Life After My Heart Attack…The Road to Recovery

After a very close call immediately after my heart attack I'm rehabbing

This post is the third of three that I am using to tell the story of the massive heart attack I had on Thanksgiving Day (2018). If you missed them, go back and read Part 1 and Part 2.

As I’ve said time and time again, I am so grateful. However, I did have a heart attack. A massive heart attack. My heart was damaged, and my life will never be the same. I spoke with someone who had been through this with a family member and his description of what you feel after the fact was spot on.

I Thought, “I Could Be Dying…”

While experiencing a massive heart attack I thought what if this is the end

This post is the second of three that I am using to tell the story of the massive heart attack I had on Thanksgiving Day (2018). If you missed it, go back and read Part 1.

I knew something was seriously wrong and I began to believe it was life-threatening. It was and the next words the EMT said were, “You are having some sort of cardiac event.”

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I Had a Massive Heart Attack Called the “Widow Maker”

I survived a heart attack that 60% of people don't survive

This post is the first of three that I will use to tell the story of the massive heart attack I had on Thanksgiving Day (2018). Over the next two weeks, I will continue to share my story. Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3

It is still surreal to say (or write) those words. But it’s true, it’s not a typo. It’s not clickbait — it’s real life for me and my family. On Thanksgiving night, I had a massive heart attack and I’m so grateful that I’m here to talk about it.

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Since the release of The 7 Rings of Marriage, my wife, Stephana, and I have done a bunch of appearances and interviews. This was our first international TV appearance. I’m excited to share with you is this interview we did on Turning Point International.

We speak with Holly Flood about how we made it through difficult times in our marriage, and how those difficulties helped us connect on a deeper level in marriage. Check it out!

3 Ways to Love, Lead, and Launch Your Kids

Do you feel you've done a good job in preparing your kids to launch?

This is a guest post from Jaicey Bledsoe. Jaicey is a film student (and my daughter!), with a passion to share stories through writing, acting, and film production. Jaicey will be going on her first missions trip next month and to say I’m proud of her is the understatement of the year! Check out Jaicey’s blog where you can catch up on her latest film and missions projects.

How much influence do you think you really have on your kids?

Have you ever wondered what long-term impact your parenting is having?

Ever been worried about the kinds of choices your kids will make when they are on their own?

How to Bless Your Wife and Kids with This One Action

Can you eliminate this one unimportant distraction for one month?

I recently made the decision to turn off all the notifications on my cell phone. I just reached the point where I was overwhelmed. No matter what time of day, no matter what I was doing, and no matter where I was I just kept getting interrupted.

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Notifications distracted me from everything—from work, from my family, and even from myself. I learned that removing them is a great way to bless your wife and kids.

3 Ways a Man Can Keep His Family Together

My wife and I were talking the other day about how loving our kids were to one another when we brought each new baby home from the hospital. Our daughter, now 14, just about loved her two little brothers to death.

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Our oldest son, couldn’t keep the smile off his face and just couldn’t get enough of his little bro. But sometimes today we can barely get them to stand next to each other for a photo, hug one another, or even be in the same room with one another without some type of disagreement or fight.

Your MOST IMPORTANT Job as a Parent

Being a parent is one of the most important jobs in the world.  I think we can all agree on that.  One thing that may differ, is what is the most important aspect of our parental “job description.”  If I polled you right now, I’d probably get a different answer from almost everybody.  So how can we be effective and successful as parents if we don’t know our most important role?

7 Wedding Vows You Should Make to Your Spouse Every Year

The day we get married we make some promises to our spouses, in the form of our wedding vows. We promise that through a myriad of circumstances we will love them through it all and ultimately never leave them. If the studies are true, only about 50% of us keep those promises.

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I’m certain we all have good intentions. We want to honor those promises. We want to love our spouses like the days we were dating and courting. But somewhere along the lines those promises are forgotten, or at least aren’t at the top of our minds.