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Tell Them About Boundaries

With four sons ranging in age from 17 to 28, we’ve had a wide window on the world of teenage and young adult relationships, and we’ve watched the barriers we constructed to protect them fall away as they and their friends move into adulthood. The harsh...

Tell Them That Love Shouldn’t Hurt

Heather Norris loved her family, her friends, school and sports.  Her wide, friendly smile and blonde good looks made Heather popular among her classmates.  As she graduated from high school, Heather made plans for a future that included college and, someday, marriage...

Tell Them They Deserve Better

Her brown eyes pooled with tears and her lower lip quivered as she timidly approached. “My dad has been abusing me since I was little. I can’t remember a time when he wasn’t hurting me.” This brave teenager’s bold admission caught me off...
In Celebration of “Firsts”

In Celebration of “Firsts”

I am a big fan of “firsts.” Perhaps because I am a firstborn, it’s part of my nature to look for fresh starts, for do-overs, for new beginnings. Christmas lights grow dim and we move toward the season of new days — the beginning of a new year....
Joy in His Presence

Joy in His Presence

In October,  I traveled “31 Days to Crazy Joy” with the author Ann Voskamp. Reading her book, “One Thousand Gifts”, has altered my slant on life and over the past year, counting joys and blessings has brought a richness and light to my days....
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