Parking Your Ambition

Too many couples struggle from ambition angst. Ambition is a great passenger but a terrible driver. It can help you accomplish great things but it can also tear you apart. All-too-often we see couples struggling because one or both have competing ambitions. They may fulfill a dream but they fail in marriage. The key is … Continued

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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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What’s Your Cheez Whiz?

After 15 years of our kids begging for a dog we finally broke down and got one. We’ve already fallen in love with our little “Roo,” but we’ve discovered quickly that unexpected expenses and trips to the doggy doctor are now the new norm. Yesterday Tori brought her to the vet to get a shot. … Continued

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Christ’s View of Women

In Christ’s day, Roman and Jewish courts would not accept the testimony of a woman. This is why it’s so amazing that Christ’s very first witness of His resurrection was a woman, and even more incredible that He gave her the first apostolic call to “go and tell.” Listen in to this brief clip from … Continued

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Loving Your “Other” Spouse

Your marriage isn’t about you and your spouse. It’s about you and Jesus. Marriage is the opportunity to live and love like Him. In the New Testament alone there are 59 “one another” statements. That’s nearly 60 exhortations to “do something” toward another person. What we do toward others is our way of living like … Continued

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Receiving Treasure

We sat on the hot sand moments after pulling into the beach rental. We didn’t have time to find the beach chairs before all seven of our kids found the ocean!  “How many years have we done this?” I asked Carolyn, my South African friend of over fifteen years. We both squinted our eyes as … Continued

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Closing the Love Loop

In the book of Luke we see a fascinating story on the power of gratitude and how it closes the “love loop” and creates connection in your relationships. Take a few mins and listen in…  

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