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The Beautiful Failures of Freedom

Posted by on Aug 2, 2012 in Christian Life, Family | 1 comment

While watching the Olympics we’re often given a glimpse into the daily routines of the athletes – the hours of practice, special diets, and focused training they receive. I’m always interested in the spots that focus on the training camps of the Communist countries. They appear successful in producing the constructed, the designed, the model competitors we often see on the winners’ stand. And I wonder could we accomplish more if we were more focused on producing winners? Could we reach greater achievements if we gave our children fewer choices? In many cases, the answer is yes. If children who demonstrate a propensity toward athleticism were taken from their parents while still malleable and placed in training camps we might produce more star performers. If distractions like relationships, education and social contact were withheld they might feel a greater...

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Decrease Your Memory

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Book Reviews, Christian Life, Devotions | 4 comments

   Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey, Alaska, again. She has a past, and a reputation – and Yancey’s a town that doesn’t forget. If you haven’t read Dani Pettrey’s book Submerged you should. It’s a page-turning, heart-racing read. And as thrilling and fast-paced as it is, it takes the time to fully explore the main characters’ inner conflicts and faith journey. When you read Submerged you are instantly sympathetic to Bailey. She made many mistakes as a partying teenager, but after she moved away from Yancey she turned her life around…or rather God turned her around…and as a respectable professor, Dr. Bailey Craig wants nothing to do with her past. Unfortunately a close family member’s death makes a trip to Yancey necessary and Bailey must face a reputation that she’d rather forget. Reading this book reminded me of...

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The Smart Momma’s Facebook Pledge

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Christian Life, Family | 12 comments

All mothers talk about their kids. We brag, we whine, we ask for prayer, but they are our favorite topic. And if we occasionally share Too Much Information we know that the handful of friends who heard us will forgive and pretend to forget. Unfortunately social media doesn’t work that way. You might have only vented to one friend in real life, but online it could be read by hundreds of people. Your unguarded confession could come back to haunt you…and your children. And so, in the interest of protecting our children, our reputations and the general public I propose a pledge for smart Mommas everywhere. 1. I will not fight with the father of my children on Facebook. Yes, my husband and I joke, we tease, we tell stories on each other, but if there’s an issue between us, it...

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The Only Gifts You Can Give…

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 in Christian Life, Family | 9 comments

We encourage giving. All giving. If a can of soup shows up in an empty pantry, we consider it mission accomplished. After all, it doesn’t really matter how it got there or who gave it, does it? The other day I witnessed a exchange that I’ve seen a hundred times, usually with my own children. I was at a bank and the teller offered the little girl in front of me a lollipop. She accepted and then piped up, “Can I have one to take home for my sister?” Charming, thoughtful and sweet. But just as I was about to congratulate the mother, she corrected her. “Honey, if you think your sister would like a sucker, give her yours. Don’t take from someone else and call it a gift.” Was This Woman Crazy? It sure sounded like it. Who...

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The Perfect Flaw

Posted by on Apr 20, 2012 in Christian Life, Devotions, Writing | 7 comments

Usually my 4th grade son’s writing assignments involve heroes with super powers. They throw grenades, dodge bullets and never make mistakes. This week as we worked on a character sketch I insisted that he only write about “real life” 4th grade issues. His character “Bo” needed to have a real problem that he would solve during the story. “His problem is that he eats shrapnel and it turns into gold,” he suggested. “Absolutely not. What’s a problem that boys your age have? Maybe he’s not good in sports, maybe he doesn’t have friends, or maybe he’s afraid of something.” The thought of writing about a less than perfect 9-year-old boy terrified him. Then his eyes lit up. “I know, I’ll write about a girl. Then it’ll be easy to come up with problems.” I know how he feels. Like...

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The Voices of Good Friday – Part 3

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in Christian Life, Devotions | 0 comments

In the rush to Easter we often overlook Good Friday. “Yes, that’s when Jesus was crucified,” we say, “but He rose again.” Praise God. But let’s not forget that two thousand years ago very few people expected that miracle. Even His closest followers didn’t understand what was happening. Their hope, their Rabbi had been murdered. Their fears and doubts were allowed to grow in what had to be the longest weekend ever. This Good Friday try to imagine what you would hear if you spoke to some of the witnesses. Jesus has been taken, but there has been no resurrection. What are they thinking? What are their concerns? The Priest (Gazing at the curtain in shock, Holds out a hand to stop them from approaching.) Don’t come any closer. It’s death to enter the Holy of Holies, the dwelling...

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