“Let’s Talk About Happiness”

This morning I was thinking about what I wanted to share & write about…. Happiness is what we all want, I have something that I really would like to tell you about. (my personal story)! Looking forward to learning more about you.

Love & Blessings ~ Suzan

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Enjoying Life in Marriage ♥

Tonight my amazing husband and I attend a marriage conference at our Church “Missions 68”, it has got to be the most fabulous place to truly learn about the Bible. If you are reading this and don’t like church, check out the video’s on the website: www.mission68.org. You will be blessed by hearing Pastor Mark Connely. 

I really want to share this great experience we had at Pastor Ted Cunningham, from Branson Mo. He and his wife Amy are Marriage enriching speakers, enjoy my notes and grab your sweetie… Its time to make your marriage the best it has ever been…

Ted’s Bio:

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. He is the author of Trophy Child and Young
and In Love 
and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

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Pastor Ted teaching

A Word from Dr. Gary Smalley

Ted Cunningham is my friend, pastor, and trusted colleague. He is passionate, gifted and a quite humorous communicator. I have asked him to join me at my conferences as we encourage couples together. I believe that Ted is going to be a leader and much needed voice for healthy marriages in the next generation.

SPEAKING TOPICS

1 – Enjoying Life and Marriage

Guess what? You don’t have to choose between life and a spouse. You can enjoy both, and at the same time. Enjoying life, marriage and your spouse is possible when you prioritize the relationships in your home. This topic includes honoring marriage (Hebrews 13:4), enjoying marriage (Ecclesiastes 9:7-9), and prioritizing marriage (Genesis 2:24). This topic can be covered in one 35-60 minute session or expanded to 3 sessions. This is the most requested session filled with nonstop laughter. If you only need one session for couples, this is it!

2 – The Four Spiritual Journeys of the Home

Eradicating the kid-centered home begins by prioritizing marriage in the home (Genesis 2:24). The greatest gift parents give their children is a mother and father who love each other deeply, because a great marriage is the single most important parenting tool. To prioritize the spiritual journeys in the home take personal responsibility for your journey, serve your spouse’s journey, model Jesus in your marriage journey for the sake your child’s journey. This topic does not alienate single parents or blended families, but equips them to discover balance in the home and prepare their children for future relational success. 

 

3 – Marriage: Misery or Mystery?

Most couples make three observations shortly after marriage. One, you discover your spouse is selfish and weird. Two, your spouse tells you that you are selfish and weird. Three, you justify the situation with, “Well, at least I am not as selfish and weird as my spouse!” Marriages are called to model the gospel of Jesus. He is the profound mystery and secret to marital success and happiness. “A consumer relationship lasts only as long as the vendor meets your needs at a cost acceptable to you. A covenant relationship is binding and the good of the relationship takes precedence over the immediate needs of the individual” (TKeller). In a covenant relationship you submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). That is the profound mystery. This session addresses the selfishness and woundedness that prevents us from living out the gospel in our marriage.

– The 6 Levels of Communication

What if your goal was to help your spouse win every argument? What would happen if you made it your priority to understand, instead of being understood? What if your marriage was marked by genuine listening, understanding and validating? This session walks each spouse through the six levels of communication (Small Talk, Facts, Opinions, Feelings, Desires/Needs, and Beliefs) and gets beneath the surface of issues and into the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This session receives the most “I wish we would have heard this years ago” comments from spouses and couples. 

 

5 – From Anger to Intimacy

Unresolved anger is like drinking poison expecting the other person to get sick. Some drink it in sips over time. Others gulp it daily by the gallons. In this session, couples will learn the skills to resolve conflict, hurt and pain. As spouses discover their “hot buttons,” they will learn tactics to deal with feelings of anger, frustration and rage. This session also covers the essentials of forgiveness, keys to nurturing a forgiving spirit, how to craft the perfect apology, and ways to remove the roadblocks to forgiveness. 

6 – The Language of Sex

How often should an evangelical couple have sex? (That is an actual question that was asked on our website.) How creative can we get? Who sets the boundaries in the bedroom? The Church has largely gone silent on the issue. Sex is sacred, yet it must be discussed if it’s going to truly be honored and protected (Hebrews 13:4). God has given us sex as a gift and it’s one to be thoroughly treasured, celebrated and enjoyed. In this fun, practical session, we will answer the question “How can I have the best sex of my life?” We take an honest look at the differences between men and women and find ways to bridge the gap that we can create the security and intimacy that great sex needs to flourish. 

