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Trust in the Hard Times

Posted on January 20, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Trusting God in every aspect of life should not be hard. After all, He did create everything. He has an intimate knowledge of the most minute details from the very simple to the complex. He certainly knows how it all works together better than we do. Trusting God should be easy, but it is difficult.

 

Human beings like to be in control. We like to believe we have prepared for every situation and circumstance life brings. But people let us down. We struggle to trust. We fear t...

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Power of the People

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The idea that one person hundreds, if not thousands, of miles from the majority of Americans can change the nation more effectively than the millions of individuals that make up the constituency, is ludicrous. Yes, a president has a great deal of power to influence the course of a nation. However, the power is still with the people.

 

We, the American people, have the power to greatly influence and change the course of the nation. When an individual takes responsibility to af...

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ACT!

Posted on June 1, 2016 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Do you know where you’re headed? Do you have a plan to get there? You'll never reach your destination if you don't take the first step!

 

Everything we attempt in life requires planning. No matter your age, a plan is necessary to achieve whatever goal you set. Maybe your goal is to write a book or to be a better parent. The only way to reach that goal is to strategically plan a course to accomplish the desired result. You have to begin to begin. Take a smal...

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Walls

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”

Andrew Murphy

 

If there is anything we as people are good, even great at, it's building a wall. Maybe not the standard stick and mortar walls that give us shelter from the elements, I mean proverbial walls that we create to give shelter from the pain that life can bring.

 

The problem with those walls is the illusion of security they bring. Truth is, they do more to trap than to secur...

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Empowering Your Teen

Posted on August 21, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As parents the desire to protect our children is often deep-seated and can consume the relationship. We don’t want to be overbearing, but we don’t want to see them go through pain we believe might be avoided due to our experience. Finding balance is tough. We often struggle with the question, “Do I step in or should I let them learn this lesson on their own?”

 

Something happens as we assume the responsibility of parenthood. We remember the pai...

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Back to Balance

Posted on August 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to school is upon us. If your family is anything like ours, this time of year is a mix of relief because the kids have something to do and frustration because of the little unexpected extras a new school year brings. New fees, meetings with teachers, and practice schedules can play havoc with the family calendar. How do you find balance between school, work schedules (if your kids are older), extracurricular activities, and church, let alone time with family? It can be incredibly overwhe...

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The Touch of a Father: Connecting with Your Teenage Daughter

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you are the father of a teenage girl, you have been entrusted with a great responsibility. It can be daunting. It’s not unusual to feel inadequate for the task. You may feel you have nothing to offer your little girl turned young woman.

 

In a dad’s eyes, she will always be a little girl. The idea that she will grow and become a young women is incomprehensible. We hold on to that image of our daughter in a beautiful new dress twirling for daddy’s approval...

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Selfless Service

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember full service gas stations? When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, they had begun to disappear. Those that were still operating had lost a great deal of the romantic novelty of the 50’s and 60’s versions where a crew of uniformed attendants would swarm over your automobile performing basic service like checking tire pressure and fluid levels while filling your gas tank. Instead a single person, typically a man in some sort of coveralls with their name stit...

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Storyteller vs. Life-changer

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

My dad always used to tell me these fantastically funny stories about life when he was a kid. Some were confusing to a young man in that awkward stage between child and young adult. Stories about how much harder he had it as a kid would make me smile. He would tell me about walking great distances to go to school or how he would brave the winter snow in subfreezing temps while lightly clothed so he wouldn’t get his clothes wet. He even shared with me that, often, his walks required him ...

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Who's Watching You?

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

How much better the world would be if we didn’t act based on who’s watching us? Why do we try so hard to win the approval of others? What if we just did what we do and lived how we live? What if we truly were who we are in every circumstance?

 

Because people might not like us, that’s why! Maybe we aren’t all that impressed with ourselves so we think in order for someone else to find us valuable we have to be something we aren’t.

 

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