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When Words Are Not Enough

when words are not enough When Words Are Not Enough…with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #186

Discussing non-verbal communication, especially when words are not enough! In this day and age we have graphics that can depict so much of what we feel, more so than we every could convey with words. In this podcast we’ll discuss what happens when words are not adequate.

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Show Notes: When Words Are Not Enough

There are times when words are just inadequate – and that is what I want to talk about today.

Times of inadequacy: 

  • When someone dies
  • When we try to explain a tragedy
  • When we discuss faith – maybe your relationship with Jesus the first time you gave your life to him in a tangible way
  • When we are in love

Some things defy words. We can use words to describe these events, however, word fall short.

Steven Curtis chapman sings a song here entitled “When Words Are Not Enough”

What are the ways that we don’t use words to convey meaning?

1. Gestures – sign language –thumbs up
2. A hug/ kiss
3. Body language – very subtle but oh so telling – I had a class in college where a psychology professor discussed different body languages and it was so telling. We know the basics of course, crossing our arms, raising an eyebrow, widening eyes – etc.
4. Graphics – see these all over social media
5. Emjoees – when we send them via text
6. Music

While all these things may evoke emotion – sometimes it is better to leave it alone.

Recommendations: When Words Are Not Enough:

  • Saying nothing – especially if you can’t make it better
  • Drawing –especially for children
  • Emoji in text – often express  feelings w/o words
  • Watch body language
  • A hug or a kiss
  • Actions

God gave us words – he gave us his Holy Scriptures – those are food for our soul

Teaching Children To Speak Kindly

Teaching Children to Speak KindlyTeaching Children to Speak Kindly with Felice Gerwitz

Episode #184

How difficult is it to teach your children to speak kindly? In this episode, Felice discusses struggles with her own children and ways she found to teach them to speak kindly and with love.

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Show Notes: Teaching Children To Speak Kindly:

  • Identify the issues
  • Address the situation

I tried all types of things…

  1. Close proximity
  2. Punishments
  3. Lose dessert

Questions I asked my children:

  1. Do you know how rudely you are speaking?
  2. Would you speak the same way to a friend?
  3. Would you speak the same way if the Lord was sitting here with us. (If God is God and He is everywhere… then, HE is here.)

Phase 1:

1. Scripture verses

  1. Close proximity – sometimes in chairs knee to knee (I was close by)
  2. Having them do kind acts to each other – and the other one appreciating it with words
  3. Play acting and modeling behavior – teaching children the correct response to make
  4. Punishments – one son it took $10 each occurrence to get it to stop (older teen) –my theory that God makes the little ones so cute you can’t ever imagine them leaving home – and when it gets to your older teens, they are the ones you eventually want to help pack when they leave… okay, not quite true but you know what I mean.

It is obviously a heart issue and that is Phase 2

  1. Prayer – pray with that child, ask them why they are so angry. Pray often with them.
  2. Kindness is a virtue – pray specifically for the Lord to bless your child with that virtue
  3. Example – by setting examples we as parents are modeling kindness and love to our children

What does the Bible say?

  1. Proverbs 16:24 Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
  2. Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
  3. Proverbs 12:14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
  4. Proverbs 10:21 The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.


Say What You Mean With Love

Say What You Mean with LoveSay What You Mean with Love with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast # 184

It is easy to say what you mean, but not so much when you say what you mean with love. Your relationships and conversations are an important part of your family life, yet often it falls apart when other factors come into play.


The critical spirit is pervasive – some people tend to be more critical than others and that is something we need to pray against. We are complex individuals with many God given talents but being critical isn’t one of them. If you tend to be in this category you will have a harder time speaking in love…but it is possible!

The five-point strategy for saying what you mean with love…



  1. Never speak when angry
  2. Be prepared
  3. Recurring situations – address individually – no score cards
  4. We can agree to disagree
  5. Plant Seeds – reap the harvest


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New Trend To Unfriend

new trend to unfriendThe New Trend Is To Unfriend with Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz

Episode #183

Show Notes: New Trend To Unfriend: Have you noticed the epidemic of “unfriending” people on Facebook? I’ve talked to many friends who have decided it is easier to unfriend than to discuss differences with people who opposite in opinion. And while this is very true it is still sad that we can’t seem to discuss things rationally with each other. How can we teach our children to discuss differences of opinion in a logical manner without losing their faith? In this episode, Meredith and Felice discuss personal situations and ways to combat the trend and make a difference and an impact in people’s lives.

