The Christmas Story That’s Christmas Truth

2018.12.04 CP Wordpress Featured Image Template
Some of your kids will come and ask you, “Is Santa real?” They will want you to say, “Yes, absolutely, of course” and, most especially, “Look at all the gifts he brought.” But is there a better option for those questions your kids ask sooner than you wish they had? And if you are past…

Pardon the Mess Podcast (Ep 1.13): Joni Eareckson Tada on The Most of Every Moment

CP Podcast Image - Joni E. Tada image-3
Joni Eareckson Tada wrestled with life’s toughest questions after a split-second decision left her quadriplegic as a teenager. Struggling with how God could allow that to happen, she was blessed with ten words that changed her life: God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves. Joni’s life is a testament to these words…

Retail’s Quick Change from Candy to Christmas

2018.11.06 CP Wordpress Featured Image Template
I went to Walmart the day after Halloween. The “fun-size” candy was on the discount rack, and the Christmas wrap, ornaments, nativity sets, decorations, candy canes, etc., etc., etc. were rapidly being stocked on every open shelf, rack, and display. I’m pretty sure I saw a Thanksgiving turkey or two, but, let’s face it, as…

Pardon the Mess Podcast (Ep 1.11): Bob Goff on Love Does for Kids *Part Two*

Bob Goff Part 2-5
Bob Goff has the remarkable gifting of relaying his life adventures in a way that points you back to Jesus and challenges you to live life differently. We talk about the gift we are to those around us when we choose to be “available” to them and truly present. We also talk candidly about seeing…

Pardon the Mess Podcast (Ep 1.10): Bob Goff on Love Does for Kids *Part One*

BobGoff
Bob Goff has the remarkable gifting of relaying his life adventures in a way that points you back to Jesus and challenges you to live life differently. We talk about the gift we are to those around us when we choose to be “available” to them and truly present. We also talk candidly about seeing…

The Gift of Inclusion

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give another person is to simply include them.
I can trace it back to about second grade. That’s my first memory of some kids being included while others were left out. Here’s how it went. The Wedding The wedding of the year was in the works for many months before the big day arrived. Bridesmaids were picked, groomsmen named, someone brought a few…

Pardon the Mess Podcast (Ep 1.9): Lisa Clark on Sinners Raising Sinners

Lisa Clark
How can we love God more than we love our children? How can we let go of our struggle with control, for the benefit of our children and ourselves? Author Lisa Clark joins us to talk about raising children who take responsibility, who listen to God’s voice, and who follow him. Though it can be…

All Kids will Face a Goliath or Two

2018.10.02 CP Wordpress Featured Image Template
It’s our “parental instinct” to jump in between angry giants and our kids. After all, isn’t it our job to protect them from danger? That answer is yes, but only until they should begin learning to protect themselves. Most school teachers will tell you those lessons should come much sooner than you think. It is…