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Preapproved

A short tour through my house reveals how carefree life is for me. Pretreated fabrics on my living room furniture resist stains without me…

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Leave the mess

My youngest child is a pack rat. She saves lunch napkin notes from Mom. She saves feathers and stones, empty Tic Tac boxes, and…

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Commitment to freedom

Today the U.S. celebrates the freedom that our country’s soldiers have won and fought to preserve for over 240 years. Thank you to all…

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Freedom!

It’s almost here: the day the United States celebrates its freedom from the tyranny of old King George and Mother England, and we do…

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What does this mean?

I grew up constantly answering the question—What does this mean? My pastor forced me to think through that question whenever I memorized something from…

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How does your garden grow?

When we lived in Minnesota, we had a huge garden—I’m talking 40 feet of asparagus, 20 pepper plants in pots, rhubarb, raspberries, strawberries, a…

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The weight of sin

I’m fascinated by the fact that all the toppings at a frozen yogurt shop cost you the same amount per pound. Clearly the breakfast…

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Teaching kids to live generously

Here’s the scene: Mall atrium. Mall Santa sitting on a puffy red chair surrounded by world-worn, shady-looking elves. Long line of squirmy kids accompanied…

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You don’t know what you don’t know

My almost 18-year-old son is working with a contractor for the summer, mostly landscaping. When he asked if I wanted to make the front…

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Dependence day

In the United States, the Fourth of July is a national holiday. It commemorates the date on which the Continental Congress adopted Mr. Jefferson’s…

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What are you filling up on?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you didn’t surprise yourself? You know, those moments when something comes out of your mouth that catches even you…

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3 words that will change your Christmas

You need to be wise this Christmas. Because Christmas, perhaps more than any other time of year, is the season that pushes people in…