Busy, Busy, Busy

by Les and Leslie Parrott

Don’t let the speed of life kill your marriage

Dale Rooks, a school crossing guard in Florida, tried everything to get cars to slow down through the school zone where he was in charge. But nothing worked until he wrapped a blow dryer in electrical tape, making it look like a radar gun. The next day Dale just pointed the contraption at cars, and drivers began to slam on their breaks.
Dale’s clever idea got us to thinking about what it would take to get people to slow down in general—not just in their cars. Can you imagine if, on a day when you were particularly busy, your spouse could clock your speed and pull you over for a little respite? What if you could give each other “speeding tickets” for being

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Before It’s Too Late

by Joe White

Few tasks are more fulfilling yet more challenging, more thrilling yet more demanding, more rewarding yet more exasperating than fatherhood and the responsibility of being a spiritual leader in the home.

For me, being a spiritual leader began with total ignorance. When we brought our first of four babies home, I didn’t have a clue how enormous the task would be or how to begin my journey. Failure would be the trademark of my first few years on the job.

My oldest son, Brady, grew up with a big smile and a sensitive disposition that caused me to work hard on my rough edges. His first successful bike ride without training wheels came at 5 years old when the summer camps I run were in full swing. He was excited; I was busy

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Healing the Wounds of Emotional Abuse

"There comes a critical time in each person’s life when the truth is accessible. Faced with it, you can either run and hide, denying it, or you can face your truth, accept it, and grow stronger," wrote Gregory Jantz in Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse

If you are reading this article, chances are you or someone you love is in an emotionally abusive relationship. Your abuser may be a spouse, a boss, a brother or a sister. You may have tried to ignore it, deny it and fix it. Perhaps you have even tried to accept it. But it hasn’t worked. This is your moment of truth. Are you willing to do what it takes to break the cycle of abuse in your life?

While the optimum situation is for both parties in an abusive situation to seek help, Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the American Read more

Isn’t that in the Bible somewhere?

by Joanne
Brokaw

Pop quiz: which of these sayings are found in the Bible?

  1. Moderation in all things.
  2. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  3. Honesty is the best policy.
  4. Better safe than sorry.
  5. Waste not, want not.
  6. You reap what you sow.
  7. God helps those who help themselves.
  8. To thine own self be true.
  9. You need to forgive yourself.
  10. Let go and let God. 
     

Answer: only #6. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 ESV)

The rest – and many similar sayings – are often mistaken for Bible verses, probably because they sound old or Read more