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Four Ways Parents Can Minimize Stress While Maximizing Kids’ Wellbeing

 

Exams have passed.  Graduations have been celebrated.  Summer’s coming hard upon us.

 

Our kids have been feeling it, really feeling it — the stress that has them wound up tight, stress that makes them doubt themselves, stress that overwhelms every bit of courage to dig deep, reach in, and press on into their lives and their dreams.

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What To Do When You Are Waiting For Your Life To Bloom

I waited every spring for the peonies to bloom. 

 

Tracing the edge of an earlier autumn sun, I remember so carefully digging a home for them in the soil.

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Why Embracing Our Brokenness Is Necessary For Us To Be Whole

 

We equate wholeness with perfection, with having it all together, with success. Yet the meaning of wholeness is perhaps just the opposite.

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Because Our Stories Are More Powerful Than Our Shame

 

What is your story?

 

We all have one. You know, the story that contains the good, the bad, the ugly of our journey that has led us to today. The story that pressed in on us, that chipped away at us, that left us a little more bruised and a little less brave to step into our future.

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Four Things We Can Do To Fight Back Against Violence and Evil

I see the images. Kids walking single file. Hands grasping the shoulders in front of them.

 

I want to run to them, protect them, comfort them in their fear. Tell them they are safe, they are loved in the middle of this horrific and seemingly God-forsaken world.

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For Every Parent and Child Who Feels The Struggle of Being ‘Raised Up’

A conversation for every parent and child who feels the struggle of being ‘raised up:’

 

I know it’s hard.

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Three Secrets To Making and Keeping Your Marriage Strong

I’ll be the first to admit I walked down the aisle with my rose-colored glasses solidly adhered to my face. They all said, You’ve waited so long, I’m sure God has brought you someone incredibly ‘special.’

 

I liked that. He was special. He would surely make me happy.

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My Prayer For New Things and New Dreams In 2018

Revelation 21:5 (ESV) And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

 

Sometimes it is the hardest thing to stay as clay, soft and supple. Sometimes the cold is so bitter the safest thing to do is to bury wounds deep enough we never have to risk them seeing the light of day, of being exposed.

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Merry Christmas!!!

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When You Feel Soul-Weary and Saddle-Worn On Your Journey To The Manger

Luke 2:1-20 (NIV)

 

It happens sometimes. Most years Christmas is a time of joy, filled with decorations and celebrations, gatherings and festivities.  Still, there are some years my journey to the manger feels more lonely, more overwhelmed, more soul-weary, and saddle-worn than I could have imagined.

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