Work-Life Balance

Michael Hyatt
July 14, 2014

“A few years ago I took my mentoring group on a ropes course. For one of the challenges, we walked a long stretch of rope that wound around several trees. We had to hold onto each other as we worked our way across the line.

Here’s what I remember most of all: When we were balanced, it never really felt like we were. Our legs constantly moved and wobbled, and we strained to grip each other and the nearest tree. But we stayed on that line a long time, making little corrections, adjusting our weight, and trying to stay upright. It didn’t feel like balance, but it was.

That’s exactly how life is, right?”

Read the rest of What No One Ever Told You About Work-Life Balance.

Sam and Tess Cutting the Cake

Sam and Tess Cutting the Cake

My two sisters, my mom, and myself

My two sisters, my mom, and myself

Jennie and Joe

My daughter, Jennie, was the flower girl. Here she is with Joe, the little ring bearer. She told me after the wedding that she plans to marry him.

The Wedding Dance

Here I am dancing with my oldest son, the groom. My youngest son is trying to cut in.

The Limp

Practical Theology for Women
August 14, 2014

“As I was walking today, I noted that, given the pain and rawness of the wound on my knee, I was much more cautious with my steps. My physical limp slowed me down and made me pay attention to the cracks in the sidewalk. It made me more aware of the potential ways I could fall. Similarly, my emotional and spiritual scars make me pay attention to my own heart and to zealously guard it. I watch closely for the ways that Satan tempts me to react to my pain that will actually harm me more. I pray diligently that the Lord would keep me from the evil one and help me obey.”

One of the first “things as they are” facts you need to learn is that it is impossible to correct, change, alter, redefine, censure, sweet-talk, or reason with a fool. Let me say that again: It is impossible. If you take nothing else away from this chapter, then at least hang on to this truth: If you try to change your fool, you will fail! Get that, my friend, and get it well. If you do, then you will be able to successfully foolproof your life.

The Bible says, “Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the discipline of fools is folly” (Proverbs 16:22, NASB). In other words, any attempt to correct a fool is useless because “discipline” is foolishness to one who despises wisdom, mocks at guilt, and starts quarrels. This is the great dividing line: If discipline does nothing to change the fool, then your focus must be on you and your “understanding.” Wisdom must become your goal and your hope. It must be your safe haven and your delight.

Jan Silvious
Foolproofing Your Life: How to Deal Effectively with the Impossible People in Your Life (The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, 2009-09-11), p. 125

Confused About Submission? Some Clarification!

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In a cut and dried world of blue skies and straightforward rules, the answer to misogyny is to cheerfully encourage women to suck it up and suffer like Christ. Problem solved with deeply ingrained theological beliefs still intact. It’s challenging to leave your spoon feeders behind you and sit down with just the Bible and your questions.

One of my favorite online friends, Jennifer Ross, is part of a documentary project that is being released August 26: Unmarried: The Rise of Singleness.

The price will be $18 when it is released, BUT – right now you can pre-purchase it for only $13.

This release falls in the same month our 20-year-old son will be marrying his 20-year-old fiance. One week to go, and I will be a mother-in-law. That feels weird to me, I have to admit. Wasn’t it only yesterday I was on a date with my 2-year-old in his favorite restaurant (McDonalds) eating french fries? Just the two of us? I can’t think of that without crying. It inspires me to smother my current 2-year-old with a few more hugs than he likes every day.

I’ll post some wedding pictures when it’s all over. In the meantime, check out this thought-provoking documentary HERE.

Should a Husband Force His Wife to Home School?

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Picture this: it’s the Judgement Day, and you are standing next to your spouse and kids. Maybe your family of origin too. Maybe your friends from college. Hey, there’s a whole crowd of people you recognize all around you. It’s like “This is Your Life” from Sesame Street.

Will Someone Please Make Her Shut Up?

Whole Family Strong
May 1, 2013

Why do women feel the need to tell us the same junk over and over and over? Why do they feel the need to nag and complain about every stupid little thing? It’s aggravating. It’s demeaning. It becomes bullying after a while. It’s completely unnecessary. Seems like it should qualify as abuse. Can I get an amen out there?

Well, guys. Here’s the problem with that.

When I hear a guy complain about his nagging wife, I NEVER assume it’s her fault.

Never.

Read the rest of Will Someone Please Make Her Shut Up? by Erik Matlock

My own caveat about this post: there IS such a thing as a “nagging wife.” You know. A chronically self-centered, dissatisfied, ungrateful woman. Of course there is, or the Bible wouldn’t mention her. But in the majority of counseling cases when a woman initiates a cry for help, she isn’t being a “nag.” Her husband may SAY she is a nag, but she is not this woman the Bible is talking about. The husband is just using verses against her to confuse her, make her doubt herself, and keep her “in line” so he can control her while living however he wants to live. It is in defense of the majority of women who fall into THAT category that this guy is writing. Capiche?

Do You Want to Be Different?

Do You Want to be Different?

This morning I thought about how John must have felt as he watched Jesus being crucified. His hero. His life. All his hopes and dreams—dying. What in the world happened? The feelings of disbelief, horror, and fear of the future must have been overwhelming. John believed that Jesus was God. What do you do with that? You know. When God dies?