20 October 2017

"Women were sacred, looked upon with great honor."

A photo sent to me by my favorite Marine - Sunrise, Persian Gulf Fall, 2001
The title of this post is a quote from the President's Chief of Staff, General John Kelly (Ret.).  If you have not yet read or listened to his remarks, I encourage you to do so.

Agape always,

Link to the transcript:  

18 October 2017

Love and Marriage

The Favorite Poet - Lawrence Alma-Tedema - public domain via Wikipedia
Dear Ladies,

Are you ready for my second podcast, on Love and Four Types of Marriages?  If so, you may listen on Soundcloud.

Agape always,

Link to the Recording:  https://soundcloud.com/user-567009577/a-fascinating-companion-basic-marriage-enrichment-2

Link to the Curriculum: https://www.etsy.com/listing/502461466/a-fascinating-companion-marriage?ref=shop_home_feat_1
Link to Class Information:  https://cynthiaberenger.wixsite.com/cynthiaberenger/classes

13 October 2017


Courtesy of Microsoft
Dear ladies,

I only received this information today.  A few weeks ago, I asked you all to pray for a young lady who had gone missing from her home.  I am please to tell you that--thanks be to God--she has been found.  You may read the article here.

Agape always,


10 October 2017

Does He Know that You Need and Want Him?

Clip art courtesy of Microsoft
Dear Ladies,

I read with interest this article that related the results of a long-term (since 1991) longitudinal study of men's health.  The overall results of the study are not particularly surprising:  while marriage improves men's overall health and longevity,  men who experience marriage problems also experience health problems.  The article gives some interesting statistics as well as repeating the potential benefits of seeking counseling if one is in a troubled relationship.  

What I found interesting in the article was the following statement: 

“Traditionally, beneficial effects of marital status were thought to be mediated by either health selection, confounding by socioeconomic status, or psycho-social mechanisms.  The latter argument has been used to support the observation that men appear to gain more benefit than women, as women have larger social networks and are less dependent on their partner than men."[sic]

I perceive that many times men feel unneeded or unwanted by their wives, that their wives' needs are being met more by a group than by them.  Of course, having friendships and outside interests is important, but it seems to me that wives need to make sure that Mr. Husband knows he is the earthly provider of both tangibles and intangibles and, therefore, needed, that Mr. Husband is desired and wanted, too.

Agape always,

Article Link:   

Curriculum Link:

09 October 2017

My First Podcast

The Reader - Fragonard - Public Domain
Good Monday to you, ladies!

After a steep learning curve, I have a podcast that is acceptable.  I know about the "Fs" and that I need to wear some lip balm when I record.  With those provisos in place, I present my humble effort to you:

Please note that I cannot control the music that plays immediately after I end the lesson, so I suggest pressing the Pause button in the upper left of the screen. 

Agape always,