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A few tips for living with ungrateful teenagers

It happens to the best of us.  You’re sailing along, raising a beautiful, compliant child who is a joy in nearly every way.  Suddenly, almost overnight it seems, you’re living with a sullen fiend with a sense of entitlement.  Nothing you do for the child is appreciated, and in fact, he/she just wants more.  You […]

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Summer, winter, and learning not to complain

“Do everything without complaining or arguing.”  Philippians 2:14 Oh how I love to throw that verse at my children.  And yet, one day about six months ago, it came flying right back in my face. You see, the weather was transitioning from spring to summer, and those who know me well, know I am not […]

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Giving thanks when life throws you a curve

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Yesterday I got really angry with one of my dogs.  We’ve only had Hunter for a little over seven months, and since we never did any formal training with him, he can be a handful at […]

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Reconciling tragedy with praise

I know a woman who has endured some tragic circumstances in her life. For the most part, her childhood was ideal.  She grew up in a small town with married parents, three brothers and a sister.  They didn’t have a lot of money, but they always had enough.  They went to church every Sunday, and […]

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