3 Tips That Will Help You Handle Your Kid’s Pain
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3 Tips That Will Help You Handle Your Kid’s Pain

There’s an old adage that pretty much says how every parent feels at one time or another. “If I’d known what I know now, I’d have skipped the kids and gone straight to the grandkids.”

After she ate the apple, God told Eve, “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.”

Sure, He was talking about the pangs of childbirth (those thorns Adam had to deal with were nothing compared to having something the size of a watermelon inside you—WITH ONLY ONE WAY OUT), but as every mother knows, the pain doesn’t stop there.

The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year
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The Kind of Inventory We Shouldn’t Take in the New Year

Have you ever noticed how when someone you love does something or says something that hurts your feelings, your mind immediately goes to the last time they did or said that same thing?—and the time before that?—and the time before all the times they’ve done or said it? The new year is a time for…

What Did Being Blessed Look Like On Mary?
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What Did Being Blessed Look Like On Mary?

What does being blessed look like? Let’s see what it might have looked like in Mary’s life. In Luke 1:29-35 a young Jewish virgin is told by an angel that she has been chosen for something really important. Gabriel greets Mary with some powerful words of affirmation: “Hail, you who are highly favored. The Lord…

How Self-Pity Wrecks Romance and How to Overcome It
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How Self-Pity Wrecks Romance and How to Overcome It

February is romance month. All those hearts! All that sugar! Rebecca and I wanted to write something a little Valentine-ish, but February 14th came and went so fast we missed it. But it’s still February, and as I was pondering the romance angle, I came up with something a little different. I thought about something…

What Makes Joy Work in Our Lives?

What Makes Joy Work in Our Lives?

Today I woke up wondering where all my joy had gone. I just felt blah, if you know what I mean. Have felt blah for a while, if truth be told (and it should be). So I asked myself, “Why do I . . . It was still dark outside, which kind of matched my…

Don’t Wait Until You See the Bucket Coming to Start Your Bucket List
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Don’t Wait Until You See the Bucket Coming to Start Your Bucket List

I have no idea where the phrase “kicking the bucket” came from. It’s not a very inviting image, but I’m going with it because we’ve all seen the movie, right? So here’s some advice from someone who wishes she had used her allotted time more wisely: Don’t wait until you can see the bucket coming…

Why “Just Kidding” Isn’t Funny: The Two Types of Kidders
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Why “Just Kidding” Isn’t Funny: The Two Types of Kidders

How do you feel when someone says just kidding? Do you believe that she didn’t really mean what she said? Were the words she spoke hurtful or offensive? Kidding can be a cover-up, and it’s usually not funny at all. As an example, a while back someone I’m close to jokingly made a negative reference…

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