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Do You Push Your Spouse to Christ?

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31-Day Marriage Devotion Resources

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).

How do you positively or negatively contribute to your marriage? In broad categories, you can help in one of two ways, though you may contribute in both, depending on what is going on during any particular season of your marriage:

  • You can motivate your spouse by grace.
  • You can demotivate your spouse by sinful attitudes, words, or behaviors.

There are times that a spouse can be so hurt and so angry with their spouse—because of the ongoing disappointments from their spouse—that they do not see their sinful contributions to the marriage. Those are the sad situations where the person shuts out the Spirit of God from the marriage (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). The mounting disappointment is overwhelming, and the spouses are more about grenade launching than redemptive communication (Ephesians 4:29).

  • For the wife, it will almost always be in the area of respect. Nothing will cut the heart out of a husband like a wife’s disrespectful attitude or tongue. Her husband is wired to lead, but because of sin, his temptation is to lead poorly, especially in their marriage. I am sorry it is this way, but too often, that is the case. He needs a wife’s assistance for him to lead well.
  • For the husband, it is mostly about love and protection. Nothing will cut the heart out of a wife like a husband who is lazy in his love and his protective care. If he does not love his wife well, he is contributing to her steady distancing from the marriage (Ephesians 5:28-29). Though she is responsible for her choice to distance herself, he is responsible for his sinful contribution to her actions.

The answer for the husband and the wife is to think about each other the way Christ thinks about them. Christ loves imperfect people, and He is always busy working on their behalf, seeking to redeem and transform them into His likeness. Is your spouse imperfect? Does that surprise you? It should not. Scripture’s testimony is far less flattering regarding the human condition. Your spouse deserves to go to Hell. Nothing speaks to their worthlessness like the outcome for all spouses who have not been born a second time (John 3:7; Romans 3:12; Revelation 20:15). The good news is how the gospel penetrates our nonsense and gives us something undeserved. The gospel gives spouses empowering favor, too (James 3:6). What they get is not based upon their behaviors (Isaiah 64:6) but upon the grace, mercy, and love of God (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). You are to live with your spouse by imitating Christ’s redemptive behavior to your spouse (1 Corinthians 11:1). Christ does not put things in your way to demotivate you to live for His glory. He is not annoying or aggravating. He draws you by His love. He overcomes your nonsense by keeping His eye on a better prize (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 3:14). Christ is a transformer whose purpose is to transform your life. Even being despised and rejected by others did not deter Him from His restorative goals for your life (Isaiah 53:3; Galatians 6:1-2).

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Time to Reflect

  1. Think about how what you should be doing for your spouse is what Christ does for you.
  2. How has your behavior positively or adversely contributed to the state of your marriage?
  3. Does your spouse feel encouraged to be around you? Will you ask your spouse? What was their response?

Practical Suggestion

These are excellent examination questions that will identify what may be going on in your heart while revealing how you contribute to your marriage. Though your spouse is entirely responsible for their actions, God calls you to love your spouse in such a way that contributes to their sanctification. How is the Spirit asking you to respond to this devotion?

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SpaceX Prepares for Falcon 9 Launch Double-Header Tonight, Watches Weather


B1073 dramatically aborts at T-0 on 14 June, marking the first Falcon 9 pad abort after engine startup since October 2020. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

Ten days, it is often said, is a long time in politics. And for SpaceX, it is also a long time in Falcon 9 flight operations, as the Hawthorne, Calif.-headquartered launch services provider prepares to resume missions later tonight with its fourth large commercial geostationary communications satellite of the year from the Space Coast and the 44th large Starlink batch from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., bringing to more than 980 the total number of these flat-packed internet communications satellites orbited since January.

B1069 launches out of Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., on 8 June, the most recent Falcon 9 flight from the Space Coast. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

With three Falcon 9 missions successfully completed inside June’s opening week—two from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., the third out of Vandenberg—the middle of the year seemed off to a flying start, riding the coattails of a triumphant May which marked the first month that SpaceX achieved 14 and 15 launches in a single calendar month. However, the fourth mission of the month succumbed to two days of severe weather-related delay, then experienced a rare pad abort at T-0 on 14 June. 

