Friday, January 18, 2013

Sorely losing

monopoly deal
Monopoly Deal has been the starring pastime around here. The Mister will cajole anyone who is over, or everyone at a group gathering, to play. I must say I like it better than the original Monopoly - it's faster and more strategic. What I don't like is that when it's just me and the husband playing, I lose more than I win. I've only beat him once, and I hate it. I pretty much detest him immediately afterward because my innumerable losses puncture my doggone pride. I'm rude, cold, and I refuse to play again, except I always end up playing again in hopes of vindication. Funny how this pattern of bitterness, defensiveness, and retaliation is the exact pattern that replays in a larger scale in the midst of our conflicts, which reminded me of this encouraging article. The truth proclaimed in it resonated with me because though my (and his) sin is always the fundamental problem, humble repentance is always the fundamental solution. I am thankful for God's grace through the gospel that teaches me what humble repentance looks like, and for the husband who always models it first in our conflicts. Therefore, losses in Monopoly Deal are just little instruments in my training in humble repentance. So, really, these losses are for my good (though I really want to win!).


  1. We used to play the original Monopoly all the time when I was growing up. I haven't played it in YEARS. I may have to check Monopoly Deal out!!

  2. Haha, I love to win too, I am so competitive, but I love to be challenged and go for it in games. I'd rather be risky and lose than play it safe and win. I haven't played Monopoly in so long, Monopoly deal seems fun.

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  4. My guy and I get real competitive too when we play games. I've never played Monopoly Deal before. Sounds fun!

  5. hahha i am just like you!

    and monopoly deal is seriously the best game ever!! i love playing :)

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  6. Monopoly Deal is our favorite family Game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love it so much, so many late nights, fun memories and laughing. Our new favorite it Ticket to Ride. Have you heard of it? It's so fun, really, you must try it. It's gun with about five people. I have seen your blog through Marie and I love your photography. I think with digital cameras most of us can take pretty good pictures, but your eye is on a whole other level. You are fantastic through the lense. I really enjoy looking at your pictures. Take care,


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  8. Oh, this was an addiction over at my parents' last year. Best I not remind them that they have Monopoly deal, or we will never stop playing it (again).

    PS: I'm also a sore loser, especially when it comes to 30 seconds

  9. I still play monopoly. Usually when there's a big gathering. I haven't heard of Monopoly deal. Is it the same concept except with cards?

  10. I love games! Sadly, my lovely bf is not a fan so I canøt get him to play with me :(

  11. my husband always beats me in most games too, and I always go through "I am never playing with you again" to "I'm going to kick your butt this time." sighhhh

  12. he always wins too!

    but it is true that, even though trying harder is a nice strategy, sometimes it's just okay to lose.
    thanks for the insight.

  13. i haven't heard about this card game but my husband and i love games so maybe i need to find this game! what a great lesson God is showing you through games and you are right I am so thankful for His grace too and forgiving us over and over again

  14. haha I don't know how you do it, but you made these monopoly cards look amazing in this photo! And I love how you turned this monopoly game experience into a life lesson, pretty inspiring!

  15. ooo i've never heard of that game! since marc and i are going to be stuck on a plane for almost 20 hours this would be perrrrfect to kill some time. i just hope none of us are sore losers too ;)

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  16. I so don't blame you for being a sore loser - I've never been any good at Monopoly either! What is it with that game?! Glad you found the silver lining tho :)

  17. Wow! I never heard of this! I must try it out! :)

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  19. This version looks like so much fun! I ALWAYS lose at Monopoly! Only you can make a picture of cards look pretty! ;)

  20. You are so very encouraging. :) And I need to try this game!

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