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For a lot of couples, Valentine season is a difficult time. They celebrate one more year but inwardly they know their marriage seems to be failing. Often, marriages that seem outwardly successful are privately failing. How can you fix a failing marriage?
Marriage failures usually come down to four main causes:
We all want our children to turn out well. Nothing thrills us more than seeing them go through school, marry well, excel in their career, and fulfill God’s purpose on their lives. Raising children who love, respect, serve, marry well, and contribute to society is not easy.
Here are five principles Melanie and I followed for the entire 32 years we had children in our home:
As I go into restaurants and malls, I see parents struggling to maintain control of children. They beg, bribe, and get angry. The “little one” seems to come out victorious. Sympathetic onlookers are tortured as they put themselves in the identical position. What are the secrets that make it seem EASY?
Melanie and I raised our six children on these principles. Everyone has a unique approach, but these are what worked well for us:
Your attitudes are determining your altitude. This phrase tells you if you are headed for the “jet stream” or a “slow crash.” How do you adjust your attitude? The “Beatitudes” are 8 HEAVENLY ATTITUDES and it is time to “think heavenly.” The Sermon on the Mount is the greatest sermon in history. Spoken in Matthew 5-7, its theme is “heavenly.” It describes a mindset on Heaven, a heavenly ambassador who represents how things are done back in his homeland.
Everyone loves a “reset.” I LOVE when the car trip-o-meter goes back to “00000” with one push of a button! How do you get ready for this new year? The secret of all growth is to be “reset.”
How do you get reset for the year?
The most popular talent show currently is “The Voice.” While I enjoy watching it, I often think of how so many people would love to hear “God’s Voice.”
Line up these factors so you are in a position to “listen”:
God despises pride. He is all-powerful yet humble enough to wash the feet of His disciples. He knows that pride was Satan’s downfall. When I review the history of God’s generals and kings, I come to one grand conclusion: “STAY LOW.”
Here are 5 ways to guard your humility:
We are all human. We set goals, we envision success. What do you do when it all comes crashing down? I recently experienced a deep disappointment. My ninth grandchild went to heaven in his 7th month in the womb. His middle name was my name.
It was sudden. It was unthinkable. The pregnancy was perfect. My daughter-in-law had to deliver that child and my son had to bury that child.
Disappointments are real and, unfortunately, unforeseen.
What are the secrets to managing disappointments?