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6 Relationship Truths About Family

When it comes to relationships, communication can be emotional.  So it needs to be handled carefully. There are some basic truths that Susan and I try to keep in mind when we’re trying to sort through relational issues.  First, remember that we’re all made for relationships.  Maybe this is obvious, but we sometimes forget that life is not just all about “me.”  When we get stuck on ourselves, we lose perspective on...
Aug 07, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

Confession: I Am a Porcupine

I confess; I’m a porcupine…at least sometimes. The average porcupine has about 30,000 sharp quills that it raises up and shoots into another animal, or person, when it feels threatened or gets angry. Like a porcupine, when one of my trigger points is pulled, I can get pretty prickly, ornery and downright cranky.  One of those trigger points is unmet expectations. When I build up crazy high expectations for myself...
Aug 02, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

5 Hard Topics to Talk About for Kids

In the midst of all the things we need to do for our kids, we sometimes forget that one of our biggest responsibilities is to communicate with them.  As our children grow older, certain topics should be discussed.  These topics aren’t always easy or fun, but they’re important.  So here are 5 hard topics you need to talk about with your kids.  First, talk about sex.  While it may be an uncomfortable conversation,...
May 28, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Hug a Porcupine

It’s easy to love people who are loveable. But what about those who aren’t? It’s hard to hug prickly porcupine people but I’ve got some ways you can do it. First, hug the porcupine with your arms. This one’s obvious…sometimes a porcupine just needs your arms around them. Second, hug the porcupine with your hands. This is practical love. For example, if your spouse is overwhelmed, take the burden off them by...
Sep 29, 2017 / Relationships and Communication

The Best Conversation Starters for Teenagers

Sometimes it can be difficult to find common ground with our teen.  But with some alone time and fun questions, connecting with your teen can be easier.  To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of conversation starters.  These questions will help you to deepen your relationship with your teenager, as well as share some laughs and build memories together.  Some questions to ask your teen include, “If you...
Jan 10, 2017 / Relationships and Communication

How to Form Authentic Relationships with Jon Erwin (Podcast)

It's easy to find a fair-weather friend. But how do you find someone to stand with you through the storms? Well, the new movie Woodlawn shows us that authentic relationships require evaluation, reconciliation, and restoration... First, authentic relationships require evaluation. As you develop a deep connection with someone, it's crucial to honestly evaluate where you are in your relationship. Are there any wrongs...
Oct 13, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

What I'd Do Differently if Today Were My Last Day

In the new movie 90 Minutes in Heaven, Don Piper came back to life after a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. His incredible story got me thinking what I’d do differently if today was my last day.   First, I’d pour out my love to my wife and children.  There’s no one on earth I love more so I need to show it more. Second, I’d spend all my time with my family.  My family is a top priority and the best of my time...
Sep 10, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

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