One reason why George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, etc etc hits home with me…

Each name with a hashtag opens old wounds for our family

This post originally appeared on my personal Facebook Profile right after the Ahmaud Arbery video was released. After George Floyd’s murder and all that has followed, I had to share it here on my blog. This post is raw and only contains minor edits (adding George Floyd’s name since I originally wrote it before his murder).

It was 1987, and I was 12-years old. It was Indiana High School Basketball tournament time and my older brother and his teammates had just won the semi-state championship and were heading the following weekend to play in the Final Four.

Faith Leaders Protest in Indianapolis

That weekend was a time to celebrate for our family and our city. Semi-state champs in Indiana High School basketball was huge!

That same weekend my uncle (my dad’s brother) was arrested. A few days later he died (at the age of 39) after being taken to the hospital while in police custody (he was never released from jail…not even sure if he was fully booked/processed in).

We found out later he was beaten by the police while in their custody.

Life After My Heart Attack…The Road to Recovery

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

This is part 3 of 3 blog posts 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.

Surviving a Widow Maker Heart Attack by Jackie Bledsoe |

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). Click here to read Part 1 and Part 3.

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.”

I had a widow heart maker on Thanksgiving | Jackie Bledsoe |

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.

I had a widow heart maker on Thanksgiving | Jackie Bledsoe |

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.

How to Bless Your Wife and Kids with This One Action | - Growing Family Leaders

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.

3 Ways a Man Can Keep His Family Together - Jackie Bledsoe |

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.