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Show Notes: New Trend To Unfriend:

  1. If you disagree with a friend and they are attacking you or one of your friends on your wall, reach out to them in private.
  2. Explain your grievances with love and kindness.
  3. Remember, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Pray for that person
  4. Teach your children through role playing.
  5. Reach out to others using common ground.
  6. Discuss history and things that took place that explain recurring mistakes today.



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Homeschool Help 101

homeschooling help 101Let’s Talk About Homeschool Help 101 with Felice Gerwitz

Do you need homeschooling help? What about homeschooling help 101 – the nuts of bolts of what to do when you don’t know what to do? Some people decide to tackle homeschooling on a whim, or for others, it may take days of research, weeks or even years considering the different options only to fall short when they finally take the plunge! In this podcast we’ll discuss ways to find help on many different homeschool topics.

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Show Notes – Homeschooling Help 101

  1. Know the homeschooling legal requirements in your state
  2. – state laws here
  3. Join a homeschool support group – find activities in your area.
  4. Explore different ways to homeschool – different homeschool methods
  5. Attend homeschool local conferences

Homeschooling Help – Links from our podcasters

  1. Starting Point
  2. Raising Real Men – Starting Point and Three Simple Goals and Field Guide to Curriculum
  3. Homeschool Transcripts



Homeschooling HELP podcasts 

  1. Transitioning  to Homeschooling after public or private- VHM -79
  2. Raising Creative Kids – Colleen Kessler – Mommy Jammies Night – Nurturing and Celebrating Creativity – 31 MJN
  3. Organize Your Home and Homeschool Year – Podcast 93
  4. Can we be friends with our children? – HomeschoolingIRL
  5. Curriculum and Learning Style – Cathy Duffy
  1. College Prep Genius
  2. Brain Coach Tips
  3. Teens in business – past episodes of the Dollars and Sense Show
  4. D. Math – highschool math curriculum
  5. The Homeschool Highschool podcast
  6. Homeopathy for mommies – wellness
  7. Mommy Jammies Night – Encouragement for mom
  8. Homeschooling 101 Pre-K to Kindergarten
  9. Homeschooling 101 Elementary Years – Podcast 129 with Meredith Curtis
  10. HOmeschooling 101 Middle School Years – Roadschool Moms
  1. Homeschooling in Alaska – HIRL 101
  2. Homeschooling in Hawaii – HIRL -118
  3. Great links on Teaching Methods –Help I want to change my teaching method
  4. How to teach your kids piano for free – with Melanie Wilson
  5. Teaching Checklist – Podcast 49 VHM
  6. Back to Homeschool List – Podcast 96
  7. Giving Your Kids Time to Find their passion – Podcast 48 VHM
  8. Living Books – with my special guest from Truth Quest History – Podcast 81
  9. Summer Reading List – podcast 84
  10. Must read books – podcat 85 – all time favorites
  11. What Should We Read – Flourish At Home Podcast Episode 24 – How to choose good books
  12. Choosing Curriculum that works – 
  13. Homeschooling Multiple Ages – Roadschool Moms

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Exercise Equals Weight Loss

exercise equals weight lossLet’s Talk About Exercise Equals Weight Loss with Felice Gerwitz – Podcast #181

The question? Does exercise equal weight loss? Well, there is good news and there is bad news. Let’s start with the good. How good exercise if for you? Exercise has tremendous health both physical and mental health Benefits.

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math equals success - elephant learningShow Notes: Exercise Equals Weight Loss

  1. Exercise helps our mood
  2. Brain cell growth
  3. Controls diabetes
  4. Lowers the risk for heart disease and cancer
  5. Prevents against osteoporosis
  6. Better endurance
  7. Increase Strength
  8. Exercised does have a correlation to weight, critical to keeping off

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association followed the exercise

This research supports the findings of the National Weight Control Registry, which reports that 90 percent of people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off exercise on average for an hour a day.

Here is what the experts I’ve read have to say about exercising.

  1. Look at what you are eating – make a list and cut down on the carbs – removing it would be best – but if you can’t cut way down. It will help you burn fat if you are not constantly replenishing that fat. Now I say this to you, as we are to meet my inlaws at a burger shake place for dinner – the only good news in that is I will order an unsweet ice tea and split the burger with my SIL Janice who is visiting. So – while this sounds like I’m failing in my efforts to lose weight I am reporting I’m doing one cardinal rule of dieting and that is to eat less of everything. I figure half a burger is less.
  2. Exercise regularly but if you can do intensity for a short time and then decrease and then increase. There is something about getting your heart to speed up while giving it time to rest is a good thing. It has fat burning benefits – yay! We all want that right.
  3. Understand that the reason we are exercising – I’m saying we in the hopes you are doing this with me – is that we are maintaining any gains we make – it may not transform us to two sizes smaller but it will help keep off any weight we’ve shed.


