Love & Respect in the Family (Audiobook)
The secret to parenting success is out! Psychological studies affirm what the Bible has always said: children need the love that God tells us to give them (Titus 2:4). And parents desire the respect that Scripture plainly says is our due (Exodus 20:12). Love & Respect in the Family gives practical guidance to help break the Crazy Cycle of family conflict and replace it with a healthy, energizing rhythm.
In this audiobook you will learn to:
- See love and respect as basic family needs
- Stop the Family Crazy Cycle of conflict
- Parent in six biblical ways that energize your children
- Discipline defiance and overlook childishness
- Be the mature one since parenting is for adults only
- Work as a team, according to the gender of the children
- Become a loving parent in God's eyes, regardless of a child's response
The secret to parenting success is out!
Based on what the Bible says to parents on parenting, this book focuses on achieving healthy family dynamics. Dr. Eggerichs offers unprecedented transparency by including input from his wife and three adult children, who share wisdom gained from the good, the bad, and the ugly of their family life. It's all here in this eye-opening exploration of the biblical principles on parenting that can help make families function as God intended.
This is unabridged. There are six CDs totaling over 6 hours of listening time.
Unlocking the Family Crazy Cycle
When frustrated with an unresponsive child, a parent doesn’t declare, “You don’t love me.” Instead, the parent asserts, “You are being disrespectful right now.” A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts. When upset a child does not whine, “You don’t respect me.” Instead, a child pouts, “You don’t love me.” A child needs to feel loved, especially during disputes. But here’s the rub: An unloved child or teen negatively reacts in a way that feels disrespectful to a parent. A disrespected parent negatively reacts in a way that feels unloving to the child. This dynamic gives birth to the FAMILY CRAZY CYCLE.
Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs
Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of pastoring, counseling and study of biblical and scientific research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the Love and Respect Conference which they present to live audiences around the country.About Love & Respect
Just because you may feel unloved or disrespected does not mean your spouse is sending that message.
A marriage relationship will be energized when couples learn how to motivate each other God’s way.
Through Jesus and Peter, God set forth His standard for living in the unconditional dimension: choose to be loving even when the other person is not; do what is right regardless of the treatment you receive. I believe this standard applies directly to marriage. A husband who speaks lovingly to his disrespectful wife will be rewarded; and a wife who speaks respectfully to her unloving, not-worthy-of-respect husband will be rewarded. Whether you are husband or wife, the reward is what can keep you going in the midst of the craziness: knowing that God commends you, knowing that you have found his favor for your words and actions.
Money squabbles don’t undermine love and respect; they simply reveal unloving and disrespectful attitudes, which are the real reason why a marriage can start to wobble on the Crazy Cycle.
Troubles over sex and money do not cause a marriage to go under. The lack of love and respect during conflict cause the marriage to go under.
Both Judas and Peter denied Jesus Christ, but there is a huge difference between a Judas and a Peter.
[Women], as you enter quiet dignity, not preaching at your husband or scolding him as though you were his mother, something happens in his soul as a male.
Do not live by the standards of Hollywood; trust what God says in His Holy Word.
Optimism or pessimism? It is always a choice, no matter what your natural temperament.
When confronting your spouse, attack the behavior, not the person.
Every marriage includes trouble some of the time. Do not let the 20% leaven all the rest.
Thank God for joining you together and for allowing you to trust Him to help you, whatever the issue. God is there for you and expects you to look to Him to keep you together as a team, so ask Him for His help in the smallest of concerns. “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” (Matthew 19:6)
Never give up. If you want to have a strong marriage, you need to accept temporary setbacks as part of the game.
The key to motivating another person is meeting their deepest need, especially during conflict.
Ladies, be careful. “A nagging wife goes on and on like the drip, drip, drip of the rain” (Proverbs 19:13).
A parent needs to feel respected, especially during conflicts...A child need to feel loved, especially during disputes.
Men are solution oriented, they love to solve problems. They want to be helpful.
Self-interest should never come ahead of your spouse’s interests.
Love and Respect is a faith venture, not a formula.
Clarifying is what you do before you step on your mate’s air hose and deflate his or her spirit. For example, you are having a typical conversation, but you can tell there is a misunderstanding. One of you isn’t being clear or isn’t hearing correctly. Then and there you clarify the misunderstanding before your spouse’s spirit deflates. You lovingly or respectfully clarify matters so that your spouse will not feel unloved or disrespected. The reason you take pains to clarify a seemingly small matter is to prevent the situation from becoming a love and respect issue that needs decoding. Clarifying is what you do to stay off the Crazy Cycle and keep positive, energetic feelings flowing between the two of you, to keep yourselves on the Energizing Cycle.
