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Whining: An American Epidemic

Mooooommyyyyyyy, I want some juuuuice… I don’t wanna go to sleeeeeeep…. I have to go to the baaathrooooooom… Is there anything more annoying than whining? Perhaps, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of it. I participated in a four-day interview with Dennis Rainey on FamilyLife Today concerning one my book Don’t Make Me Count To Three. During the course of the shows, a poll was conducted to help determine which behavior problem among children was most prominent in the home and the most difficult for parents to address. “Whining” took the poll by a landslide. In

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On a Personal Note

Dear Friends, In 2009, I announced that I was taking an indefinite sabbatical from public ministry. My explanation was vague, but my sorrow was vivid. I know that many of you have questions and wonder what happened, and yet I also know that you have been faithful to pray for my family and me in the absence of details. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your prayers. As God re-opened doors for me to return to ministry, I began receiving numerous emails inquiring about my name change. I respect and appreciate these inquiries as Scripture urges

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Is It Possible To Live Guilt Free?

Is It Possible To Live Guilt Free? For so long in my life, I struggled with trying to be a good Christian. Inevitably, I would blow it on a daily basis then proceed to beat myself up spiritually and emotionally. In setting my standards high for being what I perceived the perfect wife and mom, I chose the woman described in Proverbs 31 as my role model. On one particular morning, I remember reading about her and making unfavorable comparisons. She got up before it was still dark. I had rolled out of bed around 8:30 am. She was well

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Finding Joy in Grief

When I answered my cell phone the voice on the other end didn’t sound human. I could not decipher who it was. “Calm down and speak slowly,” I repeated to no avail. Finally, I recognized the desperate sobs of my sister-in-law, Gina. My face twisted in pain as I knew something terrible was about to rock my world. “Benji’s not breathing!” Gina wailed, “His body is blue and he’s not breathing!” “Oh! Jesus, please, Jesus!” my heart cried. “I’ll meet you at the hospital,” I told her through a tightened throat. As my vision blurred and my legs turned to

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