Why Center Stage is Not for Me

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When we’re not center stage, we tend to think  life isn’t fair. When life isn’t fair, I try to remember 4 things I learned from the Christmas story. This age-old story has hidden truths if we but open the Playbook and look. When I was a child, my family attended a Christmas cantata every year in a neighboring town. The characters, songs, and script were different every year, but the story remained the same. One … Read more

All I Want for Christmas

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All I Want for Christmas. When it comes to getting ready for Christmas, I admit that I can get caught up in the frantic frenzy of holiday hustle in this season. I confess that I make my lists and try to get things crossed off in efficient order. Each year, I think there’s got to be a better way to do Christmas! I try to be more organized, plan ahead, and discard the unnecessary events and … Read more

Parenting – and the Things You’re Doing Right

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The Toughness of Parenting When it seems like things are awry and you can’t seem to get it together as a parent, there are some things you can do. Instead of listening to big or little people voices telling you how poorly you’re doing as a parent, listen to facts instead. No parent, no matter how hard he tries, can be all things to his kids all the time. In their small, immature minds, kids … Read more

A Photo of Faith

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Hanging next to the picture window in the living room was an old picture, painted on glass. Two trees stood alone and forlorn at the edge of a wood. The view outside the window held hundreds of trees. Some tall, some short. Maples. Oak trees. Walnut trees, and others. I sat in a chair facing that window one dreary, rainy day when I was a child. I looked at the picture and then out the window.    … Read more

Bullying and Working Things Out

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The Bullied I watched from the pew with my mother as a young boy practiced walking with crutches. The little guy in the right hand corner of the church had new crutches and needed more practice before he mixed in with a crowd of kids. His parents expected him to walk up the aisle on his crutches without assistance when it was time to be dismissed for children’s meeting, and they deliberately arrived early so … Read more