January 5, 2017
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Aren’t You Growing Tired of Being Just a Face in the Foyer?

I’ve noticed this about church life: many churchgoers are fine in the foyer. We’re fine with the chitchat of “Hello” and “How are you?” This small talk is safe . . . and empty. It camouflages us. It’s only when we get past what I call the foyer-facades that women can really connect and get to know one another. Only then are we able to share with one another our hurts, habits, and hang-ups, as well as our needs, desires, passions, and thanks. I don’t know about you, but my hurts, habits, and hang-ups don’t go away when I enter the church building. I’d rather not carry them back out the door with me. But living a real life for Christ can be an almost daily […]
November 7, 2016

If God is Love, Where Is He?

Many in our modern world say God is untouchable. A distant God who can’t relate to you or me in the 21st century. Many in America today think that God is old-fashioned and not in touch anymore. Have you had conversations with anyone or maybe have heard someone wonder, “If God is love why did this terrible thing happen?” or “If God is who you say he is , why is there so much suffering in the world?” You may have heard this story. It’s a good one. There was a fierce thunderstorm going on outside a little girl’s bedroom. The curtains on the window were not thick enough to hide the pounding rain, lightning flashes and the thunderous booms of the storm. The small child […]
October 21, 2016

The Smartest Woman in the Room

I’ve always believed that anybody can be smarter than they are. Quickly. What are you reading?See, I told you! Whatever it is you are putting your mind to, you are learning something – getting smarter about something. If you want something that will make you smarter and, here’s a bonus, be a blessing to your family, pick up this book, You Can Be a Smart Stepmom. In blended families the role of stepmother rarely begins well regardless of where her relationship winds up moving to as the family continues making adjustments. I don’t believe I’ve ever known of a step-family where the job of stepmother wasn’t complicated or difficult or nearly impossible. There are many people to factor in, feelings to consider and relationships to care […]
October 17, 2016

The Number 1 Thing You Must Do for Your Kids

Melanie and Derek ran down the porch steps of her parents’ house. Almost giddy with excitement, Melanie said she felt like doing one of her college cheers, as they walked holding hands as they approached their aging mini-van. They sounded like school kids as they chattered recalling how long it had been since they had been alone anywhere. Derek in a shocked tone said “Has it been over a year? Really, Melanie, I don’t even think we’ve had a meal alone since Valerie was born.” She heard the annoyed tone as his mood suddenly changed. She thought, “It’s true, we’ve not been away, really alone, for a long time.” This recall made her begin missing her kids before they had even left the driveway. Their youngest […]