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Protect And Defend The One You Love

It was such a great visit! Meeting Trevor’s mom for the first time went well. Ashlee and Trevor left his mom’s house with the seal of approval and hope for a future…until the phone rang. Trevor’s mom could easily be heard screaming through the back of Trevor’s Smartphone as he tensed up under the attack. Ashlee sat listening with tears filling her eyes as Trevor’s mom demanded that he break …Read More

3 Ways To Speak Words Of Love – Part II

Words in the form of genuine compliments, encouragement, praise or acknowledgement can make a world of difference in how love is expressed and received a relationship between two people. Likewise, words that tear down, berate, dismiss or cause doubt will obviously not have a positive effect and can even be hurtful or damaging. The brain has a way of taking inputs and turning them into beliefs. So, as an example, …Read More

Are You Dating A Lug Nut?

What’s in a name? As in Chrysler? Honda? Ford? Or Smith? If you are familiar with the name, it probably evoked some sort of response when you read each one: “Chrysler-struggling.” “Honda-dependable.” “Ford-aggressive.” “Smith-self-centered.” The manufacturer of a particular vehicle says a lot about what you can expect in performance, reputation, accountability and will give dozens of other indicators to help you make your decision and not end up dating …Read More

The Key To Dating With Realistic Expectations

Align expectations with reality and you will be less likely to be disappointed. Tyler said he was madly in love with the Mercedes-Benz AMG. So, he bought a Kia Scion and was convinced that his “influence” over the car would transform it into the AMG that he really wanted. He saw the potential. He had hope. How crazy is that? Well, you might think that is a little nuts, but …Read More

3 Bad Habits in Dating

It was the third date…and probably the last. Ever since they started dating, the way she would butt into conversations was just plain annoying. Jake really liked Bri’s positive attitude, her sense of humor and her talent on the basketball court. But off the court, it was impossible to tell a story without her interrupting. If Jake brought it to her attention, she would pout for a while and then …Read More

Your Dating License Has Been Revoked

A few years ago, Allstate launched a campaign to help keep teens safe on the road. The agreement contains safe driving tips and a promise to stay focused and not get distracted.  Allstate also recommended a parent/teen driving contract to encourage safe, responsible driving. If the contract is broken, driving privileges would be revoked or suspended until further notice. But wait, isn’t that why teens need to get a driver’s license – …Read More

Dating Excuses Vs. Accountability

What is the difference between accountability and an excuse? A guy returns to his parked BMW to find the headlights were broken and considerable damage to the front end. There’s no sign of the car that hit him, but he’s relieved to see that there’s a note stuck under the windshield wiper. “Sorry. I just backed into your Beemer. The witnesses who saw the accident are smiling at me right …Read More

Love Is Whatever You Want It To Be

I love my new hair cut. I love my car. I love swimming in the ocean. I love my mom. I love my husband. Equally and unconditionally? No wonder love is confusing! Love. The English language does not do justice to the word love, it has been overused and watered down to the point of almost being empty. Love is a sacred word, but the way our culture has chopped …Read More

Teenage Dating Advice – Safety First

In 1981, I rolled my Plymouth Horizon down a very steep embankment…and lived by the grace of God. I had no idea when I invested in that car how safe it really was until I put it to the test. Fortunately, the Lord knew that car would protect my life when I needed it most. Reflecting back on dating, I can’t say I ever felt as safe. Sure, a man …Read More