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Creating a Family Culture of Appreciation

Creating a Family Culture of Appreciation

The jar sits on our dinner table along with a stack of little slips of paper and a pen.  When I sit down at the table, alone or with others, my first thought is what I appreciate from that day.  I pause, pick up the pen and fill out a couple of pieces with aRead more

The First to Stop Wins

The First to Stop Wins

During the last couple of weeks, we have noticed increasing overwhelm levels in our household. I believe much of this could be avoided. You see, overwhelm happens when the people around us fail to stop, pause and “tone it down.” Observers miss the subtle and sometimes not so subtle cues we show that scream, “You’veRead more

Bad Eye, Good Eye

Bad Eye, Good Eye

You may have heard the term “evil eye.” Perhaps you think of a mom giving her disobedient child “the look.” Or the great fiery eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings. Or maybe you even know about the evil eye charms many in the Middle East wear with their jewelry to ward off bad luckRead more

Peaches and Rest: Using Family Code Words

Peaches and Rest: Using Family Code Words

“Mommy, you look like you need some peaches”, my four-year-old tells me at the breakfast table this morning, which prompted me to take a deep breath. “Why did he say this?” You ask. Let me tell you about our family code words. About a month ago, our oldest son Matthew had a croup cough. He alsoRead more

A Crazy Kind of Love

A Crazy Kind of Love

God’s love for us is described by the Hebrew word “chesed.” Chesed is similar to the Greek word “agape,” but chesed is agape on steroids! Chesed means a kind of love that is: Steadfast Loyal Active Robust Unrelenting Fierce Strong Vital Kind Merciful Covenant In Chris Coursey’s newest book, Transforming Fellowship, we read, “Chesed isRead more

Marriage Takes Practice

Marriage Takes Practice

My 13-year-old son recently attended a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game with my father as a Christmas gift. He returned from the game eager to share his amazement of the spectacle he had just witnessed. Story after story of the skill and entertainment flowed from his lips. I asked him how he thought the players hadRead more

Does It Bring Joy?

Does It Bring Joy?

These last two months have been a crazy season of sickness for our family. One illness after another keeps taking us down, and usually a few at a time. Things seemed to be looking up until a week ago. Andrew (4) came down with a cough. Then Matthew (6) spiked a fever. Next Chris andRead more

When Jesus is More Patient than Mommy

When Jesus is More Patient than Mommy

Thanksgiving day was a whirlwind with a flurry of cooking, eating, hosting and interacting with family members. As the day began to wind down, I was sitting with my sons reading bedtime stories and praying. At one point I asked the boys to each share something with Jesus they feel thankful for. Andrew (4) immediatelyRead more

Rare Resource Brings Joy to the World

Rare Resource Brings Joy to the World

Life Model Works released a new resource this year, Rare Leadership: 4 Uncommon Habits that Increase Trust, Joy, and Engagement in the People You Lead.  The official launch took place at Annual Gathering 2016 in April and the book’s core teaching was the focal point. The entire conference is available on DVD. Dr. Jim Wilder of LifeRead more

Reset My Normal Negative Perspective on Life in 30-45 Days? Seriously?!

Reset My Normal Negative Perspective on Life in 30-45 Days? Seriously?!

  This is the 4th Blog in the series, “Bringing Joy to the World,” highlighting how Life Model Works has positively impacted individuals, couples, families, churches, communities and the world in 2016!     In 21st century society, things move fast – I can message my friend in Uganda as quickly as if she wereRead more

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