Leave them better than you found them

leave them better

    I had A Moment yesterday. You know, one those times when someone shares a bit of insight that absolutely rocks you back on your heels. Mine came as I was listening to our pastor preaching on the mystery of marriage. He shared about a bit of advice he received when he introduced his (hopefully) future […]

When Stubborn Pride is Pulling Your Strings

stubborn pride

I am well acquainted with Stubborn Pride. I have listened to that wheedling, guilt-inducing voice too many times in my life, and it has never ended well. As a matter of fact, I learned some time ago that when I am really struggling with fear of failure, I can find it lurking nearby, working my emotional […]

You are NOT the target

you are not the target

  Wouldn’t it be great if cranky, grumpy, hot-tempered people took an extended, nay, permanent, vacation far, far, away? Ahhh, such a sweet dream. In the real world, though, there are crabby people who will launch their slings and arrows your way with hardly a thought. You get to choose how to respond, and I […]

Saturday Sips: Encourage the dreamers

encourage dreamers

    I recently wrote about giving your children the freedom to dream and shared an interview I had done with a young man who wished to become a Navy SEAL. Being a parent of any child is difficult, especially when they choose a goal that is challenging, takes a great deal of courage, and […]

Freedom to dream

freedom to dream

 The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt   As parents, we give freedom to our children in ever increasing amounts, moving the safety rails farther back as time moves forward. One day, those rails disappear, and our sweet little babes will advance into adulthood. Hopefully, we will […]

Saturday Sips: Smile for the camera!

smile for the camera

It’s summertime, which means family gatherings, fun in the sun, and lots and lots of pictures. What’s that? You’re bad in back of the camera snapping the shutter, and you look awful in front of the camera? Fear not! I have practical tips and insight for you today, of course, that will help you capture […]

What does being brave look like?

being brave

There are more definitions of bravery than there are shades of grass and colors of the sky. My idea of bravery is quite different from that of a Navy SEAL, which is a world apart from being a cold call, door-to-door salesman. While I may think I want to be unafraid in ways like them, […]

Saturday Sips: Walking uphill to school both ways

thanks for making me walk uphill

  I recently wrote about hardship being the gift that keeps on giving. One of my lovely readers called it a “most EXCELLENT article”. Thanks, Nan! If you missed it, be sure to go back and read it because the following links are related to that post.   I’ll bet when you were younger and […]

Embrace Hardship: It’s the gift that keeps on giving

embrace hardship

You avoid hardship like the plague, and you double those efforts when it comes to keeping the path smooth for your children. After all, it’s hardship. Why bother to go through the challenge of saving up to pay for something you want when you can whip out the credit card and enjoy that shiny new toy right […]

Saturday Sips: Courage, clarity, and change, oh my!

courage clarity change commencement address

    Tis the exciting season of graduation, and you know that means: Cake! Oops, I mean commencement addresses. Oh, I am so sorry for that let down, but I do have good news for you. Not only have there been some terrific speakers around the country this year, but they offer inspiring, joyful, and […]

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