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Your Sacred Yes: Sometimes the Wisest Yes is a No

Life is demanding. Our calendars are packed. We know we should say “no” to more things. But it’s hard to determine what to say “no” to, and what to say “yes” to. So today, let’s figure out 3 things you should say ‘yes’ to. First, say ‘yes’ to rest. Save time to rest and refuel by not signing up for tons of extra things…even good things. Second, say ‘yes’ to humility. You don’t have to keep up with your friend or...
Jul 28, 2015 / Family Living

Leaders Set the Climate

It’s not something that’s in your job description at work.  It’s not something that you think about as a husband, wife or parent.  But it’s critical in any position of leadership.  It’s establishing the climate… the right kind of climate.  A mother or father establishes the climate when they walk through the door at night.  A worker sets the temperature for co-workers at the office.  A coach sets the climate out...
Mar 07, 2014 / Family Living

How to Sink Your Family's Financial Future

The average home has tens of thousands of dollars in debt, causing post holiday financial stresses that hurt marriages. If you want to sink your financial ship, start by completely ignoring your current obligations and keep adding on. No need to draw a line in the sand that says “we stop borrowing now.” You can also sink your ship by just getting another credit card and go shopping. Of course, no one wants to fail...
Jan 01, 2014 / Family Living

Dangerous Decoys and Life Distractions

Turkey hunting season just wrapped up here in Florida. As one of my sons and I were sitting in our blind with a gobbler decoy planted in front of us, I thought about the "decoys" in our lives. These decoys can lure us and may lead us away from what’s really important or maybe even into a trap.  Here are some decoys to look out for. First, television and technology. It’s so easy to plop down on the couch and be...
Jul 03, 2013 / Family Living

Elephant Memory and Praising Your Kids

An elephant never forgets.  When they are too small to escape, we train elephants in captivity by shackling their ankles and staking them down. They try and try to tug away from their bonds; but they eventually learn they can't get loose. That’s when their “elephant memory” takes over.  For the rest of their lives they remember that they can't get away.  In the same way, when someone makes a careless or...
Jun 21, 2013 / Family Living

Sabbath to Refresh Your Soul

Chances are you answered, “Yes.”  According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, observing a day of rest, or Sabbath, has become a lost art.  Back in 1908, a psychologist said of the Sabbath, “People enjoy the freedom from all slavery of the clock, better and more leisurely meals, the hush of noise on the deserted street, the intensified charm of the sky… as well as rest, pure and simple, for body and mind.” ...
Mar 28, 2013 / Family Living

How to Live Without TV

According to the Nielson Company, Americans watch an average of five hours of television each day. If that’s too much screen time for your family, consider cutting back. Or turn off the tube permanently and spend those hours together. That’s exactly what one man and his family did about 15 years ago. When he and his wife decided to give up what he called “the national pacifier,” he said it was one of the most...
Feb 20, 2013 / Family Living



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