Struggling To Make Sense Of Life When A Parent Leaves

Two nights ago Ike put our son to bed, walked into the living room, settled in on the couch, then turned to me and smiled. “Do you know what Isaac just did? He hugged me, told me he loved me, and said ‘Goodnight.’ He’s never done that before.” As he spoke, Ike’s voice began to…
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Why I Cannot “Do All Things”

Here’s something I learned this week: Although you would never know it from the movies, you should never save a drowning person by diving in after them. Not at first, anyway. When a person is drowning, you should use a pole or a buoy, or lie down on the ground and reach out with your…
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What She Really Means When She Compliments Your Shoes

Have you ever received a compliment that made you feel worse? I once received one of those compliments at a women’s church event. It wasn’t a back-handed compliment and it wasn’t intended to make me feel less than. It was sincere as can be, but something about it made my spirit lurch. I walked into…
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I Don’t Think That Means What You Think It Means

There is a great line from the movie The Princess Bride, delivered by beloved swordsman, Inigo Montoya. His words are a response to his boss, Vizzini,  who is astonished at hero Westley’s repeated survival. Over and over again, Westley thwart’s Vizzini’s plans for his demise, and each time, Vizzini responds with the same flabbergasted cry:…
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