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”

Calm Among the Chaos

Psalms 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Dogs barking.  Kids fighting.  Baby crying.  TV blaring.  Work deadline looming.  Dinner burning.  The dreaded “To Do” list that sits on the table:  Taxes need to be organized, school papers need to be signed, the house needs to be cleaned, laundry is threatening to overtakeContinue reading “Calm Among the Chaos”

Embracing Their Uniqueness

Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (NIV) Children are very different, even if living in the same household.  Some are compliant, some are more challenging, and some are nice enough to meet their parents halfway in between.  Those areContinue reading “Embracing Their Uniqueness”