest son, Benjamin, (now 22) on a plane to Boston.  No big deal...except that the final destination of his many flights was Zambia, Africa!  Many friends have said, "It must be tough to let go and trust God to take care of him half way around the world!"  Yes it is, and unless you've done that very thing, you have no idea!

I trust God.  Don't get me wrong.  Moreover, I trust my son to keep his wits about him, use his common sense, stay out of trouble, eat healthily, avoid dangerous situations...

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No Doubt!

No Doubt!

No Doubt!
By Lori Clapper, founder, WonderfullyWOVEN

My name is Lori. And I am a classic first-born people-pleaser.
I don’t like it.  My greatest highs and deepest lows in life have been driven by it.

The craving for approval led to a very unhealthy relationship with my career. Too often I selfishly acted like a bad day at work constituted a bad life.


As hard as my husband tried to support and encourage me, my self-doubt whispered that I didn’t deserve it, and I kept him at arm’s length.  Our relationship suffered greatly.
For me, age and experience has helped temper it. But as hard as I pray about it and make progress, it will always be a part of who I am.


I know I’m not alone. Many of us live in fear that we just won’t measure up or will look dumb. At times our self-worth crumbles when we look in the mirror and don’t look like the photo shopped images that bombard us everywhere we go. Fighting the tendency, as a woman, to compare yourself to others fuels negative self-talk — heightening the need for approval even more.  It‘s a vicious cycle.

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A New Door...

Happy Father's Day!  So many families, offering up celebrations for Dads and all they do for their wives and children: barbeques, ties, cakes, homemade cards created by tiny hands with lots of glue and glitter, soap on a rope ?!, maybe a beer on the patio or a walk in the park...grateful wives expressing appreciation with a special meal, for all their husbands do to support them and care for their children... How do you celebrate?

Or perhaps, you don't.

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Thanks Dads! or: Why I Absolutely Love the Father of my Sons

Thanks Dads! or: Why I Absolutely Love the Father of my Sons

As we head towards Father's Day, I appreciate over and over how my husband fathered our sons over all these years.  I have come to appreciate him time and again in his role as a grandfather as I watch him toss his grandsons in the air and wrestle with them on the living room floor.  There is just something about a boy's dad (or a grandfather of grandsons) that is special...They "get" boyhood and sometimes I wonder if my husband really ever grew up...and if he did, that perhaps he just takes each opportunity to go back to his own boyhood days and revisit all the rough and tumble things he spent time doing that molded him way back when.  I so appreciate the man he is today and the role model he was for our sons. 

I love my husband and I loved watching him be the best dad he could be. 

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