Unconditional respect, like unconditional love, is all about how one sounds (tone of voice and word choice) and appears (facial expressions and physical actions).
The moment we cry to Him for help, He is already pleased. He gives us strength to love our children.
Being a person who communicates what is true frequently demands tact, and at times it can feel like sidestepping land mines. It takes work to be both truthful and tactful.
Your wife feels you are open with her when you discuss financial concerns, possible job changes or ideas for your future.
Husbands, even Jesus Himself was asked by a woman, “Do you not care?” (Luke 10:40) When your wife accuses you of not caring, decode her deeper meaning.
Thank the Lord that in the very beginning He created them male and female – Blue and Pink. Ask Him for patience and ever-growing understanding of how men and women see and hear differently. “He created them male and female, and He blessed them.” (Genesis 5:2)
Unconditional respect means we confront their wrongdoings respectfully. We do not become uncivil because they are. Who they fail to be does not determine who we will be.
Truth will carry its own weight if delivered respectfully and lovingly.
Let the Lord change you, but don’t try to change each other.
When you look to God and His Word as your ultimate source of significance and security, you don’t demand that your spouse take that role in your life. And as you draw strength from the Lord individually, He draws you closer together as a couple.
Clearly, in the marriage, in the family and in the household, when you speak words of blessing, you are speaking to the Lord, and for this you will be rewarded.
Wives, to energize your husband do an activity with him, shoulder-to-shoulder, without talking.
We are equal but we are not the same.
Whether visiting a prison, feeding the hungry, giving the thirsty a drink or speaking a word of love or respect, everything is to be done to and for Christ.
Can you begin to trust that God feels love for you even when you don’t feel that love?
The Crazy Cycle is, indeed, “the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness” (Ecclesiastes 7:25).
Will we decide how we see God based on our circumstances, or will we see our circumstances in light of how we view God?
Your spouse can have a need that you don’t have and that’s okay.
No matter what your struggle- criticism, constant conflict, sex, money, parenting, harsh words- learning to communicate the Love and Respect way can help you make crucial changes and build the kind of relationship that God blesses.
When a husband chooses to do or say something loving, and that includes saying, ‘I’m sorry for coming across in an unloving way,’ he energizes his wife. When a wife decides to express herself respectfully, and that includes apologizing for her disrespectful attitude, she energizes her husband.
Your spouse has a need only you can fill.
Husbands, to energize your wife give her face-to-face time, allowing her to talk and share her feelings.
You have to become proactive, rather than just trying to stop the reactive.
His love blesses regardless of her respect; her respect blesses regardless of his love.
If a husband loves his wife as he should, she will feel honored and respected. If a wife respects her husband as she should, he will feel loved and appreciated. It’s a win-win.
You both forgive for one simple but profound reason: because you know Christ has forgiven you!
You speak lovingly or respectfully no matter how your spouse may speak to you in return. Your spouse is not the reason--good or bad--why you speak unconditional words of love or respect. God is the reason, and as you depend on Him, you will become increasingly able to speak lovingly and respectfully to your spouse.
Do you bow to the influence of Hollywood or God’s Holy Word?
Fight like a loving man and a respectful woman. Fight fair.
The parent-child relationship is as easy, and as difficult, as love and respect.
You can be right in the argument, but wrong in your approach.
You can experience hurt, but it is your choice to hate.
Husbands primarily want to hear ‘respect” talk during conflict. Wives primarily want to hear “love” talk during conflict.
Your marriage is a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and reverence for Jesus Christ. God is using your spouse to bring you an eternal reward.
Marital researchers agree that a huge percentage of communication problems between husband and wife are due not to what is said but to how it is said – the attitude and tone of voice.
As you pray together, you will truly learn to love and respect together.
We all need love and respect equally. But, during conflict our felt needs are as different as pink is from blue.
When you possess a forgiving spirit, words of Love and Respect will flow authentically from your lips- and realize that the Lord Himself is listening to you at moments like these. He knows you are not powerless, but actually full of power that He has granted you.
Your wife will feel esteemed when you speak highly of her in front of others.
If a husband chooses to be a peacemaker--taking the needs and concerns of his wife totally into account during any kind of argument or conflict--his wife will be motivated in turn to respond to his authority during stalemates.
