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May 1, 2019

I rarely notice squirrels. When they climb Rita's birdfeeder and scatter sunflower seeds all over the corner of our patio, I curse them mildly. But if I see one perched on a tree branch, I certainly don’t squeal with amazement, “Look a squirrel!” That’s because here in...

April 9, 2019


Grab your personal study Bible—if you can find it—and assess its physical appearance. 

Might I suggest the condition of your personal faith journey is inversely proportional to the condition of your Bible. In other words, the more wear and tear, the better. 

Certain...

December 18, 2018

Hey Moms and Dads:

Can your kids grasp the idea of delayed gratification?

How about patience? Or the idea that doing something right takes time. Flipping that idea around: haste makes waste.

You may already know about the “Stanford Marshmallow Test,” a stud...

September 18, 2018


Dear Parents:

So your kids are back in school and trying to figure out where they fit in and how they might find success. It's a classic challenge for teenagers of every era.

Wouldn't it be tremendous if you could have a long, laughter-filled conversation about...

July 18, 2018

Dear Fellow Sojourners:

Wisdom for the road.  No charge.  If inspired, feel free to write your own.  Remember 5-7-5.

ROAD TRIP HAIKU
 
Recalculating.
Whose voice is that anyway?
Recalculating.
 
Why do truck stops sell
Sushi? (You know it’s raw fish?)
At ro...

June 26, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads:

I believe the occasional grueling car trip should be a requirement for graduating childhood. 

Hours of transportational incarceration belted onto vinyl seats in a confined space with limited airflow fosters critical lessons in patience,...

May 8, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads:

It’s only five verses. But Psalm 127 provides a reminder, a warning, a promise, an iconic image on which every parent should meditate, and an endorsement for having lots of kids.

Let’s read it together. Even better, stop right now, go fi...

April 19, 2018

Dear Husbands and Wives:

In my book, 52 Ways to Connect as a Couple, I spend one chapter challenging couples to get active. Including ideas like kayaking, zip-lining, and taking a Segway tour. But the next chapter, might present a dozen even better ideas.  

Tha...

April 10, 2018

How many squares on a checkerboard?

Dear Parents:

Asking your kids how many squares are on a checkerboard creates a great chance to teach them the rhyme “Eight times eight fell on the floor. I picked it up, it was 64.” 

But, of course, if they say, “64,...

March 28, 2018

Poor Dilbert.

Opening today's newspaper, I see Scott Adam's beloved character wrestling with a challenge that's all too common: Way too much on our human to-do list.

Like Dilbert, your to-do list gets longer every day, right?

Change your oil. See the dentist. Back u...

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