Psalms 139: 14
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
This particular verse in Psalms is quoted numerous times, however, I often wonder if we are grasping the full meaning of this Scripture.
Do you realize that you are the living sum of both fear and wonder? That statement in and of itself is powerful: fear plus wonder equals YOU.
When I think of the idea of fear coupled with wonder my soul is automatically drawn to the lioness. The lioness is strong and sleek. Her stride is profound with purpose. She is simply stunning. With her paw (hand) she is capable of both killing and caressing, and with her roar (voice) she will seize and capture you simultaneously.… continue reading
By Amy Joob, On Emotions Column
Build Up and Blow Up
When you were a kid it was a lot of fun to build something like a tower and then knock it down or make it blow up. It’s fun to watch balloons, beach balls, or fireworks explode. But when it comes to our emotions and specifically our anger, blowing our fuse is not a healthy or wise thing to do.
It’s easy to lose your temper when you allow all of the little things and offenses to build up. It is important to remember that we should not stuff our feelings or stuff the hurts down inside. It starts with us, the parents. We need to model self-control and teach our teens how to keep the lines of communication open.
Let your teens see you resolving conflict in healthy ways, by being calm, and by holding people accountable in a godly way. It is best to use statements like “I felt hurt when…..” or “I got angry when…” Even though confrontation can be scary or being real with your feelings makes you feel vulnerable, it is the best way to keep things from building up.… continue reading
By: Tara Fairfield, On Identity
This month we celebrate freedom in America, hard won by the blood and sacrifice of generations before us. Living in a free country means we choose our own careers, where we live and who we vote to lead our state and nation. But what does it mean to be personally free? The kind of freedom referred to in John 8:36 which says, So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
God intends for his children to live free from the bonds of sin and death.
• free from anxiety,
• free from depression,
• free from bitterness,
• free from anger.
Want to know the key to living free? Jesus’ work on the cross and resurrection provided all those who follow him the authority to claim victory over the enemy and his attempt to trap us into sin and death. To be free we must declare our authority in the name of Jesus over anything standing in our way to a life lived fully to His glory.… continue reading
By Claire Culwell, the On Life Column
If you haven’t seen the movie October Baby, I recommend that you rent it. It will change your life.
Last year I spoke in San Diego with the actress from October Baby, Shari Rigby, who plays the part of the birth mother. I sat there in awe as we watched her give a sincere speech about her life- she had a child at 17 years old, had a difficult first marriage, found herself pregnant again and made the decision to have an abortion…and finally found the love of her life, had her 2nd child and gave her life to follow Christ. Her testimony was an amazing story of how God will bless us when we choose to put our trust in Him regardless of our past. She has found forgiveness, healing and a life of redemption in the past several years through her marriage, her family and her career as an actor/director, especially in her latest movie October Baby where she found true healing from her past abortion.… continue reading
ASK NOW: Two certainties we can expect as parents are questions from our children we’d like to avoid and mistakes from our children we wish we could have circumvented. Being receptive to their questions about sex will keep the doors of communication open, and outwardly loving them, even when they’ve made life-altering mistakes, will earn their trust and allow for second chances.
HORMONES is part two in my series Menstruation, Hormones, and Love. I’ll be answering the questions of thirteen-year-old Akhutu Lynn Kayabe, a student from Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya.
Akhutu, I know from your winning essay in Lenana’s First Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid that you were married before reaching your teens in order to help your siblings out financially, that they might stay in school. While making such a sacrifice for your family is very honorable, this major change in your life at such a young age must have been difficult, confusing, and scary.… continue reading
By Steve Repak, the On Family Money Matters Column
2 Timothy 3:13(NLT) “But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.”
Most people are extremely trusting and that can get them into a heap of trouble. There is an old saying that goes: don’t believe everything you hear and only ½ what you see. For some reason if people read something on the Internet or their favorite social media site, they trust that information and act on it as prudent advice. When it comes to financial information, the Internet can be a great resource but it should not be your only resource. Here are a few things to consider before taking financial, or any other type of advice for that matter, from the internet or your favorite social media site.
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When You Know Your Teen Actually Gets It
These days, it is difficult to tell if your teen is actually listening to you. You may be trying to share something of great importance only to look at your teen and see his or her face glued to a cell phone. Text messaging, Facebook updates, and YouTube seem to consume our kids’ attention. So how do we know if they are listening?
A few months ago, my 16-year-old son was working at a local fast-food restaurant. He was supposed to give three weeks’ notice in order to take days off, but due to last-minute changes, his school performances were set after that deadline had passed. He requested the time off and was reluctantly given it. (He was the lead in Seussical, Jr.!). There was nothing more he could have done and was very appreciative to his superiors for their compassion in letting him off after the changes.… continue reading