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Marriage & Family


Lawmakers Want Couples to Read Guide Before Tying the Knot

By Jake Stofan, Captiol News Service | November 5, 2019

Richard Albertson with Live the Life, said the guides would help couples steer couples to the existing marriage resources in the state. “If we give that to them in their handbook right when they get married you can really help couples down the road when they hit that bump in the road and they’re struggling and they’re having a rough time to get some help,” said Albertson.

Cohabitation Versus Marriage

By Lisa May, GoodNews Florida | October 7, 2019

Last month we explored the trend of Christian couples living together from a faith perspective.  We know what Jesus says about premarital sex…. it’s a big no; it’s a sin. The assumption is if you’re living together, you’re having sex. Let’s explore what the secular, academic communities research reveals versus what we choose or want to believe because it’s convenient and culturally accepted. 

An Inconvenient Truth

By Lisa May | September 9, 2019

I have the privilege of working with couples during the worst and best of times. The spectrum is broad; the worst is when they come because their marriage is deeply troubled and the best is when they are preparing for wedded bliss, full of hope and wonder.

1 in 5 millennials are lonely and have ‘no friends’

By Hannah Frishberg, NY Post | August 2, 2019

All the followers, none of the friends. Social media-savvy millennials make up the loneliest generation in America, according to a new survey by market research firm YouGov. The poll of 1,254 adults aged 18 and older found that 27 percent of millennials have no close friends, 25 percent have no “acquaintances” and 22 percent — or 1 in 5 — have no buddies at all.

U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades

By Jeffrey M. Jones, Gallup | April 18, 2019

As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018. U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s.

Till Death Us Do Part?

By Lisa May | August 13, 2019

Whether we’re married or not, most people can recite the traditional Christian wedding vows; I, (Name), take you, (Name), to be my lawfully wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy law, in the presence of God I make this vow.

The Pathway to Choosing Pixels over People: Pornography

By Lisa May | July 15, 2019

The first known use of the word pixel was in 1965. The creation was from pic + element to form pixel. /piksel/ Google defines it as a minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed. “The camera scans photographs and encodes the image into pixels.”

The Magnitude of a Man

By Lisa May | June 13, 2019

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement and the empowerment of women over the decades, it appears that the value and esteem of males are diminishing. Young women under 30 in 147 U.S. cities now out-earn our boys. Single young women are buying homes at the rate of two and a half times the rate of single men.

The Waiting Game

The Economist | January 11, 2011

WHEN is it the right time to do the deed? If priests had their way, it would be shortly after the wedding ceremony—but recent studies show such advice is rarely heeded. Roughly 85% of the American population, for example, approves of premarital sex. Faced with numbers like that, what hope do the Vatican and its ilk really have?

PutThe Power of Us: Bonding

By Lisa May, | April 1, 2019

Last month we explored loneliness and its dramatic rise globally in all age groups. In a society that’s more connected than ever before, how can that be? Social media, the internet and mobile phones have provided more access to people and information than any other time in history.

Featured Difference Maker: Richard Albertson

The Jesus Aliance | March 12, 2019

During the past two decades, Richard and Elizabeth Albertson, through their highly effective ministry Live the Life, have helped well over one hundred thousand people with their marriages in their home state of Florida. Today, this ministry is still passionate about teaching couples relationship skills through its regional offices in Florida.

Loneliness Runs Deeper Than You Can See

By Lisa May | March 4, 2019

Live the Life South Florida has a mission to strengthen marriages and families through healthy relationship education beginning in middle school through senior adults. In addition to our marriage programs, we teach social and emotional wellness in the school system as an accredited class.

Speaker Says Cost of Divorce, Other Social Ills Totals Tens of Billions

By Gary White | May 5, 2012

As prominent Lakeland business and political figures dined on scrambled eggs and bacon Tuesday morning, officials from an organization relatively new to Lakeland served up some dramatic statistics.

Divorce and out-of-wedlock births cost the nation $112 billion dollars a year, reported Richard Albertson, president and founder of Live the Life, a Tallahassee-based organization focused on strengthening marriages.

Put a Ring on It

By Lisa May, | February 5, 2019

Pulling the petals of a flower reciting “He loves me; he loves me not” is a sweet memory for many of us beginning on school playgrounds. No matter our age, stage or season of life, we yearn to belong to someone, deeply loved and cherished.

Give the Gift of Listening

By Lisa May, | December 1, 2018

The last two months we’ve explored communication and it being the thermometer of your marriage. We discussed the daily touch points of the Daily Temperature Reading (DTR) and items we should communicate. We’ve talked a lot about talking, but two people talking with no one listening is just noise.

Communication – The Thermometer of Your Marriage

By Lisa May | November 2, 2018

Fall in South Florida is challenging for those of us who long for the splendor of the leaves while dreaming of a crackling fire and meaningful conversations. The temperature and humidity are often smothering, so we lower the degree on our AC and light a candle to set the mood.

The Power of Us: Expressing Appreciation

By Lisa May | October 1, 2018

In the previous issue of the Good News, we shared a very common story of Zack and Ally, a couple living the Marriage Selfie life; appearances say they are amazingly happy in their marriage and successful in life. Sadly, social media has allowed us and sometimes pressures us to create “fake news”

Researchers Say Something ‘Significant’ Happening In Duval With Dropping Divorce Rate

By Lindsey Kilbride | Sep 21, 2018

From 2015 to 2017 Duval County’s divorce rate has declined 28 percent. That's leading researchers to say something unique and significant is happening in Jacksonville.

Langer's speech: On Payne, family, and charitable giving

Golf Central | Sep 18, 2018

Watch Bernhard Langer's acceptance speech for the Payne Stewart Award where he mentions Live the Live as one of the most meaningful things he has ever done.

Live the Life: Marriage enrichment nonprofit helps save relationships, reduce Duval divorce rate

April and Tad O’Brien connected online in June 2012 and met in person a month later at a Jacksonville Sharks game, breaking the ice by following the theme of the night and dressing up in ’70s garb.They were both divorced with children, had careers and were seeking a soul mate. They seemed to fit. So they got married...

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Married

By Sarah Treleaven | June 28, 2018

“What is your expectation of how much time we’re going to spend with your family?” to “How do you feel about dishes being left in the sink?”