Life Is Really Messy Sometimes

“One of the most damaging effects of parental permissiveness is making things too easy for a child…When a parent babies a child too much, the parent actually renders that child useless, or at least cripples him or her in one way or another.”  (Dr. Kevin Lehman from The Birth Order Book).   Generally, I doContinue reading “Life Is Really Messy Sometimes”

He is God, Not a Genie with a Magic Lamp

Psalms 37:4-5: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” This is one of my favorite, personal Bible verses.  I used to think of this verse as a magic lamp of sorts.  If IContinue reading “He is God, Not a Genie with a Magic Lamp”

The Gift of Family Dinner

Luke 2:19: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” I grew up in a household that made eating meals together a priority.  We tried to eat dinner together every night and most of the time breakfast was a time to come together as well before starting the day.  Therefore,Continue reading “The Gift of Family Dinner”

All Things Are Not Created Equal

When deciding to get married, some couples have the idea that it is going to be a 50/50 partnership.  If the husband works outside the home and the wife does not, then she is responsible for taking care of the household such as laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning.  When the kids come along, the wifeContinue reading “All Things Are Not Created Equal”

What Did You Say the Score Was?

The best way to cause conflict and create resentment between two people is to try and keep score.  That is seen often within families between siblings and also, in some cases, between a husband and wife. The scenarios for marriage sometime play out this way:  “I took Jane to basketball practice last week so it’sContinue reading “What Did You Say the Score Was?”

But, Sweetie, Lighten Up…I Was Just Kidding

Everyone has heard the children’s rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” (author unknown).  However, God instructs us to treat each other differently.  In Ephesians 4:29, he tells us not to “…let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building othersContinue reading “But, Sweetie, Lighten Up…I Was Just Kidding”