One day our little girl and her friend headed across the street to swing at the school playground. When they arrived at the road that separated our house from the playground, our daughter stopped to look for cars. Her friend did not. She ran into the street and was hit by a passing car.Fortunately the car was traveling slowly. But it hit the girl with enough force that she flew some distance and skidded on the road to a painful stop.We responded immediately. We made her comfortable, put a cool Read More.
For years I’ve heard adults complain about how disrespectful teenagers are with a tone that suggests the teenagers should fix their problem. I found myself wondering if it was really totally the teenagers’ problem, and if it was possible for teenagers to fix the culture of disrespect all alone. After many years of helping families fix disrespect problems I can say with certainty that teenagers are not going to be able to conquer their disrespect problem alone. Parent involvement is essential for Read More.
I recently read The Gifts of Imperfection by the popular TED speaker, Brene Brown. It’s about embracing your authentic self, among other things, and at one point she says this:“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.”This hit me with absolute clarity and made me realize how wrong we are when we elevate our self-sufficiency to the point that we Read More.
IntroductionJust as Jesus “bore our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4), so we are to participate in His suffering—by barring ourselves from sin and self, and choosing instead to follow what He would have us do. (Rom. 8:17)“Suffering” simply means barring ourselves (or preventing ourselves) from following sin and self. (1 Pet. 4:19)This is what Philippians 3:10 refers to when it says, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being Read More.