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 that the WITHOUT seems to outweigh (pun intended) the WITH?
Friday, August 30, 2019
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 change—a we-will-never-be-the-same kind of life change. Her answer to my...
Thursday, August 1, 2019
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 say, “I’m gonna to put a rooster on that lip!”
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Modeling Being Human
The good news—and the bad news—is that we are the primary examples for our children. Instinctively though, we know that “monkey see, monkey do” applies to more than just the sweet moments of life. Our children also live in close proximity with our greatest stressors and our most critical conflicts.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Because it's much easier to receive parents' praise than parents' concern, our college students' transparency about their temptations can be limited. It is unusual for a student to admit to Mom and Dad that they are in trouble…with money…with grades…with alcohol…and especially with their...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Me or We?
It’s going to happen any day now…there will be unmistakable signs of spring on campus. The snow will melt, the trees will green up, students will take their studying outdoors, and the campus ROCK will feature two names in a heart to announce another new engagement. I’m not getting any younger but...
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Bread or a Stone?
I found myself back in Matthew 7 this week, reminded that the Lord invites us to ask Him for what we need. Verses 7 and 8 say, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one...
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
College Preparation, Parents
4 expectations parents should set with their college student
Now fall semester has begun. With our students, it is easy for hopes to get ahead of plans. While we are busy packing in the last family picnic of the summer, getting the commuter car in shape, or shopping for the dorm room supplies, it is easy to get so busy that we forget to discuss what will...
Monday, August 28, 2017
Alumni, Leadership, Ministry & Missions, Parents
How UNW alum and parenting coach Jim Jackson found his calling
Today Jackson, along with his wife Lynne, leads Connected Families, a Christian-based ministry to parents and churches. They’ve written two books, How to Grow a Connected Family and Discipline That Connects with Your Child’s Heart.
Monday, March 27, 2017
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