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(Too often we allow fellow church members to die spiritually and/or emotionally when they suffer all alone with hurtful emotions and trauma and not coming to their rescue.)
How do we help them repair their heart? How do we help them cope and break the heavy chains of their past? And most of all how do we prepare them in reestablishing trusting relationships in the context of a broken heart?
This forum is geared more towards teens and young adults as a husband/wife teams up to share their experience about marital life over the past twenty years. Devon and Rosemarie talk candidly about life, love, relationships, challenges, communication, education, parenting, emotions, sex and money that can either break or nurture your relationship. If you think that one day you will meet that special someone and eventually go on to tie the knot, this forum is for you. Life & Love - A Tale of Two Paths is powerfully enriching and will undoubtedly inspire young people all across America. With Devon's unique style, easy-flowing attitude and great sense of humor and Rosemarie's bubbly personality and love for young people, this is one forum you won't want to miss!
(Every few minutes some commits suicide leaving their community, family and/or church congregation stunned.)
What messages do victims send us and how can we better cue in to these implicit or explicit messages about death and dying? Understanding the pathology and insidious nature of suicide might be the critical piece in keeping suicidal victims alive.
When tempers flare, fist tightens and anger peaks how do we teach children and adolescents self-control? How do we help them understand, practice and implement a consistent pattern of emotional and behavioral regulation that is healthy and desirable? This workshop examines the core signs, symptoms and factors that fuels anger and evidence based strategies to help practitioners optimize therapeutic interventions in their professional practice.
(How did we allow good manners to die?)
From folks spitting on sidewalks, school age kids using vulgar and profane language, shoppers pushing aggressively before you in long grocery lines, girls flashing their boobs to get a meager 99 cents bead, drivers stealing your parking space, uninvited guest showing up to functions, and folks letting out generous portions of belches and gas around the dinner table. . . It's about time we stand up again for good manners and regain the cardinal values that once made this society great.
(The "sexualization" of America has arrived and the pressure to have sex is frightening for our teens including Christians.)
Sex is everywhere in the music we hear, the fashions we wear, disorganized home environments, the curriculum teachers teach, the shows we watch, the sports we play, and yes, even in the church setting. How can teens maintain their virginity in an over sexualized society and feel comfortable with their decision to wait until marital bonds have been formed? What are the ten must to help them succeed in their goal?
(So it's another night and nothing is happening.)
You feel frustrated and angry inside because it's been weeks since you've had "some." You're doing your best to maintain your cool and not get worked up but it's taking an emotional toll on you. Your husband isn't performing well, shows no interest in sex, and comes up with dumb excuses night after night with a straight face. You have bad migraines and desperately need some release. You want to cheat. You never imagined he'd be the one with the problem but it is. How does a woman cope when "daddy" is not doing his job?
(Whatever happened to the war on drugs?)
I am convinced we're losing it every day because it's a huge war to win when we are not putting the resources where it belongs, have a shortage of rehabilitation centers to treat addicts, and is still lackadaisical about having stiffer penalties to drug kin pins who put drugs in the hands of young children. Since the days of "Just say no" we haven't heard anything much about what we are doing to keep drugs off our streets and from our borders.
Check out Devon's other writings in the following magazines:
ACTS – Advocating Christ the Savior
Ministry Today (Nov/Dec 2009 edition)
Say So Magazine (June 2010)
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"Devon presented at our annual Coalition for families in 2014 and they are already excited to have him back this fall. He is well versed on the issues, practical, humorous and connects with the audience (including the youth). We are excited to have Devon as a speaker in our schedule."
- Ashley Hinch
MD Coalition of Families
Life & Love Forum
"It's very few people that are willing to open their lives to others and talk honestly about relationships. We found the forum on life and love very helpful and informative and it is one that every young person or couple should hear."
- Jurian & Rose Thomas
"Lift Your Voice with Devon Blackwood is the highlight of my Thursday afternoons. In this day and age it is very rare that you find someone that speaks so truthfully about the issues that concerns our community with such conviction and honesty despite any repercussions that may come from it. Mr. Blackwood oversees such a refreshing show containing a platform that sometimes most are afraid to touch. I can honestly say that his show (and not just the show) but his co-host and the many diverse guest and callers that are also not afraid to voice their opinions make for such a well informed show. It is my sincere hope that the word is spread and that many more people tune in to this politically correct show as it holds something for everyone regardless of his/her viewpoint. My best wishes to Mr. Blackwood and may God continue to bless you and your family."
- April Fuller
A loyal listener
"Devon Blackwood is such an articulate and eloquent person and when he speaks, I could listen to him all day long. His passion comes to life in his presentations."
- Nicola Givans-James
Project Engineer/Business Administrator
Seventh Day Church of the Living God
West Palm Beach, Florida
"Devon is a very educated person and works very closely with the community. His books are a good seller and we look forward to seeing him this summer in the United Kingdom to sign his books. The service Devon offers is absolutely superior and he is a fine motivational speaker. I am pleased to be acquainted with Devon and his very nice family."
- Bishop Eric Satford Henry
Mt. Zion Ministries, Inc.
"I attended Devon's seminar at a Christian Counselor's Conference in Tennessee and can honestly say that he is captivating and he has an absolutely unique way of getting your attention. He has style and class and has a wealth of knowledge on a variety of issues in psychology and counseling. He is persuasive, cheerful and impressive and is simply a delightful presenter."
- Damien Jones
"Devon is a truly dynamic and motivating speaker who knows how to go directly to the heart of the issues."
- Dr. George Stallings
Paramount Counseling Center/Consultant