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For the last several months, I've noticed something bothering my dog's mouth. Hershey has been licking more and rubbing his face into the ground. I decided to take him to the veterinarian. He assured me all was well with my dog.

But the behavior continued.

I went to another veterinarian for a second opinion. He assured me that Hershey was fine. When I asked about the odd behavior he told me that sometimes dogs just do funny things.

I wasn't satisfied.

One of my closest friends just happens to be a dental hygienist. While over for dinner one night, I asked, "Is there any way that we could break into your dental office in the middle of the night and use the X-ray machine to see what's really going on in my dog's mouth?" Continue Reading...

Reaching Your Prodigal

Moms and dads keep asking, “Where did I go wrong?”

I hear the stories of heartbreak.

The adult child who wants nothing to do with God, church, or faith.

The daughter raised in the church who is now selling her body for drugs.

The son who is so angry at his parents he hasn’t spoken to them in years.

My heart aches with each story. The loving parent who more than anything wants their child back in a healthy relationship with God and them.

Throughout the spring, I’ve had the delight of being part of the Women of Joy tour and listening to Phil Waldrep dispense some of the best teaching I’ve ever heard for parents walking this rough journey.

He goes into much depth, offering practical insight and action steps in his book, Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now?

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Today I wanted to highlight two important principles from the book: Continue Reading...

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Woman’s World Magazine asked me me to weigh in modern mood boosters—how we bump up our level of joy ever day.

Here are 7 ways you can experience more joy beginning today. Continue Reading...

The One Thing to Add to Your To-Do List Today

Job and his friends ask God a laundry list of “Why?” questions.

Why did this happen? Why did God not prevent it? Why does God allow such pain and loss?

Those ancient questions are much different than the ones we ask God today.

Situations. Circumstances. Experiences. Many of them leaving us asking, “Why?” Continue Reading...

5 Reasons to Join an Online Bible Study

What do you do about your weekly small group when your schedule gets crazy?

You can’t find a small group that meets on the only night you’re available.

The Bible study at your church doesn’t offer childcare.

You miss too many meetings because of the kid’s practices, concerts, and the never-ending carpool responsibilities.

Or maybe your church doesn’t offer small groups during the summer because of conflicting schedules. Continue Reading...