I’ve been doing my daily Bible reading in The Message version recently (AffLnk). I don’t like it for study, and I often check another version to see what is actually written, but I do like the way it puts things in language I would actually use. Sometimes it’s quite good, showing me something the text says I have never seen. For example, the verse above is in the English Standard. Below in The Message:
“And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” [1 Thes 5:15 Message]
That’s real! It’s about life, about my everyday life. It applies especially to my marriage; I’ve been known to snap when my bride has gotten on my nerves. For me, it’s a lot harder to excuse my snapping when I’ve read that passage in The Message than if I read it in the ESV.
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
A Grown Up Marriage
God Grant Me Serenity… : A sad but mature choice.
Couple Things Blog
A Solution for Your Relationship Problem : Spot on!
Intimacy in Marriage
Journey to Surrender
Happy Life; Happy Marriage : I’ve always thought this, nice to have data to back it up.
Sex Experts: I find myself in very nice company here.
Romantic Act of the Day
You’re Free! Whatever shall you do? : Try something old fashioned Sunday afternoon.
What do you Say, when She’s Not There?: It matters – a lot!
Be Quick to Lend a Hand : She will notice.
She Needs to Talk About it : She really does NEED to talk.
The Romantic Vineyard
Safe at home
Someday Our Words and Actions Will Be Our Last Ones: A sobering thought, and great advice.
Porn Stats: Research by Mars Hill Church: If you’ve not seen this yet, it will shock and sadden you.
Stupendous Marriage Show 036: Part Two of our Interview with Marriage Author Sheila Wray Gregoire: I’m listening to it now!