The booster for that flight, B1073, completed her 15th launch just last month and is one of the current Falcon 9 fleet-leaders. After the T-0 scrub, her Starlink-laden flight was indefinitely stood down and no new launch date has been released, although it may occur as soon as the latter half of this week.

B1080 launches on her maiden voyage in May 2023 for Ax-2. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

Elsewhere, on Monday SpaceX announced that a pair of other missions would resume flight operations with launches targeted less than six hours apart on Tuesday. First up, an eight-times-used booster is tasked with deploying the heavyweight Astra 1P payload—SpaceX’s first launch of a member of the Astra satellite family—for Luxembourg-based SES from storied Space Launch Complex (SLC)-40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a 49-minute “window” that opens at 5:35 p.m. EDT.

Next, a four-times-flown booster will rise from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-4E at Vandenberg during an expansive raft of T-0 opportunities extending from 8 p.m. through midnight PDT. In case either launch meets with delay, both have additional opportunities to fly on Wednesday evening.

On 21 May of last year, B1080 launched Ax-2, the first all-private space mission commanded by a woman. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

However, Astra 1P’s weather outlook appears dicey, with only a 55-percent chance of acceptable conditions tonight, tempered by a risk of violating liftoff winds, the Cumulus Cloud Rule and the Lightning Rule. The picture is expected to darken to only 45-percent favorability if the mission slips into Wednesday.

A prolonged onshore flow is responsible for a current spate of blustery conditions and low-level moisture for cumulus and isolated shower development, according to the 45th Weather Squadron at Patrick Space Force Base. “Wind speeds may reach 25 mph (40 km/h) on the primary day,” noted the 45th in its summary, “making Liftoff Winds and Cumulus Cloud Rule violations the primary concerns.” 

B1080’s nine Merlin 1D+ exhaust plumes appear to flare radially, late in the CRS-30 ascent in March. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

Flying the Astra 1P mission will be B1080, a booster which entered service in May of last year and first launched Dragon Freedom and her Ax-2 crew of Commander Peggy Whitson, Pilot John Shoffner and Mission Specialists Ali Al-Qarni and Rayyanah Barnawi on the first leg of their nine-day science, technology and educational outreach expedition to the International Space Station (ISS). Since then, she has lofted four Starlink batches, plus Europe’s Euclid deep-space observatory, the Ax-3 crew of Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, Pilot Walter Villadei and Mission Specialists Marcus Wandt and Alper Gezeravcı—the latter of whom became the first national space traveler of Türkiye—last January and also the CRS-30 Cargo Dragon mission to the ISS in March. 

The 11,000-pound (5,000-kilogram) Astra-1P has been built by Thales Alenia Space on behalf of Luxembourg-based operator SES and is described as the most powerful wide-beam satellite ever emplaced at the critical position of 19.2 degrees East longitude, from where it will deliver “superior reliability and unparalleled image quality for broadcasters and content owners in SES’ largest TV markets in Germany, Spain and France”. With 80 on-board Ku-band transponders, Astra-1P can broadcast up to 500 High Definition Television (HDTV) channels over its 15-year operational lifetime.

Blackened and scorched from four prior high-energy launches and re-entries since May of 2023, B1080 stands ready with a brand-new second stage for her fifth flight with Ax-3 in January 2024. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

Contracts to build Astra-1P and another satellite, Astra-1Q—both for the 19.2-degrees-East location—were awarded to Thales Alenia Space in November 2021. It was noted at the time that this particular location serves 118 million households or over 43 percent of all European homes and its demand for high-definition content grew by almost 30 percent in the five years preceding the contract award.

Tonight’s launch will be the fourth large commercial geostationary payload lofted so far in 2024, coming on the heels of January’s flight of the Swedish Ovzon-3 broadband satellite and more recently Indonesia’s Merah Putih-2 in February and the 11,000-pound (5,000-kilogram) Eutelsat 36D, built by Airbus Defence & Space for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television broadcasting and government services, launched back in March. It will bring to 54 the total number of large geostationary communications on behalf of 20 sovereign nations lifted by Falcon 9 boosters since December 2013. 

