Tagged: Parenting

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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...

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Into The Light: A Lesson on Confession

(in which I share a Sunday School lesson that actually might be enlightening for all of us) I’ve been teaching Sunday School and/or VBS classes on and off for most of my adult life. I still have a lot to...

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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33: Without This Ring, A Conversation with Donna Pyle

When I opened Donna Pyle’s book Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce to prepare for our interview, I was not prepared for how powerful her story and guidance would be. Silly of me since I’m a big fan of Donna’s and...

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Sideline Cheering & Bold Prayers

In some parts of the county it’s rained way too much this month. The corn and beans love the heat and humidity, but 12 inches of rain in less than 7 days doesn’t work out too well around here. Many...

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Childhood Legend: Country Life Edition

I found myself writing about rural life lately and decided to add even more “country mouse” perspective to the blog. You can skip right over these to my typical topics, or enjoy something a little different once a week. It’s...

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Confession: I Want to Be an Expert

Especially if you spend much time writing and/or promoting online, you run-into plenty of advice about building yourself up to be an expert in your field. Authors suggest one can become an expert – a leader – in almost any...

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Need Some Endurance? Me Too.

Sometimes we NEED to change our circumstances instead of complaining about it all the time.  And sometimes we need to stick with the plan and quit the redundant doubting.  This week for the 12,000th time I had to remind myself...

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Parenting is Lonely.

Parenting can be a lonely job. I’m the only one who hears me tell my kids to shut off the TV. I’m the only one who hears me tell them to stop touching each other. And I’m definitely the only...

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Responding to Fear and Violence. From a Cornfield.

I live on a couple of acres in the rural backroads of Illinois. This summer as the corn grows tall it creates 3 walls around our property isolating us even more than we typically are.     Out here it’s...

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