3 Not-​​So-​​Simple Steps to Help Your Children Succeed

It’s that time of the year again when I tally up how many piano lessons I’ve taught for the year, not wanting to cheat Uncle Sam! As I add up each student’s lessons, it is not surprising that the ones who had […]

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The Treasure of Woman-​​to-​​Woman Friendships

“What do you mean — you don’t have any close friends?” asked Gene, my husband of four months. “What about me? I’m your friend.” I appreciated my groom’s attempt to make me feel better, but his words brought little solace. Marrying him meant […]

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The New Year’s Fruit Diet

For nearly all my forty-​​​​four years, weight has been a constant struggle for me. Picking up my views from magazines and TV programs, I grew up believing “beauty” meant flowing hair, sparkling-​​​​white teeth, and a pencil-​​​​thin body with voluptuous curves. Unfortunately I was a shy, chubby, red […]

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Are Your New Year's Resolutions Biblical? 3 Ways to Tell

It’s that time of year when the world is abuzz in new year's resolutions, lists of new habits to adopt, and ways to be healthier, happier, sexier, and spiritual-​​​​er. The church does this too; it seems we’ve jumped on the […]

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Truly Accepting Things You Can’t Change

Recently I was asked to be a panelist at a parenting forum. One of the participants wanted me to share a difficult yet defining moment of motherhood. Quite easily my memory took me back to August of 2010. I had just returned home from an […]

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And Jesus said, “Yes!”

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” —Psalm 91:4 An article in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers […]

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