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Dads on duty

At Southwood High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, 23 students were arrested over the course of three days due to violent fights. About 40 dads…

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Moms, you are valuable to Jesus

“Mary … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations. … ‘Martha, Martha,’ the…

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Hanging with coal?

When I was a kid, my pastor showed the kids at our church how friendships work. He took a giant ziplock bag and dropped…

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What a relief!

I remember being lost once when I was young. I was at a department store with my mother. I walked along very contentedly behind…

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This little light of mine

A little boy forgot his lines in a Christmas program. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed…

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What are you ashamed of?

Is there anything that you are ashamed of? Apparently, my oldest daughter could answer that question emphatically. I was parked with our family minivan…

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A father who makes the Lord his trust

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust” (Psalm 40:4 ESV). In addition, blessed is the family of the man who makes…

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Never give up

Irene came of age during the Great Depression—a young mother before WWII. Her marriage was fraught with neglect and abuse as she raised her…

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Convicted yet forgiven

When my boys were younger, I took them to swimming lessons. One day I talked about my church to another mom. She responded, “I…

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Blessings, not burdens

I was at the grocery store with my three kiddos when the cashier scanned the three bottles of wine I was buying for a…

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Laugh a little

Life can be so serious. There’s a lot of important stuff going on, important things we need to be doing, and important matters we…

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Dear Dad

Dear Dad, I miss you every day. Your prayer rings in my ears: “Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord” (Psalm 130:1)….