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Teaching Kids About This Thing Called Love


Regardless of the not-so-realistic gush we see on TV, there is something to this thing called love! In fact, the Bible mentions ‘love’ close to 500 times. No wonder this topic is so important to the Creator of love; we read in 1 John 4:8 that God is love! And in John 3:16 we’re reminded […]

Looking for change? Try this.


Change. We all yearn for it and at times we dread it, but it is an ever present part of our lives. Encountering change is front and center each January. New year, new you; Best year ever; Meet your goals…all these phrases promising change with the hope of something “better.” I’ve learned that in my […]

Is More Enough? Or Simply Just More?


We normally think of a reflection as someone looking at himself in a mirror. But sometimes, with much embarrassment and shame, we see (and hear) our true hearts reflected through the comments of our children. Kids pick up a lot of words and values from what they notice in our behavior and words to others. […]

In Memory of Mom: “Christmas Tea Ring”


My wonderful mom passed away just a few months ago, which still doesn’t seem possible. As I think about Christmastime, I can’t help but remember some of the special (sweet) ways Mom made our holidays special year after year in her home. This post is dedicated in memory of her. What’s your favorite treat when it comes to the […]

Grasping the Promises of Christmas


Despite what some people say, promises are not meant to be broken. In fact, we look to God for all truth, and He is one to always keeps His promises! What a comfort this is in a world that’s otherwise unstable in its guarantees. One example of God’s promises came to us in the form […]

Home[bound] For the Holidays?


“Home for the Holidays” is one of the best Christmas songs ever recorded. I don’t know of many other lyrics that bring such a warm and cozy feeling straight to the heart—unless, of course, you’re not going home for the holidays. Ever been there? It was the winter of 1998. I was a fairly new […]

Breathe In Thankfulness. Breathe Out Stress.

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Life gets busy, bills pile up, schedules seem endless, and there are never enough hours in the day. Stress starts to build and the tiny, insignificant things suddenly become substantial and earth-shattering in our thoughts and feelings. When stress increases and life becomes overwhelming we often ask ourselves questions like, “When will this all slow […]

The Scarcity of Abundance


  Soon we will begin to hear about Black Friday shopping and the anticipated early morning rush to department stores that will likely result in injured customers and destroyed merchandise. The madness of anticipated scarcity is a powerful force that drives people to push, shove, yell, and grab like it is the end of the […]

Say YES to a New POV


What a wonderful time of year to be grateful for all the gifts and blessings in our lives! Good health. Employment. Family. Food. Shelter. So much for which to be thankful. But if this is true, then why do so many of us criticize—rather than express gratitude—for the good things going on all around us? […]

Does Thankfulness Really Matter?


We’ve all heard the saying: “Have an attitude of gratitude!” But why bother? After all, some days we just don’t feel thankful! Besides that, can feeling grateful—or showing thankful actions toward others—cause any real beneficial impacts for anyone? A few years ago, I heard one man’s testimony that did just that! This man is like […]