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Have you struggled with waiting - whether it's getting married, starting your family, finding a new career, or anything else that you are hoping for? If so, you need to know that there's a right and wrong way to wait. The Family Business is tackling waiting in this episode, as Mary Alessi and her daughter Lauren reveal how they've overcome worry and found contentment in their unique waiting seasons.  They share insights on keeping our faith, approaching waiting without being worried, and handling the feelings when other people get their blessings before you do. If you liked this, make sure you also catch this episode:  Family Intervention: How to Help Your Kids Find Their Way | S1 E11 Join our family business every week as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded on Wednesdays! Follow Us on InstagramFollow us on Facebook
In this episode, Mary Alessi and her daughter Lauren tell their story of receiving a life-altering diagnosis in Lauren's teen years, how their decision on whether to use medications affected their family, and how they moved forward to give Lauren the best chance at a fulfilled and happy life. When a child gets a scary diagnosis from a doctor, fear can overwhelm a parent. It's then that parents face a hard choice - whether to place their children on medications that may affect their lives in unknown ways. Christians especially often have opposing views when it comes to faith, family and medicine, and The Alessis had to navigate these same issues as a family when both Lauren and her sister Gabrielle were diagnosed with epilepsy in their teens. You'll discover how to keep an open mind, and how to make the best choices for your family when you face a difficult diagnosis.Want to watch this episode? Find it on our YouTube page and make sure to subscribe!Tap Here to Watch This Episode on YouTubeMore Resources: From Dr. Caroline Leaf - Info on CBD and its benefitsJoin our family business as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded on Wednesdays!Learn more about Metro Life ChurchFollow Us on InstagramFollow us on FacebookDISCLAIMER: This episode cannot and does not contain medical/health advice. The medical/health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals. Neither Metro Life Church, its employees nor designees are able to provide any kind of medical/health advice.  The use or reliance of any information contained in this episode is solely at your own risk. 
What does it take to be a dad who leads his family well -  even when life doesn't go according to plan? For author, speaker, and pastor Jonathan Pitts, it means relying on God to provide the path forward for his family as he learns from the highs and lows of fatherhood. In this episode, Jonathan joins Steve Alessi at The Family Business table to share his powerful story of love, loss and renewal. Despite losing his wife Wynter suddenly in 2018, he has continued to guide his four daughters to love God and serve others with the same generous spirit their mother possessed . Jonathan Pitts is an author, speaker, ministry executive and pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, Tennessee. For more than 15 years Jonathan has served in executive leadership roles in Christian media, entertainment and the Church including Executive Pastor at Church of the City, Executive Director at Dr. Tony Evans’ The Urban Alternative, manager to recording artist Anthony Evans, Jr., and current President of For Girls Like You Ministries, a ministry to tween girls and their parents that includes a magazine, books and other resources.Jonathan recently authored My Wynter Season: Seeing God’s Faithfulness in the Shadow of Grief, a memoir that recaps his journey seeing God’s kindness through the loss of his late wife, Wynter Pitts. Jonathan co-founded For Girls Like You and co-authored two books with Wynter prior to her sudden passing.The father of four beautiful daughters, Alena (17), Kaitlyn (15), Camryn and Olivia (12), Jonathan is newly married to Peta Sergeant, and he continues to see God’s kindness unfolding in his life.Follow Jonathan  On: Website | Twitter  | Instagram Listen to Jonathan's Podcast "The Journey With Jonathan Pitts" Learn More about For Girls Like YouWant to watch this episode? Find it on our YouTube page and make sure to subscribe! Tap Here to Watch This Episode on YouTubeJoin our family business as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded on Wednesdays!Learn more about Metro Life ChurchFollow Us on InstagramFollow us on Facebook
