Setting Unrealistic Expectations

“Hey Mom, who’s coming over?” Peyton’s blue eyes were wide and expectant yesterday as she asked me this question. I responded, “Why do you ask? Nobody’s coming over, honey.” She paused, looked around and said, “But you’re cleaning!” Ouch. The house […]

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Ways to Help Your Child See God Each Day

“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” […]

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The Absorbing Power of the Gospel

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” —Proverbs 15:1 We live in a fallen world in which we daily experience the pain and destruction of sin. There is anger, back biting, disappointment, impatience, selfishness, complaining, ungratefulness…the list […]

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Trusting God When Life Falls Apart

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:19 My oldest son was in 5th grade and needed a 20 oz. […]

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Becoming an Effective Mentor

I remember when my friend Emily announced that she was going to ask our older friend Sherry to mentor her. My heart twisted ugly, in part jealousy and part pride. Of course, I wanted Sherry to mentor me, and so I was upset […]

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The Upside of Endings

I was not quite seven years old when my family moved from Tempe, Arizona to Bloomington, Illinois. I still remember hiding myself in the living room drapes, peeking out every now and then to glare at the movers as they […]

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