Marriage & Family

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Posted 1/4/17 at 9:10 PM | Karen Kramer

The Mulligan Lesson

There’s always plenty of New Year’s advice, but I gave my grandson the mulligan lesson.

Dear O,

This is my first letter to you in the New Year! Every year is a fresh beginning and every day is a new start.

As much as you love sports, I thought you might like to learn something about a sport I played. In golf, you can take a mulligan if you blow your first shot.

A mulligan gives you a fresh start if your hit off the first tee is awful. It’s nice because your golf game doesn’t begin badly—you get the gift of a second chance.

In life, we get mulligans too. Sometimes teachers give them if you do poorly on a test when they know you tried hard.

Sometimes coaches give you a mulligan when they see that you have what it takes, even after some missed shots.

Your parents are quick to give you a mulligan if you’re honestly doing what you can to help. FULL POST

Posted 1/2/17 at 1:48 AM | Lara Sen

After a Divorce: 6 Things To Keep in Mind

It dоеѕn't tаkе a brоkеn mаrrіаgе to knоw thе truth аbоut divorce — it's incredibly dіffісult. Even whеn уоu know divorce іѕ thе best орtіоn, thаt уоu'rе better оff еndіng a mаrrіаgе than staying іn it, аnd thаt nothing but good thіngѕ will соmе frоm thіѕ decision, іt'ѕ still hаrd. But іnѕtеаd оf flоundеrіng іn thе аftеrmаth, thеrе are ѕоmе thіngѕ tо kеер іn mind аftеr a divorce ѕо thаt you can nаvіgаtе уоur new lіfе wіthоut bеіng tоо оvеrсоmе with grief.

I know — уоu'rе juѕt trуіng tо gеt through each dау. I've bееn there. But thе thіng about getting thrоugh еасh day is that уоu hаvе to have a goal оr a guіdе tо follow. When ѕоmеthіng trаumаtіс hарреnѕ, еѕресіаllу whеn it turnѕ your whole life uрѕіdе dоwn, уоu need tо fосuѕ оn bеіng thе best vеrѕіоn оf уоurѕеlf іn order tо mаkе it through. Most nyc divorce lawyers, аgrееѕ with mе. I ѕроkе wіth many tо hеаr аbоut the іnсrеdіblе community they’ve hеlреd buіld at DіvоrсеFоrсе аnd their іdеаѕ on thіngѕ уоu nееd tо kеер in mіnd once you're ѕtаrtіng your lіfе аgаіn as a ѕіnglе lаdу. The tips аrе especially important іf уоu hаvе сhіldrеn, but thеу аррlу tо аnуоnе gоіng thrоugh a dіvоrсе. FULL POST

Posted 12/30/16 at 10:26 AM | Brian Wallace

Proper Food Storage For The Home

Storing things in the proper place in your refrigerator or pantry cuts down on food waste and saves your family money. Learn all about proper food storage from this infographic!

Posted 12/19/16 at 4:45 PM | Mark Ellis

Worship saved John Piper’s marriage

Desiring God
John Piper (right) interviewed by C.J. Mahaney

By Mark Ellis

He is one of the most influential pastors, authors, and theologians in America. Recently he shocked an interviewer by revealing that he and his wife had deep struggles in their marriage, but corporate worship played a decisive role in changing John Piper’s attitude toward his wife.

“I think I’m still married because of corporate worship,” Piper told Pastor C.J. Mahaney and an audience of pastors at the 2016 Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors Conference held in late October.

“What do you mean by that?” a stunned Mahaney asked, momentarily taken aback. Mahaney leads a Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville.

“Noel and I would have periodic, real struggles, not communicating, hurting each other with our words, feeling hopeless that we could be happy,” Piper confessed. John and his wife, Noel, have been married since 1968, have five grown children and numerous grandchildren. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/16 at 12:08 PM | olabode ososami

Sacrificing Babies to Molech

The market for healthy seed (sperm/ovary eggs) free of hereditary illness becomes more viable as the "UK approves in vitro fertilization using two women and a man ... claiming "three parent" babies are intended to prevent certain fatal genetic diseases.” CNN reports.

