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Work Vs. Play

Have you ever watched a child at play? Watching my niece play is one of my favorite activities. She is completely absorbed in the process of building and creating. In the midst of her play, she sings, laughs, grieves, and works with all of her senses. She furrows her...

Vulnerability

Any healthy child will ask for help to go into the dark. They are afraid. We need to listen to this expression of need. The fear is an indicator of the need for help. Through this clear expression of vulnerability, a child can find security and courage in the dark...

The Cost of Blessing

The hymns, Amazing Grace by John Newton and All is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford were not born of glorious inspiration or written in an attempt to become famous. On one level, I suspect that either man would gladly have sung the hymns from anyone...

Parenting with Heart

A parent’s inner sense of love for the child is not in question when it comes to parenting with heart. Parents on the whole love their children deeply, and wish everything good for them. Parenting with heart is about the parent’s ability to live well imperfectly, with...

Sometimes It Hurts

The Gift of Living in Tension with Heartache There is great pain in trying to be authentic, living in the tension of family, work, faith, hobbies, and other responsibilities in a way that reflects who we want to be. The pain of not being with the people we most love...

Created to Feel

Human beings are created primarily as feeling creatures who can think, rather than thinking creatures who have feelings. Feelings lead us inextricably to needs, desire, longings and hope. In short, we are feeling, needing, desiring, longing, and hoping creatures. This...

What Your Adolescent Really Needs

When I tell people I work with teenagers, I usually get some version of this response: “Wow, that’s a tough age. You must be really patient, brave, or crazy.” I may be a little bit of all three. The changes that occur in the teenage years make working with...