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A Parenting Prayer on My Son’s Third Birthday

Lord, help me to see as my son turns three, Just how important his life is to me. Not just the milestones and occasions of note, But also those times when he frustrates me most. Though his fits and fights cause us much stress, His hugs and giggles make us most blessed. Potty training and mealtimes seem like such struggles.…

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America’s Fading Glory

At a time when we all should celebrate our independence and enjoy the freedoms of living in America, my mind is filled with fear. I have not felt such a fear for our nation since my Freshman year in college when 9/11 hit our country. The difference is that terrorists attacked 14 years ago, and though there is a threat…

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Forgiving My Father

You never forget receiving shocking news, and the details of the day often stick with you as clearly as the news itself. I distinctly remember standing in the park, watching my boyfriend (now husband) play baseball. My walkie-talkie sized Nokia rang and a funny number showed up. I answered it and listened intently at the biggest surprise of my life.…

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Duggars or Kardashians, We All Have Problems

I have never watched the Duggar family’s show 19 Kids and Counting, but like anyone else who hasn’t been unconscience the last five years I know about the family. I do however watch The Kelly File on a fairly regular basis and caught her interview with two of the eldest Duggar sisters. From what I gathered, the worst part about…

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The Curse of Comparison

When I was a young girl we played a game called MASH, which was a clever adolescent acroynym for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House. There were other options too, like your job, spouse, car, number of children, etc. You concentrated on when to stay “stop” as your buddy drew a spiral on the piece of paper. Then the lines were…

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Conservative Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem: Sieze the day! We’ve all heard it, said it, and read it. It’s known as living in the moment, worrying only about the day, etc. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes it as “the enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future.” Even the Bible instructs us to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry…

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It’s All About the Lust

In a discussion yesterday about my recent post, a couple of good questions came up, “With all the bad things going on in the world, why is all the focus on Fifty Shades of Grey?” Also, “How is Fifty Shades of Grey any different from Redeeming Love, which is about prostitution? First, let me go on record of saying that…

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Fifty Shades of deGREYding Women

Everyone can relate to receiving a facebook event invite for some random happening by a person you barely know, from those wrap-your-waist parties to a local fundraiser. Some are totally off the wall, and others may be worth considering. (Like that BBQ wings and ribs sale a friend recently invited me to, which I wished I had been in town…

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Why I Wear Yoga Pants

During a lesson on sexuality and sin, the last two words I expected to hear in Sunday school this morning were “yoga pants.” Apparently there has been much debate lately about Christian women wearing yoga pants. Then as soon as I got home I changed from my slacks to a pair of Walmart yoga pants almost mindlessly. After coming home…

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How to Become Fluent in the Language of Love

Four letter words always get our attention and are usually fueled by emotion. Yet one four-letter word stands above the rest when it comes to conveying feelings, and though it’s perfectly fine to say, it can be one of the hardest to leave the lips. That word is Love. From the first time you muttered it to your significant other…

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