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What Shamu Taught Me About Marriage

Marriage Humor Motivation

Source: "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," The New York Times (6-25-06)

Contributed By: John Reed | Date Posted: 2018-07-21

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8

Author: Amy Sutherland
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Amy Sutherland, in an article she wrote for the New York Times called, "What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage," expresses her frustration over her husbands irritating habits:

These minor annoyances are not the stuff of separation and divorce, but in sum they began to dull my love for Scott. I wanted—needed—to nudge him a little closer to perfect, to make him into a mate who might annoy me a little less, who wouldn't keep me waiting at restaurants, a mate who would be easier to love.

So, like many wives before me, I ignored a library of advice books and set about improving him. By nagging, of course, which only made his behavior worse: he'd drive faster instead of slower; shave less frequently, not more; and leave his reeking bike garb on the bedroom floor longer than ever.

A breakthrough came when Amy began traveling to a school for exotic animal trainers in California in order to research a book she wanted to write:

I listened, rapt, as professional trainers explained how they taught dolphins to flip and elephants to paint. Eventually it hit me that the same techniques might work on that stubborn but loveable species, the American husband.

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Ms. Sutherland concludes:

The central lesson I learned from exotic animal trainers is that I should reward behavior I like and ignore behavior I don't. After all, you don't get a sea lion to balance a ball on the end of its nose by nagging. The same goes for the American husband. Back in Maine, I began thanking Scott if he threw one dirty shirt into the hamper. If he threw in two, I'd kiss him. Meanwhile, I would step over any soiled clothes on the floor without one sharp word, though I did sometimes kick them under the bed. But as he basked in my appreciation, the piles became smaller.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8).

They Call It Sologamy

Marriage End Times Self-absorbed

Source: BBC World News 27 September 2017

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Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:2

Author: Rod Crowell
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The BBC reports: 

An Italian woman has married herself in a ceremony complete with white dress, three-layer wedding cake, bridesmaids and 70 guests. 'I firmly believe that each of us must first of all love ourselves,' said Laura Mesi, a 40-year-old fitness trainer. 'You can have a fairytale even without the prince.' 

While the ceremony carries no legal weight, it's part of a growing trend for self-marriage, dubbed 'sologamy,' in countries around the world.  Its advocates say it is about self-love and acceptance.  Japan began offering such bridal ceremonies back in 2014, and in both the U.S. and Canada, self-wedding kits are offered with names like 'I Married Me.'

 

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Genesis reminds us that, "It is not good for the man [or woman!] to be alone; I will make a suitable helper...." (Genesis 2:18).  While Scripture holds singleness to be as honorable as marriage (1 Cor 7), God never intended the two sexes to live in "splendid isolation" from each other.  Men and women are created to help and respect, not ignore, each other.  Sologamy is a distortion of God's institution of marriage and, sadly, just another example of how, in the last days, people will become "lovers of themselves" (2 Timothy 3:2).  

Man Robs Bank To Get Away From Wife

Marriage Consequences Spiritual Growth

Source: “Man who robbed bank to get away from wife sentenced to home confinement, community service,” Posted June 13, 2017, By AP WIRE

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-11

Scripture: Proverbs 21:9 ; James 1:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. Associate Press reports: 

A 71-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression.

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to six months of home confinement and 50 hours of community service.

Ripple went to the Bank of Labor — a block from the Kansas City, Kansas, police headquarters — last September and gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and demanding money. After he was given money, Ripple waited for police.

Court records indicate Ripple wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.

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“Better to live on a corner of the roof (or in prison!) than share a house with a quarrelsome wife” (Proverbs 21:9).

Who hasn't attempted to avoid facing their problems? But the real lesson here might be the punishment meted out to Mr. Ripple, and how well it fit the crime. But rather than allow him to escape his dysfunctional home life, the judge sentenced him to six months of home confinement! Perfect!!  

Sometimes God puts us in circumstances we can't change to force an inner change in us.  It's not that the punishment fits the crime as much as the challenge fits our need to grow and mature as a believer. 

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance" (James 1:2-3).

How Your Girl Friend Reads Your Mind

Marriage Relationships God's Omniscience

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-25

Scripture: Hebrews 4:13

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Stick With The Kitty-Litter

Family (Values) Marriage Apologetics

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-07

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Five Stages Of Love

Valentine's Day Marriage Love (Human)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-07

Scripture: Proverbs 5:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Bride Who Wears Her Wedding Gown Everyday

Marriage Valentine's Day Love for God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-12-30

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:4 ; Ecclesiastes 2:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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No Wedding License For You!

Marriage Love (Divine) Legalism

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-16

Scripture: Ephesians 5:25

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Man Robs Bank To Escape Wife

Contentiousness Marriage Relationships

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-15

Scripture: Proverbs 25:24

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Sex Exposure Calculator

Marriage Purity God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-20

Scripture: John 15:10

Author: Illustration Exchange
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