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The Strong, Mindful Father with Navy SEAL Jon Macaskill

The next generation is our responsibility. Our kids are watching us. What kind of world do we want them to build?

Today, The Dad Edge celebrates episode 300! Thank you to all of our listeners for being part of this community of men who want to Live Legendary. When we invest in ourselves, when we join together, when we level up, it changes the world. If you’ve been enjoying the show, please take a few seconds to leave us a review and let us know your thoughts.

Our guest for this milestone show is Jon Macaskill. He is a Retired Navy SEAL Commander, a husband, and the father of two. He is also the Executive Deputy Director of Veteran’s PATH, a nonprofit helping veterans rediscover meaning, purpose & joy through mindfulness, meditation and a safe community.

Jon talks about how he uses his training and experience in the SEAL teams to achieve seemingly impossible goals. He tells us how to respectfully cherish our spouses and parent as a cohesive team. He also teaches us how to become strong, mindful fathers by overcoming selfishness and practicing compassion.

Not for self, but for country.

Jon Macaskill

​Jon is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher. He’s a Naval Academy graduate and has his masters in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Jon has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, off the coast of Somalia, and in Panama. Jon brings mindfulness and meditation to high performing teams to aid in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression all while increasing focus, creativity, and productivity. He is dedicated to introducing meditation and mindfulness to veterans to bring them a sense of Peace, Acceptance, Transformation and Honor​ (PATH) after his 24 year military service career ended in June, 2020.

Jon’s wife also served in the Navy and is now a civilian Orthopedic Physician Assistant in Virginia Beach. They are both proud parents of two small children and currently live as a family in Chesapeake, Virginia.

What You’ll Learn

  • How and why Jon went to the SEAL teams
  • How he survived the grueling BUDs training—He didn’t come to go to the BUDs. He came to be a SEAL. BUDs was just a stepping stone to his dream.
  • When you feel like giving up, ask yourself, “What’s the larger goal?”
  • How you treat your wife as an equal.
  • The man is not the head of the household. The two of you make the head.
  • Cherish your bride. Become a parenting team with your spouse.
  • Why selfishness prevents you from accomplishing what you want in life
  • How to push past pain by solidifying your vision
  • Goal ladders–what are goal ladders and how to use them
  • Once you reach a goal, always ask, “What’s next?” Keep growing.
  • The most important lesson Jon wants to instill in his kids is compassion for others and compassion and for themselves.
  • We beat ourselves up for failures, but they are only failures if we don’t learn from them.
  • Jon’s new life as a mindfulness meditation teacher

RELATED EPISODES:

SEAL of God with Navy SEAL Chad Williams

The Full Monty: Dad-Life as an Ex-Navy SEAL with Monty Heath

Staring Down the Wolf with ex-Navy SEAL Mark Divine


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The Anatomy of Marriage Part 2: The Man’s Side

Are you white-knuckling it through your marriage? Sometimes the relationship with our spouse gets off track and it seems beyond repair. We wonder how long we can hold on, but it’s not because the marriage is hopeless. It’s that we don’t possess the right tools to make it work.

Today’s guest is Seth Studley, the other half of The Anatomy of Marriage podcast and app for couples. If you listened to the show with his wife Melanie, you’ll remember that their marriage was so bad that she ended up giving him a black eye.

Seth is a Licensed Family Therapist and he gives us the man’s perspective on marriage. He tells us the signs that his relationship was headed for disaster, how it totally derailed, and the emotional labor he had to do to piece it back together.

For those men who are tired of fighting their way through marriage, this show is a game changer. Listen now or download for later!

 

 

The Anatomy of Marriage

A great marriage is built little-by-little over time. AOM Radio is a fun and engaging daily show that will help you create a fulfilling, sexy, fun and life-giving marriage. And hey, it’s cheaper than marriage counseling!

No one person has the answers for every marriage, that is why Seth and Melanie Studley bring on amazing guests and have REAL CONVERSATIONS about sex, money, kids, marriage counseling, relationships, and so much more!

Seth and Melanie believe that marriage help shouldn’t be boring so we created the Anatomy Of Marriage App, the Couples Counseling App that’s fast, fun and NEVER BORING! Better relationships in the blink of an eye and WAY CHEAPER then marriage counseling!

