Today my boy had a minor little surgery to remove an infected cyst from his neck. It was only a three-inch incision, but it’s right there on the part of the neck where everyone can see it. He looks like … Continue reading
“Woman, why are you weeping?” First the angels ask Mary, then Jesus asks her to explain the reason for the burden of her troubled heart. We understand her grief without explanation—Jesus showed up in her life, changed everything for the … Continue reading
Over at Gifted For Leadership, Jennie Allen has posted a powerful excerpt from her new book Restless. Part of that excerpt includes this quote: I remember telling myself things like, I will humbly sit in the back and give other people … Continue reading
“You can’t push a string,” a favorite expression of my husband’s late boss, found its way out of my husband’s sales office and became a well-played line and prevailing philosophy in our home. It was our parental rallying cry against the psychological torment of two very strong-willed children.
I grew up in a different era of family life. My four sisters and I had standard-issue sass and sneak but when push came to shove the convicted resolve in our father’s eyes sobered us quickly to the path of least resistance. “Because I said so” were magic-filled words children dare not challenge.
If there is such a thing, my two boys entered the world without the authority-deferent gene. From the time they could talk, ‘no’ was attached to every phrase they said. It seemed they learned to walk only to run away from us. They were put to bed only to keep us awake. Like a surprised hiker meeting up with a bear I often postured myself to appear bigger than I am in order to hold my ground against the rebellion forces. Prior to children Dennis the Menace was a favorite classic of mine.…
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What does Jesus mean when he tells his disciples that it is to their advantage he leave so that he can send to them the Holy Spirit (John 16:7)? Thomas Goodwin has this beautiful reflection on Jesus’ teaching of the … Continue reading
It is a matter of tradition for me at the beginning of a new year to identify one chapter of Scripture for the purpose of daily meditation. I read that chapter everyday for the whole year until its words rise … Continue reading