What struck me about this exchange was how this woman perceived hospitality. It mattered to her. Intuitively, she understood why it mattered that we extend warmth and care to others. Hospitality – or the lack of it – says something about us, and how we see the value of others.
- July 29, 2013 |
A video of Dustin Hoffman has gone viral. In it, the acclaimed actor shares the real reason why he agreed to star in the 1982 hit, “Tootsie,” a film about a man who dressed up as a woman to get more work.
- July 26, 2013 |
Here at Focus, we like to talk about “thriving families,” and yes, God wants your family to thrive. However, please understand that going through tough days doesn’t mean you’re not thriving. It just means you’re living through the messy beauty that is marriage and parenthood. It’s a process that’s meant to take you to God in prayer.
- July 25, 2013 |
The Wall Street Journal recently ran a rather provocative column on marriage and advice-giving, linking the practice to lower marital satisfaction rates.
- July 24, 2013 |
Do you remember Elizabeth Smart? Her story certainly broke my heart. In 2002, she was kidnapped from her own bedroom in Utah and held captive for nine months.
- July 23, 2013 |
Here at Focus, we’ve long promoted the idea that married couples thrive when they take the time to go on a regular “date night.” Yes, that’s right – in the middle of our fast-paced lives and parenting craziness, husband and wives should put in the effort to plan a time together to talk and connect outside of the normal routine.
- July 22, 2013 |
Usually commercials for cereal are pretty run-of-the-mill, but there’s one that recently generated a lot of conversation, and even some controversy.
The big announcement that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Great Britain’s Prince William, was pregnant came with much fanfare last December.
Each year, thousands of pregnant couples throughout the U.S. find out through prenatal testing that the child they’re expecting has Down syndrome.
Yesterday I wrote about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from the perspective of military marriages – what might couples expect after a war veteran returns home.
- July 17, 2013 |
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a contributing factor to the challenges many of these couples and families face.
- July 15, 2013 |
It’s a familiar formula for movie and TV plots: the hugely successful, workaholic husband and dad is a failure at home. His wife feels like he’s a stranger, and his kids resent him. The man’s life is crumbling around him, even while his career is in high gear. The reason the plot is used again and again is because it sadly echoes reality in far too many homes across the country.
- July 12, 2013 |
In a world where we can medically screen to ensure we have “perfect” babies, most people haven’t met someone with Down syndrome. They might assume the worst about the condition when in reality people with the condition are the sweetest you’ll ever meet.
- July 11, 2013 |
When I was an eight-year-old boy, I looked to Hank, the father figure in my life, for all the things the other kids my age seemed to enjoy with their dads. Sadly, Hank wasn’t willing to be engaged in my life. He adored my mom, but my siblings and I were simply excess baggage.
- July 10, 2013 |
At the very core of Christianity is an understanding of our own inadequacy. I do not possess any strength or power - or even purpose - outside of Jesus Christ. I am entirely dependent upon Him to lift me up when I fall down, which I do on a daily basis.
- July 09, 2013 |
The late comedian George Carlin once said, “Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.”
- July 08, 2013 |
Have you ever noticed that when kids are young and growing fast, something from only four years back seems like an eternity ago? In that spirit, I’d like to share a great memory with you - "way back" from 2009. I hope it brings a smile to your face. Have a great weekend!
- July 05, 2013 |
Last year Pastor Mark posted a blog on July 4 that caught my attention, so I wanted to share it with you today. It continues on the theme I blogged about on Tuesday, about vacations and rest.
- July 04, 2013 |
True love can stand the tests of time and illness.
- July 03, 2013 |