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Press on Toward Your Goal

Benjamin Mays, mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, said “The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” His point? Set goals and work to achieve them.  No matter how discouraging...
Apr 13, 2018 / Inspirational

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, 2018 / Inspirational

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, 2018 / 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 26, 2018 / Inspirational

212: One More Degree

At 211 degrees, water is simply hot water. But when water reaches 212 degrees, it produces steam. And steam is a powerful force that has the ability to move multi-ton trains and boats. Just that one more degree…that one small change makes a huge difference. You could be just one degree away from a breakthrough in a difficult relationship. One degree away from a sincere apology to your spouse. One degree away from...
Jan 04, 2018 / Inspirational

How to Set a Vision for Your Life

On December 17th, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright changed the world by making the first controlled flight in a powered aircraft. But success came only after years of experimentation, failure, learning from their mistakes, and trying again. The Wrights persevered because they believed in their dream. They were also encouraged by their loving and supportive family. A monument in their honor reads: “In commemoration...
Jan 02, 2018 / Inspirational

Are You Blind to Your Amazing Blessings?

It’s been said that “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” If that is true, I think I’ve approached a lot of Thanksgivings with a dim view of my many real blessings. I don’t always have the awe and wonder that I should. I should be in awe of the simple amazing blessings in my life. I should be really thankful for the simple things we take for granted like running water, climate-controlled homes, a...
Nov 22, 2017 / Inspirational

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