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Parenting 101 – Big Investment. Big Dividends.

I was so excited to take my first teaching job!  I had been hired by a Christian school to teach 18 third graders.  Fresh out of college, I thought teaching those energetic and needy children how to multiply and divide had to be the hardest job on earth.  I was wrong—parenting was.  It was then I had to give up my right to sleep when I needed it, to eat a meal without interruption, to relax when I wanted to and most importantly, my right to  ...

Faith, Family, Life

Stop. Think. Thank.

God does not speak in an audible voice to me – but sometimes there is no mistake in what He is trying to say.  That’s what happened as I began walking the track this morning at the gym.  My mind was preoccupied with my ‘to do’ list for the day: phone calls I had to make, meetings I needed to schedule (and reschedule due to the weather), emails I needed to respond to, preparations for church this Sunday – typical things that fill  ...

Family

Investing in the Ordinary

As the everyday events in our lives unfold, it is often hard to attach any great significance to ordinary things.  Yet I still remember the kindness and love extended to me as a young child sitting at the feet of my great grandmother.  My first childhood memory is of her patiently teaching me to fold washcloths and put them in a stack.  She was born in 1873 and she would tell me stories of growing up on the farm in Oklahoma –  working  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership

Good Medicine for Leaders

Studies show that leaders who lead with positive emotions have workgroups with a more positive mood, enhanced job satisfaction, greater engagement and improved performance. In fact one study at Mayo Clinic revealed that positive emotions could lengthen one’s life span by 10 years. Optimism early in life also predicted good health later in life. Interestingly enough, studies also reveal that praise and positive reinforcement are rare in  ...

Blog, Faith, Family, Life

Capturing A Moment

What I love about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce. Looking at a photograph often reminds me of the really important things in life – that each day is another chance for me to make everyday count. That each day I can cherish every moment with loved ones, live life with no regrets and thank God for all of the experiences He has allowed me to live out and learn from. Too  ...

Blog, Faith, Family

Blessings

I’ve been thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for this year. At the top of my list is is how God answered many prayers for the safety of my son-in-law, Tim, who spent the last few years serving our country – and 18 of those months were spent in Afghanistan. When we welcomed Tim home back in October, we were thankful he was home for good. So thankful he is back with his family and that God has provided him a good  ...

Blog, Family, Leadership, Life

Facing Your Fears

We were excited for a few days of relaxation at the lake, but when I noticed a huge snake crawling over the porch as we were unloading the car – relaxing was the farthest thing from my mind. Let me just say I am scared to death of snakes! I wanted to scream. Then I began to try and convince myself the snake was only passing through our yard and would continue down the row of cabins to haunt someone else. Much to my disappointment  ...