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Lincoln’s Lessons for Enduring a Difficult Marriage

“Can’t you do anything right?” “You’re worthless.” Or “I don’t know why I married you.” Have you ever heard any of those scathing words before in your marriage? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the greatest men in American history has dealt with similar issues. His name? Abraham Lincoln. At the same time Lincoln was working to promote peace in America, he was struggling to keep peace in his marriage....
Mar 19, 2018 / General

The Dangers of Complaining to Your Kids About Your Spouse

Without realizing it, you say something to your kids like, “How is it that your mom always forgets to do things I ask her?” No big deal, right? Wrong. When you speak unkind words about your spouse you are creating a negative image of your spouse to your kids. And once your kids have a negative image of one of their parents, they start repeating those unkind and disrespectful words also to that parent. Then,...
Mar 12, 2018 / General

Are You Sure You Can Make Medical Decisions for Your Child?

Recently, a friend asked a small group of us that question. We all had unmarried adult children. She explained to us that if our any of our children were incapacitated and needed someone to make healthcare decisions on their behalf, and see their personal health information, a signed Designation of Health Care Surrogate was necessary. Without it, we did not have legal permission to make decisions or receive...
Feb 20, 2018 / General

Building a Firm Foundation for an Uncommon Marriage

In his book, Uncommon Marriage, Tony Dungy writes “So many problems in marriage occur when spouses notice that the intense physical attraction is no longer there and assume that must mean that the love is gone.”  Coach Dungy goes on to share three ways to build a strong and lasting foundation in your marriage. First, don’t rely on feelings.  Love is a choice you must make every day. It’s not just something you’re...
Feb 19, 2018 / General

Are You Equipped to Protect Your Family from Pornography?

Recently, my adult sons and I decided to watch a movie together.  Half way through the movie, a very inappropriate scene unfolded on the screen…I was shocked.  I grabbed the remote and fumbled to get it off the screen. I knew it said PG-13 on the trailer but when I looked again it said, “UN” next to the movie we rented. That stands for unedited…basically, anything goes. My job as a father is to protect my...
Feb 13, 2018 / General

How to Create an Uncommon Marriage

In his book, Uncommon Marriage, Tony Dungy writes about the time his family prepared to move to Florida. He had just accepted the head coaching job for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  It was an exciting time, but also a stressful time in their marriage…a new job and another move.  Coach Dungy shares how they overcame this challenge…“We talked, walked, prayed, and tried to stay connected.”  Using these four ideas, we...
Feb 12, 2018 / General

Marriage and Loneliness

Maybe you’re lonely because your spouse is never home.  Maybe they’re at home but still very distant…you’re searching for intimacy with your soul-mate, craving their companionship.  What can you do when you’re feeling so far away from your spouse?  First, communicate your need to your spouse in a non-confrontational and non-accusatory manner.  Let them know that you love them and want to spend time with them. ...
Feb 07, 2018 / General



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