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Start Asking Better Questions

 

“How was your day?”  How can you really answer that?  Which part?  Did it fly by or feel like a lifetime?

 

Next time your spouse walks in the door, ask, “How did you feel about your big meeting today?”  Or “How is your coworker’s child feeling?”  Asking specific questions can create more intimate relationships.  That goes for your kids, friends, and everyone else!  It may feel awkward at first, but practice makes perfect.  Read more in Lisa’s Home School.

 

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Good News: Man Walking After Miracle

 

Last October, 20-year-old Joel woke up in his dorm room paralyzed from the waist down. With no medical explanation, he began physical therapy.  Last week, he was walking with his robotic therapy and just had enough.  He knew that he would never walk again.  The next night while he was sleeping, he awoke to an intense pain creeping up his legs.  When the pain, subsided, he felt something else — his toes!  He popped up out of bed and WALKED to his parents room.  You won’t believe the rest of the story unless you read it here!

 

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Will Living Together Make Us More Compatible?

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Dear Dr. Bill,

My boyfriend and I are both from broken homes and we want to divorce-proof our future marriage.  Is living together a good test of future compatibility?

–Heather

 

Dear Heather,

That’s a question a lot of young people are asking these days.  According the National Marriage Project, about sixty percent of young adults in American say they plan to live together before marriage.

Many of them grew up in homes where divorce occurred and experienced a tremendous amount of pain and insecurity as a result of their parents’ break up.

They are determined not to repeat their parents’ mistakes, and more than anything they want to find a “soul mate” that they can be married to for life.

You and your boyfriend may believe that living together is a good way to find out if you are compatible—sort of a “test drive” that will improve your chances for martial success.

While this seems to make sense, actually just the opposite is true.   Research indicates that couples who cohabit before marriage have a fifty percent higher divorce rate than those who don’t.

These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to cheat on each other.

If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there is a high probability that the man will leave the relationship within two years, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child.

The best way to test your compatibility for marriage is to date for at least one year before engagement, and participate in a structured, premarital counseling program that includes psychological testing.

Thanks for writing, Heather.

 

If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

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The Basics of Exercise and Diet

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Have you looked in the mirror wishing you were in better shape and just felt hopeless? You maybe surprised at how quickly you can improve your health.

Research shows that exercise and diet, independent of weight loss, improves cardio metabolic risk profiles in over weight and obese individuals. This is great news for anyone struggling with weight.

It means significant results can be seen in a short amount of time, and you don’t have to loose large amounts of weight to seek positive changes in your health.

The people in the study improved their condition without pills or potions. They stuck to the basics available to anyone, exercise and diet. It’s a simple prescription no matter what you weight.

Don’t listen to what your mirror says. Hold onto the truth. There is always hope for a healthier you.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional Morning Glory, Evening Grace here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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