Avoid These Five Rs with Your Prodigal

Avoid These Five Rs with Your Prodigal

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Paul gave that advice in Romans 12:18. But what does it mean to live peaceably with a prodigal? As families, we have gotten really good at being in the 5 Rs. The process goes like this: Something...
Let’s Start Talking about It

Let’s Start Talking about It

“Ssh! Don’t talk about it. Especially in church!” I once attended a Bible study with a small group of women who loved God deeply, knew the Bible well and had worked as hard as anyone could at motherhood, and yet eight out of 10 of us had children who had walked away...
Ring the Cowbell

Ring the Cowbell

When I was younger, I played softball. Geared in tight spandex with a hot pink aluminum bat, I was more concerned with how my hair looked in the god-awful hat I had to wear than my ERA. (Don’t be impressed that I know what that stands for; I grew up in a family that...
Trust God and Land Your Helicopter

Trust God and Land Your Helicopter

We’ve all heard news stories about “free-range children,” those unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on who you ask) children who are allowed to BE OUTSIDE WITHOUT THEIR PARENTS! One news story involved 6- and 10-year-old siblings. Their parents dropped them at a...
Being All Or Nothing At All

Being All Or Nothing At All

I have been haunted by fear for as long as I can remember. The gripping, often drowning sensation has terrorized even some of my earliest memories. And, despite my best efforts, the fear has only continued to intensify with age. After polling most of my female...
Gratefulness Rather Than Greed

Gratefulness Rather Than Greed

Within moments of birth, a child’s life is driven by needs. Their first cry begins years of demands. And the demands get more insistent and determined as the child grows. By the time a child is two, he or she is determined that life is unfair and that they have to...

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