How Do You REALLY Feel? The Respect Dare Seventeen…

Today’s Dare always gives me pause. Truth is, when negative sentiment over-ride has created a place within a marriage, the wife often can’t translate what her husband actually DOES into a positive character trait. Often these folks are headed for separation or divorce and don’t even realize it. I’ve talked with too many wives who […]

How to Raise A Selfish Child…

A dear friend of mine told me this morning that it’s truly impossible to shelter our children – she said, “My own sin did as much damage as anything in the world could have!” I know she’s right. My sinful nature screams loudly and clearly a stark contrast to the Bible. And I’ve seen my […]

Want to Feel Beautiful?

Last night, the grill had to have the food on it at a certain time, otherwise dinner with family before carting everyone off to their evening music activities wasn’t going to happen. There just wasn’t any wiggle room, and I asked for help. I was assured I would receive it. When I returned from chauffeur […]

Want a Good Marriage?

Fairly young in her faith walk, she didn’t know that God specifically tells us in Malachi that He hates divorce. She also didn’t know that while Moses originally allowed divorce, Jesus clearly told us not to do so. But she didn’t know what to do. Her heart ached for connection with her husband. Exhausted from […]


Last night, one of my teen boys came up from behind me when I was getting ready for bed, and sheepishly told me, “I’m sorry I was so rotten when we were doing math…” “I forgive you, baby.” He’d been angry, but I knew it was at himself, and not me. He doesn’t like to […]

Pass the Condemnation Please…

Perhaps the most common complaint I hear from a wife doing “The Respect Dare,” occurs after her husband does something nice for her. She will discount the gift, act of service, or kind words, usually because there’s something imperfect about it. “He’s just doing that because he has to.” “He doesn’t really feel that way.” […]