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Wife of the Year?

Co-Dependency Addiction Marriage

Source: “Wife Steals Cop Car With Husband Cuffed Inside” by Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff, Posted Sep 4, 2015 4:11 PM CDT

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-11

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Every now and then that “be faithful to him so long as you both shall live” thing takes on an unexpected dimension, like it did recently when 28-year-old Amber Watford saw her man handcuffed in the back seat of a police cruiser after being arrested for failure to show up to court-ordered DUI classes. While the state trooper was distracted, and without a moments hesitation, she jumped in and sped away, leaving the police officer with his head spinning on a swivel!

Despite the use of a police dog and a helicopter, the search came up empty. Finally, someone called in a tip that led police to the couple who were arrested for vehicle theft and criminal mischief.  

APPLICATION

How many women do you know who are willing to steal a state trooper’s cruiser for their man? In reality, it's clear that this wife is actually a really BIG part of her husband's problems!

Wouldn’t her commitment to her marriage be more productively lived out by encouraging hubby to do the little things, like...hmmmm, I don't know...attending court ordered DUI classes and not resisting arrest?

While this is obviously an extreme case, many of us tend to engage in unhealthy, codependent behavior in countless more subtle ways every day by enabling our loved one's unhealthy habits or behaviors.

Mature love doesn’t enable dysfunction but encourages responsibility and growth.

"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).

A Stomach Full of Socks

Sin Addiction Foolishness

Source: "43 1/2 socks removed from dog's stomach" by Jessica Durando for USA TODAY NETWORK, published September 4, 2014

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-22

Scripture: Proverbs 26:11

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ILLUSTRATION

We've all experienced the frustration of missing socks. Foolishly, perhaps, we usually attribute their disappearance to the clothes dryer having "eaten" them. But maybe we should be pointing our fingers elsewhere, like toward our four-footed, furry friends. USA Today reports:

Chomping down on 43 1/2 socks was enough to make one 3-year-old Great Dane pretty sick. After vomiting and retching during the day, abdominal radiographs revealed "a severely distended stomach and a large quantity of foreign material," according to Veterinary Practice News.

During surgery performed by a ... veterinarian in Portland, Ore., the socks were removed. The dog was sent home one day after surgery.

When Dr. Ashley Magee at the Animal Hospital opened the dogs stomach, she told KGW-TV, they "kept removing sock after sock of all different shapes and sizes."

The Dane, who had a history of sock snitching, has been in for follow-up check-ups and is so far doing fine. Needless to say, the Dane's "people" are keeping a watchful eye to see that he doesn't return to his former ways.

APPLICATION

43 1/2 socks! Makes you wonder what happened to the other 1/2 of that 44th one. Maybe he just couldn't choke it down.

It just goes to show, we all have our limits. If that's true of socks, you better believe it's true of sins. We may seem to tolerate them well enough for a while, but watch out for that 44th one. Eventually our transgressions catch up to us, and when they do, there we are retching and vomiting all over everything.

"As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly" (Proverbs 26:11).

Drinking Deaths Every 10 Seconds

Addiction Drunkenness Co-Dependency

Source: "WHO: Alcohol Kills Someone Every 10 Seconds" by Kate Seamons, Newswer Staff Writer, published NEWSER, 5/12/14

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-05-16

Author: Kate Seamons, Newswer Staff Writer / Illustration
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ILLUSTRATION

In the time it takes to chug a beer, someone will die from an alcohol related death.

(NEWSER) – The World Health Organization today released a new report on alcohol, and it's full of pretty dour stats. Among the most eye-grabbing ones, per the WHO and the AFP:

  • Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year.
  • That's more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and violence—combined.
  • That's equal to 5.9% of all deaths across the planet, or more than one in 20.

"This actually translates into one death every 10 seconds," says a WHO rep.

The report encompasses drunk driving, alcohol-induced violence and abuse, and related diseases and disorders ("the harmful use of alcohol is a causal factor in more than 200 disease and injury conditions," per the report).

APPLICATION

We'd never think of sticking someone with an AIDs infected needle, blowing tuberculin spores into someone's lungs, or shooting them with a gun. No doubt, we'd consider such acts as criminal. In fact, we'd hopefully intervene if we saw anyone perpetrating any of the the above crimes.

So why do we stand idly by and watch as our loved ones, neighbors, and friends succumb to the violent assault of alcohol abuse? We must stop enabling and start intervening if we have any hope of reversing these staggering statistics, keeping in mind, these "statistics" are not just numbers. They have names, and they have sons and daughters and spouses and parents and ...

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From Rehab With Love

Addiction Denial Bondage

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-12-16

Scripture: Proverbs 23:29 ; Proverbs 20:1

Author: Elizabeth Landau, CNN
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Internet Addiction Runs Rampant

Addiction Devotion Idolatry

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-25

Scripture: Matthew 5:30

Author: Leonardo Blair of the CHRISTIAN POST
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The Transformative Power of Fatherhood

Fatherhood Responsibility Addiction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-06-10

Scripture: Titus 2:7

Author: Meredith Melnick
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Habits

Discipline (Self) Spiritual Growth Addiction

Contributed By: James Hubbard | Date Posted: 2013-01-18

Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7 ; James 2:12

Author: R. C. Mortimer
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How The Blind See

Distractions Addiction Spiritual Blindness

Contributed By: Travis Morin | Date Posted: 2012-12-11

Scripture: John 9:25

Author: Travis Morin
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No Expiration Date On Hope

Addiction Gratitude Witness

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-06-25

Scripture: Luke 7:47 ; Ephesians 5:20

Author: Barnett Gushin
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Swarming Spiders in Sadiya

Fear Refuge Addiction

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-05

Scripture: John 14:6

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