Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Forgiveness: What It Is Not

Often times I find it better to know what something doesn't look like...or what something is not...before the more obvious "what it is." So too with forgiveness.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Things I Will Never Do

Yep. Aging brings more than a few definitive "not gonna happen'" understandings. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On Shady Sex, Take 2

Never underestimate the lasting influence of a tawdry Sidney Sheldon read as a teenager. More thoughts on erotic fiction and its place (or not) in ones reading world, marriage, and Christian life.

On Shady Sex

Some thoughts regarding "Fifty Shades of Grey," erotic fiction, the long-arm of Sidney Sheldon and reading choices.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Things Men Need To Know

Some inside fact tips, gentleman, regarding thoughts and perspectives of the female set.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teenagers: A Delightful Reminder

Lest one believe otherwise, raising a teenager can be fraught with appreciation & delight. Count off 2, 3, even, 4 things you enjoy about the one living in your home and be sure to let him/her know as well.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teenagers "Living Their Own Freakin' Life!"

Heads up, Moms and Dads! Facts are your friend & not-so-secret-weapon-now when it comes to raising a teenager. If you can set aside emotional drama (theirs and yours) and simply state the way things are or the way things are going to be you'll be ahead of the parenting race. YOU CAN DO IT!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Raising Teenagers with Hope & Soul

Goodness knows there's a limitless number of books to be read, Kindled, and borrowed when it comes to the subject of parenting teenagers and no doubt I've made my way through 96% of them. Yet, after all has been said and read there are two titles which I believe truly stands above the rest. Oddly enough neither has anything to do with the parents and teens...well, not at first glance perhaps. Listen in and discover two books which can (re)shape your heart, mind, emotions, and actions when it comes to you and that Teenager you love so much.

Raising Teenagers: What's Really Going On Beneath

Perspective. It's not always such an easy thing to find or keep when it comes to parenting your teenager. You're "this" close to the emotion, "this" close to the ups & downs, and "this" close to losing it--be it patience, hope, tenacity, or perspective. But there is something at work in our children's lives...and I believe the accompanying video link will help bring it to light and soften your heart in parenting places which desperately need to see what is really at work in the life of your beloved son or daughter. 

Raising Teenagers: Two Recommended Resources

You can do this! Yes, you.
Staying with it and sticking by your teenager isn't always the easiest thing to do and you certainly aren't able to handle everything perfectly that's going to come your way. Fact is, you are going to fall short. Drop the ball. Miss the mark. In other words, fail.
You're also going to do, say, believe, and handle innumerable things right.
But not by your strength alone. 
No stinkin' way (trust me on this, seriously)! Thus, my encouragement--my exhortation (see and hear me cheering fiercely) to gather two recommended resources to shore up wisdom, perspective, communication, and love, love, love, as you delight in these amazing teen years with sons and daughters. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

On Being a Mom to Your Teen

Maybe you don't have a clue what to do--or what to think--regarding this child whom you formerly knew, understood, and enjoyed. Perhaps the teenage months and years have all but overwhelmed you and left you spent & undone. Exhale, my friend, and know you are not alone. Come join me on my front porch as we speak truth and engage in honest discussion. — at My Front Porch, where friends can be real .