Parenting: The Heart of the Matter

I often jokingly say that before I became a parent, I was the "perfect parent." Can anyone relate? At times I would criticize others and the way they parented their children, believing that I would have handled unpleasant situations rightly and that my child would never [insert random act of disobedience here]. Sadly, I assumed that snotty-nosed …

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My Not-So-Quiet “Quiet Time”

I'm hard-pressed to find uninterrupted daily devotional time with the Lord these days. My so-called "quiet time" is usually broken up into small nuggets throughout the day and is hardly ever actually quiet. Whenever I've had plans to get up early and study God's Word before my son's typical waking time or to sneak out …

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Harvey: Thoughts After the Storm

Enduring Harvey these last few days has been surreal, to say the least. Before this week, I'd never had the number to the Coast Guard sitting on my kitchen counter, just in case my family may need to be rescued from high floodwater. The devastation is far-reaching, and efforts to rebuild will last for months …

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Facebook Fast: Pursuing Holiness One Step at a Time

Yesterday I finished a one-month Facebook fast. At the beginning of July, I challenged myself to give up scrolling my News Feed for the whole month. Until then I'd never fasted from social media before, because I've always believed, and still do believe, that wasting time on social media is a heart issue that can't be fixed …

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