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The Good News About Marriage

Mark Twain once said that “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Well, the bad news over the years about the institution of marriage has been exaggerated as well. In her book, The Good News About Marriage, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn presents groundbreaking research that reveals the shocking and incredibly inspiring truth. Her research shows first that the actual divorce rate has never...
Sep 11, 2018 / General

Back to the Basics of Parenting

In the movie, Mom’s Night Out, it shows us how we can get so caught up in the do’s and don’ts of parenting, that we forget what it means to simply love our kids well.  So if you’re ready to get back to the basics, let me start by asking you a question... When was the last time you sat on the floor and played with your child?  At its core, parenting well means getting on your child’s level—whether it’s painting...
Sep 05, 2018 / General

Attitude: Is it Killing Your Marriage?

Recently, I said something to my wife that I thought was harmless…I don’t even remember what it was. I was surprised when she didn’t respond favorably. I asked her what I said wrong. She said “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it.” She couldn’t have been more correct.  How we say things are so important. When communicating with your spouse, remember your tone. Is it soft or harsh? Second, remember your...
Sep 04, 2018 / General

Feeling Overwhelmed All the Time?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures and busyness of life, you’re not alone. And if you aren’t careful, those things can lead you to a searing desert where joy evaporates. But solitude and silence are an oasis that can help you gain perspective in at least five ways. First, solitude and silence can make you feel helpless and help you realize you’re not in control of so many things in life. And when you...
Aug 13, 2018 / General

Top 10 Marriage Mistakes

Let’s face it: we all make mistakes. And more often than not, the recipient of those mistakes is our spouse.  But small failures in a marriage don’t mean it’s time to give up.  Instead, it’s an opportunity to be honest with ourselves about the areas we struggle in so that we can learn.  So here are some common marriage mistakes and how to overcome them.  First, we often take our spouse for granted.  Instead, it’s...
Aug 01, 2018 / General

5 Steps to Forgiveness in Marriage

Marriage is messy.  When two imperfect people come together, there are bound to be mistakes made and feelings hurt.  So when your spouse does something wrong and apologizes, how can you move towards accepting their apology and letting it go?  Here are 5 steps to forgiveness in marriage.  First, understand that forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling.  If you wait until you “feel” ready to forgive your spouse, then...
Jul 25, 2018 / General

The Sacred Search to Find a Spouse

In his book, The Sacred Search, Author Gary Thomas shares how to teach your children to choose a spouse who they love and also respect. He emphasizes choosing someone with common values and common vision—someone they truly enjoy spending time with. Gary shares that the reward for making a wise marital choice is so tremendous that he doesn’t want you to miss it. The consequences for making a foolish choice can be...
Jul 20, 2018 / General

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