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Don't Hit Your Sister

Don't Hit Your Sister

As children of God, we hurt each other constantly, thinking the pain and retribution we inflict on one another has nothing to do with him. But we are wrong, it’s never just between us.

How Do We Honor Aging Parents?

How Do We Honor Aging Parents?

Whatever the onset, caring for aging parents necessitates we give of ourselves in ways and to degrees that we hadn’t anticipated. In the best scenario, it’s a joyful exchange of love and support between aging parents and their adult children. But for many, parent care is a challenge that brings up difficult dynamics and forces us to make decisions that put us at odds with what our parents want. 

Why the Sabbath is a Gift

Why the Sabbath is a Gift

The gospel gives us rest from having to prove ourselves, it gives us rest from having to define ourselves based on our accomplishments, and it gives us rest from evaluating ourselves based on our performance and production.

The Death of my Child and Romans 8:28

The Death of my Child and Romans 8:28

The night he died it stormed. My wife and I were restless, weeping, and holding each other closely. I remember pleading with God in my distress, “Why didn’t you send these rains just a few hours earlier? He wouldn’t have been outside! This nightmare never would have happened! Why did you allow it to happen this way, God?!”

My unchangeable circumstances made my cries feel hollow.

Baby Blues

Baby Blues

I had my first child last December and we have been living in the Polar Vortex ever since. I expected exhaustion, hormone swings, for it to be hard in ways I couldn’t imagine, and perhaps even to face the dreaded “baby blues.” What I did not expect was how much that squirmy little babe with the bright black eyes would threaten to rock everything I “knew” about my temperament and way of looking at and responding to life. Enter “Baby Blues”: the mysterious and taboo phenomenon of depression and anxiety following childbirth.

When Your Spouse Disappoints

When Your Spouse Disappoints

So they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives. Yikes. When words and communication are kind of your thing, this is terrifying. So how do we do this? How do we respond when we aren’t getting what we want, even when what we want is a good thing (like a loving husband or a respectful wife)?

Prince or Pauper?

Prince or Pauper?

As I sat daydreaming about a life situation of late I veered into thinking about “the two young princes”. One was eager to take the sword, lusted after his seat on the throne and scoffed at those who came before him. The other relished in the wisdom of his teacher, humbly knew he was not ready for the throne, but valiantly and courageously took the sword when the moment was right to save the kingdom.