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How to Love Your Family with Sticky Notes

Okay, got the answer?  Well, I think it might be sticky notes. These handy little inventions can be used not only in the office, but also in the home in very productive ways.  I use sticky notes to encourage my wife, Susan, and our children.  Here are some ways that I use these notes throughout the house to let my family know that I am thinking about them…that I love them.  I leave sticky notes on bathroom mirrors...
Jul 08, 2013 / Relationships and Communication

How to Reap the Seed You Sow

If you plant tomato seeds, you’ll get tomatoes, right? If you plant cucumber seeds, you’ll get cucumbers. You reap what you sow.  In the same way, the seeds you plant in your relationships determine what you’ll get in return. Do you want your children to be patient, kind and respectful to you? Then sow seeds of patience, kindness and respect to them. Want your spouse to be understanding, loving and loyal? Then sow...
Mar 20, 2013 / Relationships and Communication

Undercover Spouse

In the hit television show, Undercover Boss, CEOs trade places with their employees.  These unknowing employees train the disguised boss in a variety of hands-on jobs.  Out of his element, the boss struggles to find his footing, but in the process learns what matters most to his employees—both on the job and at home.  So here’s the challenge for you.  Husbands, trade places with your wife for a day.  Wives, walk a...
Mar 12, 2013 / Relationships and Communication

Facebook: Friend or Foe (Part 2)

  If you have a Facebook page, then you have access to people all over the world – an opportunity that did not exist just a few years ago.  Yesterday, we talked about the negative impact of Facebook. Today we want to talk about how to be part of Facebook’s positive impact in the lives of others.  Have your read any good books lately?  Tell how it helped you or how it was just a great, fun read.  Is one of your...
Sep 18, 2012 / Relationships and Communication

Facebook: Friend or Foe (Part 1)

Someone described Facebook as the “best of” a life – a highlight reel.  And, while it’s great to share life’s successes, it is also important to stay grounded in reality.  So, how can you keep from experiencing negative Facebook emotions?  First, don’t believe the hype.  Life is not just the good times, but the tough times as well – and everyone has them whether they reveal them or not.  Second, share in others’...
Sep 17, 2012 / Relationships and Communication

The Value of Endurance

Every year, in the Tour de France, thousands ride their bikes over 2000 miles through the French landscape.  During the 23 days of the race, they climb mountains, and struggle against the elements…with only 2 days’ rest.  Years of training develops physical endurance to help them finish the race.  But the value of endurance isn’t just physical; it also applies to your marriage.  The ability to persevere through...
Jul 03, 2012 / Relationships and Communication

What’s Your Secret?

Most of us have one or two things we’d rather not share with the outside world, but some people are slaves to their secrets. Extramarital affairs; drug, alcohol and pornography addictions; spouse or child abuse – all are secrets that can consume and destroy lives, marriages, families and jobs. If you live in that bondage, or you’re hiding something from your spouse, children or friends, it’s time to come clean....
Jan 19, 2012 / Relationships and Communication



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