If you want to know what fathers want on Father's Day - just ask them! That's what you'll learn at The Family Business table as Steve Alessi, Armando Gomez and Allen Paul discuss what actually makes them feel special on Dad's special day. You'll hear how seeing things from a dad's perspective can make your Father's Day celebration more fun, more relaxing - and most importantly, more honoring of the dad in your life. Also, you'll hear a mention of the three G's...if you don't know what that is, make sure to listen to Season 3, Episode 21! Join our family business every week as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded every Wednesday! Want to watch this episode on YouTube? Tap HERE to see this episode!Follow Us on InstagramFollow us on Facebook
It's scary but true...we're all only one bad decision away from a major family crisis. As you attempt to build a great family, there are traps and temptations that can damage your reputation, your character and your relationships with those who love and trust you - so we're diving in to the three "G's" that every man or woman must avoid in order to keep their life on a firm foundation. These 3 G's are:  Gold (Money)  Glory (Fame, Pride) Girls / Guys (Lust, Unfaithfulness)In this episode,  Steve Alessi and Armando Gomez share tips on how to avoid these danger zones, so you can give your family your best self, instead of being mired in the distractions of these temporary pleasures. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review to let us know what you like about The Family Business! Join our family business every week as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded every Wednesday! Follow Us on InstagramFollow us on Facebook
Getting your family on the same page has never been easy......but with all the distractions of our modern day,  you may think it's  impossible to sit down with your family and  talk about what really matters. . But what if there was a way to make your family meetings less about calendars and chores, and more about an exciting future? In this episode, Steve Alessi sits down with Lee Domingue, an expert on building legacy in businesses, families and churches, and they explore how to create a memorable family meeting experience that will inspire all of your loved ones and set you, both individually and as a family, on a course toward true greatness. Lee Domingue is an entrepreneur, international speaker, pastor and author of Stay In Your Lane, Pearls of the King, KB Gameplan, and The Family Meeting Guide. For decades, he has travelled the world, working with business leaders and high-profile ministries and helping them see the bigger picture of legacy, family and service to the world. Learn how to get a copy of The Family Meeting Guide HERELearn more about Metro Life ChurchFollow Us on InstagramFollow Us on Facebook
Is your marriage too crowded? If you had to pause to think about that, you may be dealing with excessive influence from well-meaning but over-involved parents. In this refreshingly honest episode, Steve and Mary Alessi share their experiences and wisdom in 30+ years of marriage, and explain how they navigated leaving the protection and covering of their parents in order to build a new legacy. They open up about their new season of being the parents of married children and learning how to give them space to establish their own homes, and provide a template for young and experienced couples to truly embrace their marriages as their primary focus. 
Every parent wants their child to be happy, healthy and secure in their identity... but our culture is full of voices that can cause massive confusion in our kids.These voices have now escalated by questioning a core portion of a child's identity -  gender. Once a foregone conclusion, this debate over identity has now entered the court of public opinion and has become a battle in classrooms around the country.  In the midst of all the noise, how can parents guide their children confidently to embrace who they are and how God has designed them? In this powerful episode, Steve and Mary Alessi sit down with their daughter and Metro Life Church youth director, Gaby Alessi, to help families sort out these sensitive but vital conversations, and to understand the authority that parents must embrace in order to raise their children in a way that will protect their minds and set them on the right path. Want to join our podience? Here's how... Follow the show right now on your app... Follow Us on Instagram or Facebook... ..and  share this episode with a friend!Have a question for the Alessis? Leave us a voicemail message by tapping the "Ask The Alessis" button at  https://alessifamilybusiness.com... we'll listen to it and respond on a future episode! 
