Former "Bachelor" star Sean Lowe and contestant Catherine Giudici will celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Jan. 26, and the couple recently spoke about their first year of marriage and family plans.
"There's been a lot of down time with just us two," Giudici told People magazine. "I've really been enjoying being next to him all the time."
The couple was in the public eye throughout their first meeting, courtship, and even their marriage, which was filmed in a TV special. Lowe has been considered one of the more memorable bachelors for holding onto his Christian faith and vow of celibacy throughout the show. The born-again Christian promised that no physical contact other than kissing would take place on the series notorious for intimate moments and, at times, sexual escapades. more >>
America has always been a nation with great respect for the right of conscience. As a people, we like the idea that a person should follow their heart, go with their gut, do what feels right. Our laws have traditionally followed this course by according deference to individual conscience on a whole host of matters. Perhaps the most well know example is that of conscientious objection to war, in which a person can claim exemption from conscripted military service on the basis of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion. Our President appeals to the concept of conscience perhaps more than any other in recent memory, often defending his administrations' actions with the simple phrase "it's the right thing to do."
Of course, when he says this what he really means, "it's what I think is the right thing to do." On a whole host of policy issues the President has swum against the tide of public opinion in the name of executive conscience, to the point of getting himself into legally shaky territory. It is disappointing then, though perhaps not surprising, that the President and his ideological bed fellows have very little respect for the consciences of those who don't think like them. This hypocrisy shines brightest when it comes to social issues. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties were sued by the Obama Administration for refusing to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, specifically for refusing to cover certain types of contraception that can lead to the termination of the life of a nascent child. These employers were compelled to resist the law by their conscience, their belief that life begins at conception and is sacred, that abortion is murder. President Obama could not care less. In his mind, free birth control and abortifacients (and abortion, I'm sure, if he had his way), is "the right thing to do." If you disagree, you are an enemy of progress.
Then of course there is the issue of same-sex marriage. Again, for the President there is only one civilized opinion you can possibly hold (at least, since his own opinion has "evolved" on the matter). Love is love is love. Equal protection under the law requires the complete cultural normalization and legal protection of same-sex marriage, and there is no room for conscientious objection, no matter who you are or what you do. The public relations campaign waged by pro-gay activists over the past 30 years has been enormously successful, to the extent that today anything less than the total embrace and celebration of homosexuality and gay rights is seen as analogous to the racism of the Jim Crow south. The belief that marriage is a divinely established institution designed for one man and one woman is disparaged as toxic hate speech. more >>
Never ever would I have believed I could be a "bridezilla." Not me! I'm older, independent, and an introvert. "Just give me a practical church wedding," I'd say. Then I got engaged last week. Already I've felt the demanding, impatient behavior creep upon me at the news my desired venue might not be available for an autumn wedding reception. It's tough to admit that I had to take a deep breath and check back into reality. I know better.
Marriage isn't about the extravagance of the wedding. If it were, then my little church wedding would set a dreary tone for matrimony (especially compared to the decadent $25,200 blowouts the average American couple is willing to spend!). I received the best wedding advice while I was single. And considering December is the most popular month to get engaged—notably Christmas through New Year's Eve— it's time to reexamine the top three pieces of wedding and marriage wisdom I've gleaned from leaders within the Church.
(1) Marriage is not about our "happily ever after." more >>
After being told she would never walk again, Tami Martin does something incredible. She suffered a terrible back injury, which lead to weight gain, then eventually breaking her leg. Life seemed like a mess until she took a step in the right direction under God's leading.
After being involved in a life-threatening car accident, Tami was told she was paralyzed, and would never walk again. After that injury it caused her to become very lazy and gain weight due to her inability to move along with stress. When she started to help herself by working out she broke her leg. But, with faith in God anything is possible!
Her determination allowed her to do something no one thought was possible, walk down the aisle at her wedding! She lost 192lbs before the wedding. By doing so it allowed her to walk. She faced her barriers with faith and determination. In the end she came out on top! more >>
Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks announced Tuesday that he and wife Cathy are separating after over 25 years of marriage.
"The Lucky One" author shared the sad news in a statement, explaining that the decision was not made with ease.
"Cathy and I have separated," Sparks said, according to People magazine. "This is, of course, not a decision we've made lightly. We remain close friends with deep respect for each other and love for our children." more >>
As we enter this new year, I offer some prayerful reflections on trends that we could see developing in the months ahead, not as a prophet but as an observer seeking to follow in the footsteps of the ancient sons of Issachar, who "understood the meaning of the times to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron 12:32; my translation of the Hebrew).
While it is possible that I am simply projecting what I am seeing in my own work and ministry, I am hopeful that these represent larger trends in the nation in general and the believing Church in particular. Time, of course, will tell.
1) The gay revolution will continue to overplay its hand. As those who were once bullied now bully others, this will produce an increasing backlash, as seen with the "Houston Five" last year. And as gay activists win more and more battles in the courts and the society, that will actually work against them, as their goals will continue to become more and more extreme. (I address this at length in a book scheduled for publication later this year.) more >>