Challenged by Love

by Elsa Kok Colopy

sunset-hands-love-womanAll I could do was watch as my husband lived out his marriage vows

I used to think marital sacrifice meant picking up dirty socks without complaint or spending an hour in the kitchen to prepare a nice meal. The sickness part of my vows symbolized nothing more than making chicken noodle soup for a nasty cold and the occasional run for saltines and Gatorade during flu season.

The big stuff, the hard illnesses, would come later in life. Or so I thought. I was certain that by then I would be the kind of super wife who would serve her husband well.

I was taken by surprise when life-threatening illness hit our home—and even more surprised when it happened to me. I’d been strong and healthy

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Being A Father

Being A Father
by Kurt Bruner

pexels-photo-105952Walking in my Father’s Footsteps

Early in the morning of July 25, 1990, I became something God has always been—a father. It happened again two, seven and 10 years later when my other children came along. Now I spend my days experiencing the good and the bad of what it means to be somebody’s daddy, to be the highest earthly representation of a heavenly person for my children.
I can relate to how God must feel as our heavenly Father. I represent God’s stability, provision and strength. In my mind I glimpse moments that show something of how He must feel, snapshots tucked away in the heart’s photo album.
Click—I recall the flutter of life and the sense of awe that another human being, my child, would soon journey into a new world.

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A Committment of Passion

heart-love-romance-valentineby Sue Cameron

On your wedding day, you vowed to give your heart . . . and your body

When my friend Ashley* shared that her marriage was in trouble, I asked, “Are you intimate on a regular basis?”
“Once a month or every other month—if I’m in the mood.”
I took her hands. “You’re being very foolish. And you’re breaking your wedding vows.”
Ashley shifted in her chair. “Sex just isn’t that important to me.”
“I bet it is to your husband.”
Like my friend, perhaps you never realized you made a promise to God to meet your spouse’s sexual needs.
What does the wedding vow “to have and to hold” actually mean? I think it’s referring to an exclusive, mutually satisfying sexual relationship within marriage. We chose to be sexually available to

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Empty Womb, Aching Heart

woman-child-doctor-hospitalVanessa, age 47 

“ Surprise! You’re infertile!” my gynecologist said to me one day when I was in for my yearly exam. Well, she didn’t actually say that, but she might as well have.

I was lying in that most uncomfortable position, while the doctor poked around with her cold instruments. I stared at the ceiling and gripped the thin tissue sheet that was supposed to cover me.

“So do you see anything odd down there?” I asked.

The doctor glanced up. “Everything looks fine,” she said, then looked at me more closely. “Why? Have you been experiencing anything that I should know about?”

“No, not really,” I answered. “It’s just that Steve and I have been trying to get pregnant.”

She gave a thoughtful “hmmm” and continued

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