When it comes to being a mom  - there's never been a one-size-fits-all solution. Every situation demands different perspectives for mothers and wives who are trying to fulfill roles and expectations - especially when children are added to the mix. In this refreshing and honest discussion, Mary Alessi and her daughter (soon-to-be-a-mom) Stephanie Alessi discuss managing the changing expectations that parents have of each other when their career and parental responsibilities shift!  You'll be encouraged and uplifted as Stephanie asks her mom the tough questions about how she navigated being married, becoming a mom and building a family. Follow Us on Instagram:https://instagram.com/alessifamilybusinessFollow us on Facebookhttps://facebook.com/alessifamilybusiness
Moms: Do you ever wonder if anyone really understands what you go through? If so, you're likely looking for a 'mom friend'  - someone in your circle who can support you and be there as you raise your family and handle all the pressures that come with it. After over 30 years of sharing friendship, motherhood, family, business and ministry,  Mary Alessi and Mory Martinez have learned the value of having a real friend by your side as you navigate the seasons of life. Mory Martinez, along with her husband David, were founding members of Metro Life Church when Steve and Mary Alessi started the ministry in 1997 - in fact, the first meeting of the church took place in the Martinez' living room. Since serving as the church's first children's ministry director, Mory has worked alongside the Alessis as a pivotal part of the family business in a variety of capacities. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, she and David have built a thriving construction business, raised three children, and have been blessed with five grandchildren. Mory is an avid photographer in her spare time and loves to spend time in natural environments. In this touching episode, these two dedicated moms, wives, ministry leaders and businesswomen explain how motherhood and friendship intertwine and how their relationship helped them successfully guide their children into meaningful, blessed lives as adults. Don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiLet us know what you love about The Family Business by tapping below!Tap Here to Review the PodcastTo learn more about Metro Life Church:https://metrolifechurch.comFollow Us on Instagram and Facebook
We've made it to our first anniversary! And to celebrate we're sharing your favorite moments, comments and ideas for new shows as we commemorate the first year of our podcast! The Family Business with The Alessis launched its debut episode on April 15th of 2021, and over 50 episodes later we have experienced so many beautiful, touching and powerful moments in our family. Since our launch, we've explored everything that families deal with - marriage, parenting, business, faith, emotions, relationships, culture and so much more! But it was only possible because families like yours decided to join our 'podience' and discover priceless truths from our experiences as we work and live together in our rapidly growing family business. Now we want to celebrate by celebrating you! We're sharing a few of the many comments, reviews and favorite moments that our audience has sent in to the show. If you want to give us ideas for the next year's episodes, and add your voice to our show, simply go to https://alessifamilybusiness.com and tap the "Ask the Alessis" button so you can leave a voice message! Or, if you prefer to write it down, go to  https://alessifamilybusiness.com/reviews to leave a written review! 
Do your children know  they are capable of great things?Can you guide your kids to embrace an amazing, world-changing purpose for their future careers - while keeping your family dreaming big, strong in faith and staying connected? In this episode, host Steve Alessi welcomes best-selling author Jordan Raynor to  The Family Business to talk about cultivating the God-given talents and abilities in our kids , so that they can experience what is possible when they understand that they have the same mandate to create and fill the earth as God did in creation. You'll learn how to make sure your children enter their working adult lives with  strong convictions and a foundation of love, joy and purpose.  Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and best-selling author of  the books Called to Create, Master of One and Redeeming Your Time. His mission is help Christians respond to the radical truth that our work—and the work of our kids— matters for eternity. His podcast (The Call to Mastery), and weekly devotionals on YouVersion (The Word Before Work) have been downloaded and heard by millions of Christ-followers around the world. He serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which he previously ran as CEO.  He has been twice selected as a Google Fellow and served  in The White House under President George W. Bush.He and his wife Kara live in Tampa, Florida with three beautiful daughters, Ellison (7), Kate (5), and Emery (2).For more information on Jordan -  his podcast, devotionals and his books, including The Creator in You - check out jordanraynor.comPrefer to watch our episodes? Subscribe to our Youtube channel! Follow Us on Instagram and get more behind the scenes updates on The Family Business!
