The Parenting Risk You Want to Take

3 Reasons We're Lousy At Loving God &(2)

I sat next to him while he drove. Wise teen-man-boy-something-awesome guy that emerges daily anew. Discussing priorities with him. You know, the ones where you try hard to create life balance out of the bazillion things you want/have/need to do? And I took a risk. Might seem small here, sure does after the fact.  Seemed […]

What to Do with Pain… and Dare Thirty-Six

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Eyes wet, tears slipped down her face. Drowning in sorrow over wrong doing and lack of hope, she fought the hardening of her heart, somewhat unsuccessfully. She’s waited for years for things to be different. Worked hard, obeyed, confessed. Whom could she talk to? Who would understand? To her, it seemed like there was no one. … […]

The Respect Dare… Dare Fifteen… GOT STUFF?

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It was 35 years ago. I stood outside the police station with a group of  12 year olds, waiting for things to get started.  As I watched my dad drive away in the car, my heart started to pound.  The police officer outside started collecting the permission slips from the other kids…and I realized mine […]

What’s All The Fuss about Miley??

In the wake of Miley Cyrus’ activities of late, many are discussing modesty and cultural norms for women. The church is being both criticized for being restrictive and rules-based, and simultaneously hailed for helping young girls navigate these waters. The secular culture is also criticized for promoting self-debasing activities and fashion for women, and hailed […]

Got a Difficult Marriage? Here’s Hope…

“Those are pretty flowers. Who are they for?” he asked. “Me. I had a horrible week and no one noticed, so I bought them for myself to cheer me up – they were the cheap ones at the grocery, so no worries, okay?” she responded. Silence. She knew he just didn’t know what to say. […]

How to Change Your Marriage…

Disappointment threatened to crush my mother’s heart as I listened to the child’s tale of woe. Like shards of glass under bare feet, we pressed hard together into the painful event and shared tears. Helpless to reinvent history, I offered empathy and hugs and my own sorrow for this precious one’s heart ache. It seemed […]