Leviticus 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

God ordained marriage, the home and cohabitation between man (male) and woman (female) as the environment for children to not just be born, but to be taught and developed as assets within a society. In biblical times, children – often babies were deliberately cultivated – and “sold” to heathen temples for child sacrifices, creating a market … in the worship of false gods.

In contemporary times, evil sacrifice of children is “correctly” masked by the legalisation and prevalence of abortions. The commercialisation of the seed of mankind has created new ethical questions even as new social disguises hide the targeted ultimate outcome – prevalence of children that are not protected within the traditional family structure – one father and one mother, each playing their role. Consider the surly outcome of a potential conflict between two women who are biological mothers of a single child. FULL POST

Posted 12/13/16 at 3:08 PM | Mark Ellis

How God answered Francis Chan’s ‘ridiculous’ prayer for a son-in-law

Francis Chan

By Mark Ellis

Many Christian parents have prayed for their children to meet and marry another Christian – preferably a faith-filled, sold-out follower of Jesus.

But when noted author and preacher Francis Chan was impressed by a young man involved with his ministry, he lifted up a bold, audacious, matchmaking prayer and God answered in a way that confounded Francis himself.

“Earlier this year in February I prayed and I asked God for something that was just ridiculous,” Francis Chan told a group at the Finishing the Task conference held at Saddleback Church on December 8th.

Francis had begun to notice a young man involved with his ministries named Justin Clark and became impressed by the insights gained in the younger man’s devotional life. “I would come home and say, ‘Honey, this guy, the way he talks about the Word and the way he talks about his prayer life, I’ve never met anyone like him.’” FULL POST

Posted 11/23/16 at 4:36 AM | Lara Sen

3 Flower Tips for Cash Conscious Moms, to Keep Your Home in Bloom All Year Round

Juan Palacio is the Founder of BloomsyShop.com

Do you wish your house always smelled and looked as good as it does on Mother’s day or your birthday? Henri Matisse once said “There are always flowers for those who want to see them,” but unfortunately, for most modern families, flowers are an expensive expenditure reserved for birthdays and celebrations.

British singer Elton John made the front pages back in early 2000s after reportedly spending $450K on flowers in less than 2 years, but contrary to popular opinion you don’t need to be a multi-millionaire to keep your home well-stocked with flowers throughout the year.

So how can ‘everyday joes and janes’ keep their houses colorful and fresh with flowers throughout the year, without signing a record deal or winning the lottery? We have compiled some tips for budget conscious homemakers, to make their homes blossom to life without breaking the bank regardless of the season.

1. Peruse and plan for the perfect purchases
For many of us, the only time that we will really spend much time researching flowers and their blooming seasons will be when planning for a wedding or special event. However, if we change our mentality about flowers, and try to make them a ‘year round’ feature in our homes, rather than a luxury, then we can begin to be more tactical in our flower buying behaviour. FULL POST

Posted 11/18/16 at 10:54 AM | Brian Wallace

Millennials Are Chasing The American Dream

Millennials want to become homeowners more than you might think. Learn more about millennial home buyers from this infographic!

Posted 11/17/16 at 2:44 PM | Margarita Hakobyan

Making The Holiday Season Brighter For Women

If you’re looking to brighten up the holiday season for a woman in your life, you may be ready to get creative. Here are a few ideas that might be exactly what she needs to relax and enjoy the holiday season.

Pack Smart When Traveling
Take packing stress off her list by remembering little details, like mailing presents to their destination ahead of time, or packing gift cards in your suitcase. For super easy relaxation at your destination, make sure that everyone’s pajamas and toiletries are packed all together, so that you don’t have to rifle through every suitcase to get into bed.

Listen To What She Wants
If you’ve asked a woman what she wants to get for a holiday gift, she might say nothing. Some people insist they don’t want anything so that they can feel okay getting gifts, but many people truly mean that they don’t want anything. Maybe their house is too full already, or they feel that they have enough while others do not. In this case, consider donating to a charity that the woman in question would support herself.

There are many amazing charities around the world that support women and girls. Do a little research, find one that works within her stated goals, and then give her the gift receipt as her present. FULL POST

Posted 11/8/16 at 2:02 PM | Brian Wallace

How Much Screen Time Is Appropriate For Kids?

We all know that too much screen time is bad, but do we know why or even how much is too much? Learn all about issues with too much screen time from this infographic!

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