Back to School: Helping Your Anxious Child

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Let’s face it some of us are doing a happy dance now that school is going back in session.  We embraced the summer with vigor planning and executing all the activities we wanted to do with our children. All good things must come to an end though and as July was winding down I found my children a little less compliant and a lot grumpier.   Summers are wonderful and fun but as a parent I accept that my children function better with a schedule.  I am not saying schedule every minute of the day but expectations that they must do and bedtimes observed more rigorously. Kids are going to moan and groan about going back to school; unless you … [Read more...]

Valley of the Shadow

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I got bad news today. The kind of bad news that means life will never be the same again. I haven't fully processed it to be honest. How do you process that type of news? How do you handle a punch to the gut? How do you really wrap your mind around news that is so life altering? How do you get up in the morning and keep doing all that is supposed to be done when it seems the world should stop. It should stop right? When news comes that turns your world upside down everything should stop so you can get a grip on something, right? Why does the world keep spinning, and life keep moving when I am standing here stunned, broken, and numb. I … [Read more...]

It is Well with My Soul

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When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul. Refrain: It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.  My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!— My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! For me, be it Christ, be it Christ … [Read more...]

The Generous Pour-Over

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A friend of mine once made a bold statement: ‘We are WAY past the days when we can assume that because our kids are raised in a Christian environment, they will automatically become Christians themselves.’ Having children, I believe, is one of many ways that the Lord chooses to deepen our prayer lives.   When they are born, we begin with so many expectations for them.   We might have screwed up at one point or another, but we look into those little faces and see redemption.   They will get it right.  Only as they grew do we begin to accept reality: these little people also have issues and flaws—hopefully not too many projected upon them by … [Read more...]

Rescuing Dinner – Hungarian Chicken Recipe

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I’ve had friends tell me that their children stare into the pantry and declare that “There’s no food!  Only ingredients” and my children have uttered the same cry.  I admit, sometimes I shake my head in despair, too… On crazy busy days I just want to wave a magic wand and have dinner appear - POOF!   (Where is that dinner device the Jetsons had???)  The reality is, though, a well stocked pantry is one of the tips to rescuing dinner. What is a well stocked pantry? Well, that varies by diet, religious beliefs, dietary restrictions, allergies, and other factors.  Having said that, my well stocked pantry looks like this: Dried pasta … [Read more...]

Pride and Entitlement

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I have mentioned this before, but I don't do well with difficulties. I like my life to be comfortable and cozy. I know that God has told me and all of us that as Christians we can't expect our lives to be easy, nor comfortable. Even still when I hit a bump in the road I tend to lose perspective on life in general and fall apart. It doesn't even have to be a big bump, it can be a small one and I will still find myself moaning and groaning about how hard life is and why me........ Then I turn on the news and I see men in orange jump suites on their knees on a beach. I see pictures of women who are being sold as “wives” for men who treat them … [Read more...]

Make My Day: Dairy-Free Salisbury Steak Recipe

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My babies are no longer babies; they are teen girls.  Most days, they are quite agreeable and the household runs smoothly.  But, every now and then…sigh… We have drama.  If you have tween / teen girls, you know what I mean.  The “I have nothing to wear” blues, the “there’s no food in the house” lament, the “My friends don’t have ___ ” ballad, and the list goes on.  Days like this make me want to flee the house, find the nearest coffee shop, and sit down with a latte and a good book. However, experience with such dramatic outbursts has taught me that fleeing is not the best tactic; the drama simply awaits my return.  I’m much better off … [Read more...]