It was quite a wedding – a beautiful bride and nervous groom. I wondered if they really understood the love they were committing to “until death do they part”. In his book, “The Five Love Languages” Gary Chapman says the “tingly” love phase in marriage - when neither can do any wrong in the other’s eyes, may last 2 weeks to 2 years. Then couples must learn to love as husband and wife – a man is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church; and a woman is to respect her husband (Eph.5:33).
Then they must learn to love as parents. What a fabulous moment it is when ...read on
Mountain stream, pure bottled water is the advertisement. What are the benefits? In areas where the water supply has been contaminated, bottled water can certainly be a life source. And for emergency preparedness, a supply of bottled water serves a very practical purpose. But the day to day consumption of bottled water has almost become an obsession for pure water. The idea of drinking water out of a faucet, or heaven forbid out of a water hose, is not acceptable for many.
This obsession with purity does not extend to various media flowing into the home. read on ...
In the movie City Slickers, Curly resolutely holds up one finger and answers, “One thing” when Mitch asks him about the secret to life. “What’s the ‘one thing’?” he pleas. Curly says, “You have to figure that out.” In “The Power of Habit”, Charles Duhigg documents how when a person will focus on changing one habit, the impact on other areas can be phenomenal. One young lady in the study focused on her smoking habit. Her conviction that she had to give up smoking touched off a series of changes that would ultimately radiate out to every part of her life. She replaced smoking with jogging, and that, in turn, changed how she ate, worked, slept, saved money, scheduled her workdays, planned for the future and so on. She had found the ‘one thing’ that got her life back on track.
A while back a dad was struggling with relationships in the home, stress at work and general frustration with where he was in life. He was challenged to ...read on
In his study, Raising Kingdom Kids, Pastor Tony Evans starts with an example of how on a trip to Disney World they lost their youngest son. The boy had gotten distracted by a particular attraction, by all the bright colors and entertainment. Likewise, the parents had gotten distracted by the crowd and other happenings. They turned around and their young son was nowhere to be found. Steps were retraced, security was alerted ...read on
It was an unusual morning. Dad was going into work a bit later than normal and was eating breakfast as the kids were heading out the door to school. He took exception to what his daughter was wearing and said, “Young lady, you are not going to school looking like that!” She burst into tears. Her brother stepped in and said, “Her clothes are really pretty modest for today and I only have ten minutes to get us to school!” More words were exchanged and Mom calmly said, “This is not the time.” Dad backed off.
After the kids left, Dad offered the toughest words for man to say, “I am sorry. I was wrong. Will you ...read on
The world is saying that truth is relative. Dad’s primary role is to keep Truth relative.
In his book, “Case for Christ” Lee Strobel’s investigation into the facts surrounding Christ provides answers to key questions around the validity of the Bible as he shares information gleaned from scholars. One thing that resonates with me in his research is the popular thought that Jesus was just another prophet that happened to fulfill some prophecies ...read on
What was up with the buzz around that blue and black dress last week? My bride saw it as white and gold! We did not get into an argument or anything but she clearly thought I was nuts. Of course I said, “Yes dear” (Marriage 101). My thought was, “How can there be confusion around this? It is blue and black!” The lively discussion, raging debate in some circles, around “the dress” may reflect on the way we get locked into different points of view in life.
Some research provided the clarity needed. It seems ...read on
I received a call this week requesting participation in a survey. The first question was, “What do you think is the number one problem facing Houston today?” I responded, “In Houston and beyond it is the destruction of family, homes where the biological mom and dad are raising their kids.”
In his book, “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” Jason L. Riley provides compelling historical evidence of how programs put forth in the 1960’s by architects of the Great Society indeed exacerbated issues facing family ...read on
Did he lie? Or was he just embellishing the truth a bit? Yes! The network has given itself six months by way of suspension without pay to ascertain whether their news anchor can reestablish a level of credibility that is evidently a plus for those reporting the prime time news. Maybe it is no big deal. We’ll see.
The dad had talked a lot about his high school football days as he coached his son’s teams over the years. He spoke of how hard he had worked to make a very competitive team and, as a wide receiver had caught a number of touchdown passes during a great senior year. Then, one of his football playing buddies called ...read on
One was prepared for the moment. One was not. One player was ready to make the play. The other was not. While it was all somewhat lost in the hullaballoo around what call was made at the 1-yard line in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, Michael Butler stepped up and made the play of the game. Michael had studied the tapes so when he saw the offensive alignment, he knew what was coming. Then the defensive back went on the offensive and beat the receiver to his spot - A job well done.
Dad did not like the internet sites his son had been visiting. Another dad had alerted him to the issues so he made the call to implement some controls. Now he needed to make the play. read on ...