One Word That Changes Everything

A sure-fire way to start a fight is to begin with the word “You.” “You never come home on time.” “You talk down at me.” “You lose your temper too much.” Starting with the word “You” puts your spouse in a defensive position. If a fight can be triggered by the word “You,” it can … Continued

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The Conflict Dichotomy

Conflict in relationship God’s way of making us more like Him. While it may be uncomfortable, it’s the only way our rough edges can be smoothed out. Conflict can either lead to gridlock or gratitude. It all depends on what we choose to do when it takes place. When conflict arises you have one of … Continued

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5 Steps to Deal With Emotion

Bottling up emotions today leads to bubbling over emotions tomorrow. Repressed emotions lead to the breakdown of relationships. But so does overly expressed emotions. The key is somewhere in the middle where we don’t hold everything in and seeth, but we also don’t spout everything out like a fire hose. Below are five small steps … Continued

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The Power of Thank You

I read a simple email the other day that asked a powerful question. What if we replaced the word “sorry” with the phrase “thank you?” Sorry I was late. Sorry I am venting. Sorry I missed dinner. What if we replaced those phrases with: Thank you for waiting. Thank you for listening. Thank you for … Continued

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