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Does Anyone Hear You?

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Does Anyone Hear You?

We have an ongoing tradition in our home of having our 8-year-old daughter “pay” for unexpected, unbelievably sweet, thoughtful, adorable things she does that so overwhelm her mom that it is nearly impossible to contain the emotion.     The Tradition This “pay” usually comes in the form of shmuggles–sudden outbursts of serial kisses and hugs given at a rate of 4 per second, in as many places as possible, with sound effects. It is up to the complete...

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Why Would God Say Something Like THAT?

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Why Would God Say Something Like THAT?

“Why would God say something like THAT?” My feisty little 7-year-old was fit to be tied. We had just finished reading a Bible story, and she was overwhelmed with what seemed to her an outrageous, unfair, one-sided, mean thing to say on the part of God. What Abraham Can Believe She had heard the story of Abraham, the Hebrew big shot and proverbial friend of God, who tells a lie so big I wonder if his nose might have grown a bit.  The faith-filled patriarch can believe God...

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I Don’t Know What “Made Love” Means

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I Don’t Know What “Made Love” Means

Yep–that’s what the image says: “I don’t know what ‘made love’ means.” Let me explain. These last couple of months the developing of But-Kickers has been a big deal in our home. I’ve been on the lookout for “big but faith,” seeking to annihilate it wherever it lurks. And I’ve been the super-vigilant Wonder Mom who makes sure her own child doesn’t fall into that shallow belief pit that can’t put up with a cloudy...

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A Lesson from My Seven-Year-Old: The Family Recipe?

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A Lesson from My Seven-Year-Old: The Family Recipe?

My seven-year-0ld daughter and I watched our favorite cooking show last week in preparation for the Fourth of July. The show featured a chef who had built a catering business and a restaurant inspired by his grandfather’s recipe of a toe-curling barbecue sauce that sounded like you couldn’t even taste it properly without taking off your shoes. Kaki and I wanted that recipe. We anticipated something that would compel us to eat a Frisbee if it were marinated long...

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How to Fuel the Budding Writer or Illustrator in Your Child

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How to Fuel the Budding Writer or Illustrator in Your Child

Write a simple story for your child and have him or her illustrate it . . . Or have your child make up a story that you illustrate. Neither of you will ever forget the experience! Decide which illustrations go with what part of your text and make note of it on the back of the illustrations, and on digital copies of your manuscript. Send your original story and illustrations to a printer who can have them bound into a hardcover or paperback book according to your specifications, and wait to...

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Backs in Search of Bones

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Backs in Search of Bones

This past week at Teen Leadership Conference, high schoolers were asked to write about significant events . . .  in their lives in a way that would be a blessing to someone else. What they came up with was mostly a cry to be parented by someone with a backbone or a hair on their chest. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it . . .  

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Considering Culture (Prodigal Pilates, Part 3)

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I just realized the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal sonS is an even bigger jerk than I thought a week ago. Notice how the presence of the elder brother is confirmed right at the beginning of the parable (Luke 15:11, 12):  “There was a man who had TWO sons . . . So he divided his property between THEM.”   Though the elder brother says nothing, he is as present here as when he explodes in conversation with his father outside the banquet hall at the end of the...

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The Sneetches on the Beaches and the Snobs in the Pews

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The Sneetches on the Beaches and the Snobs in the Pews

Is it me, or are these two groups one in the same?  Here’s a quote: “But, because they had stars, all the Star-Belly SneetchesWould brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.” With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort “We’ll have nothing to do with the Plain-Belly sort!” And whenever they met some, when they were out walking, They’d hike right on past them, without even talking. (The Sneetches and...

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