2 Habits that Will Help you Succeed and Maintain Focus

There are 2 habits that will help you succeed and maintain an incredibly optimistic abundance-focused view of the future. Sometimes we laugh about those who talk about the power of positive thinking – but it works. When we start our day negatively, our day usually doesn’t turn out very well, we struggle through it with low and negative energy, and we don’t leave the type of life-changing impact on others that we want to. When we start positively, it sets the tone for a successful day, keeps us

Sometimes we laugh about those who talk about the power of positive thinking – but it works. When we start our day negatively, our day usually doesn’t turn out very well, we struggle through it with low and negative energy, and we don’t leave the type of life-changing impact on others that we want to. When we start positively, it sets the tone for a successful day, keeps us energetic and motivated, and affects and infects others with the same positive mentality.Continue Reading

Reflection on Marriage

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Marriage is the one thing in our lives that has the greatest positive or negative effect on our well-being, psyche, and success. It impacts all we do. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s probably the hardest thing we do. That’s why I’m addressing it here.

Unfortunately, most of us marry young, before we have much knowledge and experience, not realizing the effect and import marriage will have on our future, and not truly knowing who we are, who we’ll become, or what type of partner we need.

In the US today, 40-50% of marriages end in divorce (to include 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc… marriages). Many more are unhappy or even miserable, yet persevere – let’s say another 40-50%. That leaves a small minority that are actually happy and functioning well.Continue Reading

31 Blessings to Pray Over Your Marriage

Marriage is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. It also is one of the most difficult gifts to protect, especially in a world with constant headlines about divorce, infidelity, and fleeting relationships. We all know the horrifying statistic that around 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But what if I told you that you could reduce that percentage to less than 1 percent? Easily.

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Several studies confirm that couples that pray together, stay together. If you are looking for a way to strengthen your marriage, and we all should be, develop a consistent routine of studying The Word and praying together. Continue Reading

25 Verses Men Need to Read

Men. Put down your phones. Turn off the TV. Grab your Bible.

Did you know that it’s predicted that this year, an average American will consume 15.5 hours of media per day? Smart phones, tablets, television, radio, the Internet… there are so many avenues speaking into our lives.

Through these we learn what to eat, what to wear, what to look like, how to act, how to speak, you name it.

What’s worse, is that just because you think you have it figured out one minute, all of these questions and their answers can, and will, literally change within minutes. One minute the media is portraying manhood as soldiers rescuing refugees, the next it’s handing out awards to Caitlyn Jenner.

What men need, is a firm base that tells them WHO they are, and WHOSE they are. They need an unwavering, pure, infallible, place to rest their heads and seek truth. They need scripture to tell them how to act, how to speak, and how to love.

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Let the Word of God shape you and mold you into the man God desires for you to be. Build your foundation on the rock of scripture, not the sand of the world.

  1. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:13-14
  2. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. -Titus 2:6-7
  3. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9
  4. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. -1 Timothy 6:11-12
  5. As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. -Proverbs 27:17Depositphotos_26725747_original
  6. But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. -James 5:12
  7. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13
  8. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. -Ephesians 6:4
  9. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. -Colossians 3:19
  10. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. -Proverbs 21:3Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.
  11. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. -Jeremiah 29:13
  12. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58
  13. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not be want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. -Psalm 23
  14. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. -Ephesians 5:23
  15. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. -Psalm 19:14Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro Brazil South America The statue stands 38 m (125 feet) tall and is located at the peak of the 710-m (2330-foot) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park, overlooking the city. As well as being a potent symbol of Christianity its open arms seen by many as a testament to the warmth of the Brazilian people.
  16. Blessed is the one  who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,   and who meditates on his law day and night. -Psalm 1:1-2
  17. But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. -1 Corinthians 11:3
  18. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart;do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:9-11
  19. The Lord makes firm the steps  of the one who delights in him. -Psalm 37:23
  20. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. -Micah 6:8beach, wave and footsteps at sunset time
  21. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
  22. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. -Philippians 2:3
  23. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. -Colossians 4:6
  24. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. -1 Peter 3:13-17
  25. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. -Proverbs 18:10Depositphotos_9000768_original

7 Easy Things Parents Should do with Children to Make Them Feel Loved

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Kids grow up quick. You don’t want to look back and realize you have missed out.

At times, it seems like you are hanging on by a thread.

For example, you take one kid to practice, and pick another child up from practice. Then there is homework to contend with, they have to be fed, and you have to play mediator when disputes arise with brothers or sisters.

Sounding familiar?Continue Reading

What does it Mean to be a Man? (And Happy Father’s Day!)

Happy Fathers’ Day to all you Dads out there!!

I want to give all of you dads a gift in honor of you on this day that we come together as a band of brothers – but you gotta work with me a bit.

We all want to be appreciated, respected, and celebrated – especially on a day like today. But sometimes it seems so superficial and empty because the message we get the rest of the year is that we’re not good enough, we need to be fixed, and we aren’t relevant – even when we fight our hearts out to provide, protect, and lead.Continue Reading

10 KILLER Gifts Every Father Really Wants for Father’s Day…

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Instead of getting those last minute, not-quite-right gifts this year, check out these affordable (and awesome) finds any man will approve of. Get that Father’s Day shopping done early this year!Continue Reading

Harry’s vs. Dollar Shave Club: 6 month study that started with one clear winner but changed

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So a little while ago I decided to compare Harry’s with the Dollar Shave Club for myself. It was an experiment after a long debate to determine which one was the better option for me.

After 1 week of shaving with each, the winner is…………..