For over 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States, having a family that loves and cares for them is a dream they can only hope to experience. But family is always everybody's business, even when circumstances aren't ideal. So we're highlighting the story of one of the dear friends in our family business, who has stepped forward to bring two precious children into a family they can call their own. Today's guest, David Roman, and his wife Paola, always desired to raise a family of their own. After a long and arduous battle with infertility, they made the decision to consider fostering and adoption. They now have two daughters - Karis and Dawn - who have a forever home and parents that know the power of patience and sacrifice.  In today's discussion with Steve and Chris Alessi, David unpacks the powerful lessons and principles that helped him and Paola to persevere as they fought to form a family based on love, patience and devotion. You'll be inspired by this story of adoption and see how it makes such a huge difference in the lives of both child and parent.RECOMMENDED RESOURCESYates Legal Group  Don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiLet us know what you love about The Family Business by tapping below!Tap Here to Review the Podcast
Black History, Women's History, Hispanic Heritage... Do you sometimes get confused by all the different monthly celebrations - as if you have to make sure to acknowledge every single hashtag and heritage on social media? In this episode, host Steve Alessi and producer Allen C. Paul discuss how our families can respect and celebrate cultural differences while not becoming divided by them. You'll discover that with the proper perspective, you and your family can enjoy learning about and embracing other cultural traditions, without feeling pressure or social shame when you don't check every box for every person's background. Don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiLet us know what you love about The Family Business by tapping below!Tap Here to Review the Podcast
It takes more than just talent to survive in the music business......and that is never more true than when your family is full of talented singers and musicians. Music and worship has always been a centerpiece of the Alessi family. In this conversation, Steve Alessi, Mary Alessi and  their daughter Steph Alessi Muina examine how they bring out the best in each other as they navigate the intense world  of songwriting, music performance and recording. Along with being a wife, mother, and pastor, Mary Alessi is an renowned worship leader and recording artist. She has released four independent music projects which include “Whatever it Takes,” “More,” “When Women Worship,” and “Pressing On.” Her song, “Great Grace” was nominated for a Dove Award by the Gospel Music Association in 2008. Having partnered with Integrity Music, Stephanie Alessi Muina released her debut single, “Wouldn’t Change A Thing,”  in 2021, and has co-written and recorded several EPs and singles. She serves as worship director at Metro Life Church  in Miami, FL and oversees the musical and creative teams.  Working as a team in both executive and musical roles, the Alessi family spearheaded the launch of Metro Life Church's musical project,  Metro Life Worship, which released their debut full-length album "Overcome" in January 2022. More Links Explore Metro Life Worship MusicFollow Metro Life Worship on InstagramListen to Overcome on SpotifyDon't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiLet Us Know what you love about The Family Business by tapping below! Tap Here to Review the Podcast
Special children deserve special parents. Raising children always takes a huge amount of love and patience, but for some parents, it requires even more - due to additional physical, mental and emotional challenges their children face. Parents of special needs children play a unique role in the effort to give their children the best life possible, and we brought in a dear friend of our family business, Tony Villasuso, to share how his family has handled caring for a child with special needs. Antonio Villasuso is the Miami Centers Director of the Miami Rescue Mission, an organization dedicated to caring for the homeless men, women, and children of South Florida. He and his wife Debbie are parents to Joshua, their teenage son, who is on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at an early age. Throughout Joshua's life, Tony and Debbie have worked tirelessly to provide the best educational, medical, social and spiritual environments that would allow their son to thrive. In this episode, you'll learn how parents of children with special needs process the daily decisions they face, and how you too can grow in your understanding of the dedication that parenting requires.  Resources for Special Needs Parents Autism/Attention Deficit/Developmental Disorders Program @ Nicklaus Children's HospitalUniversity of Miami Center for Autism and Related DisabilitiesParent to Parent of MiamiFIU Center for Children and Families Mailman Center for Child Development @ University of MiamiSuzanne Diamond, special needs consultant suzanne@sdedconsulting.com Don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiLet Us Know what you love about The Family Business by tapping below!  Tap Here to Review the Podcast 
