Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness


Recently I am being asked more and more to share a talk I have created on building resilience in children. The basic foundation of the workshop is intentionally teaching our children how to forgive. For any children in our lives, we need to actively find ways to eliminate brittle bitterness. Instead, we need to model and … Continue reading Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness

Satan Can’t Really Reproduce


You do realize that person you've written off as Satan's spawnis an actual miracle from God, right? That guy at work who's making your life hell? Created by GodThe kid in class bullying you? Child of GodThe family member who destroys all holidays? Cherished by GodWhoever stole your identity online? Pursued by GodThe boy you grew … Continue reading Satan Can’t Really Reproduce

Fish and Family


“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse... and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” -Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters Fam-damily. We're going through another tough time in our family. A close … Continue reading Fish and Family

You are not dead to me.


Do you think it's more important to be a friend or to have friends? I've had several conversations lately with people who say things like, "I've just put in all I'm going to on this relationship." "I have to do all the work, they never reciprocate, I'm done with them." "If we ever do anything … Continue reading You are not dead to me.

My opinion of Jason Russell: All of us are just a bit jacked up.


Sometimes I'm scared by the level of depravity and wickedness to which I can envision myself sinking. And that's even with a certain level of self-preservation. Who knows what we are all capable of. The reality is the small good I want to create in my community, my family, and in me could be demolished … Continue reading My opinion of Jason Russell: All of us are just a bit jacked up.

Yet another lesson in grace: No strings attached


I didn't really want to go at all. This side of the family sucks the life out of me. I went because my DH is gracious and caring. I blame him. Among other things, I got scolded for giving an unsolicited gift. The recipient was mad because they didn't know we were exchanging gifts. They … Continue reading Yet another lesson in grace: No strings attached