Well, it’s not that easy.

I decided to purchase each company’s premium blades so I could compare the best they each had to offer. Below I will discuss each company’s “club” structure, the blades, the handle(s), the shave cream, the aftershave cream, and any other additional products they have that I found useful.

Below I will discuss each company’s “club” structure, the blades, the handle(s), the shave cream, the aftershave cream, and any other additional products they have that I found useful.

Price Comparision

The Dollar Shave Club offers three different blade options which they autoship to you either every month or every other month. The price points are $1 for 5 of the twin blades ($0.20 each), $6 for 4 of the 4-blade model ($1.50 each), and $9 for 4 of the premium 6-blade model ($2.25 each).

Shipping and handling fees are free for all but the twin for which they charge $2 making those blades actually $0.60 each. You can add 6 ounces of their Shave Butter for $8, 3.6 ounces of their Post-shave cream for $9, and 40 of their “One Wipe Charlies” for your backside for $4.

Their handles are blade specific and are free. If you don’t want your order to ship (you want more than 1 or 2 months between orders), you must go online and delay or cancel your auto-ship order.

Harry’s, on the other hand, is more of a demand delivery. In other words, though they do have the option of a 2, 3, or 5 month auto-ship program, they also allow you to default to a ship on demand program where they ship when you order. Harry’s comes in at a slightly higher pricepoint overall, but they also have a bit more of a luxury feel in their design and packaging.

Harry’s only offers one 4-blade option, but you can choose whether to purchase them in a 4 for $8 ($2 each), 8 for $15 ($1.88 each), 12 for $20 ($1.67 each), or 16-pack for $25 ($1.56 each). They make their own blades in an impressive German factory that has been grinding German-engineered blades since 1920. You can also add 6.7 ounces of Harry’s Shave Cream for $12 (or 3.4 ounces for $8), 6.7 ounces of their Foaming Shave Gel for $12 (or 4 ounces for $8), and an ergonomically designed zinc alloy core with polymer coating handle that comes in your choice of 4 different colors for $10, or an engravable aluminum handle for $20 (engraving is $15). They sometimes promote a seasonal inspired handle at a price point from $15-25.

Packaging

My Dollar Shave Club shipment came in a regular box. When I opened it, the presentation was simple and nice. Nothing fancy. Just my products tossed loose in a box covered with some thick fenestrated black paper.

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Harry’s also came in a regular shipping box, but each product was presented in it’s own attractive packaging. The visual appeal was much more gratifying and felt “high-class”.

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Harrys Harry’s wins this round.

The Handles

The handles were certainly very different. The Dollar Shave Club handle was just tossed loose in the shipping box and looked and felt like a Chinese-made prize from the bottom of a cereal box – but it worked fine. Again, nothing fancy, but very adequate and functional. Harry’s, on the other hand, was presented in it’s own well-done presentation box and felt and handled better than any shave handle I’ve ever had – but all I’ve ever used has been Schick or Gillette (I’ve never done the fancy “The Art of Shaving” deal). With Harry’s, I decided to try both their standard polymer coated zinc alloy core handle as well as the engraved aluminum handle. I really liked the feel and handling of the polymer coated one. The aluminum, though more expensive, left me a bit cold – in a literal sense as well as figurative.

Harrys Harry’s won this round handily as well.

Shave Cream

The Dollar Shave Club shave butter felt thin and cheap going on, but oh so nice and silky after my shave. It also gave me a nice, close, smooth shave. Harry’s Shave Cream felt thicker going on and rinsed off cleaner, so left no silky soft feel – just a clean closely shaved face. The same for their Foaming Shave Gel. The problem with their gel, like any other, is that the gel continues to ooze out of the bottle after you spray some into your hand. I’ve always found this irritating because I like to keep my caps clean. I hate it when there’s gel in the caps and all over the top of the can when I want to use them. This was a tough call. I enjoyed all the products and thought they were all very well made with rich emollients. However, I’m going to give the edge to the Dollar Shave Club because of the feel of my face after my shave.

Dollar Shave Club Dollar Shave Club won this round.

Aftershave

With regard to the aftershave creams – both Dollar Shave Club and Harry’s were rather thin and unassuming. They both took a bit to absorb, but left no residue. They’re both fine and do what they’re supposed to do, however, I prefer something a bit stiffer and more lubricating.

I’d call this a draw.

The Blades

Finally, the blades. Dollar Shave Club simply rocked my world. Their 6-blade version shaved cleanly, smoothly, effortlessly, closely. It felt great and never cut me a single time. It lasted about a week before I noticed it pulling and needed to switch out. Harry’s 4-blader cut me in 5 places the first day, 2 the second, then once every day since (under my chin). I’m not sure why this is, but must be something in the engineering – though German-perfect – didn’t work as well for me.

Dollar Shave Club Dollar Shave Club wins this round. (see the 6 month follow-up below)

I like both products. I enjoy the act of shaving more with Harry’s handle and blades once I’ve got the blade “broken-in” but the first couple of days of each blade left me bleeding and frustrated. Overall, I felt safer and more comfortable with Dollar Shave Club’s products – from the shave cream to their blades. In the end, it’s all about the blade and the cream, isn’t it?

If I had to choose one, I’d probably go with Dollar Shave Club. But, I think I’m going to continue to use both. …….and their “One Wipe Charlies”, well, they’re not as nice as a bidet, but they do leave you feeling fresh. That menthol adds a little “kick”.

[Follow Up] So we’re now 6 months into this experiment. I’m pretty much using Harry’s exclusively. Much nicer product and my face got used to the blade.