They come into my room with complaints, always. It’s the nature of teenagers, and because I sit behind the desk I hear it all. Usually they march right up to me and express how annoying, or rude, or fake, or awful someone is. It's more important than lunch, more important than study hall, more important … Continue reading A surprising perspective of Godliness I’ve learned from teaching high school (yes, He’s still there)
Recently a friend and I were chatting online about a most stupid and aggravating character (Young Pere in “The Soldier in the Middle of the World”). Those of you who are reading it know that Young Pere keeps getting caught up in his own ideas of how things should be. Despite warnings and promptings, he … Continue reading Can God, the master plot builder, write you and me a happy ending, even if we’ve messed up the story?
I've discovered the easiest way to decide what's "right" and what's "wrong": by asking, "Am I being forced to accept this?" If someone lays out the facts, then takes a step back to let me ponder and evaluate, then I'm much more inclined to accept their position. But if someone tries to force their ideas … Continue reading Book 7 teaser–Are you being forced or are you allowed to choose?
My 10-year-old said, "I'm bored. What are we doing today?" "NOTHING!" I shouted in delight. "Isn't that amazing!" "So," she said, "we're going nowhere and have nothing to do?" "Isn't that WONDERFUL?!" She frowned but I was grinning. It's been months--maybe even a year--since we've encountered so many quiet days. The frenzy of fixing things … Continue reading In praise of regular days
I’ve always known that parenthood is how God teaches us to be like Him, but now that I’ve been at it for 25 years, I feel like I’m finally understanding some of those aspects. For example: 1) God WANTS to hear from us. Wherever, whenever. I know this, because currently our family is spread over … Continue reading 3 ways in which parents are like God (and 3 ways we aren’t–yet)
As Christmas approaches, we'll be inundated with ways we can spend our few dollars. For some reason this year, my heart is particularly tender as I see how many people in the world--nearby and half-way around it--are suffering. I'm reminded of these attitudes, and I pray that I'll maintain the correct one: