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Fighting for Your Family - A Veteran's Perspective

Most of us have fought for our families in some way or another, but have you ever considered that there are over 20 million living American veterans who have literally fought for your family? The purpose of Veteran’s Day is to honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed for the common good of all Americans. There are many tangible ways we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say,...
Nov 09, 2018 / Family Living

15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

You overslept; there’s no hot water left in the shower; you can’t find your other shoe.  So when your child jumps onto your lap and spills coffee down your shirt, it’s the last straw.  You snap.  Unfortunately, our kids are sometimes the ones who are on the receiving end of our frustration when things overwhelm us.  Here are 15 things to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  First, lean on your spouse. When you’re...
Jul 04, 2018 / Family Living

Why Busyness is Not a Badge of Honor

Not many days go by without someone telling me how busy they are.  They explain how they’re swamped with work or with kids or with traveling.  I’ve said the same kind of things. But the odd thing is how some people say how busy they are with a sense of pride. They equate busyness with value, with importance, and with honor.  Here are 3 reasons why busyness is not a badge of honor.  First, it harms our kids.  When...
Jun 06, 2018 / Family Living

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, 2018 / Family Living

What will the face of your family look like in 25 years?

Can you imagine a place where families experience the fullness of love in their relationships? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. We are celebrating 25 years here at Family First and our goal is just that. Love will never be perfected on this side of heaven, but we can move toward a place where things are more like what they’re supposed to be. We can get closer and pursue a destination: Where every...
Sep 18, 2017 / Family Living

5 Family Financial Priorities

Unfortunately, it’s really easy to spend money. The best way to avoid wasting your hard-earned money is by forming financial priorities. So here are 3 specific financial priorities for you and your family. First, shelter is a priority. But, keep in mind, it’s not about having more garage doors than your neighbor—it’s about choosing a home based on safety, local education, and affordability. Second, nourishment is...
May 29, 2017 / Family Living

How to Be the Happiest Family on the Block

Let’s face it: No family can be happy all the time. But having a vision of your family as truly happy most of the time is something worth thinking about. So here are 3 ways to be the happiest family on the block. First, spend time together. This means reserving time and energy for your kids in the evenings or on the weekends. Second, celebrate together. Create family traditions to help you celebrate birthdays,...
May 12, 2017 / Family Living

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