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Credit Free Christmas

If you're looking for a way to scale back on expenses, why not commit to a credit-free Christmas this year? Resist the temptation to spend money you don't have on material things that ultimately have very little meaning, and provide very little satisfaction. The Christmas season isn't about "things," it's about relationships…. with your family, your friends, your Creator. So, cut up the cards, lock them away in...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Lesson from Lovebirds

We had some lovebirds at our home, and I can tell you that these birds have more to offer to us than just a cute name. Lovebirds mate for life and get their name because they sit together in pairs for long periods of time, preening and cooing. These birds live in smaller communities and form relationships with other pairs. Lovebirds teach us three lessons. First, we need to be committed to our spouse for life....
Jan 01, 1970 / General

10 Ways to Push Your Spouse Away

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 4...You're juggling the needs of your kids—their homework, their sports, their friends. You're busy preparing for a big presentation at work. You've got a bunch of emails to reply to…and, oh yeah, you have some Facebook posts to make. You're schedule is absolutely full. You're doing some great things, but what about your...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

First Thanksgiving

As Indians and Pilgrims sat down together that first Thanksgiving day, they not only gave thanks for their food and their bountiful harvest, but also for the relationships they shared with each other and with new friends. So tomorrow, before you sit down to a feast of turkey and all the trimmings, take stock of the relationships your family has nurtured over the last year. Which relationships are stronger? ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Giving Thanks

Quick! Name three things you're thankful for. This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and most of us will pause and give thanks for our blessings. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Try this: every morning, say out loud three things you're thankful for. I mean it. Even if you're having a really rough time in your life. If you think about it, there are always things to be grateful for—your husband. Your...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

What’s Your Dream?

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 01, 1970 / Inspirational

How to Apologize to Your Child

From athletes on steroids to physically abusive rap stars, red-handed corporate executives to red-faced politicians, we have heard apologies galore lately. But does simply saying, "I'm sorry" to your child mean you've taken responsibility for your mistakes? No. Sometimes it just means you're sorry you got caught. There's more to saying sorry to your child than that. A true apology comes with acknowledging what...
Jan 01, 1970 / Relationships and Communication



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