Since 2020, our children have experienced more world-altering events than many adults have faced in a lifetime. Whether its war and conflict in the Ukraine,  or debates and medical uncertainty over COVID, our kids are constantly bombarded with news that could fill them with anxiety and fear. As parents, caregivers and youth workers, we have the responsibility to take what seems to be unexplainable and help children to accept the reality of bad news,  while still letting them enjoy childhood and the hope of a bright future. In this episode, Steve Alessi is joined by his youngest daughter and youth director at Metro Life Church, Gabrielle Alessi. Together they unpack how you as a parent, teacher or youth leader can help today's children to navigate the flood of information coming at them regarding current events, and show them how to remain strong and confident. Join our family business every week as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded every Wednesday!To watch the video of this episode  on our YouTube channel,  head to: https://www.youtube.com/c/SteveAlessiFor full show notes, or to leave a voicemail for us via our "Ask the Alessis" button, head to:https://alessifamilybusiness.comTo learn more about Metro Life Church:https://metrolifechurch.comFollow Us on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/alessifamilybusiness
Whether we are hearing of international conflicts, economic uncertainty, or continual threats to our health...there's plenty that can cause your family to be paralyzed by fear.  How do you keep yourself and your family from being overwhelmed by the bad news that pours into our homes, workplaces and personal spaces? In this powerful episode, Steve and Mary Alessi get real about the concerns we all have when things in the world seem to be spinning out of control, and give you some key pointers that will keep your family calm, collected and grounded even when the culture seems to be under siege by negativity. Encouraged by this podcast? There's many more episodes like this available to help your family thrive no matter the circumstances...because we believe family is everybody's business.So follow and subscribe - and please leave a review to let us know how we encouraged you and your family! You can even leave us a voicenote / message at alessifamilybusiness.com when you tap the "ask the Alessis" button! Don't forget to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel! https://bit.ly/AlessiYouTubeJoin our family business every week as we talk about life, and help you build a great future with your family, no matter what business you are in. New episodes are uploaded every Wednesday! All Show Notes and Podcast Info at https://alessifamilybusiness.comTo learn more about Metro Life Church:https://metrolifechurch.comFollow Us on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/alessifamilybusiness 
Is it possible that a single event could affect every family on the planet? It's not only possible, we've all experienced it...and your family needs to deal with it. The COVID pandemic has unmistakably changed the way we live our daily lives, and that includes how our families function and communicate. Unfortunately, COVID has also introduced confusion, disagreement and major conflicts due to the various changes each family has had to make. The question is, what now? How can you keep your family on the same page while navigating the changes of life after a global pandemic? In this episode, Steve and Mary Alessi break down how you and your family can unite, get on the same page, and move past the confusion of COVID together.  You'll learn practical and effective strategies to deal with conflicts in attitudes, approaches to the difficult decisions families have to make, and grow more confident in your family's ability to embrace a better future after COVID.For more advice for families who want to overcome the struggles of life, head to alessifamilybusiness.com and check out more episodes! You can even leave a voicemail there to be heard on a future podcast (tap the "Ask The Alessis" button!) DISCLAIMER: This episode cannot and does not contain medical/health advice. The medical/health information is provided for general informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information, we encourage you to consult with the appropriate professionals. Neither Metro Life Church, its employees nor designees are able to provide any kind of medical/health advice.  The use or reliance of any information contained in this episode is solely at your own risk. 
Do you struggle to deal with the 'difficult people' in your life? In this episode, you'll learn the key steps to establish healthy personal boundaries with friends and family, so that you can decrease conflict, promote unity, and avoid struggles that come with a lack of respect for boundaries in your relationships. Setting personal and emotional boundaries with difficult family members, insensitive co-workers and overbearing friends can be challenging - but it is also absolutely necessary for a healthy, drama-free life. Our hosts, Steve and Mary Alessi, have lived and worked through over 30 years of marriage and ministry, during which they've had to set AND keep the boundaries strong in their work and family. If you've struggled with: The fear of setting boundariesIndecision on how to set boundariesPushback from family members and friends when you try to communicate your boundariesUncertainty on what to say or do to improve a relationshipYou'll get answers and encouragement in this episode! For more insights and help to manage and maintain your family, your relationships and your business, head to alessifamilybusiness.com! You can ask the Alessis your family-related question by tapping the "Ask The Alessis" button!  
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