E101: Help! My wife wants to live a buttoned up life.

On this episode Mark asks Adena a question concerning a common tension that men share with Mark. Husbands often tell Mark that “My wife is trying to live a buttoned up life.” 

In this episode Mark and Adena discuss how the adventure spirit in a man and the desire for security in a woman can create a tension. 

In the middle of adventure and security is the place where both people can live their best bold life. 

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E100: How to keep perspective during struggle

Mark and Adena share stories from their journey over the last several years. 

The key thought from this episode:

  • Purpose is the treasure map that we hold for our journey. Gratitude is the bottle of water that we hold that refreshes us for the journey. 

Listen to hear a special recording that Mark made while visiting with his mom and dad. 

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E99: What does it look like to walk with God? (part 2)

The answer to this question is critical. If someone wants to pursue God with their life, they need to have a perspective on what it looks like. Life is similar to a big puzzle. The key to putting the puzzle together is the picture on the front of the box. Without that picture, what chance does someone have to put together the puzzle of their life?

In short, walking with God does not look like behavior and disciplines. It looks like purpose, freedom, and love. 

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E98: What does it look like to walk with God (Part 1)

Mark and his son, Matthew, begin an important conversation in this episode. What does it look like to walk with God? Anyone that wants to live on purpose will have to answer this question at some point. 

But, if someone does want to walk with God, what does that look like? The answer to this question will determine the target that we aim for. 

Mark explains how he used to view walking with God. 
1. Church attendance was the measure of his walk with God. 
2. Spiritual disciplines was the measure of his walk with God. 
3. Behavior was the measure of his walk with God. 

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E97: Oh No! My kid wants a cell phone!

What do you do when your kid wants a cell phone. Having a cell phone in their hand can seem as dangerous as having a car to drive. What does a parent do with this decision? 

This decision can be leveraged for many good things. 
1. Ask them questions that cause them to think. Kids like to act like dogs. “What do I want?” We need to guide them to think “What should I want?” Ask them if they think they can handle the responsibility. 

2. Leverage this decision to have a broader discussion about life. There are many good things in life that also offer pitfalls. What do you do when good things present dangerous elements? 

3. Leverage this decision by putting the weight of responsibility on their shoulders. As they take ownership it enables them to grow in vision for their life. Ultimately, as parents we cannot protect them from everything. But we can prepare them to be able to have wisdom to make decisions for themselves. 

If you would like other resources, we have a couple of video courses I think you would find helpful. 

Video courses:
https://courses.markdelaney.com/disciplining-your-children-with-confidence

https://courses.markdelaney.com/the-confident-father

If you would like to speak with us about our parenting coaching course, Parenting on Purpose, please email us at mark@markdelaney.me 

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E96: Marriage Development is leadership development

A developed marriage will develop us for everything that we do. 
1. Marriages exposes who we really are. Our weaknesses are exposed. 
2. Marriage has the capability to weaken everything that we do, or strengthen everything we do. 
3. Marriage teaches us how to communicate. 
4. Marriage sets us up for long term leadership. 
5. Marriage is the parenting machine. Leading our kids teaches us how to lead others. 

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E95: The Mantra (Keep life simple to keep life powerful)

In this episode Adena interviews Mark about his mantra. 
Over the last season of his life Mark developed this simple mantra that helps him keep living life intentionally. 

“Only be strong and courageous”
1. Trust the people under my nose.
2. Take the next step

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E94: The Disconnected Man

In the episode Mark's son, Matthew,  joins for a discussion about what happens when a man is disconnected. Here are some excerpts:

  1. 90% of life is simply taking the next step. Whether or not we take that next step is largely dependent upon whether or not we have people in our life that compel us to take that next step. 
  2. For a man to become strong, he must show up consistently around strong men. 

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E93: Chad Bird and how a man limps with God through his troubles.

Chad Bird is an author, speaker, and thought leader. Although he would say he is just a Texan. You will love hearing his perspectives. His journey is from calling to failure and back to a life full of purpose. 

When a man feels like he is stuck in life, there are two things that are happening behind the scenes:
1. God is helping us to know ourselves in a real way. 
2. God is helping us to know Him in a real way. 

He also shares about his recent book, entitled, “Limping with God.” 

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