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I’ll never forget the doctor’s words … “You have cancer. You will have a mastectomy. You will lose your hair.” The doctor delivers these words matter-of-factly, as I sit on the examining table—absolutely stunned. My diagnosis felt like an ambush.
Over the years, countless parents have asked me if children are truly capable of understanding the concept of boundaries for their behavior ... lines not to be crossed. The answer is an emphatic yes! The point of parenting is not to cultivate uniform perfection. It is to nurture the natural bent of each child so that all young lives become all that God created them to be. Children learn about boundaries from everyday living…
Why do so many people have difficulty making decisions? We want to make the right decisions in order to receive God’s blessing, but often, we don’t take the time to consider God’s perspective. Be assured, God doesn’t play hide and seek as you try to discover His will. The nearer you draw to the heart of God, the clearer you’ll see the will of God. As you sincerely place His desires above your own, He will faithfully lead the way.
Most people are familiar with the Franklin Roosevelt quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Yet those living in the grip of fear find these words hard to accept. Over and over, the Bible tells us, “Do not be afraid … do not fear” (Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10). But, how is this possible?
In reality, when a blended family comes together, typically, issues remain unresolved for years. Emotions are misinterpreted and problems that need to be tackled usually remain untouched. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand the dynamics within a blended family...
When callous words pierce your heart, they can leave scars that last a lifetime ... cruel words like, “You idiot!” “You’re hopeless!” “You’ll never amount to anything!” ... caustic words causing you to feel powerless—for years. If you’re a victim of ongoing verbal and emotional abuse, then you’ve felt ongoing pain. I know, because I have.
Late one night, a 23-year-old student called our Hope In The Night radio program and confessed he was thinking about quitting pastoral training because of his battle with sexual temptation. He didn’t feel strong enough to resist sexual sin and believed he needed to abandon the call of God on his life rather than be hypocritical.
When I was 11 years old, my uncle invited me to visit him—by myself! His name was Charlie Lake, and I loved spending time with him, not just because he married my Aunt Swann (making her Swann Lake) but because he paid attention to me. He cared for me. Specifically, Uncle Charlie wanted to take me fishing... It took patient repetition—casting and arcing again and again—so that I could grasp the importance of casting. Soon I learned to cast toward tree roots and stumps where fish love to feed. And when I did, oh did we catch fish!