Positive Self-Care Makes Us Better Parents

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 When I am tired and have not slept well, I am grumpy and hard to be around. When I am over-committed and running around all crazy, I am anxious and hard to be around. When I am not […]

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Reining in Your Child’s Christmas Expectations

As director of the Stonebriar Preschool Pals program, I have the advantage of seeing the anticipation of Christmas build on the faces of our students. Their sweet voices of excitement echo down the halls as they share with their friends and teachers all they have experienced this holiday season. It is also not uncommon to […]

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Holiday-Proof Your Marriage

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32 I don’t manage stress well. In my mind, I have supernatural powers to overcome any mountain with grace and elegance, so I might have committed to a big holiday project at work, two volunteer projects […]

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There Is Nowhere Left to Hide

So my story goes something like this… I was a…  pastor’s kid…   missionary kid…    The gold standard of what parents wanted their kids to be at church…  A high school graduate at 16…  Medical School Student at 19… I… Crashed and burned at 21…  Worked hard to fix it all (ministry, career, marriage, kids)… […]

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