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What You’ll Learn

  • Seth and Melanie were emotionally immature and arguing all the time.
  • 7 years into their marriage, Melanie gave Seth a black eye when she found out he had been lying about watching porn.
  • You shouldn’t look to partner for self-worth.
  • Being super introspective is the first step to repairing your marriage.
  • Nobody’s got it all together, not even Seth who is a couples’ therapist.
  • Men are used to white-knuckling it alone.
  • Not knowing yourself or your feelings effects your marriage.
  • Men need to do the work. Emotional labor. Get real with yourself.
  • How talking out loud to someone will help you figure out what’s going on with yourself.
  • How to create healthy transition time between work and family
  • What is cognitive dissonance and how it creates turmoil
  • We think we can do it alone, but if we could do it on our own, we would’ve done it by now. That is why men need a coach, therapist, or group.
  • The things are men not talking about when it comes to marriage problems.
  • We are capable of superman moments if we give ourselves a chance.
  • Don’t put off addressing the problems in your relationship. You can be your own guru.
  • Get comfortable admitting your struggling to your wife. She wants the emotional connection, which cultivates intimacy.
  • If you want to change, don’t give yourself a way out.

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MENTIONED EPISODES:

The Anatomy of Marriage with Melanie Studley

#75Hard: Start Reaching Your Goals with an Accountability Partner

 


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Glory and Strength: Keeping the Faith Through Loss with Nate Edmonds


The death of a spouse is something that’s almost impossible to comprehend. How can you go on without the love of your life? How do you survive without the mother of your children? Going through something this life-altering can cause a man to question his faith and wonder if he will ever find happiness again.

Today’s guest is Nate Edmonds. He is a musician, worship leader, and author of More Than All the Glories. Nate’s story is brutally tragic. He was living his dream as a touring musician with his wife, Dana. Life couldn’t get any better, when they had two kids, until Dana was suddenly taken from him by an aggressive cancer.

Nate talks frankly about being tested, not only as a husband and father, but also as a spiritual leader. He tells the heartbreaking story of Dana’s last days, and how he and his children tapped into their faith to survive. He also reveals how he fought through the darkness and rebuilt his life and his family to live in a happiness he has never known.

Nate’s story is a testament to the power of faith in the face of devastation and grief. Don’t miss this powerful interview.

Nate Edmonds

Growing up the son of a minister, Nate Edmonds has lived a life in search of the heart of God as far back as he can remember.  In his 25 years of ministry, he has held many positions from administrative and broadcast roles to leading worship and writing songs through Fuzed Worship, an outreach of Joyce Meyer Ministries.  After tragedy struck his family in 2015, Nate set out on a path of discovery.  In 2017, he was ordained as the Worship Pastor of Element Church, in Wentzville, Missouri.  Through his latest book and music project, MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES, Nate tells his families dramatic story of love and redemption.  Together with his beautiful wife Amy and their 5 children, Nate’s vision for his life is to bring glory to Christ through his story and songs.


MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES: A Memoir of Love and Redemption

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV) If you need hope, encouragement, and a renewed faith in the goodness of God, this book is for you. MORE THAN ALL THE GLORIES is simply captivating. In it, Nate Edmonds shares with vivid detail, his family’s story of love and redemption. He painstakingly relives the trials and suffering his family experienced through a battle with cancer and rebuilding an entirely new life after a tragedy. But this memoir is not a sad story full of lamenting or bitter questions. Rather, it’s a celebration of God’s faithfulness in all seasons of life. Nate’s journey exemplifies Romans 8:28, “God works all things together for good.” It reveals the glory of God in suffering. It shines the light of truth that is so hard to see in the middle of the storm.

Look for truth. Everyone has the ability to hear the voice of God.

What You’ll Learn

  • Nate’s wife’s sudden cancer diagnosis
  • How he and Dana broke the news to their six and eight-year-old kids that their mom was dying
  • Within a month, Dana went from being totally normal and running a business to sleeping 20 hours a day.
  • What the stress and anxiety of her illness did to his body.
  • Nate had a hard time asking for help.
  • He eventually learned he had to take care of himself to be strong for his family.
  • The words that have lead Nate all his life, “For His glory, by His grace.”
  • Being resilient with faith
  • How to hear the voice, the internal guidance from God
  • How he and Dana made the decision to stop cancer treatment.
  • How Nate trusted the journey of Dana’s death. If God planned it, He also gave Nate the strength to get through it
  • Dana made videos for her kids to watch after her death each year up into their twenties.
  • How he met his future wife, Amy, while he and Dana were making arrangements at the funeral home.
  • 3 months after Dana died, Nate moved on. He married Amy within 30 days of the first date.
  • The people who were still grieving for Dana were angry with him, but he had pre-grieved.
  • The love for Dana was not passionate love. Amy ignited something new in him.
  • How Nate manages his blended family.
  • How he sees the goodness of God in all the hardship and loss.
  • What to do when kids have a crisis of faith and give up on God
  • How to reframe tragedy into a battle

MENTIONED EPISODES:

Working to Live, Not Living to Work with Aaron Walker

Wild at Heart with John Eldredge

A Father’s Last Words

 


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How to Argue and Other Marriage Tips with Zach Brittle


Today, we’re going to give you marriage tips that you can use to turn your marriage around or make it even better than it already is.

