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Keep Your Marriage Alive

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Lisa and I just celebrated 35 years of marriage. As I think about the decades we’ve spent together, I’m reminded of how important it is to take care of your spouse and invest in your marriage. This principle is especially true in ministry.

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Here are a few things Lisa and I have learned and committed to in order to take our marriage to a HOLY NOTHA LEVEL.

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I shall have no other human relationship before Lisa. This means, as important as other relationships – kids, parents, other family members, staff, etc. – are, no other relationship goes before your spouse. Period. Your wife is the most important earthly relationship you will have and your schedule should reflect that.

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Remember date night and keep it holy. Make date night a priority. Carve out the time in your calendar to make this happen. Get creative with your budget to make it work. This relationship is worth the investment!

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What is something you can do today to honor your spouse?


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Three Steps to a Great Vacation


“It’s so vital that we take time off. There is nothing as great as the ministry. Also, there is nothing as draining as the ministry. I call the ministry BRUTIFUL…”



Three Steps to a Great Vacation:

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1. Pick a Date
“But I haven’t arranged for a guest speaker,” you say. Summer is a great opportunity for your upcoming leaders to gain experience at the pulpit. While it may be nerve-racking to entrust large amounts of responsibility to other leaders, it’s important to remember that our leadership is measured more in our absence, than in our presence.
2. Choose a Place
So…where should you go? Do you remember the last time your head was spinning with ideas? You found yourself daydreaming about the future and it seemed like you didn’t have a care in the world? Wherever you were then, go there! You don’t have to spend a week in Maui, but you can spend a week on the beach, if you’re creative. Traveling has become more affordable than ever. With companies like Uber, saving you from the hassle of renting a car, to Airbnb, making it possible to rent amazing rooms and entire homes at exceptionally low rates, there is no excuse not to TAKE A BREAK!
3. Take Your Mate
We hear you. Money is tight and it’s just going to cost too much this year. You’re right, but let me ask you this: what costs more, the vacation or arbitration during a divorce? Ministry takes a toll on you and your spouse which is why you need to get away. Nobody will ever tell you to do it but you gotta do it. Make the call, it will bless your life!

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