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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, 2019 / Holidays

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 11, 2019 / Character

Black History Month: Valuable Character Lessons for Kids

How about Langston Hughes, Patricia Roberts Harris or Carter G. Woodson? February celebrates Black History Month, and now is a great time to share with your children about the significant contributions these, and other African Americans, have made to our country’s history and heritage. Take some time together this month to learn more about African American leaders in science, social reform, politics, sports and...
Feb 01, 2019 / Holidays

Tony Dungy’s Super Bowl Family Time Tips

Millions of people will be glued to the television this Super Bowl Sunday. If you plan on watching the game, why not make it a family activity? Start with a game plan for the day. It might include firing up the grill, or letting each child choose a favorite snack food.  You can also play Super Bowl trivia or predict the score at the end of each quarter. Give fun prizes to the winners. If it’s not too cold, Dad can...
Jan 31, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

The Family First Podcast

After 15 years of sharing with you through this Family Minute radio feature, I’ve decided to dive deeper in providing truth-filled marriage and parenting advice.  By creating The Family First podcast, I’ll be able to connect with you on a more personal level.  Not only will it allow me to hear your questions, but also will enable me to provide you with answers to your most pressing relational questions.  The...
Jan 30, 2019 / Inspirational

Borrowed Time

Think about it.  Your spouse comes up to you and says, “The doctor said I only have a year to live.”  Then would it matter so much that he forgot to take out the trash—again?  Would you care if she left the garage door open more times than she closed it?  And would it still annoy you that he got lost but refused to stop and ask for directions?  None of us knows exactly how much more time we’ll have with our...
Jan 28, 2019 / Inspirational

When to Say “No” to Good Things

It’s hard to say “no” when someone asks you to help for a good cause or a good thing. But, to protect what’s most important, time with God, your spouse, your kids and grandkids, it’s good to say “no” sometimes. So to help you to know when to say “no,” here are practical questions to ask yourself.  First, “Is this something that I’m uniquely equipped to do?” You need to determine if your gifts and talents are...
Jan 17, 2019 / Family Living

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