4 Things Your Marriage Needs

Good mentors can mean the difference between success and failure.

When Tammy and I first married, we quickly found that there were at least 4 things your marriage needs. We both knew that we would need outside help to have the marriage that we hoped for. Our birth families were good to and for us, but we wanted our marriage to be more and deeper […]


Increasing our endurance is a key to having a long, productive life. The ability to make yourself do what you DON’T want to do (and to do it well) is vitally important. Without grit, fortitude and determination, success in the major endeavors of life can be overwhelmingly tough to obtain. In my early 20’s, I […]


Trouble In Paradise

Have you ever been out in public and noticed a silent, emotionally distant couple? Their eyes focused on any and everything but each other They have no ongoing discussion They have dead-looking eyes There is obviously little if any “life” in their relationship Watching them makes you wonder: Do they act like this in the […]


Holiday Mistakes

What are 6 common mistakes to avoid this holiday season? Could your New Year perhaps be less stressful? Years ago, as young parents we often found ourselves overly-stressed during the holiday season. Most months of the year, we were barely able to pay our bills and feed our kids. The arrival of the holiday season’s […]


Discussing Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible

How do we discuss weird Bible stories with our kids?

In this post, we’ll take a look at how to discuss our bizarre, baffling Bible with our kids. In my last post, titled “Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible,” I discussed how strange the Bible can be, and how it is important that we openly discuss those odd things with our children and grandchildren. Here’s the main […]


Our Bizarre, Baffling Bible

“Yes, Virginia, the Bible has some really strange things in it!”

I forget how bizarre and baffling our Bible can be.  I was reared in a church going, Christian home, and I have heard odd stories from the Bible my entire life. From infancy, I have been accustomed to fanciful stories like the Garden of Eden, Jonah’s ride in the belly of a huge fish, even […]

5 Surprising Things about Teenagers

These things might change the way you act as a parent.

There are some surprising things about teenagers. Teens have a lot going on inside that they – Haven’t identified Are afraid to say Don’t know how to tell you These things can remain inside, alone and unattended. And, they often are the driving motivators behind some of their decisions and actions. What if parents knew […]


Things To Avoid In Marriage

When Tammy and I were first married, we made it a point to watch other married couples to see what we liked and didn’t in other relationships. We found more things that we didn’t like than things that we did. In fact, we quickly found that it was very difficult to find married couples that displayed actions […]