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Family Teams for Life: Military Edition
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Lt. Col Mike Conn and wife, Lisa, founded Covenant Family Ministries when Mike retired from the Air Force in 1997. CFM is an independent marriage and family education ministry committed to partnering with churches, organizations, and individuals in Montgomery and across Alabama to build Family Teams for Life: Military Edition. Married for over 33 years, Mike and Lisa have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:53

Grasping the Cost of Freedom

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

(2 Corinthians 3:17)

 

Freedom.  It’s a privilege we enjoy each day in America, yet do we remember how it was won?  As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let’s take time to remember and teach our children how our nation began.

Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:44

A Snake in the Grass

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Have you ever been plodding along pretty well when, out of the blue, you’re surprised by an unexpected, unwelcome challenge?  That’s what happened to me a few days ago.  It was a beautiful morning, and I was happily preparing for a visit from our daughter and our two grandchildren, ages one and three.  I had been planting flowers in our backyard for several hours when I happened to look down and observe that I was only a foot away from a BIG snake, who had his head and neck raised and was staring right at me!  As my entire life flashed before my eyes, an inner dialogue sounded something like this:  “He may be harmless, but my grandchildren are coming!”  I retrieved a large, flat-bladed, long-handled shovel, engaged the enemy... a struggle ensued, but the battle was eventually won!

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:03

One Worm at a Time

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Recently, on a beautiful spring day, Mike and I indulged in one of our favorite pastimes—walking around our backyard and admiring what’s blooming and growing.  It was such a gorgeous day to be outside.  After our stroll, we settled down in the porch swing for a few minutes.  The birds were chirping and singing happy songs.  A cool breeze was blowing, and the sky was clear and blue.  Looking up, we noticed that a bird had constructed its nest in the woven branches of a wisteria vine, directly over our heads.  Shifting just a bit to remove ourselves from “the line of fire”, we quietly watched as a male robin flew into the nest with a tasty worm in his beak.  We realized he was feeding his mate while she protected their eggs.  He stayed for a moment, then left again to find yet another morsel to give her.  We sat very still, mesmerized as the robin cheerfully provided for his family, one worm at a time.

Monday, 08 April 2013 10:01

Defending the Military Marriage

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

 

Bill and Susan came to Maxwell AFB for a two-month training program after a week-long drive from the west coast with their two preschoolers.  Just days before, Bill arrived home from a one-year deployment.  Adding to their stress, the family has been assigned to a new base as soon as they leave Montgomery.  Saying goodbye to their friends and home, they loaded the car with enough clothes, books, and toys to last eight weeks and drove across the country to begin anew in our fair city--but only for eight weeks.  Then, they drive back to the west coast to a new base, a new house, new job, new schools, and hopefully, a welcoming church and new friends. 

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:34

Even a Lab is Known by Her Actions

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.  Proverbs 20:11

 

While entertaining a young newlywed Air Force couple in our home recently, we experienced an unforgettable lesson on discipline and training.  After polishing off a delicious homemade dinner followed by some yummy chocolate brownies, we had retired to the living room to relax and talk.  Our two black labs, Gracie and Chloe, had spent a quiet evening in their kennels listening to our conversation, but unable to meet our guests until now that the meal was finished.  They were overjoyed as only two-year-old labs can be when released from their confines and finally able to say a friendly hello to our friends who, fortunately, enjoy dogs! 

Friday, 08 February 2013 15:35

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

 

Here is a compelling thought:  have you ever considered what you would do if you learned your time on earth was limited to just a few more days?  How would you spend the time you had left?  With whom would you spend it?  What message or truth would you wish to leave for your loved ones and for generations to come?

Monday, 14 January 2013 15:18

The Art of Marriage

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,

and shall cleave unto his wife:  and they shall be one flesh.

Genesis 2:24 (KJV)

 

Mike and I, through our non-profit marriage ministry, Covenant Family Ministries, offer as a teaching tool for your marriage “tool box”, the 6-video Bible study, The Art of Marriage, to groups in Montgomery several times a year.  This winter, we will begin a new group in January for military couples at the Maxwell Air Force Base Protestant Chapel on Wednesday nights along with starting a second group for medical couples who wish to strengthen their marriage with God’s word.

Friday, 07 December 2012 01:22

What Jesus Wants for Christmas…You!

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

 

It’s time to prepare for Christmas--and I don’t mean the decorating and gift purchasing, or the wrappings and trappings that threaten to devour the real meaning of Christmas.  No, when I say prepare, I mean prepare our hearts, souls, and minds for Christmas and help our children do the same. 

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 01:13

Two Ships Passing in the Night

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

 

Do you ever feel like you and your spouse are two ships passing in the night?  For many, our lives are so busy with work, children’s activities, church commitments, sports, and maintaining our home that any time together other than a quick toss of information has become a rarity. Don’t forget Tommy’s ballgame tonight at 7 o’clock.  And I need you to pick up Susan at 5:45 from dance.  You’ll need to call out her spelling words while you drive her to choir practice.  And if you hurry, you’ll have enough time to pick her up a happy meal to eat in the car!

 

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:51

How to Hold Onto Your Marriage

Written by Mike and Lisa Conn

Remember the cute little plastic couple who graced the top of your wedding cake? After our wedding, 31 years ago, I saved our cake topper and despite being transported around the world during many military moves, the happy couple now lives in our china cabinet, broken, patched up, yet still together after all these years. On the day of our wedding, this little bride and groom stood together as one on top of the cake, infallible and undefeatable. After the wedding, however, we found that the challenges of life were eroding our marriage foundation. We started sliding down that slippery slope of isolation, feeling powerless to stop our descent. What could we do to get back on the wedding cake? Here are some tried and true tips:

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