B1080 descends to a solid-ground touchdown on the Cape’s Landing Zone (LZ)-1 after launch on Thursday. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert/AmericaSpace

An on-time launch will see B1080 return to alight on the expansive deck of the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS), “Just Read the Instructions”, about 8.5 minutes into the flight. Astra-1P will be deployed at 34 minutes and 48 seconds after launch, after which it will utilize its on-board electric propulsion features to establish itself in its proscribed geostationary slot.

Rounding out tonight’s launch double-header will be relative newcomer B1082, the most recent addition to SpaceX’s fleet of boosters on the West Coast. She sprang onto the scene in January for the year’s first U.S. orbital launch and has since logged an additional three flights between February and May, delivering a total of 83 Starlinks and the USSF-62 payload for the U.S. Space Force, the inaugural member of the Weather System Follow-on Microwave (WSF-M) satellite network to usher in a new generation of operational environmental monitoring from Sun-synchronous orbit.  

B1082 is pictured at Vandenberg ahead of her maiden voyage on 3 January. Photo Credit: SpaceX

With an expansive “launch window” of up to four hours, from 8 p.m. through midnight PDT, completion of this second mission of the evening will bring to five the total number of Falcon 9s flown by SpaceX inside June’s third week. And it will push to just past 1,000 the total number of Starlinks launched so far this year. All told, well north of 6,600 Starlinks have now been delivered successfully to orbit since May 2019. 

As a network, Starlink enables high-speed and low-latency internet provision to over 70 sovereign nations and international markets in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa. In the month of May alone, Starlink connectivity became available in Uruguay, Indonesia and Fiji, with Sierra Leone joining the network in June, bringing to 79 the total number of sovereign nations or regions to be in full receipt of coverage.

A Starlink payload stack is readied for launch. Photo Credit: SpaceX

The downsized V2 Mini satellites, first flown in February of last year, boast three to four times greater “usable” bandwidth than earlier Starlink iterations. “V2 Minis include key technologies—such as more powerful phased-array antennas and the use of E-Band for backhaul—which will allow Starlink to provide 4x more capacity per satellite than earlier iterations,” SpaceX explained. “Among other enhancements, V2 Minis are equipped with new argon Hall thrusters for on-orbit maneuvering.”

Florida-based intercity operator Brightline adopted Starlink on its trains in 2023, the first passenger rail service in the world to do so. Additionally, El Salvador’s Ministry of Education has begun integrating Starlink capability into its schools to help close the digital divide between urban and remote rural communities and 50 Rwandan schools are now connected via Starlink’s high-speed internet service. As of May, Starlink reportedly had about three million registered subscribers or customers worldwide.

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Best Wedding RSVP Templates

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8. Bronze & Peach Wedding Card with RSVP (AI, PNG)

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21. Art Deco Wedding RSVP Template (AI, PSD)

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How to Grow Celosia – Cockscomb


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Celosia–commonly called cockscomb–is a brilliant-colored, plumy perennial usually grown as an annual. Celosia flowers are fiery shades of red, pink, orange, or yellow.

Use Celosia as an edging along walkways or mass them for a blaze of color in beds and borders.

Celosia flowers can be silkily plumed or rippled (crested). The rippled flowers give Celosia its common name cockscomb.

Celosia can be used for bedding, in containers, and as cut flowers either fresh or dried. Plants are easy to care for and heat-loving.

Celosia is a genus of 50 to 60 species of annuals and perennials native to tropical Asia, Africa, and North, Central, and South America.

