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What Little Treasures From Your Children are You Keeping?

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Children offer us little treasures almost daily, a picture, a kind word and sometimes a holy experience.  Mary, the mother of Jesus comes to mind when these holy moments happen to me.  Luke says that after the angel sang and shepherds admired the baby Jesus, that Mary, instead of being frustrated at all the intrusions at the birth of her first son, “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Mary did not have a scrape book or a youtube...

Triggers: How to Exchange Your Angry Reactions for Gentle Responses

Triggers are the little things that jump under your skin and cause reactions you did not intend. An explosion of anger when you only meant to correct your  child gently can send you reeling.  These reactions hurt you and your beloved child. You know how the teacher will appear when the student is ready.  Well, here it is, are you ready to move your anger reactions at your children out of your life and respond in an biblically affirming way?...

God Never Sleeps-5 Tips When You Can’t Sleep Either

Man! I had one of those sleepless nights/early mornings.   Ever had those? An hour or so before the alarm goes off there you are wide awake with thoughts racing.  Sometimes I am worried about the days events, sometimes a bad dream and sometime snaps!  My brain is running a marathon with my groggy body in tow. UUUG, I think, what is this web of thoughts that is over powering me? It is like superman and kryptonite; my brain is...

Are You Dreaming Big Enough?

I just ran into something amazing today.  A famous photographer who decided he did not want his son and the world to remember him for all the movie stars and athletes in his photography portfolio. Jeremy Cowart does not want to get to the end of his life and say “Man, I toured with Britney Spears.”  In his own words ‘How can I use my gift to make a difference in the live of others, if people are gonna watch...

Most Remote Monastery In Americas

My pilgrimages to the distant desert location started in the late 90’s. A friend spoke mystically about a remote monastery called Christ in the Desert in New Mexico.  In college a world religion professor invited all his students to experience one night in a monastery in Southwest Missouri.  I have forgotten the name of the small monastery that produced rum soaked fruit cake, but the memory of being there has stayed with me over the last 25 years.  Other worldly...

Procrastination- The Queen of Self Sabotage

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Dog Pee! All I can smell is dog pee! I am standing in the middle of my other wise clean house sniffing. Dog pee is not really the issue, After challenging myself to a 2 hour house cleaning fest that turned into 6 hours. I am trying to rationalize my own self-sabotage. I took an otherwise perfectly orchestrated day and drown it in my own  procrastination.  Here is my confession, uhhm rationalization: 6 hours cleaning is only one hour for...

Worried About Ghosts?

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Elijah, noticing the name of  Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center was a little worried about ghosts.  My biggest fear in traveling with my children happened yesterday. Camping on Ghost Ranch, NM we just enjoyed dinner and an evening swim followed by a trip to the children’s area of Ghost Ranch’s always open library.  Darkness had settled over the desert.  We all donned head lamps and hopped on our bikes to ride to our camps site about 1/2 mile away...

So You Married An Addict: Part 2 Self-Care

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So you married an addict now what? Is this it for the rest of your life?  No, as destructive and crippling as addiction is, whether it is alcohol/drugs, sex, relationships, work, shopping or food, there is hope.  As you stare at your wedding bands, the promise of love for a life time, realize you are not alone. Self care will be a life saver for you and your family. Find a Community Sitting in Al-Anon over the last 13 years...

How to Correct Children Without Shaming Them

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As parents we have all done it, shamed our precious child.  We can do it overtly or just by a look of disapproval.  Do we do this out of habit, discipline, ‘it worked for me”, laziness, or shear ignorance?   I assume that most of us are ignorant to the difference between shame and guilt. Shame- You are bad, worthless, not valuable. Guilt- The action or behavior you have done is causing hurt, pain or disrespect. That is the key- relationship....

What Does the Easter Bunny have to do with Jesus?

What Does the Easter Bunny Have to Do with jesus?

My son, Elijah, asked “What do eggs and rabbits have to do with Easter? Its about Jesus on the cross right?”  Yes! And there is a lot that eggs and rabbits have to do with Easter in the early Christian world.  I find myself frustrated when a well meaning adult just pooh poohs the idea that Jesus and the Easter Bunny are connected.  My child is smart enough to sort through truth from fiction.  The truth is Jesus did not...

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