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Not My Way

From birth to present, parenting is a crash course in out-of-control. The truth is, I cannot parent my children the way I want to—not because I am incapable, but because they won’t allow me to. Each child is receptive...

Friday, June 17, 2022

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Friday Comes Before Sunday

The joy of resurrection Sunday could not have happened without the pain and suffering of Good Friday. God the Father, our ultimate parent, answered our need for rescue through the resurrection rather than rescuing Jesus...

Monday, April 18, 2022

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The Other Side of Anger

The world will always be a challenging place to live. We hope our young adult children will have the emotional skills to approach anger with self-reflection instead of self-defense. Helping them to process their anger...

Monday, March 21, 2022

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Laying Bricks or Building the Kingdom?

The parable of the three bricklayers was retold as a reminder that knowing our purpose brings our life’s motivations to our work, which brings our work to life. The story echoes the real experience of Christopher Wren,...

Thursday, February 17, 2022

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Living in Context

With another in person semester underway, this year finds us getting on with UNW campus life in the midst of COVID-19. Yes, the United States has more cases of the virus in 2021 than in 2020. Yes, Minnesota is still...

Friday, January 14, 2022

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Rejoice Greatly

During Advent season, we recall the Israelites’ HOPE for a Messiah and we celebrate that the prophecy of Christ’s birth became a reality. Traditionally, during each of the four Sundays of Advent, candles are lit to...

Thursday, December 16, 2021

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Returning to the Nest

The UNW Eagles are returning to the nest! Preparations on campus and online are in high gear for both the new hatchlings and for those returning from summer migration. However, as we put plans in place, the faculty and...

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

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Leftovers

I had leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner today. Granted, we had family together for the whole weekend. That means we cooked up a storm for a couple of days and I’m left with lots of choices and little food...

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

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Their World—And Ours

The saying goes, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” As a parent, I hope I am not foolishly trying to act like my twenty-something. However, showing interest in what my student’s world looks like—and how they look at...

Thursday, January 30, 2020

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Skirting the New Year

One of the most enlightening conversations over the holidays was about my tree skirt. No, I’m not talking about a skirt with trees on it or a skirt made from trees, although bamboo is big in textiles these days. Imagine...

Monday, January 13, 2020

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Good Grief

The song written for the timeless TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas", goes on to say, "Happiness and cheer, fun for all that children call their favorite time of year.” I beg to differ. Presuming it is a joyous,...

Monday, December 2, 2019

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To Tell the Truth

I admit I am wary of actions that put me in physical danger. I am sitting in the urgent care lobby, waiting and writing while my husband is getting stitches on a couple of good-sized gashes. He’s a handy guy with a...

Monday, November 4, 2019

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Try This At Home

I admit I am wary of actions that put me in physical danger. I am sitting in the urgent care lobby, waiting and writing while my husband is getting stitches on a couple of good-sized gashes. He’s a handy guy with a...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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WITH or WITHOUT?

Is it just our human nature to focus on our lack instead of our gain? Even if we make change in our diet to improve our health, we think about what favorite food we are giving up to reach our weight loss goal. Why is it...

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Monumental Moments

I asked my friend, “How was your weekend?” Under usual circumstances, that is a simple question to ask. However, depending on the timing and context, the answer can be quite complex. She is in the middle of major life...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Lord Give Me Patience—Right Now!

​As part of their legacy to me, my two grandfathers doled out lessons in patience. My Papaw Arthur had little tolerance for grumpy grandkids. If a pouty attitude crept out onto a protruding lip, he would be quick to...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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Accept Except?

What does it really mean to accept others as they are? My son recently admitted to me that the people that have the very most exposure to him also get to see the worst of him. “Does that include me?” I asked. The answer...

Monday, April 29, 2019

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Unintentional Influence

My daughter and I have a laughable habit of unintentionally dressing alike. It was her lot in life to have her mother also serving as her high school principal. She could have felt really embarrassed by the many days...

Monday, April 1, 2019

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Ready When They Are

School is about to begin. Getting the sense the balance of control within your family is shifting? Take heart. In the midst of change, rest in the One who never changes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

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Life Choices—Served with Pie

Students face many important decisions in their first few years out of the home—especially related to college. The right "coaching" can make all the difference in helping them navigate this exciting time.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

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