Show Notes

Fun Times with Dad: Taking Nolan with me to get the cabinet doors replaced.

If you want to improve your parenting and your relationship with your kids, start by improving your marriage and your relationship with your spouse. Good parenting starts with good “marriaging”. I made that word up. I encourage you to use it in your normal vocabulary. Then whenever asked where it came from you can refer people to Intentional Parenting!

We always need to work on our marriage. Communication is hard and we have to be intentional in conversation especially the listening part.marriaging

Love is Patient

Relationship requires patience and kindness. Loving our spouse means practicing these disciplines as we see in 1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

I attended a Bible Conference recently and Pastor Steve Viars shared this thought, “What if God’s patience with us was equivalent to our patience with others?”

Kind of hits you between the eyes, doesn’t it?

Remember how the Lord is patient with you. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ~ 2 Peter 3:9

Four Rules of Communication:

  1. Be Honest
  2. Stay Current
  3. Attack the Problem not the Person
  4. Act, Don’t React

Be intentional in listening as part of your communication with your spouse.

“When our desire morphs into demands it changes our relationship with other people around us.” ~ Pastor Brad Bigney

You have to be intentional to change and grow.

Links:
Ephesians 5:15-33