When your wife comes to talk to you, listen to her. Realize she is coming to you because you matter more to her than anyone else. She has certain emotional needs and only you can meet them. Sometimes she may say things that don’t make sense to you and she is apt to misspeak and exaggerate when she is upset, but don’t put her down. Instead, listen to her heart. Give her a chance to express her concerns and, as she does so, don’t try to fix her. Don’t give her your solutions unless she asks for them.
Most marriages will succeed when obeying the command to Love and Respect.
Marriage is a tool and a test to deepen and demonstrate your love and your reverence for Jesus Christ.
Be a part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Your husband knows you value his friendship when you tell him you like him and you show it (he knows you love him, but he often wonders if you really like him).
Words of Love and Respect must include thankfulness spoken to or about your spouse; don’t fixate on weaknesses and faults.
When one of you makes a mistake, control any anger you may feel and trust God completely, no matter what happens.
A husband may deserve contempt, but that doesn’t win him any more than harshness and anger wins the heart of a woman.
Your hunger for God can create an appetite in your children.
Women give a report to build rapport. Men bond through shoulder-to-shoulder activities without talking.
It’s true that women have intuition and that men should listen to them. It’s also true that women have blind spots and need the insight of their husbands.
Marriage is a tool and a test to allow God’s will to be revealed in our lives.
[Husbands] do you realize the power of just holding your wife’s hand?
At the very bottom of things, in every case and in every conversation, you can do your marriage a huge favor by assuming she is seeking to feel loved or he is seeking to feel respected and give your spouse some grace!
If you want your wife to express appreciation for your attempts to be loving, you must use thankful words when she tries to speak or act respectfully.
Don’t conclude that your spouse is wrong when he/she is seeking to do the right and righteous thing.
Thank God for His forgiveness of your mistakes. In trying to be a loving man or a respectful woman, we blow it. Owning up to mistakes is never easy, but it is always the way to move forward. Take good care not to accuse your spouse of mistakes as you pray. Also, pray about any forgiving to be done in the family, any forgiveness that needs to be asked. Children may need forgiveness (and what about Mom and Dad?). “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
We have to step back as Christ followers and ask, “Do I have false expectations that my relationship should be romantic 99% of the time?”
Although the Crazy Cycle is not what God intends for any marriage, all couples get on it at times from one degree to another.
As a wife, if you can start to understand how important your husband’s work is to him, you will take a giant step toward communicating respect and honor, two things that he values even more than your love.
Trusting and obeying God’s Word because we love and reverence God never, ever makes us a hypocrite! When the alarm goes off in the morning, we get up, even when we don’t feel like it getting up. Because we do what we don’t feel like doing, does that make us hypocrites? No, it’s a sign we are responsible people. Showing respectful behavior when we don’t “feel respectful” is evidence of maturity.
You must “ask God from the wealth of his glory to give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your inner selves.”
No one can really practice Love and Respect unless he or she does it as unto Jesus Christ.
A woman needs love like she needs air to breathe. A man needs respect like he needs air to breathe.
When sorting out how to slow down the Crazy Cycle, it helps to remember that men are commanded to love because they don’t love naturally, and on the other side, women are commanded to respect because they don’t respect naturally.
As strong and powerful as marriage bonds can become, our deepest dependency must be on the Lord, not another human being.
As a husband, if you can grasp that you don’t always have to solve your wife’s problems, you will take a giant step toward showing her empathy and understanding.
A most significant point of this book is this: If what we think is true, kind, necessary, and clear, we need to have the courage to hit send. This isn’t about refraining from speaking; this is about speaking.
When there is confusion, I try to refrain from attacking another for not listening carefully (which may not be the case). Instead, I take a run at communicating again, but more clearly.
A major step toward a happy marriage is accepting differences and working them out with love and respect.
When Jesus said “turn the other cheek,” He wasn’t saying to be passive wimps. He was teaching that physically people can control you but if you turn and give the other cheek, suddenly you’re in control and you’re making the choices.
Words of wisdom for all husbands and wives are these: We easily see what is done to us before we see what we are doing to our mate.
When evil comes at you, you’re the one who makes the choice of whether or not it is going to go into you.
Accidental sparks (unwise remarks) ignite and fuel a fire, and vroom goes the Crazy Cycle.
God is good and wants what is best for us.
Share what God is saying to your heart, not what you think He needs to say to your mate.
How we react to a situation reveals more about us than about the other person.
God’s commands are not burdensome, but are given to us to spare us from more pain. Why would God command you to do something that doesn’t work?
We are either going to give in the darkness or we are going to give into the darkness.
If you want your husband to express appreciation for your attempts to be respectful, you must speak thankfully when he tries to be loving.