7 – Face to Face(book):
The Effects of Social Media on Emotional, Relational and Spiritual Health

With it’s over 750 million active monthly users, Facebook (along with Twitter) has changed the landscape of human relationships. This one session helps parents, teens, teachers, pastors and mental health professionals examine both the positive and negative impact of social media on our families, jobs and church. 

8 – Trophy Child: Preparing Children For Something Greater than Themselves

I am guilty of showering my children with excessive praise, endless organized activities, too much privilege and not enough responsibility. I am part of a new generation of parents raising trophy children. Vanity parenting exists when parents use the attributes and accomplishments of their children to impress others. Spend a few minutes on Facebook and you will find plenty of examples of this modern parenting trend. This sessions covers parenting motives and the necessary strategies for raising children who love Jesus and others, not just themselves. 

9 – The Lighter Side of Parenting: Creating a Close-Knit Family

Years ago, my mentor, Dr. Gary Smalley, took notice of families that displayed unusually happy interaction among themselves. He intrigue led him to launch a study. The Smalley Relationship Center individually interviewed thousands of wives, husbands, and children separately. Each person was asked the same question: What do you believe is the main reason you are all so close and happy as a family? Each family member gave some form of this answer: “We do a lot of things together.” Close-knit families maximize togetherness and minimize times apart. Families that laugh and play together develop a bond that makes for more success in discipline strategies. 

10 – The Sex Talk: Teaching Your Children about Sex and Sexuality

Who taught you about sex? Perhaps it was your parents for a sit down, one-time “Talk” with minimal details. Was it friends or teachers at school? Maybe you picked up bits and pieces from television sitcoms of the 80’s. Unfortunately, the “Talk” doesn’t work anymore. Advances in technology, accessibility of pornography, and explicit content and innuendo in music, movies and television have exposed our children to sex like no generation prior. 

This Ten great topic have the ability to give you the gift of a greatest marriage you could of every imagined…

I can’t wait to read these books, with my sweet hubby Curt…

Be Blessed & remember to be a blessing,

Suzan

www.suzanbafford.com

 

The Belief’s You Bring Into A Marriage ♥

Tonight my amazing husband and I attend a marriage conference at our Church “Missions 68”, it has got to be the most fabulous place to truly learn about the Bible. If you are reading this and don’t like church, check out the video’s on the website: www.mission68.org. You will be blessed by hearing Pastor Mark Connely. 

I really want to share this great experience we had at Pastor Ted Cunningham, from Branson Mo. He and his wife Amy are Marriage enriching speakers, enjoy my notes and grab your sweetie… Its time to make your marriage the best it has ever been…

Ted’s Bio:

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. He is the author of Trophy Child and Young
and In Love 
and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

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http://youtu.be/qJVxLQ8k8hc

Pastor Ted teaching

A Word from Dr. Gary Smalley

Ted Cunningham is my friend, pastor, and trusted colleague. He is passionate, gifted and a quite humorous communicator. I have asked him to join me at my conferences as we encourage couples together. I believe that Ted is going to be a leader and much needed voice for healthy marriages in the next generation.

Reading great books together as a couple will change your perspective about your spouse….
Check out the classes that you can be a part of on line or introduce them to your church~

1 – Enjoying Life and Marriage

Guess what? You don’t have to choose between life and a spouse. You can enjoy both, and at the same time. Enjoying life, marriage and your spouse is possible when you prioritize the relationships in your home. This topic includes honoring marriage (Hebrews 13:4), enjoying marriage (Ecclesiastes 9:7-9), and prioritizing marriage (Genesis 2:24). This topic can be covered in one 35-60 minute session or expanded to 3 sessions. This is the most requested session filled with nonstop laughter. If you only need one session for couples, this is it!

2 – The Four Spiritual Journeys of the Home

Eradicating the kid-centered home begins by prioritizing marriage in the home (Genesis 2:24). The greatest gift parents give their children is a mother and father who love each other deeply, because a great marriage is the single most important parenting tool. To prioritize the spiritual journeys in the home take personal responsibility for your journey, serve your spouse’s journey, model Jesus in your marriage journey for the sake your child’s journey. This topic does not alienate single parents or blended families, but equips them to discover balance in the home and prepare their children for future relational success. 