Many of us might say we have good marriages, but we don’t hear about a lot of great marriages that are full of happiness, connection, intimacy, and sexual desire. This is probably because most couples wait 6 years to seek help when they feel unhappy in their marriages, and by that time they’re often ready to give up.

Today we have Zach Brittle on The Dad Edge. He is a marriage counselor and the co-host of the Marriage Therapy Radio podcast. Zach is going to give us some marriage tips we’ve never heard before. We discuss the DNA of conflict, ingenious ways to navigate arguments, and how to break the same frustrating relational patterns. He also tells us how to create a marriage with absolutely no sexual rejection. All married men (and women) will benefit from the marriage tips in this episode!

 

 

RELATED EPISODES:

5 Rules for an Unshakable Marriage

Secrets to Fixing Your Marriage with Mort Fertel

One Extraordinary Marriage with Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo

 


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How to Make Your Wife Fall in Love with You Again and Again with Spencer Burnett

How to Make Your Wife Fall in Love with You Again and Again with Spencer Burnett

Why would we bring on a dating coach when most of our listeners are married? If we’re not mindful in our marriage, it will fizzle out. After so many years with the same person, we get comfortable, complacent, and lazy. Whenever we do try to do something new, our wives may reject us and we shut down.

Today we have dating coach and relationship expert Spencer Burnett on the show to talk about how to make your wife fall in love with you again and again. He shares his secrets on pursuing a woman confidently and from a place of service for better communication, intimacy, and attraction.

Married, divorced, and single dads will walk away from this show with a game plan for the relationship they want with the woman they truly desire.

'A good woman makes a good man great.'—@SpencerBurnett #men #dads #marriage #dating #relationships Click To Tweet

Spencer Burnett

It’s Spencer Burnett’s mission to help men embody the best version of themselves so that they can attract and keep the women they truly desire. His journey began when he was a successful guy with everything going for him. All he needed to complete his life was the girl he always dreamed of, a girl he had been close to for years. Spencer assumed she shared the same feelings for him, but when he finally professed his love to her, she told him she thought of him as a really, good girlfriend.

He was completely blindsided. Being friendzoned so harshly turned his world upside down. He wondered, what was he doing wrong? Spencer realized he was going along with what he’d been told by society to attract the woman he wanted, but it was a lie. The old alpha male persona wasn’t working. Spencer spent the next ten years trying to figure out how to stop impressing and start connecting with women. Now he is ten months into a new relationship with a woman he’s crazy about.

'True service is the highest form of empowerment.'—@SpencerBurnett #men #dads #fathers #husbands #wives #marriage #marriagetips Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • That men’s IQ lowers when they approach women
  • Why being programmed to breed as animals gives us conflicting thoughts
  • Why our hunting instincts turn off and we get lazy in relationships with the women we wanted so badly
  • Why we don’t see it coming when our wives are unhappy
  • Our role as conscious creators and kings
  • How to view ourselves as kings without taking on arrogance
  • How to see yourself as royalty and allow yourself to serve your queen
  • Changing to the mindset of service
  • The pointlessness of looking to the external world for validation
  • How to naturally emanate confidence (not arrogance)
  • How to create the evidence of your greatness to build unshakeable confidence
  • How taking away all worldly vices helps you to meet yourself
  • How today’s independent women don’t need the same alpha male type anymore
  • How men can cultivate more beta traits (vulnerability, listening, honesty) in an empowered way to give women what they need
  • Examples of communication starters and communication mistakes
  • The danger of avoiding ourselves
  • The mistake of diving into hobbies, habits, and work when things go wrong instead of connecting
  • How to start dating our wives again without seeming needy
  • Creative ideas for acts of service for your woman
  • How to have conversation with your wife on topics besides the kids
  • How to get more sex
  • Advice for divorced guys and single dads
  • How to put action behind your love instead of just words
'When you ask a woman for her help, she’s going to love you so much more.'—@SpencerBurnett #women #men #love #marriage #vulnerability Click To Tweet

 

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