Monday, February 13, 2012

Worth the Wait

Physical intimacy before marriage is the popular (and easy) thing to do, but is it worth the guilt and dishonor? In this sex-obsessed generation, it is practically impossible to live without having some kind of regret relating to physical intimacy. Here are a few of Cary Schmidt's "20 Reasons to Avoid Premarital Sex:"

-It presents huge physical risk—diseases and illness are rampant among those who engage in this lifestyle.

-It is disappointing at the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels—the only physical intimacy that exceeds expectations is that founded on long-term commitment and marital growth.

-It creates a spiritual/emotional bond without commitment—this only breeds resentment, bitterness, and the feeling of being used. It says something like this, “I don’t love you enough to commit to you, but I love me enough to use you.”

To read the full blog post, click here. I plead with you, don't wait to agree with this counsel until you know it's true through experience. Take it from Bro. Schmidt when he writes, "A life of wonderful, married intimacy is well worth the wait!"

Friday, February 10, 2012

3 Myths About Marriage

I bet you all are thinking, "What is that topic doing on this blog?" Well, I just thought it'd be good to erase any false assumptions my younger readers have about marriage before they get in a serious relationship. Whether or not we want it this way, we are influenced by the world's viewpoint of love and relationships every day. High expectations fill our minds, and when we start assuming a guy can make us happy and feel secure, bad things happen.

Come read this short and simple post, "3 Myths About Marriage," by Paul Chappell. The counsel given is valuable for now and later, no matter what stage of a relationship you are in. Whether your relationship status is "single," "engaged, " "married," or "it's complicated," take this practical advice from a man of God. Click here to read the blog post.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Birthday from Starbucks

One really good reason to register your Starbucks gift card: any drink you want on your

I knew about the Starbucks loyalty program, but couldn't bring myself to buy myself a gift card completely devoted to coffee (even though I'm addicted). However, when Tim's sister gave me one for Christmas, I wasted no time registering it. A few weeks later I received a postcard in the mail telling me to bring in that card for a free birthday drink! And they let me get whatever size I wanted! I felt absolutely fabulous while enjoying my free venti Java Chip frappuchino.

Here's what you need to do:
1) Get a Starbucks gift card. If you're like me and can't bring yourself to buy yourself one, drop hints about how much you love coffee and someone will probably get you one. Or... join Swag Bucks and earn a free one. Just sayin'.
2) Register it at and remember to include your birthday where they ask for it!
3) Make a purchase to activate your Welcome Level status. Don't squirm... a tall regular coffee is $1.50.
4) Patiently wait for your cute little post card to arrive in the mail.
5) Bring the postcard to Starbucks and have at it!

This alone makes registering worth it. If you never use your gift card again (which is like, impossible) then you will have still snagged a deal. There are plenty of rewards cards out there with this kind of deal, but I just wanted to share this one because I just got it today and coffee is near and dear to my heart.

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