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Home: The Safest Place on Earth
When you had an intimate conversation with your spouse and felt safe, you might have talked about your insecurities or fears. As feelings are expressed, couples move into deeper intimacy. However, if sensitive knowledge is not protected, something destructive can happen.
How a “Friday” Can Change Your Child Forever
What in the world is a “Friday” you may be wondering? A “Friday” is actually one of the most important things you can do for your children. To illustrate what this is, I’d like to share a special story that happened when I was working at a mental hospital.
How Mentors Can Help Teens Turn Their Beliefs Into Convictions
A mentor is a person that God brings into your teen's life at various stages and for various purposes. In every case, this person is committed to helping your teen grow and continue the learning process.
How to Feel Understood when Communicating with Your Mate
One way to enhance your marriage is by becoming an effective communicator. This involves many skills, but most importantly, it means learning how to listen. However, listening takes time and work, that’s why so few practice it, much less master it.
How to Improve Self-Esteem
Most people's feelings and thoughts about themselves fluctuate somewhat based on their daily experiences. Your self-esteem, however, is something more fundamental than the normal "ups and downs" associated with situational changes.
How to Make Wise Decisions During Conflict
There is no place to hide or shield our teenagers from life. Fortunately we don't need to ship our kids to an island or lock them in their rooms until they turn 35. Instead, helping them learn to make wise decisions is better than a room or an island.
How to Make Wise Decisions.. and Stay in Harmony!
All couples will face making decisions during their married life. As you and your spouse face significant choices, it's important to have a method of decision making which allows you to remain in harmony.
How to Manage Stress Better
Stress is the "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings. So, adjusting to different circumstances, stress will help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.
How to Pray When You Don't Know How to pray
Prayer is not just an exercise routine God has us on; it’s our business, our only business. Prayer is our holy occupation. Plain and simple.
How to Resolve an Argument with Your Mate Every Time
Resolving every argument with your spouse may seem impossible at first thought. However, by doing five important things, you not only can improve your ability to resolve conflicts, but can also decrease the emotional injuries as well.
How You Impact Your Teen's values Concerning Love, Sex & Marriage
A teenager's values of love and marriage is impacted by his parent's relationship through modeling. Learning by watching other people's behaviors is an important part of our lives. Our attitudes, habits and standards are borrowed from others with whom we identify.
How Your Parenting Style Can Help You Discover the Most Important Factors in Raising Children
The key to becoming a balanced parent is realizing that we all have a natural parenting bent. The reason it's important to learn our natural tendencies is to see what happens when our natural strengths get pushed out of balance, and the possible effects upon our children.
I Believe in You!
One of the greatest gifts you can give your mate is to believe in his or her dreams. As the pressures of life intensify, sometimes the difference between going after a dream and remaining passive is having someone say, "I believe in you!"
I Feel Loved When You…
In pursuit of a life-long and satisfying marriage, one of the most important things you can do is to understand what each person needs within the relationship. Relational needs are our wants, desires, and the things that help make us feel loved or cared for.
I Wish My Daddy Was a Dog
As parents, God has given us the most precious gift - our children. More important than any accomplishment, our children are our greatest legacy. Let's make sure we provide wonderful memories of the fun times we shared together.
Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?
What can we do to foster optimism in our children? Plenty. First, encourage your child to speak more kindly to himself. Instead of negative labels like “stupid”, your child might learn to say, “Things didn't go well today, but I learned a lot, and I can do better tomorrow.”
Joy to the World
Christmas is supposed to be a special time of celebration and joy. It’s a time when families get together and recall old memories and create new memories. At Christmas, we remember the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ and in honor of His gift to us we give gifts to each other.
Lighthouse of Honor
Honor has to be the center of the relationship, and it is not a difficult strength to master and practice. The key is the pledge. You must consciously pledge yourself to put honor at the heart of your relationship. You must treat each other as treasures, and that attitude should govern all your actions and words.
Listen to ME!
The Art of Listening: It can be very tempting when engaged in communication with someone to focus first on problem-solving instead of understanding the person. This is why we need to LISTEN first and then look for ways to solve a problem.
Listening is the process of taking in information someone else is saying. This can be more difficult than we expect. When people, often parents, ask whether or not someone is listening, it’s not about the sounds of the words. It’s about the meaning behind them.