Category Archives: RAISING KIDS

Teaching prayer, Scripture, modeling lifestyle

Teen Deported to Mexico – to Become Missionary?

*Another precious memory from my years in prison ministry. Thomas is 17-years-old and incarcerated. Because of his criminal background he’s to be deported to Mexico.  He came to the U.S. when he was six months old—this is his home. His … Continue reading

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It’s All Good! – Is It?

The popular phrase “It’s all good” is often used in the most inappropriate ways. A woman I know became bored in her marriage.  She found a boyfriend and moved in with him, leaving her teenagers with her husband.  Today she … Continue reading

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Wrong Email

It was about a year ago that I emailed a young man who was asking for dating and courtship advice. It seems his email address is similar to another young man with the same name!   Unfortunately, the email went to … Continue reading

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A Run for Office

While in public high school, our daughter decided to run for office–junior class secretary. That year there was a new rule.  Everyone had to run for the same office: class representative. The student winning the most votes would become president. The … Continue reading

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The Fifth Commandment – or Who Cares!

We trained our kids NOT to say “I don’t care!” or “Who cares!”  If they uttered either of these phrases they were asking for trouble. Both comments are disrespectful and dishonoring, especially to parents.  The Fifth Commandment says to “Honor … Continue reading

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The Fourth Commandment

The Fourth Commandment instructs us to keep the Lord’s Day holy.  Notice it does not say to merely keep one hour holy.  Rather, the DAY is to be kept holy. Our daughter and I were reading Martha Finley’s Elsie Dinsmore … Continue reading

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The Third Commandment

The Third Commandment tells us not to take the Lord’s name in vain. People can dishonor God by their actions—doing something in the name of God with wrong motives.  But I believe this commandment is speaking specifically to the way … Continue reading

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Christmas Test – I Passed!

It was three days before Christmas.  I was a new Christian with two babies in diapers when I received a phone call from a relative.  She said their family had decided to spend Christmas at our house! What? Unbelievable!  I … Continue reading

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Medical Community Reaches Out

Dr. Tim saw Marta in the Emergency Department. After hearing her sad story, he asked her to wait until he was off duty.  He then drove her to the food store.  She did her shopping and he paid. Then he … Continue reading

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Surrendered Your Life to Jesus? Did it Change You?

One night at the juvenile facility I asked Francisco if he’d noticed a change since he surrendered his life to Jesus. He said, “Ever since that night I feel more relaxed.  I don’t have stress like before.  I have a … Continue reading

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