I can’t believe I’m going to share this . . .
I grew up in the days when you had to get up from the couch and actually turn the knob on the big console TV to change the channel. I remember hearing about this thing called the Nielsen ratings and how they could tell how many people watched each show.
I was young, so I had no idea they did it by polling. Instead of asking someone who knew... Read More
About a month ago, my father had a costly operation on his finger. The worst part . . . it was completely avoidable.
(Full disclosure: He told me I could tell you this story.)
He had a sliver under his skin. He thought maybe it would just go away on its own. But it didn’t. In fact, the skin became so inflamed that the only solution was surgery.
My father’s procedure really wasn’t that big of a deal. The surgeon... Read More
Dr. James Dobson is known for saying, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are suffering and those who will suffer.”
None of us are immune. The floor will drop out from underneath us at some point; not because God isn’t there or doesn’t care, and not because we haven’t been good enough. Christians and non-Christians alike are subject to the consequences of living in a fallen world.
Solomon said: “The race is not to the... Read More
Someone was asking me the other day about my daughter heading off to college, saying it would be hard. That’s when I said, “I will miss her, and I’m excited for her.”
Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to that one little word—and. We live in a but and or society, but so much of our lives are and based.
After all, we are happy about the new house, and we are going to miss our neighbors. The new job... Read More
Back in 2015, a Florida man was arrested for giving his teenage daughters drugs in exchange for chores.
You heard that right. If his girls would finish their chore charts, this dad would give them cocaine and weed as their reward.
That’s messed up. Even if it was the best high on the block, that dad deserved a very small cell with a very large (and angry . . . and gassy) man.
I have to imagine that for both... Read More
Jesus promised, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). I know that’s quite negative. But it’s a promise of Jesus. I’m not making this up.
Jesus made that promise, and that promise has come true in our lives.
We have trouble when friends leave us.
We have trouble when the money runs out.
We have trouble when the gossip metathesizes like an aggressive tumor.
We have trouble when a loved one dies.
I wish this wasn’t true.... Read More
My son is on two basketball teams. One is his grade school team, and the other is made up of eighth graders from a couple of schools. He’s been playing with both groups for years.
This month those worlds collided at a basketball tournament when, in a couple of games, his grade school team faced teammates from the second league. As one mom and I were talking—which is a pretty common occurrence for me in the bleachers—we commiserated about watching... Read More
February is the month of love. How is that going for you? Are you more loving in your interactions? Have your feelings for your spouse, children, parents, and friends increased and resulted in renewed expressions of love?
If we’re honest, most of us are operating like cell phones on low battery mode. The busyness of life and the hassles and heartaches drain us till we feel, well, nothing.
Our cell phones give us a warning. A box appears to let... Read More
I wish you would’ve met Charles.
I assumed it was going to be a normal airport bathroom stop, squeezing my carry-on into the stall during an hour-long layover. But that’s when I ran into Charles.
I’m not sure I’ve ever met a man like him.
“Welcome to the world’s busiest airport,” Charles announced to the businessmen crowded into the men’s room, “and to the world’s busiest bathrooms!” I busted up laughing along with Charles, whom I have a hunch had... Read More
I have one lofty goal for 2019: rid my children of warts. “Aim high,” I always say. This may seem silly, but a wart-free household would be a major victory right now. You see, warts are gross, and the fact that my kids have them makes me feel gross and also like I have failed to ensure that they are clean human beings. Seventy-five percent of my children have at least one wart; I feel like this is a failing... Read More