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So, You Want to Call it Quits in Your Marriage?

For some, calling it quits means living in the same home, but giving up on any hope of a healthy marriage.  For others, calling it quits means separation or, even divorce.  Before traveling down one of those roads, I’d like to remind you of 3 vital things.  First, remember your vows.  The day you and your spouse got married, you promised “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or worse...”...
Feb 16, 2018 / Saving Your Marriage

A Daily Checklist to Avoid Storms in Marriage

The weather app on my phone gives me a forecast for the cities I travel to.  Recently, I began thinking how helpful it would be to have a marriage app…an app that would forecast what kind of weather to expect at home every day. Even though I haven’t invented such an app, I can share with you a daily checklist that will help avoid oncoming storms in your marriage.  First, check the forecast.  Look at the upcoming...
Feb 15, 2018 / Communication

How to Have a Simple but Memorable Valentine's Day

Make this Valentine’s Day count with your spouse by creating a fun, new memory together.  Here are 10 creative Valentine’s Day date ideas.  Number 1: Go for a canoe ride together.  Get away from the rest of the world and have an afternoon for just the two of you.  Number 2: Go on a scavenger hunt with your spouse…maybe it’s outdoors, maybe it’s at a mall.  Number 3: Recreate your first date, from the food you eat...
Feb 14, 2018 / Holidays

Are You Equipped to Protect Your Family from Pornography?

Recently, my adult sons and I decided to watch a movie together.  Half way through the movie, a very inappropriate scene unfolded on the screen…I was shocked.  I grabbed the remote and fumbled to get it off the screen. I knew it said PG-13 on the trailer but when I looked again it said, “UN” next to the movie we rented. That stands for unedited…basically, anything goes. My job as a father is to protect my...
Feb 13, 2018 / General

How to Create an Uncommon Marriage

In his book, Uncommon Marriage, Tony Dungy writes about the time his family prepared to move to Florida. He had just accepted the head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  It was an exciting time, but also a stressful time in their marriage…a new job and another move.  Coach Dungy shares how they overcame this challenge…“We talked, walked, prayed, and tried to stay connected.”  Using these four ideas, we...
Feb 12, 2018 / General

Ed Thomas: A Story of Forgiveness

Most of us can forgive small stuff...but what about the big things that cause us great pain?  Ed Thomas was a caring husband, a good dad, and a highly respected man in his community.  After decades of coaching his football team, Ed was awarded the coveted NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2005.  Four years later, a former student walked into the school locker room, pulled out his gun and unloaded seven bullets...
Feb 09, 2018 / Character

Your Kids and True Greatness

According to parenting expert Dr. Tim Kimmel, it’s pushing them toward a “successful” future. Wait a minute, you say, what’s wrong with wanting my children to be successful? Well, it all depends upon how you define success. If it’s all about wealth, beauty, power and fame, you’re setting your kids up for an empty, self-centered existence. Instead, Kimmel says, teach your children the virtues and values of true...
Feb 08, 2018 / General

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