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Is Your Life a Little Crazy Right Now?

Is your life a little crazy right now? I talked with one friend recently who said, “I don’t even know what normal is any more.” I know how she feels. Just when I think I have everything under control, something happens and I find myself feeling inadequate. This summer has […]

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Walk Your Talk–Making First Things First

    Over the past several months I’ve been processing and trying to live John 15:5. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” In […]

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Having Influence in My Kids’ Lives

If I had to chose a word to describe my life this year, it would be transition. As you know, two of our daughters are getting married and our first grandchild will arrive in August. As a result my relationship with our girls is changing. Transition and change can be […]

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Will Your Kids Be Ready for Real Life?

Recently I went to a friend’s house for a long overdue coffee talk. I greeted her young teen daughter. “She just got up,” her mom explained when she responded with a sleepy “Hi.” “Summer is a great time to go at a slower pace and relax,” I tried to empathize […]

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I Can’t Do More Than I’m Doing Right Now.

Last week as I frantically sewed on Katie’s wedding dress amidst the mess and chaos we lovingly refer to as the year of two-weddings-and-a-baby, Kelsey launched into a presentation on why we should adopt her friends’ year-old black Labrador retriever. Now. To her credit, we have discussed getting another dog […]

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Behind Our Front Door–How I Honor My Family’s Request for Privacy in a Public World

This is our front door. I love the red as I feel it says, “Come on in! We can’t wait to get to know you!” Yet, we don’t let just anyone in at any time. And just because we invite someone in doesn’t mean they have full access to our […]

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What if You Stopped Trying to Be in Control?

After what do I strive, God? This prayer settled in my mind as my morning time with God came to a close. The answers came in my next breath. Of course, I knew what I strived after. They were my constant companions. ~To rest in You, God. ~Be at peace […]

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When You Feel Hopeless about Your Teen

The journey with your child when he’s making decisions you don’t agree with is hard. But it becomes even harder when you start to believe that all is hopeless for your child. In this short video I share the truth from God’s Word to give you fresh perspective and hope […]

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Building Lifelong Motivation in Your Kids

  “I’m pretty sure if we power wash my car the bottom of it will fall off,” predicted Kerry when Gene mentioned using his new power washer on her car yesterday. She was probably right. We bought very used, but safe cars for our teen girls. Kerry names hers Howie. […]

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When Your Kid is Living a Decision You Don’t Agree With

    Maybe you like me find yourself in yet another situation where your young adult child is making and living a decision you don’t agree with. He put on his I-will-have-my-way super hero costume and flew off to his adventure. Only it’s not a good adventure. He is not […]

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