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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

The Key to a Close-Knit Family

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want a strong, close-knit family. The question is: How do we move from wanting one to having one? Growing up, I remember seeing a highway billboard over and over again on our road trips. It said, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together.” A number of recent studies have revealed that there is in fact some truth to this timeless slogan.  Specifically, research has shown that...
Mar 17, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Encourage Sibling Love

The term “sibling rivalry” often comes to our minds a whole lot faster than “sibling love.”  Perhaps it’s because of the way the backseat of our car is constantly filled with, “Tell Kevin to stop pulling on my hair,” or “Make Janie leave me alone!”  Teaching your children to love one another is never easy, but is always worth it.  So here are 5 ways to encourage sibling love in your family.  First, encourage warm...
Mar 12, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

How to Keep Your Cool When the Unexpected Occurs

Before the game starts, you run up to the grocery store to grab a couple things.  Just as you walk out of the store and pack your groceries into the trunk, your wife calls to say she needs one more thing.  It’s an unexpected moment…you have a decision to make…keep your cool, or lose it?  We’ve all experienced something like that.  So when things don’t go the way you thought, here are 5 ways to keep your cool. ...
Mar 09, 2020 / Character

How to Create Moral Margin in Your Life

I think of moral margin as creating an extra amount of space between us and immorality—immoral thinking and immoral actions. Here 6 ways to create moral margin in your life. First, build a relationship with a “personal auditor.” Just as a financial auditor would do a complete examination of financial records, your “personal auditor” would be given authority by you to ask you questions about your life and your...
Mar 03, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

Why You Should Not Mix Compliments with Criticism

Several years ago, my son came home from his game and asked me, “Were you there for the first quarter of my game, Dad? I started!” I responded “I didn’t get back into town and to the game until the second quarter...but you did great!” I then added, “But you really need to start eating better.” My son was silent. The disappointed look on his face showed me that my criticism had completely crushed the compliment I...
Mar 02, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

Living Life in the Dash

When you look at a tombstone, you see a name, something nice about the person, the year they were born and the year they died…and a small dash in between. The dash…it’s what we do between the time we’re born and the time we die…that’s what’s most important. It’s critical because the dash is your identity…it’s who you are—husband, wife, mom, dad.  The dash is your influence…it’s how you touch the lives of others. ...
Feb 28, 2020 / Inspirational

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