Archive for the ‘Marriage and Family’ Category

The Dangers of Pseudo Intimacy: Unplug and Reconnect (Challenge #4)

Are you addicted to your smart phone? Do you spend a significant chunk of the day online? Or playing games? Or watching TV? How long can you go without checking status updates or text messages or your twitter feed? The more we rely on electronic media and electronic forms of interaction, ironically, the more disconnected we become. This challenge is to unplug and reconnect.

cell phones at dinner

5 Fun-filled Ways to Put the Thanks Back in Thanksgiving

This Thursday, we will celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. The very first nationwide proclamation of a day of Prayer and Thanksgiving was made by George Washington in 1789. Since then, Thanksgiving has morphed into a different kind of observance, one punctuated by football, turkey and day-after mega sales. Here are 5 ways to add fun and meaning to your holiday observances.

Gratitude

7 Steps to Spiritual Intimacy: how to repair your marriage by repairing its soul

We are not merely physical. We are emotional and intellectual as well. We are also spiritual. As such, to neglect the spiritual side of our lives is to neglect a foundational part of who we are at the most fundamental level. To build relationships ignoring that vital part of our natures is to create a relationship that hobbles on one leg. Spiritual intimacy adds depth to our most cherished relationships.

Spiritual Intimacy

31 Lessons to Teach my Son before I Die

I was thinking the other day about the man I hope my son will one day be. I was imagining him with the qualities I hope he acquires. And then I wondered if I was adequately teaching him the traits I envisioned him having. Come on in and read the 31 lessons every mom and dad would do well to teach their children before they can no longer teach them.

Father and son

10 Ways to Poison a Perfectly Good Relationship

Friendships are organic things. They live and grow and sometimes wilt and decay. They take something of us to maintain and nourish. Neglect can kill a relationship just as fast as it can a houseplant. At some level, we like to think there is nothing that could end a true friendship. But in the real world, there are many poisons that quickly sink deep into the bloodstream of even our most cherished relationships, infecting them with deadly toxins. Come in and see what those deadly toxins are!

Anger

10 Priceless Gifts Your Children Need from You Today

What do your kids most need from you? Here are 10 gifts you can give your children that will change their lives … and yours … forever. Come see why parenthood is such serious business. There’s no other business, in fact, more important you can spend your time and energy building. Average parenting requires average effort. Great parenting requires more of us. It requires us to work on the inside, on the person who is the parent. Offering these gifts will require that deep commitment to what’s best to raise happy, loving and decent men and women.

Father and Son

Sometimes Broken is the Best Fix

Have you ever revisited your priorities because of some unexpected external shove? That recently happened to me. It all started when my router coughed its last breath and went off to router heaven. I was stranded, alone, disconnected, afloat in the sea of internet loneliness. Until, well, you’ll just have to click on in to read the rest …

Internet access denied

How to Keep Love Alive: 12 Principles for Nurturing Love in Your Marriage

I’ve been married for over two decades now. And while I don’t have all the answers or do the “love and marriage thing” perfectly, I’ve learned a thing or two over the course of that time. By applying these timeless principles to our most cherished relationship, we can deepen the love and happiness we feel in our families. We can have happy marriages as we learn and apply these lessons. Come on in to see!

Heart of love

The Joy of Memory

Memory is a powerful tool to provide us with direction, comfort, inspiration and even correction. Our memories can work against us or serve us. Check out my guest post at Life, for instance on that topic and click here to read how other childhood memories can serve us here on our journey through life.

How childhood memory can influence us

“I Love You Most-er!”

What do you love most in life? Do your actions reflect that love? My son taught me a valuable lesson one evening camping out in the backyard in a tent. The moment was beautiful. The lesson will be lasting. I invite you to come read (and see how amazingly adorable my son is) as you reevaluate your values and priorities at the feet of a 5-year-old little boy.

I love my son!

A House Divided is Happiness Diminished

Quote #16 in the series 16 Principles of Happiness by the 16th President: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Just as nations can be wounded and divided, so can marriages. But just as the nation was healed, marriages can too.

Couple Fighting

There’s More than One Way to Live Forever

Quote #12 of 16: “God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day!” There is another sort of immortality that can be achieved by leaving a legacy of meaning and purpose. 5 Ways to leave a legacy

Grave in Winter

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