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Encouragement is the backbone of hope. It’s amazing how much a person can endure on the strength of a few well-placed words. Applause, on the other hand, is the Achilles heel of self-worth. It’s chilling how deathly empty the quiet sounds like when the cheering finally stops. Which always makes me wonder why parents dish […]

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01
Dec
2009
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Why grace? Of all the adjectives I could choose to qualify the kind of parenting we are to do, why do I choose this one? Why not Bold Parenting, Smart Parenting, Savvy Parenting or Tough Parenting? Because they don’t capture God’s heart. They don’t even come close. There is only one phrase that works—Grace Based […]

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01
Dec
2009
HomewordsCM

It was to be a Christmas season of firsts and lasts. This would be the first year that not all of our children would be home for the holidays. Cody was spending his first Christmas as a married man with his wife and her family in Houston. For Shiloh, who was to be married in […]

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01
Sep
2009
HomewordsCM

There is just something about the idea of our kids working hard that makes a parent feel good. That was the one thing that made Colt’s decision to stay in Flagstaff a little easier for me to swallow. His typical late night phone call informed us that he had been hired by the Flagstaff, AZ […]

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01
Sep
2009

It’s Sunday afternoon. You’re watching an NFL game and yelling at the quarterback for even thinking he could execute such a low percentage play when your five year old daughter, sitting next to you on the couch, decides to help you out by firing the F-bomb at him. After your wife jumpstarts your heart, you […]

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01
Jun
2009
HomewordsCM

It is a perfect example of extravagant love. A day looked forward to from the time they catch our eye in the delivery room. An occasion planned for and saved for. A day when we are willing to pull out all of the stops and celebrate like there is no tomorrow. Flowers that will only […]

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30
Apr
2009
HomewordsCM

Have you ever felt like you were left holding the bag? Every one else is off on their merry way and you stay put to try to make sense out of what remains? Well that is a bit of what this whole empty nest thing can feel like. I know we were warned to be […]

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30
Apr
2009
recessionCM

A numbing economic winter has fallen on our land. But unlike the normal temperature fluctuations that are part of any thriving economy, there’s no sign that this present freeze has any intention of thawing soon. There’s hardly a family that hasn’t experienced some frostbite. Savings and retirement accounts languish as the Dow hits new lows […]

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01
Dec
2008

Who Would Know?

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Paul was working late. Actually it was only 4:00 P.M. Normally he’d still have an hour and a half left before quitting time. But today was Christmas Eve, and as was the tradition of his company, everyone had worked until noon, had the annual Christmas party, and then closed the office at 2:00. It was […]

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01
Sep
2008
HomewordsCM

It’s a prayer that slips through a parent’s lips the moment they sit and rock their new baby. A prayer for their future, a petition for God’s blessing, and a plea for the one to whom they will hand over the key to that child’s heart. Tim and I prayed that prayer regularly for our […]

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