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Have you heard about IF:Local?  November 3rd is registration day!!

The other thing on November 3rd is the LifeLong Love Marriage Summit.  It’s FREE to watch online.

How to Keep Hoping When You Really Want to Just Give Up “We kneel down, drop a bulb into opening earth, then wait “for the forces above and below and beyond our control to work upon” all these things. The boy pats the earth down and over and the Girl, she watches. We bury hope in a tomb of its own. Like the faith diggers do every day. We bury our swollen prayers in Him who’s raised from the tomb. We lay our hope, full and tender, into the depths of Him and wait in hope for God to resurrect something good. Good always necessitates long waiting.”

Loving this list of Gluten-Free/Dairy Free Crock pot meals!

The Glorious Table had two amazing (to me) posts this week Are You Losing Your Leaves and Lessons from Prison: On Humility, Mercy, and the power of Open Arms are must reads!!

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Last’s Friday’s “Friday Five” over with Mrs. Disciple was 5 Dates.  I’ve  decided to carry the theme over a bit and I’ve linked up the links saved over the last few weeks focusing on dating and marriage.

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9 Steps to Defeating Isolation In Your Marriage I’m all about an action plan in life, whether you see that as being a “control freak” or “obsessive planner” one of the things that makes my heart ache is watching people walk through life refusing to look ahead because they have things all figured out.  “Every marriage, no matter how good, needs a plan to defeat isolation and to bring about intimacy. Isolation is like a terminal virus that invades your marriage, silently, slowly, and painlessly at first. By the time many couples become aware of its insidious effects, it can be too late.”

103 words of affirmation every husband wants to hear “From the man’s perspective, if his woman doesn’t believe in him . . . isn’t fanatically committed to his potential, it doesn’t much matter what others think. He’s already living in Thoreau’s muse, a diminished man.”  Solid reminder here, so important.

8 most annoying habits of modern dating echos conversations I have monthly with college students these days.  “The Internet changed everything, but especially dating. Not only could you meet someone online, even communicating became a breeze thanks to texting, commenting, swiping and any other form of courtship that requires four seconds of moving your thumbs in-between YouTube video viewings.”

5 Types of People You Should Marry had me nodding along the whole time. “When it comes to relationships, so many people are waiting for that magical moment. But whether or not that magical moment even exists, it can’t be trusted, because it’s not “confirmation”—it’s feelings.”

The Secret of Contentment  “I am three months into my marriage, three months into a new job, and have lived three months in a new city. I am already restless.”

What are you reading these days?