Parenting: Why is Obedience a Dirty Word?

Parenting Why is Obedience a Dirty Word

Every year my siblings and I would ask my dad what he wanted for his birthday, and every year he would answer, “Obedience.” Then he would smile, his blue eyes twinkling, and we would laugh. We always tried to get another answer out of him, but the response was always the same: Obedience. We understood […]

How You Can Change the World Today!

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This weekend a friend encouraged me with the idea that life change and transformation occurs one degree at a time. One shift, one choice, one relationship, one sin—one degree. We are usually far more attracted to the dramatic life-altering change that happens in a miracle moment. But more often than not, true lasting transformation is […]

Famous Love

Famous Love

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.  1 John 3:18 NLT

Take Courage

Take Courage

Courage. It’s an attribute that everyone wants, but we rarely define ourselves as having it. I usually think of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. , Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart as people of courage. Or Deitrich Bonhoeffer  standing against injustice on a grand scale and making a difference for countless generations. But what if extraordinary courage […]

Declutter Your Life

Declutter Your Life

Do you feel like your hard work is being diffused by distractions? Do you feel overwhelmed by the demands of others, or even of yourself? If so, it’s time to declutter your life. You might be thinking that it’s impossible to declutter your life because you’re stuck in the habit of responding to the tyranny […]

Wearing a Disguise

Wearing a Disguise

Does your worry and anxiety ever disguise itself like something else? We can be very good at wearing disguises—even disguises that seem appealing. Maybe you appear to be very helpful and available to those around you but that accommodating attitude is fueled by the worry that you’ll let people down. Perhaps your disguise is a […]

But I Had Such Good Plans…

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Crawling into bed last night I commented to my husband, “I had such good plans.” He knew what I meant and simply responded that he was sorry and held my hand. I wanted to say more but I was just too tired. Can you relate? I had some pretty good, if not great, plans for […]

The F-word

The F-Word

I’m sick of the F-word. These four letters have brought more turmoil to my life than have any other four letters. This is not casual observation but a declaration of war that is long overdue. I have a feeling that you might feel just as strongly as I do and if so I invite you […]