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Putting Your Family First with Michael W. Smith

Putting our families first is easier said than done. Why? Because we get busy…we get distracted. Today, I’m going to share 3 ways to put your family first. Number One: Be intentional with your TIME. That means taking the time to have fun with your family—whether it’s eating a meal together, taking a bike ride or tossing the football. Number Two: Be intentional with your WORDS. Always look for new ways to affirm...
Aug 04, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

How to Make Your Relationship Better

Relationships are tough. But the good news? They can be easier!  Today, I’m going to share 3 ways to make your relationships better. First, stop trying to CHANGE people and start ACCEPTING them. Everyone has flaws…including you!  So be sure and love people for their wonderful qualities as well as their not-so-wonderful qualities. Second, stop trying to CRITICIZE people and start APPLAUDING them. Sure it’s easy to...
Jul 27, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

The Wildest Part of Your Body

It’s your tongue. The power of the tongue is so great that it’s capable of discouraging or encouraging, hurting or healing, tearing down or building up. And when you’re tired, irritable, sick, or under a lot of pressure, it’s easy to lose control and say things you later regret. It’s during those times that you must remember that your tongue is a wild animal. You need to chain it, tame it, and train it. Chain it...
Jul 10, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

What’s Your Reaction to Offending Someone?

Each day, maybe 16,000 words or more come out of our mouths. Odds are that some of these words will end up offending the people around us. So how do you react when you’ve offended someone? Here are several common reactions. First, we become defensive. We move the blame onto the very person we’ve offended by saying things like, “If only you hadn’t been so sensitive.” Instead of defending yourself, it’s often best...
Jul 01, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

3 Tools for Building a Stronger Family with Jon Gordon

Great leaders build strong families. Here are 3 tools to help you lead your family well. Tool one: Love. Loving your spouse and kids is key to building a stronger family. Love must be your highest priority. You must love your family well to lead your family well. Tool two: Serve. Serving your family and putting their needs above your own shows you want to help them succeed in whatever they are doing. Tool three:...
Jun 23, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

Persevering through the Perils of Marriage and Parenting

There’s nothing funny about the stresses of family life…or is there? Check out these 2 enjoyable ways to persevere through the perils of marriage and parenting. First, lighten up. This means letting go of your expectations of perfection. When your child doesn’t ace the test, make the team or win the game, be ready to love them despite their imperfections. Second, learn to laugh. It’s easy to get frustrated when...
Apr 14, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

Are You a Backseat Driver?

Driving is a stressful task. Running late. Heavy traffic. Bad weather. Distractions. All can add to the stress. But we can make things worse even when we are NOT the driver. Here are some things we need to stop doing when our spouse or teenager is driving. First, don’t nag the driver about their driving habits. We all have bad habits. But constantly being reminded of them doesn’t change them. It’s one thing to...
Apr 02, 2015 / Relationships and Communication



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