nonfiction

Oct
18
2013

coconut

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I’ve been taught the Fruits of the Spirit most of my life. I learned as a child that they aren’t like coconuts, they are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I can list them and name them and pray about them, but in my Bible study this week, I was challenged that these “fruits” are way more than just words.

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Family coins

October 15, 2013

About ten years ago I worked as a church administrator. One of the pastors in the office had a theory about marriage that always stuck with me. The idea is that every relationship has coins. When a spouse does something nice or says something nice, coins are deposited into the partner’s love bank. When a […]

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Fireside bonding

October 8, 2013

This weekend my family had our first fireside afternoon. I got it lit about 2:00 PM and ran out of wood at 10:00. It was the most relaxing, therapeutic, joyful day that I’ve had in a long time. Sharing a fire with people I love rejuvenates my soul. Tweet

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A reader’s voice

October 4, 2013

As a writer I am constantly reminded about the importance of voice. Voice is what stands one writer out from others. If consistent, a good voice can make a career. But the more I write the more I understand that there is another side to the voice discussion that is often overlooked–the power of a […]

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Love thy little brother

September 27, 2013

The screams my 5 year old produces are the same whether someone is picking on him, he feels neglected, or he breaks a bone. But as we were reminded this week, sometimes those screams are serious, and there’s nothing like a trip to the ER to bring a family together. Tweet

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Dirty, stinky, rotten, bruised kids

July 30, 2013

Several times over the last few days I’ve realized that my kids stink. I’m not talking about in attitude, I mean in the kind of B.O. and foot odor that make me roll down the truck windows in the middle of a Texas summer. But you know what? I love it. Tweet

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Shacking up versus marriage

July 23, 2013

I read a fascinating article yesterday about the rising frequency of cohabitation (a.k.a. living together) before marriage. The living arrangement seems to have lost a lot of its taboo. As a happily married woman who has never experienced this first-hand; I find the topic fascinating. Tweet

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