Talking with your kids about dating and relationships

My daughter, Monica, came home one day after grammar school and announced, “When I see boys I want to hug them and kiss them.” Then the question,…


Children Are Complex

One of our daughters has such a sweet, tender heart, and for a while that's all we saw in her. She served others, prayed for others, and read her…


Heart-Knot Deposits

A friend and I were wade fishing on the Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas when a feeling of dread came over us. It was a fabulous spring…


Can I Really Trust God?

I stood in front of the busted-up walls, amazed by all I never knew was behind them. Wires. Pipes. Support beams. Insulation. It all stood out so…


Harmful Help vs. Helpful Help

“Relationships are messy.”  These were the words my therapist shared with me years ago.  Actually, no. It’s never going to be necessary for this…


Valentine's Day with Kids

It was Valentine’s Day and each student decorated a shoebox for the holiday. We all took turns dropping our Valentines into one another’s boxes. I…


Would You Treat Your Dad the Way You Treat God?

In a recent First 15, Craig Denison finished his thoughts on spending time with God by quoting Brennan Manning's book The Furious Longing of God. In…