Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Messages of Hope from Aurora, Colorado

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalm 23:4

Most of us are still in shock over the horrifying carnage in Aurora, Colorado, that ended the lives of 12 people and injured many more. Our reactions range from fear, to rage, to heart-felt sorrow for those whose lives will never be the same. Personally, I don’t know how I could carry on if I lost one of my children in such an unspeakable way.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Four Ways to Love Your Teen

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another. – Romans 13:8

The teen years are defined by a child’s transition to self-management. We long to see our children emerge from our care as self-reliant, confident adults ready to conquer their world. But the transition brings its challenges. It’s telling that parents who were formally vocal about the Right Way to Raise Kids quiet down as their children enter the teen years!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Bridging the Divide

On the one hand, I am part of “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for (God’s) own possession…” (1 Peter 2:9) I’m a woman clothed with strength and dignity (Proverbs 31:28); an “oak of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:3). I have been cleansed from a guilty conscience (Hebrews 10:22). By “the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast,” I am “his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) I can make a difference. I can be the mom my kids need; I can encourage and uplift my friends. That’s on the one hand.