How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure by Debbie Potter

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure Pain is unfortunately part of life. As parents, we want to give our children the best life possible. We want to shield them from any disappointment or setback. We want them to have a happy, flawless childhood. These are wonderful goals, but part of their childhood needs […]

How Does Your Communication Shape Your World?

Scripture: James 3:1-12 Have you ever hit ‘reply all’ when you intended to only hit ‘reply’ on your email? You didn’t intend everyone to read those words. Tempers flare. Relationships are bruised. Have you ever posted something on social media you saw from another friend only to find out it was false? What you read confirmed your […]

Biblical Keys to A Successful Marriage

1. Commitment “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’. 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what […]

I and You Statements

One of the most effective, yet simplest, ways of facilitating open communication at home is to use “I” statements in place of “you” statements. “You” Statements “You” statements are by nature accusatory and negating. They put the recipient on the defensive because he or she feels attacked and threatened. The innate reflex when one feels […]

Communicating Negative Feelings in The Family

Many families are hurting because they spend too much time in negative, destructive, communication cycles. Harsh, accusatory words from one partner often leads to a defensive, attacking response from the other. Such negative interactions take up so much of our family time because we fail to handle negative emotions in healthy constructive ways. Certainly we […]

Tweets For You

Social media is an essential part of 21st century communication. My Friday eLetter is one form.  Another is tweeting a message in 144 characters or less called Twitter. Follow me on Twitter. Following are some of my recent tweets: “Kneel before God to hear His heart; listen to people’s hurts & hopes. Then from what […]

Beyond Tolerance: Understanding and Loving Each Other

Did you know that the communication era you grow up in has a profound influence on what you trust as authentic, where you look for authority, as well as your preferred communication style?  In his book, The Millennium Matrix, Rex Miller lays out the four primary communication eras experienced in our world; from ancient times […]