Category Archives: Teens

The “But I Don’t Want To” Exemption

“They are being mean to me. How should I respond?” It is a pretty common question that people struggle with when relationships fracture. Among friends, family, or ex-spouses, the question arises repeatedly. As a therapist, I understand the dynamic; a … Continue reading

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Graduations and Milestones

As many are acknowledging milestones in their lives at this time of the year, I’ve been reflecting on some of them. There are those who are experiencing milestones in their educational progression. Some are experiencing a first transition as kindergarten … Continue reading

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Hope for a Broken World

As Tom and I processed the next few weeks, we were working out our timing so each of us would have holiday time with our families. He and Pam are gone to Kansas City this weekend for their Christmas there, … Continue reading

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When the Pieces Come Together

Small choices are the building blocks of character formation. Being like Jesus is usually formed in little things that at the time might not seem significant. A choice to use kindness in place of trying to win, or the decision … Continue reading

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Moving to Forgiveness

We are moving from a self-focused and self-absorbed life to a life of surrender, doing the hard thing for the better thing. I want to be like Jesus, it is what God called me to. I want to live a life that moves beyond the basics Continue reading

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Broken Wells

Wanting acceptance and love, a place to belong, someone to trust all that you are with… it has eluded our friend speaking to Jesus. She has tried multiple times, partners who are nameless but numbered, and now has agreed to live with one not her husband just so she has a place to be.  When her ears are teased with the notion of living water… she is intensely aware that she has no way to get to it. Continue reading

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Rejoice with Others, Even When Life is Tough

As often happens with Jesus, when word gets out about his coming to an area, a large crowd gathers. Frankly, their interest is in the meals that have been provided or the entertainment value that accompanies this great teacher. They don’t feel the pressing matter of a dying child. It must have vexed Jairus greatly as progress was impeded. Continue reading

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Level Playing Fields

The Scriptures are filled with stories of every type of person encountering God, struggling to follow and ultimately surrendering before him. Warrior, poet, priest, king, the poor, the wealthy, shepherds, boat builders, weavers, city sophisticates, country ruffians, the popular, the outcast are all included in these stories of a surrendered life. It isn’t easier if you are smart, or sweet or stylish. It isn’t harder if you are bold, brash, or a braggart. Continue reading

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A Star Out of Place

As a small boy I would lie in the grass looking to the stars and wonder… How did this happen? Who made this? And when? You don’t have to be very big to gaze at the stars, overwhelmed by the … Continue reading

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Owning our Past

For example, if someone makes the choice to “buy lotto tickets, hoping to get help in paying bills”, then is broke when the billing cycle hits… there is no bad luck there. That is called bad judgment, or poor choices. If the choices aren’t owned and reflected upon, guess what happens next time? Continue reading

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