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Get to know Celosia

  • Plant type: Tender perennials are grown as tender annuals
  • Growing Zones and range: Zones 4 to 11, summer plant
  • Hardiness: Warm weather only, tolerates heat; killed by frost
  • Height and width: 12 to 24 inches (30-60cm) tall, 12 inches (30cm) wide
  • Foliage: Small bedding plants with light green, oval to narrow pointed leaves and sturdy stems topped with colorful plumes of bloom
  • Flowers: Feathery spikes of flowers are orange, peach, gold, red, magenta, and maroon
  • Bloom time: Summer until frost
  • Uses: Excellent for cutting and drying; plant in combination with ornamental grasses; plant in containers
  • Common name: Cockscomb, plumed celosia
  • Botanical name: Celosia spp.
  • Family: Amaranthaceae
  • Origin: Tropical Asia, Africa, and Central and South America

Where to plant Celosia

  • Plant Celosia in full sun.
  • Grow Celosia in humus-rich to average, well-drained soil.
  • Celosia prefers a soil pH of 6 to 7.

Celosia uses

  • Celosia thrives in the heat of the summer garden.
  • Mass Celosia in beds and borders. Celosia is a colorful bedding plant.
  • Plant Celosia near other brightly colored annuals.
  • Dwarf cultivars can be used in window boxes and containers.
 Celosia spicata flowers
Celosia spicata flowers

When to plant Celosia

  • Set Celosia in the garden in late spring or early summer—well after the last frost when the soil is warm.
  • Start seed indoors 6 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow seed outdoors after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Set plants outdoors after hardening off; plant them in their permanent place when the weather is consistently warm, usually 1 or 2 weeks after the last frost in spring.

Planting and spacing Celosia

  • Set Celosia 12 inches (30cm) or more inches apart.
  • For best results, sow seed directly in the garden. Sow seed 1/8 inch deep.
  • Seed can be started indoors in six-packs or flats; start seed in a sterile seed starting mix. Cover seed with 1/8 inch of starting mix. Grow seedlings in bright light or under fluorescent lights.
  • Seeds germinate in 7 days at 70°F (21°C).
  • Thin or transplant seedlings to the garden when they are 3 to 4 inches (7.6-10cm) tall.
  • Set plants in the garden one or two weeks after the last frost when the weather is settled and warm.

How to water and feed Celosia

  • Keep the soil evenly moist, and not wet when growing cockscomb.
  • Fertilize Celosia regularly, every 4 weeks, or work in a 9-month slow-release fertilizer at planting time.
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Dwarf celosia, Celosia plumosa nana

Celosia care

  • Mulch around Celosia with aged compost to conserve soil moisture.
  • Pinch back plants if you want a fuller, branched plant. Crested types should not be pinched back. Pinching back will result in fewer flower plumes.
  • Trim fading blooms to encourage further flowering.
  • Celosia can be dried for winter bouquets by hanging cut stems upside down in bunches in a well-ventilated place indoors. Harvest stems for drying as they begin to bloom.

Celosia pests and diseases

  • Celosia is generally trouble-free but can be attacked by spider mites. Root rot can be a problem in wet soil.

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Celosia propagation

  • Seeds germinate in 8 to 10 days at 80°F (27°C) and 14 days at 70°F (21°C).
  • Start seeds indoors about 4 weeks before the last frost date.
  • Sow directly in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.

Celosia varieties to grow

  • Celosia comes in varied sizes and forms. Some types have crested, feathery flowers some have flower plumes.
  • Celosia argentea var. cristata looks like a rooster’s comb. Cultivar Jewel Box Mixture grows to 5 inches tall; compact habit for bedding and containers. ‘Toreador’ and ‘Fireglow’ have intense red flower heads and grow to 20 inches tall.
  • C. a. plumosa has vertical, feathery flowers. Cultivar Kimono has a broad range of colors and grows 5 to 6 inches tall. ‘Century Red’ with bronze foliage is an All-America selection.
  • C. spicata has wheat-like flowers; flower spikes are dense to 2-foot stems.
  • Cristata Nana Mixed has crested flowers to 12 inches tall.
  • ‘Red Velvet’ has crested, purplish-red flowers.

Celosia frequently asked questions

Q: What is the difference between the two types of celosia?

A: The plumed type (Celosia plumosa) has long, feathery flower stalks. the crested or cockscomb type (C. argenta) has round flower heads that are ridged and resemble the comb of a rooster. Both are outstanding in color and shape.

