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  • Girl’s Weekend Gone Bad

    Three rules for girl’s weekend at the lake: No makeup, no dieting, and no doing anything productive. It’s heavenly. Every winter my friend Lisa and I look forward to an annual trip to the lake where we relax by a fire, enjoy great meals prepared and frozen weeks in advance, watch movies, and devour a suspense novel. The meals, movies, and books vary, but the one absolute is the cozy ambiance of a crackling fire. It just sets the mood for our well-deserved weekend of laziness. We unloaded the car, stocked the fridge, and changed into old sweat pants, over-sized
  • The Heart of Hospitality – Part 2

    One of the main differences between entertainment and hospitality is entertainment focuses on things (condition of house, food, convenience, etc.), while hospitality focuses on people. Hospitality is not so much an act as it is an attitude of otherness. Here are some defining differences of attitude between the two: Entertaining says, “We can’t have the pastor’s family over tonight!  I didn’t cook. I had just planned on having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup!” Hospitality says, “Let’s have the pastor’s family over for grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. We haven’t fellowshipped with them in a while.” ———————————— Entertaining says, “I’ll start
  • The Heart of Hospitality – Part 1

    True hospitality is not found in the pages of Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, or Good Housekeeping, but in the Word of God. Unfortunately, these magazines have distorted the meaning of biblical hospitality by appealing to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. We drool over pictures of elaborate homes decorated to perfection and become dissatisfied with our own. We conclude our homes will never measure up and are not worthy of guests. What we need to realize is hospitality has nothing to do with things, and everything to do with
  • How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 2

    Last week we considered the dangers of leading children into a premature assurance of salvation. This week, let’s look at a few practical ways to lead children into a strong and confident relationship with Christ.  Encourage Your Child When your child speaks of his love and commitment to Jesus, let him know you are overjoyed by his desire to please God. Encourage him to discuss his thoughts and ask questions about things that confuse him. Encourage him to get to know Jesus better by spending time with the Lord in prayer and by reading His Word. You may want to
  • How to Lead Your Child to Christ – Part 1

    All Christian parents long for the day their child receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. “Mommy, I asked Jesus to be my Savior,” brings tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts. As parents desiring God’s abundant life for our children, we should be overjoyed to hear those words. However, as wise shepherds over their hearts, we should be very cautious. Leading our children to Christ involves much more than guiding them in a simple prayer. It’s living an example before them of what it means to walk with Christ on a daily basis. It’s teaching them God’s
  • Cultivating Unity Among Siblings

    Today’s culture would like for us to believe it is normal for siblings to not get along and not like each other. This is readily seen in the media. Rarely do movie or television siblings treat one another with respect and affection. They are usually fighting, yelling, name-calling, or belittling each other with mocking, sarcastic, and even hateful remarks. This sort of behavior has not only become accepted in many homes, it has become expected. It is viewed as normal. However, Jesus commands us to “love one another” (John 13:34) and to “not look to your own interests, but to
  • The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

    Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you frustrated because nothing seems to work? It could be that faulty child-training methods have snared your line of thinking. A quick bribe or mild threat looks appealing to a parent’s appetite for gaining control of a child, especially in a hurried situation. So, we take the bait – hook, line, and sinker. It’s not until later we realize we’re caught in a tangled net of ineffective parenting. We must remember our goal is not merely for our
  • The Faithful Fork

    With shoulders slumped and a downcast look, my daughter Alex plopped down on the couch, crushed that she wasn’t cast the lead role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She was thirteen and her life was over (always a flare for the dramatic). “Alex, Honey, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other plays,” I encouraged. “Right, but I’m a fork in the Be My Guest ensemble. I mean, couldn’t I at least have gotten Babette the feather duster or Chip the teacup? I’m nothing more than flatware, Mom!” she complained. Wanting to encourage her with
  • Can’t Leave Them Alone for Two Seconds

    After arriving for my speaking engagement, I had a few minutes to check text messages on my phone before the event stated: Husband:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Husband:   Well, Wes (our son) cooked eggs this morning and I thought they tasted weird, but I ate them anyway.  My burps taste like flowers. In between speaking sessions, I checked text messages on my phone again: Son:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Son:   Well, I had eggs this morning, and I cooked chicken and collard greens for lunch. The collard greens tasted weird,
  • The Bread of Life

    Meet Charlie. His wings are too short to fly far, so when the other geese take flight for warmer weather, he hangs around Lake Martin for fall and winter seasons. Alone. When I first met Charlie, he was being bullied by a flock of geese. I threw out bread, but Charlie couldn’t pick it up as fast as the others because he is missing his lower beak. Because he has no lower beak, his tongue hangs out, making him look odd. To his fellow geese, Charlie is the real deal ugly duckling. But he is beautiful to me. After seasons
  • At Least You Have Pants

    Priorities, priorities. I don’t always have mine in order. Once the construction of our new covered porch was complete, all obligations and responsibilities went out the window. I had spent weeks thrift store shopping for unique treasures to hang and cozy furniture to arrange. The hammering was over, the tools put away, the debris was cleared, and the workers were gone. My time had come. While I needed to be preparing for a presentation I was to give at an out of town lady’s luncheon and packing for the overnight stay, all I could think about was organizing and decorating