Spiritual Decluttering

I’ve been cleaning and organizing lately. (That won’t be a surprise to some of you!) Having grown up in an incredibly cluttered and dirty home, clean surfaces and organized closets are pretty high on my priority list. My family jokes– at least I think they’re joking– about how often they can’t find things because mom…

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CREATION IS CALLING!

What a beautiful time of the year! This week’s Snatching Joy tip is absolutely soul-filling. Every day, make sure you make time to get outside and revel in God’s creation. Find a few moments each day to (by yourself) stand in awe as you consider the work of the Lord’s hands. Gather some leaves, pinecones,…

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WE COULD … WE SHOULD … SO, WHY DON’T WE?

What’s the “Communication Temperature” like in your home right now? After months of spending more quality time than usual with one another, are the words that your family is sharing cool, revitalizing words of encouragement? Or, is your communication heating up with volatile sarcasm and pointed words of accusation? I’m always amazed (actually ashamed) by…

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A Christian Family … Really?

If someone were to ask, how would you define your family? Would you say that you are a Christian family? I’ve been thinking about that question lately. As I read Romans Chapter 9 this morning, I believe God has given me some clarity of thought. It’s been helpful to me, and I hope it’s useful…

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Block It Out

  As we see each week in the Scriptures, God has provided avenues for us to find our joy. But like everything else in our Christian walk, joy is a matter of putting on and putting off. Besides putting on joy-building disciplines, sometimes we need to put off joy-robbing distractions. This week’s joy tip is…

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But Are We Victims?

It has undoubtedly been a challenging few months! The pandemic’s disruption has caused every member of our family to make some new and unwanted changes to the normalcy of their lives. Yes, those changes have caused disruption and disappointments. However, what we’re too often hearing parents communicate, either verbally or through their social media posts,…

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This Empty Nest is OPEN FOR BUSINESS

My baby left for college last week… After 33.5 years of constant children in the house, for the first time, we find ourselves “empty nesters.” I have to be honest; the emotions are bittersweet. I’m so excited for Tate and for the new adventures he’s going to experience, but at the same time, there’s a…

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What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?

  Does our world seem upside down lately? Are you like me? Do you wake up each morning wondering what new problem is going to rear its ugly head, what new catastrophe will arise, what new issue will claw its way into our collective conscience? These last few months have taken a toll. They have…

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LET ‘EM GO

  Today, I’m thrilled to share my blog with my favorite guy of them all … Steve Scheibner. To me, he’s a husband extraordinaire; to the kids, he’s Dad; and to his grandchildren, he’s Papi. That’s who he is at home, but here’s who he is the rest of the time! Dr. Scheibner is the…

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An Eternal Focus in a Self-Isolating Quarantine

  If we weren’t actually living through these past few weeks, it would almost seem unbelievable to imagine just how much our world could change almost overnight!   Regardless of your original educational choices, most parents are finding themselves in the position of “Homeschool Teacher”. Many dads (and moms) are suddenly trying to balance work…

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