March 1st, 2024

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” What was impressed upon you as a child? Who was “fighting” […]

February 29th, 2024

“Train up a child in the way they should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 Training takes work, discipline and patience.  I’m sure you have heard the saying “pick your battles.”  This phrase refers to making a choice to address and attempt to correct someone’s negative behavior […]

February 28th, 2024

It was the first of October, when I received the panicked call that my daughter was with my mother and my mother had what they believed to be a stroke. I was torn over comforting my daughter and being with my mother.  I made it to the hospital and was met with resistance from the […]

February 27th, 2024

My oldest son has two words tattooed on each of his biceps: “Family” and  “First.”  When he flexes his muscles, people know what is of most importance to him. He believes in Family First. He lives this. He raises his arms in a willingness to “fight” for his family. He is in law enforcement and […]

February 26th, 2024

When people use the word fight, I think of a physical altercation. The dictionary definition is to take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of blows or use of weapons. I am not much of a fighter and I never have been. Many times, I have just let things go or suppressed them. […]

February 25th, 2024

There are many forms and types of families among us today. There are single-parent households. There are blended families. Children can be raised by two parents or a single parent. There are situations where grandparents are raising children. Other family members may step in and take on the parental role. Couples without any children can […]

February 24th, 2024

Seek Help When Needed “If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again.” Matthew 18:16-17 (MSG) Marriage exists in community. Even though a couple should first seek to resolve a conflict or situation on […]

February 23rd, 2024

Solve What You Can, Not Involving Others “work it out between the two of you.” Matthew 18:15 (MSG) Fighting for your marriage means avoiding the collateral damage that comes from involving others unnecessarily. If you take your conflict to friends, family or (God forbid) social media before doing your best to patiently resolve it at […]

February 22nd, 2024

Bridge the Distance No Matter Who’s at Fault “If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him.” Matthew 18:15 (MSG) A common response to being offended by our spouse is to wait for them to come to you and make it right. You may have to wait a long time. If it is accurate […]

February 21st, 2024

Let Go of the Small Things “Sensible (wise) people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.” Proverbs 19:11 (NLT) Sometimes a lot of progress can be lost due to a very small transgression if it becomes the focus. It is wise to reconsider pouncing on a small offense. Context means a lot. Perhaps […]