As I entered the front door, I felt my stress level rising. The house was in absolute disarray. Toys were all over the floor. The kitchen sink was still full from breakfast. Kids homework was spread all over the dining room table. I am not the most organized person (my friends know) but I have my threshold for messiness, and it had crossed it. I had a choice before me during this moment of … [Read more...] about Five Guidelines for Smoother Transitions in the Family
Waiting is part of life. There is no getting around it. Sometimes waiting is easier because we know what’s coming. We are in a queue for the thing that we know we will get if we are patient. This is the reason why some of us stand in line for hours for a free pizza, free Build a Bear, and free ice-cream, because we know that eventually we will get what we have come to get and it is worth the … [Read more...] about How to Wait Well: 5 Truths to Remember
Have you ever been in a hurry? If you have ever sat in Los Angeles traffic when you’re in a hurry, you know the angst you feel! If you have kids, you understand the word hurry quite well. “Come on kids; we have to hurry if we’re going to make it to school on time!” If you are someone who has their calendar filled with one appointment after another, you know the hustling it takes to make it to … [Read more...] about Hurry! Why the Fruit of the Spirit Can’t Grow
Summer is winding down. For some of us, we can’t wait until it is over and we are back to our routine. Others of us, we are dreading the change. We wish it could go on for a little longer. Whichever camp you are finding yourself in, the reality is, school is upon us. It is time to get ready. It's time for "Back to School Boot Camp." Back to School Boot Camp is more than getting ready for school … [Read more...] about Back to School Boot Camp: 5 Tips for a Strong Start
Have you ever wondered, “Did I hear God’s voice correctly?" I have, and I’m sure you have too. We usually ask this question, not when things are going smoothly, but when we are surprised by the unexpected. We felt like we heard God speak, and we acted. We took a risk to step out in faith. I remember graduating from college and moving to another city to minister to college students with a … [Read more...] about Did I hear God’s Voice Correctly?
In our city, we often see men and women standing on the roadside holding out a cardboard sign that reads, “I’m Hungry. Need Help. God Bless.” Seeing them usually causes some kind of wrestling within my heart. It is a good thing. For a minute I get a reality check. I remember that not everyone has a home, a bed, and food to eat - a few things that, for those of us who have them, we can … [Read more...] about Teaching Our Kids about Generosity and What I Learned from Them