One morning, I asked my 4-year-old son to stop playing Xbox because it was time for breakfast. He got mad and threw his game controller. As his punishment, he wasn’t permitted to play Xbox for the rest of the day. He immediately started bawling—it was still early in the day, and for him, waiting until […]
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Imagine waking up one day and deciding to skydive, run a marathon, or find the person with whom you’ll spend the rest of your life. You wouldn’t jump from a plane without proper training and a parachute. (My Army Ranger friends say smart people don’t jump out of a perfectly good plane.) Your body doesn’t […]
John 11:39-44 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus […]
Try this little exercise with me: Put your hand over your eyes and then slowly move your hand away. At first, all we see is a part of our palm. Plus, it’s a little dark, right? As our hand moves farther away, more of our hand comes into focus, and we have light. We start […]
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Coronavirus. COVID-19. Scary. This situation has several names, and most of them are unnerving. During self quarantine, everyone is wondering what to do. More importantly, where can we go? We feel helpless. Should I continue with my daily routine? As a stay-at-home mom with two small children and an elderly mother living with me, I […]
Last week, as the enormity of COVID-19 swept over our country, I found myself spending way too much time staring at the computer screen. I read articles, I watched press conferences, I read posts, and I may have shared a couple of funny memes. By the end of the week, I felt bogged down, uneasy, […]
It all started with going to the home of family friends. It was their youngest daughter’s birthday, and because of the stay-at-home order and social distancing, her birthday celebration was canceled. So my stepmom, little sister, and I decided to celebrate her birthday in their front yard. We put her gift on the porch and […]
Own up! Admit your mistakes—now, there is a concept foreign to many. To own up is a mark of maturity (in my book). To own up with no accompanying excuse is a mark of spiritual maturity (see Chapter 2 of my book). Ahhh. The decision to stop playing the blame game, for many, is inconceivable. […]
John 9:1-3 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so […]