Ouxano 53: Fathers, Read To Your Kids!

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[display_podcast]Guys – it’s incredibly important that you read, out loud to your kids.I have six kids from age five to twenty – four girls and two boys and my wife and I developed reading as a family tradition almost by accident.  I say “almost” because we both had the desire that our children would read well and enjoy good literature, but didn’t know at the time the HUGE benefits that have been proven out when fathers read to their kids.Studies have overwhelmingly shown that, especi … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 36: At a Crossroad

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[display_podcast]I met a lovely young woman this past weekend who we shall call Monique.  She is divorced and has a young daughter.  Her husband left her two years ago for another woman.  He moved out of their home they had bought together and right into the new woman’s.  Monique had to short sell her home due to the divorce and chose to move into a two-bedroom apartment.  She has suffered a lot of loss.  The death of her marriage, selling of her beautiful home, and the loss of time with her … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 35: Giving Our Adult Children Money

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[display_podcast]Last week we discussed Ted and Susie’s situation about whether they should give money to Ted’s grown daughter who is in debt.Not surprisingly, people have differing opinions on this subject.  Some parents believe that once their child is out on their own, they need to make it on their own.  And those parents who have or do help their children financially do so because they are “legitimately concerned” about their child’s financial well-being, while others stated they did … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily 34: Is it Help or Helping to Keep Em’ That Way?

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[display_podcast]I pray that each of you are growing in the kingdom and learning to love each other as Christ has loved us.  You know, I can’t think of a better place to learn how to really love than in a stepfamily.  It’s a daily choice to choose to love others as God has loved us.  It’s a growing process but that process begins with wanting to please God by loving the ones He has sent us.  And that always begins with our family whether it’s blended or not.  You and I both chose to marry our … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 54: Heaven Is For Real

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[display_podcast]It’s been said that this is the year of faith-based entertainment with movies such as Son of God, Noah, God is Not Dead, Left Behind, Exodus and Mary, Mother of Christ due to hit theaters.One such movie that my dad is especially excited about is based on a book that greatly inspired him a couple of years ago – Heaven Is For Real.In the book, Todd Burpo writes that during the months after his son's emergency surgery in 2003, his son Colton began describing events and p … [Read more...]

Blending Your StepFamily: Wise or Foolish Builder?

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[display_podcast]Let’s talk about shared spirituality today and it’s relevance to stepfamilies and couples.  Couples who share common spiritual beliefs show a significant increase in the success of their marriage vs. those who do not have spiritual agreement.  One study, lasting 25 years and including couples from all 50 states as well as 27 other countries, revealed that those couple’s that enjoy close spiritual intimacy report significantly happier marriages.  These areas were included in t … [Read more...]


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