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Being in the arena in the second half of life

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As we get older there’s a natural tendency to want to slow down a bit and unplug from the hectic busy-ness of life. But wait! Many have discovered that it’s in the second half that we actually have the most fulfilling and fruitful days of our lives. Sure, we need to evaluate our activities and commitments, but we can make different choices and invest our time and energy into the things that really matter. Jim Ramos helps us with some great insights.

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Rich dividends by spending group time away

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Pastors would love to be closer to their members, but find it difficult to do. Everyone is so busy and stressed . . . but, that’s the point. Group time away can give great opportunities to share life together and grow in their relationships. Pastor can teach Bible studies or topical lessons on leadership, marriage, ministry principles, prayer, or whatever would be enriching for the group together. Or they just hang out and have a good time. Here are some ideas to consider.

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Keys to making marriage work the second time around

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So, you take two imperfect people and put them together; what could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, lots! The two people are both, by nature, self-centered. Each wants their needs met by the other, and when they aren’t . . . there’s trouble. But there are ways to build a happy, fulfilling marriage. It’s not rocket science, but it is challenging. Here are some powerful insights. What Gil and Brenda share are critical components that are not obvious, but they’re also not optional.

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Use your brain now to do things to make it last

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We all know people who have lost their mental capacities in their later years. It is heart-breaking when an aging loved one gets forgetful, then begins to say things that don’t make sense, then doesn’t remember family members’ names. But can the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia be postponed or prevented? This Harvard Medical doctor says “Yes”. What can we do now to make our brains function well into the aging process? Listen for answers.

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What kids really want, and how grandparents can help provide it

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Grandparents often feel alienated and distant from their grand kids due to the younger generation’s obsession with social media and technology. Amazingly, most youth deeply long for authentic connection and meaningful relationships. Even though grandparents may feel reluctant to step into that space, it’s helpful to know that, when done right, it’s what kids really want. Here’s how.