Close out before you ring out

Before you ring out the old year and ring in the new year, is there any offence from 2012 you need to deal with? This is true across the board, but my focus is on your marriage.

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I am not talking about who is at fault here, because really that is not the issue. Romans 12:18 tells us “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” [ESV] I take this to mean we are expected to make an attempt, even if we are not the one who has done wrong. If there are hard feelings, you need to try to resolve them. If there is unforgiveness, you need to offer forgiveness or ask to be forgiven. If something has become a land mine you both avoid, it is time to deal with it.

If your marriage goes into the New Year with baggage from this year, let it be because you tried to work it out but your spouse refused. Only then can you be free of responsibility. 

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Great tweet of the week:

Husbands and wives do not battle over their differences, it’s over their intolerance of their differences. #pridebeforefall @redeemmarriages

Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:

Featured Post – A must read article I saw this week:
Gary of Safe at Home posted Giving Up Your Entitlements in 2012 ◄ This is, I think, a prophetic post.


The Generous Wife

Evaluate Your Life ◄ Always a good idea, and this is a great time of year to do it.

Joe Beam’s Blog

Affair Memories Haunting Me – How Do I Get Past The Guilt I Feel? ◄ Good, practical advice.

Journey to Surrender

Dress For Success in 2013 ◄ Not what you think, and even more important than that.

refine us

The Best of 2012 – the four most read posts of 2012 (top post later today):

…to Love Honor and Vacuum

Important But Not Urgent ◄ Learning to identify which of four categories things belong in can be a huge help to your marriage, your life, and your sanity.

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