Grow Your Marriage by Enhancing Your Love Maps (b196)

Grow Your Marriage by Enhancing Your Love Maps (b196)

Continue getting to know your significant other. That’s a principle for making love last that Dr. John Gottman has discovered over his decades of research. He calls it “enhancing your love map.” Dr. Gottman writes: Without such a love map, you can’t really know your spouse. And if you don’t really know someone, how can you truly love them? No […]

Ask Yourself This Question During Difficult, Trying or Confusing Times (b194)

Ask Yourself This Question During Difficult, Trying or Confusing Times (b194)

Oh, man, was I tired last Sunday morning! One of the things you can’t do as a pastor is take a sick day on Sunday just because you are tired. As frosting on this “tired-day” cake, I had Confirmation Class from 1pm-3pm Sunday afternoon. I seriously considered cancelling Confirmation Classes because I was head-nodding, micro-napping tired. BUT I had listened to […]

3 Things You Can Do This Week to Make Your Marriage Better (b192)

3 Things You Can Do This Week to Make Your Marriage Better (b192)

In the marriage relationship, the occasional grand gesture or major course correction can’t hold a candle to regularly practiced good habits. Here are three habits you can start this week that will have a significant and positive effect on your marriage. 1. Schedule Business Meetings with your Spouse This may seem odd, but I’m telling you it can be a […]

Minimalist Week

Hi Friends, My blog has not gone dormant. This week is super busy and I haven’t gotten to my blog. Next week I should be able to resume my regular 3-5 posts per week. In the mean time, here’s something to think about:   Subscribe to get email notifications of new posts Your email will never be disclosed to anyone in […]

Do You Make This Common Mistake When Trying to Help a Hurting Loved One? (b191)

Do You Make This Common Mistake When Trying to Help a Hurting Loved One? (b191)

Other people’s pain can be so uncomfortable, especially when the hurting person is someone we care deeply about. We want to help so badly. The problem is that sometimes we help badly. 🙂 In this short video animating a snippet of a talk given by Brene Brown (one of my favorite authors), Brene talks about sympathy, empathy, and which is […]

3 Things You Need to Think About from the First Chapter of Ruth (b190)

3 Things You Need to Think About from the First Chapter of Ruth (b190)

In order to learn from the book of Ruth in the right way, you must remember that this is not a parable. Parables are stories constructed to teach. The book of Ruth records something that happened to someone in real life. To learn from real life, You have to observe and ponder. You  have to think about what happened, how the people in the story […]

4 Essential Steps for Your Emotional/Relational Disaster Preparedness Plan (b189)

4 Essential Steps for Your Emotional/Relational Disaster Preparedness Plan (b189)

Emergency planners will tell you it’s if you have an emergency, it’s when you have an emergency.  As I type this, Hurricane Matthew is preparing to bear down on my home and family. I feel ok because we are prepared. The most basic plan for emergencies involves having four things in place: Awareness of Your Surroundings and Your Risk An Emergency Kit A […]

3 Benefits of Meditation I Experienced Yesterday Morning (b188)

3 Benefits of Meditation I Experienced Yesterday Morning (b188)

I am by no means an “expert” in meditation. I have been practicing meditation sporadically for a little over a year. Practicing it sporadically has actually helped me see the benefits of meditation because they go away when I don’t do it. It’s like a controlled experiment… except that it’s controlled more by spotty practice and my kids’ schedules rather […]