Not Perfect. But Forgiven.

Not Perfect. But Forgiven.

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Once, while I was at the Snyders’ home, I heard one of them say a sentence I would later hear repeated often: People are more important than things. That one small sentence summarizes many Scriptural principles about love for others and many warnings about greed and pride. I’ve since used it to encourage my children about how to love others more…

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Unable to Sleep and Suffocated by Worry

Unable to Sleep and Suffocated by Worry

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Have you ever had one of those terrible nights when all of the problems of the days, weeks, or years came crashing down on you, and you felt trapped, pressed down in your bed by difficulty, unable to sleep because of the troubling thoughts that keep swirling around in your mind? Blessed with a sleep disorder, I don’t have these…

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The Most Perfect Meal

The Most Perfect Meal

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When I think about my life before I became a Christian, there really is one refrain that sums it up best, and it comes in the form of the famous lyrics of the Rolling Stones: “I can’t get no satisfaction I can’t get no satisfaction ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try….” This is a…

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The Pit of Destructive Thinking

The Pit of Destructive Thinking

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Have you ever felt hurt and upset by something someone said to you? How many days, weeks, or months (or years) did those words haunt you? Did you try to find a way to stop these words from creeping into your thoughts? What did you think would mend the relationship or bring relief? We face this situation all the time….

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Please Stop Licking the Bottom of Your Shoe

Please Stop Licking the Bottom of Your Shoe

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Psalm 127 has had a profound influence on my way of thinking about children (and I wrote about that impact here). But it hasn’t been an easy transition. Instead, it’s been one I have to make each and every day. In this psalm, God defines how adults should think about children, and it’s a view that is neither sentimental nor…

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A Song for Parents

A Song for Parents

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Have you ever felt like there were relatively few verses in the Bible dedicated to child-rearing? We can find powerful overarching principles (like the importance of teaching our children God’s word, Deut. 11:19) but few passages that help us with “parenting techniques.” Honestly, in all my searching for good parenting advice and scriptural principles, for a long time I missed…

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The Power of Prayer…and Paraphrase

The Power of Prayer…and Paraphrase

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Here is another excellent post from Desiree. She sent me a couple different devotional posts and frankly, this one was helpful for me this morning. So I am sharing it. Paul and I were just discussing prayer and we both agreed that it seems easier to do physical work than to do the work of praying. As if God is…

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Parents, Be Honest With Yourself and Apologize.

Parents, Be Honest With Yourself and Apologize.

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Today’s post is written by my good friend, Desiree Talbert. Whenever the two of us Skype together, the topic of parenting usually arises (given that we both have young children who are in the business of giving us gray hair and mini heart attacks). After one such conversation, Desiree shared this devotional with me and gave me permission to put…

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