 

3 – Marriage: Misery or Mystery?

Most couples make three observations shortly after marriage. One, you discover your spouse is selfish and weird. Two, your spouse tells you that you are selfish and weird. Three, you justify the situation with, “Well, at least I am not as selfish and weird as my spouse!” Marriages are called to model the gospel of Jesus. He is the profound mystery and secret to marital success and happiness. “A consumer relationship lasts only as long as the vendor meets your needs at a cost acceptable to you. A covenant relationship is binding and the good of the relationship takes precedence over the immediate needs of the individual” (TKeller). In a covenant relationship you submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). That is the profound mystery. This session addresses the selfishness and woundedness that prevents us from living out the gospel in our marriage.

– The 6 Levels of Communication

What if your goal was to help your spouse win every argument? What would happen if you made it your priority to understand, instead of being understood? What if your marriage was marked by genuine listening, understanding and validating? This session walks each spouse through the six levels of communication (Small Talk, Facts, Opinions, Feelings, Desires/Needs, and Beliefs) and gets beneath the surface of issues and into the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This session receives the most “I wish we would have heard this years ago” comments from spouses and couples. 

 

5 – From Anger to Intimacy

Unresolved anger is like drinking poison expecting the other person to get sick. Some drink it in sips over time. Others gulp it daily by the gallons. In this session, couples will learn the skills to resolve conflict, hurt and pain. As spouses discover their “hot buttons,” they will learn tactics to deal with feelings of anger, frustration and rage. This session also covers the essentials of forgiveness, keys to nurturing a forgiving spirit, how to craft the perfect apology, and ways to remove the roadblocks to forgiveness. 

6 – The Language of Sex

How often should an evangelical couple have sex? (That is an actual question that was asked on our website.) How creative can we get? Who sets the boundaries in the bedroom? The Church has largely gone silent on the issue. Sex is sacred, yet it must be discussed if it’s going to truly be honored and protected (Hebrews 13:4). God has given us sex as a gift and it’s one to be thoroughly treasured, celebrated and enjoyed. In this fun, practical session, we will answer the question “How can I have the best sex of my life?” We take an honest look at the differences between men and women and find ways to bridge the gap that we can create the security and intimacy that great sex needs to flourish. 

7 – Face to Face(book):
The Effects of Social Media on Emotional, Relational and Spiritual Health

With it’s over 750 million active monthly users, Facebook (along with Twitter) has changed the landscape of human relationships. This one session helps parents, teens, teachers, pastors and mental health professionals examine both the positive and negative impact of social media on our families, jobs and church. 

8 – Trophy Child: Preparing Children For Something Greater than Themselves

I am guilty of showering my children with excessive praise, endless organized activities, too much privilege and not enough responsibility. I am part of a new generation of parents raising trophy children. Vanity parenting exists when parents use the attributes and accomplishments of their children to impress others. Spend a few minutes on Facebook and you will find plenty of examples of this modern parenting trend. This sessions covers parenting motives and the necessary strategies for raising children who love Jesus and others, not just themselves. 

9 – The Lighter Side of Parenting: Creating a Close-Knit Family

Years ago, my mentor, Dr. Gary Smalley, took notice of families that displayed unusually happy interaction among themselves. He intrigue led him to launch a study. The Smalley Relationship Center individually interviewed thousands of wives, husbands, and children separately. Each person was asked the same question: What do you believe is the main reason you are all so close and happy as a family? Each family member gave some form of this answer: “We do a lot of things together.” Close-knit families maximize togetherness and minimize times apart. Families that laugh and play together develop a bond that makes for more success in discipline strategies. 

10 – The Sex Talk: Teaching Your Children about Sex and Sexuality

Who taught you about sex? Perhaps it was your parents for a sit down, one-time “Talk” with minimal details. Was it friends or teachers at school? Maybe you picked up bits and pieces from television sitcoms of the 80’s. Unfortunately, the “Talk” doesn’t work anymore. Advances in technology, accessibility of pornography, and explicit content and innuendo in music, movies and television have exposed our children to sex like no generation prior. 

This Ten great topic have the ability to give you the gift of a greatest marriage you could of every imagined…

I can’t wait to read these books, with my sweet hubby Curt…

Be Blessed & remember to be a blessing,

Suzan

www.suzanbafford.com