Proverbial Family: Answering the Whys

Why? It's the question asked over and over by every child. It can become pretty exhausting trying to answer every why, yet answering why needs to become a priority and habit of every parent. Why? Because actions have consequences, and the best instructions we can give our children are those that explain the consequences. Why?…

Proverbial Family: Special Series

I've been wanting to write more posts in relation to the family, namely marriage and parenting. And so, I'm going to begin a special series called "Proverbial Family" that focuses on Proverbs as a resource for enhancing family instruction and relationships.

Poem: My Idle Words

I try hard not to be that, One slip of the tongue, I become it. Thoughtlessly I spoke, About a situation, I don’t really know. It opens up doors, Speculations of the heart, Unwarranted, unnecessary. I’m a contributor, In producing animosity, That destroys peace. I repent where I’ve ruined, My example before men, By my…

Poem: Hurt and Scared

It hurts, Our shaky past; Will this time be different? Will the changes last? I want to be close once more, To have that loving connection, But I'm scared to give myself, Over to your affection. I must be vunerable again, Lest I lose this opportunity, Where love can heal our hearts, To rejoice in…

Communication Cycle

Learning effective communication is hardwork with an endless cycle full of listening, processing, speaking, reflecting, revising, apologizing, forgiving, and retrying so as to improve upon a most valuable skill you will never be perfect at. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless…

Waste and Lowliness

Yesterday morning, before I got out of bed, I was praying that God would teach me lowliness. When I went to let the dog outside there was dog waste all over the room. Don't think you can get much more lowly than cleaning up piles of dog waste. As I reluctantly cleaned up the mess…

Baggage

It's hard to have conversations that carry a lot of baggage, but they must be had if you're ever going to empty the suitcases. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First…

Poem: To Address or Let It Go

It's bothering me, Something said or done, Don't know whether to address, Or let it go. What if it hinders our relationship, Causes more issues, Closes off communication, Unnecessary hurt feelings? It could be an opportunity to grow, In a difficult circumstance, If we jointly work together, And learn to love deeper. With prayer I…