Two weeks ago today, Peter and I read the last essays from our professorial piles. We posted our students’ final semester grades. And we officially completed what we would call one of the longest school years of our lives. If you know our recent journey at all, you understand why. Just a couple of days… Read More Lessons from a Long Year: A New Summer Series
I’ve learned so much while writing this blog series on CALLING, and I’ve had such a significant response from all of you, that I feel led to turn the content into a NEW RETREAT SERIES, which will be ready for FALL 2019. I believe that this subject will resonate with any audience of any age!… Read More NEW Retreat Series: “Live Your Calling”!
Guest Post by Dr. Mollie Bond A college buddy and I were on her couch, talking about the plateau that a mid-career woman can feel. With our feet tucked underneath us like we were those college kids from decades ago, we discussed the next steps in our dreams as if we had just graduated. What… Read More Dreams and Callings
To wrap up our series on CALLING, and in honor of this month’s graduates, I am re-posting this classic piece from 2014. It became the launching pad for our first book, 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves, which makes a great graduation gift for high school and college grads alike. So congratulations, graduates! “The… Read More 20 Things I’d Tell My Twenty-Something Self
Despite the fact that it snowed here last Saturday, summer is coming! Truly, it is. It’s obvious on our college campus, since all of us—professors, staff, and students alike—are limping along in mile 25 of this marathon—counting each mile marker, turning the last corner, and straining our eyes for the finish line. See, as much… Read More Rid Yourself of the Tyranny of the “To-Do”
So far in our series on CALLING, we’ve talked about God’s “General Call” on our lives—to salvation and discipleship and eternal life with Him. We’ve also examined several “Specific Calls” God gave to His people throughout Scripture—to go into the land which God would reveal, to lead His people out of Egypt, to be a… Read More 8 Keys to Determining God’s Call
Ten years ago today, our son Daryl came to live in our home and in our hearts. He was seven months old at the time—and heading into the foster system. I tell some of his story HERE. What is most relevant for this post is the fact that April 2009 was one of those times… Read More God’s Unmistakable Call
One day over Christmas break, our family had a decision to make. A few months earlier, sometime in September (before Peter’s stroke), I had made a reservation for us to take a little trip down to Branson, Missouri—including a two-day stop in St. Louis to visit the City Museum on the way. The problem was,… Read More 6 Steps to Making a Wise Decision
A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting around a table with a group of women at a church event, and the subject of homeschooling came up. One woman explained that she had homeschooled all five of her children from kindergarten through high school…to which another woman exclaimed, “I’m so glad that is NOT my… Read More Waiting for a Burning Bush?
Welcome to my blogger’s nightmare. A few nights ago, I sat on my bed—recovering from a nasty cold and fiddling with this blog behind the scenes. As I was trying to tweak some SEO elements (which I barely understand and have no business touching), I inadvertently and stupidly adjusted the permalink settings for This Odd… Read More A Social Media Manifesto