School Anxiety: Parents and Kids

Back to school is a special time for parents and students. During this time, students focus their concerns on several things while parents have a list of their own. Students often worry about academics, social acceptance, or concerns about their own self-perceptions. Parents find themselves downplaying their concerns until summertime winds down, and then they […]


Why Self-Care Isn’t Selfish

When asked by the Pharisees which is the greatest commandment, Jesus responded by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). I have […]


Healing Past Hurts Through Theophostic Prayer

The enemy is a liar. You hear his lies in your self-talk and fall victim to his schemes if not careful. The battle is in the mind yet the victory is already won by Christ. The enemy knows this and his only tactic is to deceive you by whispering lies that block you from being […]


Beyond Unfairness to Forgiveness

It seems that, as human beings, we have an instinctual desire for fairness. We can see this in babies a few months old. What one baby has… another wants. Many of us, as parents, realizing how important this is for contentment, try to move heaven and earth to make things fair for our children. As […]


Practice Balanceto Cope with Effects of Sacrifice

In the Western world, sacrifices are made every day. For example, people sacrifice to attain a specific job, others to live in specific areas, and parents sacrifice for their children. The Bible is riddled with examples of the importance of sacrifice, and there is one example that is significant to all Christians. In the modern […]


Enjoying the Spring of Your Life

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth;the season of singing has come; thecooing of doves is heard in our land.(Song of Solomon 2:11-12) Spring is an exciting time of year. Flowers are blooming, the grass is renewing its color, and new life is “springing” forth. It […]

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Cancer and Mental Health

No one wants to think about cancer, but few of us, whether ourselves, a friend, or a loved one, are untouched by this diagnosis. In fact, when I was researching information online about cancer, the first article was titled, “1.95M People May Be Diagnosed With Cancer in 2023.” The word cancer is unsettling, and I […]

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Love and the Four Horsemen

Most of us can recite all or some of the “Love Chapter” from 1st Corinthians 13, and I’ll be honest, I have always found it a bit intimidating. Mainly because when I do the old youth group exercise and put my name in the place where love is, I fall short! I believe part of […]

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A New Year…Life’s Mulligan

Please allow me some liberties here because I am not a golfer, but the idea of a “mulligan” has always intrigued me. As I understand it, a mulligan is a “do-over” or a “second chance.” How many of us would like to look back at this past year or even longer and say, “I wish […]

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You Are Worthy of Love

I turned the key in the door and walked into my home. We had just returned from the airport, and it was very late. I turned on the light and immediately noticed a chair was out of place next to a cupboard. Strange. I looked to the right. All the bikes were gone. One of […]