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Three Things

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

While I often reminded my boys, “You’re the best friends you’ll ever have,” skirmishes still erupted. The oldest antagonized his younger sibling while the youngest often over-reacted. Playing referee as a single mom tried my patience. So, when things started to escalate, I learned to interrupt and demand that my boys state three things they liked about the other. Extreme versions of this have appeared on the internet. Parents have squeezed squabbling siblings into an oversized t-shirt and forced them to dance. Words alone worked well for us. Instead of simply separating my boys during a fight, I forced them to fight their bickering with kindness. Did it always work? No. But they still remember the technique. Just this week, I spoke with a friend who battles negative thinking, like me. We all too easily travel down mental pathways...

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Of Immeasurable Worth

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I’ll never forget the moment I became invisible. I collected my daughter from school where her team had returned from an out-of-town ballgame. On the drive home, my young athlete announced she was starving and could we please get some food. Weary beyond measure, I agreed to a super-quick stop so my teen wouldn’t starve to death. As the golden arches came into view, I glanced at my attire. Because of the late hour, I had thrown on sweats and flip-flops and my hair was a disaster. Not to mention a complete lack of makeup. “Honey, we’ll have to use the drive-through. I’m not dressed to go inside.” My darling daughter turned toward me and squinted in confusion. “Um, what does it matter what you’re wearing?” Wait, what? Who snatched my sweet tender-hearted little girl and replaced her with...

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Praying for Those My Child is With

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 1 comment

I love being a mom. To me, that came as a welcome surprise because I am not a person who’s comfortable with children. During my first pregnancy I worried that I wouldn’t like my child. Of course the exact opposite was true. My greatest joy was—and still is—getting to hang out with my kids. But, I’m ashamed to say that this enjoyment turned to jealousy when they began school and started choosing to spend their time elsewhere. Even though they still loved being with me at times, I felt discarded and replaced. It took a while for me to work through these feelings and the way I was able to exchange jealousy for joy was through prayer. God showed me that instead of worrying about being abandoned, I needed to pray for those my child was choosing to spend...

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A Mother’s Legacy

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, From the Heart | 2 comments

Ding! A new text message lit up the screen of my iPhone. I opened it to find a long note from my mom containing a list she’s compiled of over 350 names and attributes of God. The day before she and I had chatted about my fascination with learning God’s names as a means to knowing Him better. She mentioned that she thinks through the alphabet and corresponding names of God as she falls asleep at night. I had asked her to send me the list she’s put together. When I received the text message the next day, I smiled at this glimpse into her walk with the Lord and realized what a priceless gift she’s given me through her own quietly cultivated heart for Christ. I’ve experienced the impact of her love for Him – both as a...

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Risk Taker

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

Today’s Giggle and Grace story comes from a sweet lady at my church named Ann. Ann is a grandmother. Before coming to church one Wednesday night, Ann took her two grandsons, Tyler and Andrew, to eat at McDonald’s. Ann and the boys got their food and sat down to eat, when Andrew noticed a little girl standing with her family waiting to get their order. Andrew grinned at her from ear to ear, and she returned the smile. When the family got their food, they chose a seat across the restaurant. Ann noticed that Andrew continued making eye contact and smiling at the little girl. Finally, she asked him, “Do you know that little girl?” Andrew nodded his head with a grin. “Yep. She’s in my class! Her name is Abby.” About that time, Andrew looked across the restaurant...

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A Spectacle in Rome

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

Most people have heard about what happened in the Roman Colosseum, where Christians, criminals, slaves, and other “undesirables” were hauled into an arena and executed. Some say that most Christian martyrs were slaughtered in the Circus Maximus, not the Colosseum, but wherever it took place, this was entertainment to the bloodthirsty Roman crowd. People love a spectacle. Always have. Always will. But did you know that the Romans also held full-scale naval battles as entertainment? In 46 B.C., to celebrate the victories of Julius Caesar, the Romans created a man-made lake where they staged a battle between two fleets of ships. These were full-scale ships, featuring as many as 6,000 fighters. What’s more, these were real battles, where real blood flowed and real people died or were badly injured, writes a recent article in National Geographic History magazine. Today,...

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