Tagged: Family

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Summertime Parenting: Offering Choices

It’s Thursday. I’ve been writing notes for a podcast all week. Still not recorded. Summertime means kids all day long, running the dishwasher three times a day, delivering them to their various functions, and breaking up fights or learning how...

Further from myself, closer to Jesus. 0

Recommended Reading: Christ in the Chaos

Today I’m pleased to present a guest post from Katie Koplin! She and I were chatting about the book Christ in the Chaos and decided we should share how great this book is with readers. Definitely check it out and...

Work Heartily As For the Lord podcast, Colossians 3:23 0

45: Work Heartily As For The Lord

  Turns out the world does not revolve around me. I am not at the center of the universe.      This is just one of the many realizations I have in this episode as I process my thoughts on...

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44: Parents Aren’t Perfect

  Things I’m thinking about this week… Mother’s Day can be hard.  Some parents are toxic.     So I talk about both of these things. Why we should consider being sensitive about Mother’s Day, in case you are oblivious...

podcast - Life is complicated but rich! So is Scripture. 0

43: Life & Scripture: Rich & Complicated

In today’s episode I ponder the richness and complicated-ness (is that a word?) of life. Between feeling vulnerable, having to push through the drudgery of a tough weekend… to the joy of watching people fulfill their vocations effectively. And then...

Grace and Consequences in Real Life: and good episode for parents 0

42: Grace & Consequence in Real Life

In which I take a few minutes to welcome the new listeners, and talk about why the church needs to be talking more about mental health. Then I tackle the concept of GRACE in our parenting and in our dealings...

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Delicate but Laborious Matters

The weather this year has been mild so far to say the least. Last night thunderstorms and hail moved through and tornadoes an hour or so northwest of us. It’s March 1st and I’m not sure what “normal” is anymore....

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The Use of a Pastor

“He called churches in the area to see if anyone has a room to rent for the summer! Plus then he said he could worship with them!” We shouldn’t have been surprised at this wise move, but when a college...

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The Guilt, Truths, and Hope of Christmas

This Christmas season was in many ways like the usual craziness of recent years. Lots of shopping to do, busy December schedule including birthday for the oldest child, Sunday school responsibilities filling in any empty spaces. Work, parenting, married stuff...

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Unconventional Decision Making

I think I’m going to buy a car. I’m sure thousands of cars are sold everyday so this isn’t mind-blowing. But I’ve driven a van for the last nine years and I have three children. Among families like ours a...

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