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Planners, NPers and FPers

Some of us are Planners. Meticulous and rather ridiculous methodical planners, we spend a lot of time laying out our life like a checkerboard square. We know what we will be doing today, this week,...

 

'You're good at it,' but is that a good thing?

You are one talented and gifted person – no doubt. When He tucked you into your mom’s womb, your Creator handed you some abilities that are expressly yours. You may be one who socializes easily, abl...

 

To hurting moms and kids everywhere

One of Andy’s fondest memories is early morning coffee with his mom. Coming in from doing farm chores, he would find her pouring for both of them. Then when he went off to college, he would return o...

 

Where do toddlers spend eternity?

Hmmm … this is evidently an often-thought-about and frequently asked question, along with many other thought-provoking ones, like: If a baby dies, does that infant go to heaven automatically? And w... Full story

 

Locked up and secure – or scary?

Do they bother you? Do walls and fences cause claustrophobia in you? How about locked doors and gates? Do they bring about a fierce need to find the key and escape? The obvious answer for most of us...

 

Exhausted wings bring on clipped wings

If you work and work hard, you will understand this topic – exhaustion. Too much constant physical or mental work, with no relaxation for your body and brain, can bring on serious exhaustion. And t...

 

You failed, but you aren't dead

Yes, you failed. It ended badly for you – bankruptcy, nervous breakdown, divorce, the loss of any relationship with your kids, or maybe a physical adventure that went sideways and ended in your g...

 

The ears and memories of baby elephants

Back in the ancient days of Fred Flintstone and no cell phones, when he was a young dad and a wet-behind-the-ears pastor, Andy had a habit. No, not a habit like we refer to today, but he...

 

Bickering snowflakes

We were created by our God to be different from each other. We all have different personalities, likes, loves, dislikes and downright detests. Unfortunately, too much of the time the “detests” are...

 

Springtime lilacs or skunky memories

Ever suddenly been transported back in time by just a whiff of a lingering smell in the air? The sight of a house? A quick glimpse of a stranger’s profile who instantly reminds you of someone in y...

 

Trapped with nowhere to run

Enjoy feeling anxious and blue? Concentrate on what is happening in the world now, that’ll do it for you – the impossible price of food and housing, crooked politics, illegal drugs, riots, dis...

 

You definitely are not Gibbs

How do you navigate in this scary world? The way I see it, for most of us it is a matter of one of three possibilities. You either walk by sight – looking at what is in front of you and making a decis...

 

I yam who I yam

Remember the old TV cartoon “Popeye The Sailor Man?” He had a favorite saying: “I yam what I yam and dat’s all I yam.” And poor old Olive Oyl could never get him to see himself any other way. A po...

 

Why so many 'thou shalt nots?

Does it seem to you that God is always saying “No” or “Don’t do that” or “Thou shalt not”? If you think that, you are not alone. Many people feel the same way. Seems as if all He wants to do is stop...

 

Your heart's a liar

If you are in the habit of consulting only yourself, trusting your own instincts and believing that you will know in your heart what to do when the time comes, then you have a big problem. In Proverbs...

 

Deliberately stomped on? Learn to laugh

You probably woke that fateful morning, assuming everything would probably run along on the accustomed track. Never dreaming – or nightmaring – that particular day would be so much different than you...

 

Never, never, never give up

Have you ever watched a volleyball game and witnessed an entire team suddenly duck under the net and join the other team? Gasping for a breath of hope that isn’t there, they had finally thrown up t...

 

The opposing thumb guy

Take a good look. It’s always there, part of a healthy, whole hand. Hold up your hand and you’ll see it – the one digit that is pointing the opposite of the other four fingers every time. Oh yeah,...

 

Bad memories have a long shelf life

Have you ever had a bad day, when everything you touched just soured? Sure, we all have had those kinds of days, nothing new to any of us. And when you had one, didn’t you find that it was d...

 

Asking, assuming or demanding

This is a gripe taken from the lips of one frustrated lady who was recently overheard in a public place. “I had the family holiday dinner at my house last week, just like I have for years. My d...

 

A little girl named Hope

Grandma lay in the hospital bed, a shadow of the vital, energetic woman she had been just a year ago. Her strong hands that were endlessly involved in her family’s life, providing, comforting, and d...

 

The heartache season

It’s arrived – the Holiday of holidays for many, the month-long season of excitement, fun and anticipation. But there is another perspective on the Christmas season, and it’s not one of joy and famil...

 

Just flappin' his gums

The old man is sitting on his front porch is his favorite rocking chair and talking to his freshly minted 21-year-old grandson – attempting to encourage him to think things over clearly before decidin...

 

Mom's cantaloupey boyfriend test

Mom and her teen-age daughter were grocery shopping together, preparing for the family dinner on Friday night. The family always enjoyed fresh fruits, so before paying out at the cash register, they...

 

Don't put flowers on their grave

Here’s what happens so often. A person becomes an adult, marries, has children, grows ill or old, and dies. Then the family of the deceased comes together to grieve, and to then plan the funeral. T...

 

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