Valentine’s Day: Not Just a Romantic Holiday

Over the years, I have developed a tender affection for Valentine’s Day.  As a child, this day was marked by the painstaking effort of producing valentines for my fellow classmates, accompanied by the fear of rejection that would come if there were no reciprocal valentines in my own poorly decorated box.  (Back in my day, it was not mandatory to give every classmate a valentine; you could pick and choose who to give them to.) In my college years, I[Read more]

How Do We Carry Each Others’ Burdens?

“Carry each other’s burdens.” (Galatians 6:2) We All Carry A Burden If you are human, you have a burden.  Are you in a relationship where you feel obligated to deliver or perform for approval or acceptance?  That’s a burden.  Do you have credit card debt?  That’s a burden.  Do you bear the weight of poor decisions made in your past which prevent you from experiencing joy or peace today?  That is a burden.  Are you weary from the day to[Read more]

Four Ways to Connect Meaningfully with a Friend

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Yesterday, we looked at connecting meaningfully with our children by reading to them for twenty minutes each day.  Today, I’d like to explore how we can be more intentional about connecting with those outside of our immediate family.  For those just joining us, this is part of our “Life’s Essential Ingredients” series. We have also covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, Writing 500 Words Daily, Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals, and Establishing Cleaning Routines with Children.  Let’s find out how connecting[Read more]