5 September 2014
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half truth

Marriage (and Life) Makeover Tip:

Having trouble getting love from your husband? Are you having trouble getting respect from your wife?  Is it a struggle to get your children to follow your directions? Perhaps you are modeling dishonesty in your home.  Do your actions and motives reflect your belief in God and align with truth? Ask God to reveal any ways in which you are modeling dishonest behavior.  Be ready to and willing to hear his answers.  If your spouse AND several other people are telling you the same thing, you might want to examine yourself. Below you’ll find some examples of modeling dishonest behavior:

1. Lying to your spouse or children for any reason (and yes your kids can tell when their parent is lying)

2. Using a fake address so your child can attend “the right” school

3. Writing a note so your child will not get a low grade due to an unexcused absence or missed homework assignments

4. Telling your spouse or kids to tell an unwanted caller you’re not home when you actually are

5. Protecting your child from a deserved punishment or consequence from the other parent or authority figures by lying or covering for them

6. Lying about a kid’s age to get cheaper prices at restaurants, movies, amusement parks, etc.

7. Telling your family how upset you are with someone, yet not being honest with the person you have the issue with

8. Calling in sick when you’re not

9. Changing price tags on an item you cannot afford

10. Giving someone a fake reason for not attending a meeting, party, church or other get together

11. Lying to bill collectors or authorities to protect yourself or someone else from consequences

12. Omitting information, telling half the truth, etc in any situation

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Megan, a native of Kansas City, Kansas is an empty nest parent of three adult children Ayanna, Jonathan and Isiah. Megan is a Christian and active in ministry at her church Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Arlington, TX. She is currently a Doctoral student working toward a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy at Texas Wesleyan University. Her personal interests include independent film, music and marriage enrichment. Megan is the co-founder of the Minority Behavioral Health Provider Networking Group along with colleague Cynthia Thompson.

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