I may not know you, but I know that you have been hurt before. In fact, I am confident to say that at some point, you’ve been hurt by someone who is really important to you. We all have. When hurt comes, our natural response is to defend ourselves. Sometimes, this means running away, leaving … Continue reading What does forgiveness look like in real life?
How “adult” do you feel on a daily basis? If you’ve been grown-up for a long time, this may feel like a silly question. But there is a new trend in our culture of young people “adulting” – acting in a way that an adult would. Reading through recent Twitter posts about #adulting seems to … Continue reading The hard work of adulting
Did your parents teach you to say please and thank you? Are you teaching these courtesies to your kids today? Hopefully, the answer is yes. We train our kids to say these things as a picture of the kind of heart and character that we are trying to instill. Our goal is to create a heart … Continue reading Developing a Heart of Gratitude
All of us want to enjoy life. We want meaning, happiness, and satisfaction. Sure, we know there will be seasons of hardship, but we also know that life can be so much more. Perhaps the best way to answer this title question is by answering a few questions about your own life: What is the … Continue reading How does someone live a full, abundant, good, joy-filled life?
Have you used this cliché? We all recognize it. Most of us have probably used it. But not all clichés are good, true, and accurate. So, what about this one? Is this a true statement? Like many things in life, the answer depends on the situation and context. If a situation is very time-sensitive, then … Continue reading “It’s better late than never”
However you may feel about the Girl Scouts as an organization, and whatever your current status of dieting, eliminating sugar, or other healthy eating plans… their cookies are a part of our community. And I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies. Why? I was never in the Girl Scouts. I don’t even love all … Continue reading Why I enjoy the season of Girl Scout cookies
Do you love to read? Or perhaps you wish that you loved to read. Whether you love it or hate it, reading is valuable. Reading teaches us new information. In our youth, we are constantly learning new things. As we enter adulthood, we’re putting learning into practice, pruning our areas of knowledge and expertise. In … Continue reading The Value of Reading Throughout the Lifespan
We all like to feel happy, excited, joyful, and relaxed. But what about the emotions like sadness, anger, fear, or discouragement? These are much harder. Yet God has created us as creatures with a full range of emotions. How do we express and share them well? There is a time and place for every emotion … Continue reading Sharing Your Hard Emotions
It is easy and sometimes tempting to live life day by day, simply looking at the choices right in front of you and making decisions that benefit you and your family. But is that how we are meant to live our lives? If your daily choices are not shaped by the virtues you hold dear, you … Continue reading What are the virtues that define your life?
You may or may not be interested in setting a New Years Resolution, but undoubtedly there have been times in life when you’ve set goals to work toward. Why do we do this? Is it worth the energy and effort? In a nutshell, the answer would be: Yes. It is worth setting goals. It is … Continue reading Is it worth setting goals?