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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

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His comment about me was flattering.  Once he said it, I sat back and let my mind wander as to what it would be like if it were the case.  The problem was, it simply wasn’t true, and unfortunately I was going to have to tell him. Continue Reading…

Fostering: The Wild End To Our Foster Daughter’s Case

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I’ve told people that fostering kids is like a very wild roller-coaster ride.  There are exciting highs that build anticipation, and then sudden drops that keep your stomach in your throat as you hang on for dear life for the upcoming turns in the track.  For our family, this past week confirmed that analogy. Continue Reading…

Decision Time: The Ruling On Our Foster Daughter

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Yesterday I let everyone know in this post that our foster daughter’s case was coming to a very important crossroads.  If you didn’t get a chance to read it, you should.  It will make what I’m about to tell you all the more surprising. Continue Reading…

The Face of Fostering: It All Comes Down To This

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This is the story of why people don’t foster.  It is a story of hurt, pain, trauma, rescue, love and restoration.  Yet in the midst of all of that, the future is unclear.  After almost a year with our little foster daughter, tomorrow a judge will decide the long-term direction of her life. Continue Reading…

My Favorite Way To Communicate Identity, Truth And Value

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Hand-written letters will someday follow the dinosaur by traveling the road to extinction.  What once represented such a formal, elegant expression of words is quickly being discarded in favor of more efficient, practical methods of communication.  What a shame. Continue Reading…

Free At Last: Understanding The Fourth Of July

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Today is a big day.  For we Americans, this day represents much more than fireworks, outdoor cookouts, and sticky watermelon faces.  It is a day filled with history, significance and courage.  The meaning behind the fourth of July helps us teach much greater lessons as well. Continue Reading…

If You Are Free, Then Help Others Find True Freedom

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I remember the first time I was accused of being a Pharisee.  It was painful, but true.

It was over 20 years ago now.  I was living in a college dorm at Louisiana State University.  At the time the legal drinking age was 18, and girls were permitted to come and go as they pleased.  The resulting environment was toxic, as you can imagine. Continue Reading…

The Single Most Significant Threat To Your Family

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What threatens your family?  We could look to answer the question of what threatens THE family, as in the institution of the family, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about everyday people like you and me.  What threatens our families? Continue Reading…

One Word: The Game Changer For The Tired, Weak, Or Burdened

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Are you familiar with those moments when you get past the point of being overwhelmed?  It’s when you are beyond the place when your schedule is too full, or when the debt is too high, or when your job is too difficult, or when your heart is in too much pain.  Yeah, I was just there, and it wasn’t fun.  But it was good. Continue Reading…

We’re Moving: Our Next Assignment

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It’s been months since I first announced I was leaving my current job as the Executive Director of Ministries for Pine Cove.  Since that announcement I’ve had countless people ask where we were going to go next.  We had no clue…until now. Continue Reading…

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