Friday Funny: Let’s Play Kissy-Face

Marriage is a team sport. It takes both parties to work together to be effective.

In today’s Friday Funny, Joe shares how he finally figured out that “Women do what they HAVE to do…. And Men do what they WANT.”   Not that it should be that way…. But a lot of times it is.

Joe shares how he finally figured out that helping in the kitchen can go a long way towards a romantic marriage! 

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Friday Funny: Six Kids Is Enough

Joe shares a great story about having five daughters.

Finally, years later, number 6 was the lucky number!
No longer surrounded by all women, Joe had the son he always wanted!

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Does He Respectfully Consider My Input?

The Bible says, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31 KJV).

One is not greater than the other. Their roles and their strengths and weaknesses may be different, but one is not greater than the other; they’re equal. Yet, even though they’re equal, that doesn’t mean they’re created the same. God knew what He was doing, and He didn’t make men and women exactly alike. He did that on purpose so that they could help one another, and they could be stronger together as one.  

There are some men who believe that women are not equal and are subpar. Those guys tend to have a male chauvinistic attitude. They don’t want to listen to their wife’s suggestions or advice because it messes with their ego. They think, “I’m the head. I don’t need any input from you. I’ll make this decision, and no matter what, I’m right. You just need to submit and follow me.”  

Being in a lifelong relationship with someone like that will not be easy. If you offer suggestions or advice and he doesn’t want to listen and always ignores your input, then you might want to think twice about whether he’s the right marriage material for you. 

A person who understands leadership and what it means for the two of you to come together as one, will value your opinion, even if they disagree with it. They’ll give consideration to your suggestions and advice before making a final decision. 

The Take Away:

Ladies, make sure that the man you’re considering marrying is open to listening to your advice, input, suggestions, and even complaints without feeling threatened or resenting the fact that you shared them.  

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Friday Funny : Don’t Know What to Say

Listen as Joe shares how stuff is just gonna happen.

The devil is always going to take a run at you. And sometimes, it can almost make you numb. Sometimes a crisis can leave us almost speechless.

When those times come, we need to make sure we have God’s Word in our mouth. We need to be saying the things God says.

The Bible says that God will always provide a way of escape for us. When we come through the rough times, we will have a great testimony.

Remember to Praise God, even when the times get tough!

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Building Your Marriage

Do you have any habits that are marriage busters?

It’s important to make sure that we’re building our marriage relationship, but it’s also important to make sure we don’t have habits that are tearing it down. 

The Take Away:

Making your relationship with God a priority will be more beneficial to your marriage than any other single thing you can do and that’s because the rest will come from this first step.

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It Takes Wisdom and Work to Have a Great Marriage

Did you know that just having a right heart won’t make you successful?

Your heart can be right but if don’t have knowledge, it’ll mess up your life.

It’s normal for couples who are young and in love to tie the knot and expect to live happily ever after. Even though they love each other and their hearts are right, many times their heads are empty. They know absolutely nothing about marriage and how to make it work. As a result, a few years into the marriage it’s easy for them to become disillusioned and think their marriage is a failure because they’re not experiencing the “happily ever after” vision they had when they first got married.

Just because you’ve found the “one” doesn’t mean you’ll have a great marriage. It takes wisdom and hard work. Couples need to get in the Word and find out what God says about marriage, learn what it means to be a husband or a wife, and learn how to grow and work together in their relationship.

Successful marriages don’t happen overnight. And just because you hit a few bumps in the road doesn’t mean your marriage is a failure. Great marriages take a lot of love, patience, forgiveness, and perseverance. They are built through an ongoing, lifelong process.

Take the time to invest in your marriage. It’s well worth the effort. Having a happy, strong, successful marriage is possible, and it’s God’s will for you!

The Take Away

God’s Word is the instruction manual for life. Gaining knowledge from God’s Word on marriage and also from other resources, such as books, seminars, and podcasts, will help you understand how to grow together and work together as a team.

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Friday Funny: I Dont Need You

NEWS FLASH! MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT

We all know that men and women are different. God made us that way.
What is more unusual, is how He designed us to be attracted to people who are opposites.

It is safe to say that if you or I had made the decision, we would have done things differently.
We would have probably created people to be attracted to others just like them.
God had a better plan. Bring people together that see things totally different.
Listen as Joe shares how our differences are what makes us stronger.

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Encourage Yourself

We all go through times where it seems there’s no one around to pat us on the back and tell us how wonderful we are and what a great job we’re doing. It’s during those times that we need to know how to encourage ourselves.

In 1 Samuel chapter 30th the Bible relays an incident where David was having a pretty bad day!

While he and his men were away, their enemies invaded the town they were living in, set it on fire, and took all their wives and kids captive.
There was no one around to encourage David. In fact, David’s men blamed him for what had happened and wanted to kill him!

David could have gotten depressed and let the situation defeat him, but he chose to do something else instead. The Bible says that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV).

Parents, when your kids are having a bad day—maybe someone talked bad about them, or they didn’t make the basketball team—teach them how to encourage themselves. Teach them that the best way to encourage themselves is to quote scriptures: “Greater is He that’s in me” (1 John 4:4).  “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13).

The Take Away

Training your children to encourage and affirm themselves is a major key to living a happy, successful life. It will buoy them up to the top of any situation that tries to drag them down.

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Friday Funny: God Bless You!

Listen as Joe shares about early marriage to his late-wife Denise.

To say the least, it wasn’t what he thought it was going to be. After a few very-rough years, the two of them finally learned the first thing they were going to have to do is shut their mouths.

After learning to stop the negative from spewing out, they had to learn to start speaking the positive.

It was a journey. A journey that eventually led to a happy marriage. If applied, God’s Word will always work.

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Write the Vision

God believes in writing things down.

He wrote down His thoughts, examples, ideas, plans, and purposes. He called that book The Bible! The Bible is a book filled with God’s vision.  

Psalms 139:16 talks about God also having a book in heaven that has things written in it about us. If God thinks it’s important to write things down, then we should too! The first step we need to take when we God gives us a vision is to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV) says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Writing the vision down helps you remember what the vision is. It also gives you the “big picture” view to keep in front of you as you plan smaller goals to achieve it. 

Habakkuk 2:2 also emphasizes that when you write the vision, make it plain If it’s not clear to you or other people that God may join together with you, you’ll have problems trying to run with it. Make sure the vision is written plainly enough so that everyone involved can understand it. 

The Take Away

When God speaks to you, write it down. Use your smart phone, your iPad, a journal, or a 3-ring notebook and write down the things God says to you and the vision He gives you. Write out scripture verses like Ps. 139:16-17, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3, just to name a few, and personalize them by inserting your name in the verses. Make it a habit to regularly read the vision God has given you and also read the personalized scriptures He shows you. As you do, it will build faith in your heart so that you can put action to your vision and run with it! Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is just passing the time. A vision with action can change the world.

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