Discipline is not a word that generally brings joy to a room or a smile to a face. No matter the context, discipline is rarely received warmly. “Discipline” can refer to a corrective measure or to training yourself in a controlled or habitual way. It is teaching someone do the right thing or it is… Read more »

Words play an important role in every family. Marriages begin with “I love you” and vows that include “I do” or “I will”. Children are born and we quickly learn the art of baby talk. We anxiously await the first words of our children. Words are a part of the fabric of every family.  … Read more »

Earlier I shared about the value of correction and instruction and how our lives are shaped by the things that we do and the people who influence us. Proverbs 1:8 in the NLT says “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.” Correction and instruction don’t stop once we become… Read more »

Recently I have spent some time pondering a verse from the book of Proverbs. Proverbs 1:8 in the NLT says “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.” It is speaking to the importance of parenting and instilling specific values into our children. Most people understand that parents play a… Read more »

The smallest thing can make the largest difference. The slightest change in tone of voice or spelling can change the meaning of everything that is being said, including the effectiveness and impact. There are two words which are almost identical but have significantly different meaning and affect, direction or directions. Most people have no problem… Read more »

This is the 2nd of a two part series on the values of common sense and discernment based on Proverbs 3:21-26.  If you missed the first one you can read it here. “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like… Read more »

Many of us have used the phrase “they have plenty of book sense but they have no common sense.” We are describing someone that has the technical answers to everything but hasn’t figured out how to apply their knowledge to everyday life. Why are discernment and common sense so important? What is their value? There… Read more »

There are many problems facing our world. Countries are troubled by poverty and crime and people are divided over racial and religious tensions. War and terrorism leave many people in constant fear. Millions of homeless children cannot navigate through the educational system because their lives are so complicated outside of school. There is no shortage… Read more »

By now, the only people who have not heard about what happened on a United Airlines flight leaving Chicago live under a rock. If you haven’t check it out here: www.stephenmizell.com/UnitedAirlines Something went terribly wrong. Stuff happens. The truth is that problems arise. Sometimes they are of our own making and other times we have no control… Read more »