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Grandparenting – it rocks!

By Dr. Dave Currie “Had I known that grandchildren would be so much fun, I would have had them first.” This often-quoted humorous expression warmly shows how deep the feelings of attraction and affection can be toward these new little ones within the family. But until you’ve had a grandchild, you really won’t understand this. […]

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When anxiety bullies you and your marriage

by Barbara Wilson Psy.D.   Life was good. The kids were raised and doing well. Our marriage was great, and I’d just begun graduate school, fulfilling a dream of my own. Life couldn’t have been better. But then suddenly I stopped sleeping. Night after night as I lay awake, I could feel the anxiety pushing in on […]

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Talking to your kids about the hard things

By Rebecca Bergman As my boys have gotten older the topics of our conversations have definitely changed. It’s often uncomfortable to talk about difficult things, but it’s important, and so I do. I don’t give them all the information, but I definitely give them some of it. We were reading the story of Moses the […]

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Forbidden smile

By Phil Callaway There are seven wonders of the world. But for a child there are millions. We were in a mall and my granddaughter couldn’t get over how many people there were. Her parents are teaching her to be polite, so she had to say hi to everyone. And bye too. “Hi, hi, hi! […]

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Assessing Marital Atmosphere

Assessing Marital Atmosphere A Relationship Analysis of Connectedness Dr. Dave Currie   Atmosphere Analysis:  Have fun scoring yourself and your spouse on the following aspects of marital connection. Add your totals out of 100. Share your scores. Begin your discussion by admitting where do you need to improve? Where does your connection need warming?   […]

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Finding Hope – At Any Age

By Dorothy Lowrie One task I give myself each day to help with my own level of hope – with my focus these days being hope for a better tomorrow for all of us in this pandemic – is to look for God’s grace in simple things. This week, God’s grace came to me through […]

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Growing young

By Phil Callaway   I am inspired by older people with active funny bones. At a banquet I sat beside Roger, a 93-year-old, and his much younger wife Helen. I think she was 91. I’ll tell you, he robbed the cradle. I asked Roger what it was like to get old. He said, “I don’t […]

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Facing Temptation in Your Life

Dr. Dave Currie   She came to me. Early twenties. Broken, confused and defeated. Why? She had repeatedly given in to the draw of being sexually intimate with her soon-to-be fiancé. She knew it was wrong and fully against her values. She had wanted to wait until marriage. Her guilt was suffocating. He battles his […]

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God and the Giant Veggies

by Phil Calaway   A farmer purchased an abandoned farm. The house was falling apart, the fences were broken down, and the fields were overgrown with weeds. The town preacher stopped by to bless the man’s work, saying, “May God and you work together to make this the farm of your dreams!” A few months […]

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Forgive Like a Dog

by Phil Callaway   When our kids turned into teenagers, we wanted to hear the pitter patter of little feet once again. So we got a dog. They’re cheaper and they come with more feet. Now if you’re not a dog person, I forgive you, but if you are, you know that there’s nothing more […]