I grew up in rural Mississippi—a beautiful blend of cattle pastures, meandering brooks, and forests. For some, this sounds dreadful, but for me, it was a delight. Climbing trees, playing on hay bales, and conquering hordes of imaginary enemies lurking in the woods were the daily adventures of my childhood, and they are memories that … Continue reading Sorting Out Your Family’s Priorities
If you were to turn on the cable news, you would likely see the news anchor with a person on her right and left. These two individuals would be discussing today's hot-button issue, but they wouldn't really be discussing. It's more like talking at one another, a game scored on smug insults and sizzling one-liners. … Continue reading Are You Hearing or Understanding?
Feeling the Ache of Anxiety Most of the time, it's a tightness at my shoulder blades that slowly evolves into a pain that creeps up my neck and wraps itself around my head. At other times, it has been a slight tightening in my chest that stretched to the bottom of my throat. Those are … Continue reading On Well-Fed Birds and Pretty Flowers
If you ever struggle with feeling timid about sharing your faith, you're not alone. Many Christians are overtaken by fear when they're faced with the prospect of evangelizing a neighbor or co-worker. What is our hope in overcoming these fears?
A vital part of parenting is teaching children important skills and lessons like how to cook, how to manage money, and how to drive a car. The fundamental task of Christian parenting is to raise children in the fear and instruction of the Lord (Prov. 1:7; Eph. 6:4). In other words, the call to parenting … Continue reading Parents, Confess Your Sin to Your Children
Memory is a powerful force. A memory from forty years ago may fill you with warm feelings every time you hear “White Christmas,” or that same song may bring memories of shouting and shattered glass. Our memories shape our perception of the world, and they affect our outlook on the future. Memory is an overlooked … Continue reading How’s Your Memory?
A person's ear can be trained to hear any number of sounds. For some, it's the cry of their own child. For bird lovers, it may be the unique calls and chirps of birds living around them. For others still, the ear may be trained to hear the rhythm, pitch, and harmony of music. I … Continue reading Tuning Your Soul to the New Creation Melody