Quit Following Your Heart

quit following your heart

You’ve heard the classic heartwarming advice to “follow your heart.” It sounds so empowering and almost Biblical. Read any book by Nickolas Sparks and you will find statements like (I know because I Googled it), “What is your heart telling you to do?” Shakespeare tells us, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” […]

Dear Vegetarians…

Dear Vegetarians

We recently took my daughter’s iPod/stereo system out of her room. The reasons why aren’t really important, but this break from music “inspired” deep thought from my 13 year old. That deep thought being that she was becoming a vegetarian. With much gusto she announced that she would no longer be “contributing to death by […]

Are You Feeling Shortchanged?

Are You Feeling Shortchanged

“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling […]

Wisdom from Unexpected Places

Wisdom from Unexpected Places

Do you need wisdom today? Maybe you’re facing a crisis of faith, a health challenge or a conflict at work. You might be devastated by a child who is living in rebellion, or a marriage that is falling apart. Wisdom is what you desperately need, but sometimes we’re unable to acknowledge the insight that God […]

Parenting Teens: Embracing the Conflict

Parenting Teens Embracing the Conflict

Last week Michael and I called a family meeting with the purpose of setting goals with our two teenage children. Doesn’t that sound fun? No? You’d rather poke your eyes out with sharp sticks? You’d rather pour scalding hot lava on yourself? Not me! I’m pretty sure this was my brilliant idea. Ben, our 15 […]

Are You Empowered Today?

Are You Empowered Today

My Prayer: Lord, help us to be unified and empowered in our purpose—to know and glorify You!

Powerful vs. Patient

Powerful vs Patient

Patience is not my strong suit. I’m sure I have moments of clarity where I appear easy-going. “Please go ahead of me, I don’t mind waiting.”  But generally speaking I’m a… Get-it-done yesterday! Come on! Let’s wrap this up! What’s taking SOOOO long?! …kind of person. This shows up most often with my kids. My […]

I Blame You!

I Blame You

The Blame Game.  Do you play it? In the middle of overwhelming feelings and overpowering anger, the Blame Game can become second nature. We give into our righteous (or not-so-righteous) indignation, and before you know it our internal monologue is excusing all manner of bad behavior. You are making me so mad! How could he […]