Q: I planted celosia from the garden center in spring and it quickly died. What did I do wrong?

A: Set celosia transplants in the garden a couple of weeks after all danger of frost has passed. If planted too early, celosia will flower prematurely, set seed, and die. Plant celosia before they are in bloom.

Q: When can I start celosia from seed?

A: Start celosia from seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Set transplants in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.

Q: What conditions does celosia prefer?

A: Celosia likes full sun, humus-rich soil that is well drained, and little fertilizer. It is very tolerant of heat and drought.

Q: What varieties of celosia do you recommend?

A: Among the plumed type are the tall Apricot Brandy and Century series or the dwarf Geisha and Kewpie series. Forest Fird has red flowers and maroon foliage. Jewel Box is the shortest of the combed types. Fireglos, Red Velvet, Tango, and Toreador grow are combed types that grow 18 to 24 inches tall.

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The lively and energetic Beagle is an adventurous and family-friendly dog. Naturally curious and originally bred for hunting, Beagles love the outdoors. Characterized by their incredible sense of smell, this medium-sized dog needs a lot of exercise and may bark when excited. They can be a bit independent, especially when on the trail of a good scent, but the Beagle is an excellent addition to any family.  

Like any breed, the Beagle is susceptible to certain hereditary health problems but for the most part the breed is very healthy. Here’s a quick introduction to a few conditions that may impact your Beagle’s health or mobility: 

IVDD in Beagles 

With their shorter legs and long backs, Beagles are known to have back problems and disc issues. Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) being the most common spinal condition affecting them. This degenerative condition is prevalent in the breed, with an estimated 99% of Beagles considered at risk. Most Beagles will experience disc degeneration in their neck; however, the spine and lower back can be affected as well. Depending on the severity and location of the herniated disc, a dog may be paralyzed. After crate rest and when approved by a vet, a Beagle wheelchair can be used during therapy sessions to support mobility as the dog heals. 

Beagle Pain Syndrome 

Although named after the breed, Beagle Pain Syndrome can also impact other dog breeds. Beagle Pain Syndrome is a form of meningitis that causes blood vessel inflammation that usually impacts Beagle puppies between five to ten months old. It can cause back pain, muscle spasms, and stiffness in the neck. Because the condition is quite painful, the way the Beagle stands may change (with an arched back) and even show signs of weakness.  Although rare, some puppies with Beagle Pain Syndrome have experienced paralysis and vision loss. Every Beagle will exhibit different symptoms, but if your Beagle puppy is showing any sign of pain or changes in mobility, they need to be examined by a veterinarian so they can receive treatment quickly.  


Obesity is a growing problem in Beagles. With their sturdy build and shorter legs, keeping your Beagle at an optimal weight can help limit the strain placed on your dog’s joints. Excess weight can greatly impact a Beagle’s ability to move around and even cause back pain. A healthy diet, portion control, and plenty of exercise are essential to help your Beagle maintain a healthy weight. An adult Beagle needs around two hours of exercise every day to stay fit! 

Hip Dysplasia 

Hip Dysplasia is a joint condition caused when a dog’s hip socket doesn’t develop correctly. Over time, this can cause damage to the joint and lead to hip pain or arthritis. Although not widely prevalent among Beagles, 18.5% of all Beagles tested have abnormal hips. According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, Beagles are considered a moderate risk for developing hip dysplasia. In advanced stages, hip dysplasia can limit a dog’s mobility, causing stiff movements and can make it difficult for a dog to bear its own weight. In these instances, a dog wheelchair is often recommended to support the dog’s weight and encourage them to walk.  

Ear Infections 

The Beagle’s cute, floppy ears can impact their ear health. Due to the size and shape of their ears, Beagles are prone to developing ear infections. Regular cleaning and ear checks are recommended to prevent an ear infection. Other causes of ear issues in Beagles can stem from ear mites, bacteria or yeast buildup. Ear health is incredibly important, signs of an ear infection include: 

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Ear infections are very treatable, and at any sign of ear aches your Beagle should be brought to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.  

Epilepsy and Seizures in Beagles

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