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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Educational Therapy

Educational Therapy

I am opening up two or three slots for a summer session of Educational Therapy. Using the NILD program, we will work on reading (decoding and comprehension), and math skills. More than a tutoring program, I address cognitive functioning and memory skills. Please contact me for more information.

Campfire Story

A Campfire or a church?
This is what I’m looking for.

Lesson of the Swing

Lesson of the Swing

lesson swing


The swing is empty more than not these days as my little girls are now in their tween and teen years. Every now and then I’ll look in the back yard and see a back and forth motion. As I watch the lulling repetitive sway, I’m reminded of the lesson – The Lesson of the Swing.

Read more at Whole Family Strong where I sometimes sit and visit for awhile.

Ministry of the Lawn Mower Man

Church is not a building.

Church is not a pastor.

Church is God’s people joining together.

Church is family.

God is redesigning what church is in my life.


Today a man loaded a lawn mower into an old van and met a friend at a church member’s house.

They mowed her lawn.

She tried to pay for the work. The amount she offered was a sacrifice, yet she gladly insisted.

The lawn mower man simply said, “This is my ministry.”

The work continued joyfully.

Being Jesus to someone doesn’t just mean preaching the Word or holding a prayer meeting.

Being Jesus to someone can come in the form of sweat and dirt and a lawn mower.


That is our ministry.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25: 40

Strength in the Struggle – When You Don’t Quit!

Last week I confessed how I usually give up some goals when I fall behind. That night, not only did I see the value in reading God’s Word, I saw the value in not giving up. I also noticed the value of not giving up in another area.


strength struggle

I’ve shared with you before about my daughter’s struggle.

We’ve worked hard.

Last week, when we read the Bible together, she wanted a turn to read. She picked up the heavy family Bible, raised her voice, and read. Boldly. It wasn’t a children’s Bible. There were lots of hard words. She didn’t quit when she faltered. Frustration stayed away. She read. And read. And read. Verse after verse. Truth after truth. She read.

She showed me strength in the struggle.

It was beautiful.

I’m so thankful we didn’t give up.

About This Time I Usually Give Up

We started reading the Bible as a family this year. Our plan was to read the New Testament. Things went really well until life got crazy.


We didn’t read the Bible as a family for almost the whole month of March.

About this time I usually give up.

Throw in the towel.


But not this time.

It just so happens that our scheduled reading for the month of March was the book of Mark.Our choices were to stop altogether, double up on reading, or pick up where the schedule is today. The weight of feeling behind dragged me down. We decided to pick up today’s schedule. We’ll go back to Mark another time.

It’s not ideal to skip devotions. When the decision is to quit or skip, sometimes skipping is the better option. As long as you are in the Word.

We picked back up in Luke.

Tonight we read. It felt good to be back. Well… there were a few moments.*ahem*  We’ll call it consequences of our skipping. The kids regressed – sitting respectfully needed a few reminders.

But we’re back!

And it feels good!

Do you have any goals you’re ready to quit? Hang in there.

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