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Loving The UnLovable

loving the unlovableLoving the Unlovable with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #180

From time to time we’ve all struggled with loving the unlovable. At times if we admit it, I’m sure we’ve been unlovable to someone else. In this podcast we discover ways to love when there is no reason to love and the best ways to serve others and still be true to self.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved – Mother Teresa…

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Show Notes: Loving The Unlovable

In life we all have challenges but possibly one of the most difficult is those who are unlovable –This could be:

  1. Family members
  2. Extended family
  3. Those who are in your circle of friends
  4. Outside influences

More Quotes By Mother Teresa:

  • “Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action” Mother Teresa
  • “Whatever you do for your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for God. All we do, our prayers, our work, our suffering, is for Jesus.” Mother Teresa
  • “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may acuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It is never between you and them anyway.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

A person who you deme to be unlovable can control your attitude and mood – or you can pray for the grace to deal with the situation. LOVE – love tends to be what other people do for you – instead of Christian love which is emphasized by turning the other cheek or Matthew 25:40 – Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me..

Nutshell Solutions For Loving The Unlovable –

  1. Treat others as Jesus would
  2. Remember: We are all unlovable at times –  Remember to balance tough love with compassion.
  3. The more you love GOD the more grace He will pour out into the situation. Romans 8:38-39
  4. Serve others when there is no way they can repay you… Matthew 25:40
  5. Expect nothing in return – Matthew 5:46 – If you love only those who love you – what reward is there for that…
  6. Sometimes the ones hardest to love are those who need our love the most.

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Rekindle Your Romance

rekindle your romanceLet’s Talk ~ Rekindle Your Romance with Felice Gerwitz Podcast #179

Rekindle your romance no matter how long you’ve been married! Felice shares some tips for keeping the romance alive after thirty-seven years of marriage, five children and busy schedules. Taking time for each other and private jokes, remembering happy moments in the past is a start.

Show Notes:

Romance Killers

  1. Theatrics
  2. Work
  3. Kids
  4. Extended Family

Rekindle your romance, giving of yourself for others – how do you do this? By filling up at the well – for me that is time with the Lord it is giving the Lord permission to be the LORD of my life – to give him my time and give him my business

Anger management

  1. Promises that are broken
  2. Unforgiveness
  3. Irritation of the little things
  4. Kids interrupting


  1. Time for you – even if it means in the evening or early mornings
  2. Time to talk
  3. Time to listen and be interested – friend learned about her husband’s biz so she could talk to him about it – I still don’t know what a hip or roof is =

ASK the Lord to rekindle your romance

Remember those past stories, those insider stories, those things that remind you of happy times and encourage you to spend time together.

Exercise Basics

Let’s Talk About Exercise Basics with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #178

Yes I still dislike exercising, and no–I still don’t have time to exercise, however, I’m sticking to this plan. Podcast, keep you up to date and encourage you to continue on with me!

Show Notes: Exercise Basics

Handouts from the Creation Anatomy Book:   Creation Anatomy_HandoutsExercise-AllRightsReserved.

Exercise Basics

  1. Make it doable
  2. Good equipment – comfortable shoes and digital tracker (pacer) – free version, with a bonus to buy paid version after I lose 10lbs health and tracker apps
  3. Keep tabs with some print outs – Visual helps
  4. Do it with your kids OR inlist your older children to babysit while you exercise
  5. Keep hydrated!


Begin with stretching


Jogging – be sure to warm up and cool down

Exercises – be sure you have good form. Do it with someone else, ask other homeschoolers – talk about science fair and person who could sign off on papers!

Aerobics – with a video or youtube or even paid subscription classes


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Saving Your Heart For True Love

saving your heart for true loveLet’s Talk About Saving Your Heart for True Love with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis  – podcast 177

What is true love? How can you teach your children the importance of saving your heart for true love? In this episode, Meredith and Felice each share three ways to equip your children with some great resources authored by Meredith to help your boys and girls.

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Show Notes: Saving Your Heart for True Love


  1. Let Jesus be your first love
  2. Esteeming what God esteems in the opposite sex
  3. Prepare for marriage


  1. Relationship with God first
  2. Prepare your heart for true love – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  3. Avoid alone situations – do things in groups


Other shows that discuss love:

1. Mommy Jammies Night – One Wise Choice That Can Change Relationships here

2. True Love and How to Find It

3. What Is God’s Love with Felice and Meredith

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