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3 Stands to Take in the Midst of Adversity

Do you stand strong when faced with adversity? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. Everybody experiences adversity at some point. And I know a man who has faced it head on…his name is Tony Nathan. Tony lived through some tough times in the early 70’s when segregation and discrimination were rampant in Birmingham, Alabama. The movie, Woodlawn, which is now on DVD, tells Tony’s story…a story of strength...
Mar 30, 2020 / Character

7 Ways to Know You Are Being a Good Dad

As I travel around the country and speak with a lot of fathers, I’ve found that there’s one question that comes to the mind of most dads: “Am I being a good dad?” Well, here are 7 practical ways to help you answer that question.  First, you’re being a good father when you really listen to your kids.  That means giving them your full attention and not constantly looking at your phone or laptop.  Second, you know...
Mar 27, 2020 / Fatherhood

The Top Apps for Kids

From iPhones to iPads, laptops to video games, it seems our kids are never short on entertainment.  But even with our kids spending more and more time using technology, our job as parents remains this: to guard our children’s hearts and minds.  Knowing what apps your child uses is key—as well as knowing what those apps are capable of.  Here are some of the top apps kids are using.  First, there’s Instagram. ...
Mar 26, 2020 / School and Learning

How to Be Set Free from Bitterness in Marriage

Susan recently shared how she felt some bitterness in our marriage.  She explained how I sometimes tell her to stop using unkind words toward me, and then I turn around and do the same thing a few minutes later. She gets frustrated.  And that frustration, when not dealt with, leads to unresolved anger and then bitterness.  I asked for forgiveness and worked to change my errant ways. Here are 4 things a spouse can...
Mar 25, 2020 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Give Your Teenager Dating Advice When You Disapprove

We’ve all seen it in the movies…the sweet, innocent daughter falls for the greasy-haired, rebel boy that the parents can’t stand.  Maybe that’s extreme, but it’s still very common for parents to find their older teens and adult children pursuing relationships they don’t approve of.  So here are 4 ways to direct your child with wisdom.  First, begin with love.  Start the conversation with love by sharing how you...
Mar 24, 2020 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

5 Ways of Dealing with Stress to Stay Cool

If you answered “yes” to that question, then you’re like most people out there: stressed and overwhelmed by the busyness of life.  According to the American Institute of Stress, some of the top causes of stress include job pressures, money, health, and relationships.  These are things that people deal with every day, so it’s no wonder they’re stressed out more often than not.  To help make your life a little more...
Mar 23, 2020 / General

What Happens When You Don’t Listen to Your Wife?

It happens all too often…wife sits down with husband and shares her thoughts, feelings and emotions. After a short time, husband starts to tune out, looks down at his phone and then his mind wanders to other things. But when we don’t listen to our wives, here are 4 things that often happen.  First, wives become distant.  A woman can’t help but feel rejected when the thoughts she shares with her husband aren’t...
Mar 20, 2020 / Communication

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