20 Goals Every Christian Should Set

goalsWhether we’re talking about our personal lives, spiritual lives, relationships, our character, or our future, we need to ask ourselves what kind of people we want to be. Having goals can center us, keep our eyes on Christ, and encourage us to grow. Without goals, we have no reason to press on, and we can flounder, feel lost, or lose track of our purpose.

I’m doing something a little different over on Crosswalk.com today–a slideshow. Come check out 20 Goals Every Christian Should Set.

What are your spiritual goals? How will you reach them?

(added note 1/8/2017) **I’ve gotten quite a few comments about not being able to read all 20 Goals. When I follow my link to Crosswalk, there’s an arrow on the right after I click “start slideshow” that allows me to scroll through. I’m sorry for whatever issues are going on with the website, but I’m not seeing them.

Read More

7 Ways to Survive Sending Your Child Off to College

DSCN7877

Saying Goodbye Freshman Year

If you hang around church long enough, you’ll hear people say children are a blessing from the Lord.

The Lord agrees. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth” (Psalm 127:3-4 NIV).

While I don’t disagree, the term blessing doesn’t quite cover the emotional wreckage that comes with being a parent. Raising children might be the most difficult, heart-wrenching, joyful, and rewarding journey I’ll ever take.

When my kids were small and needy, I fantasized about sleeping past sunrise and taking long showers. As they got a little older, I wished for quiet, unmessy meals. Fast forward another few years and my daydreams veered more toward visions of not constantly tripping over scattered clutter and shoes.  READ THE REST AT CROSSWALK.COM.

Read More

Are Christians Trying to be too Happy?

happyI spent my growing-up years in a conservative Midwestern church during the 70’s and 80’s. If I had to pick one word to define my experience, I’d chose legalistic. 

Between the Sunday morning sermons, Sunday evening service, Wednesday night youth group, and the Christian parenting style of the moment, I was taught there was a simple formula for happiness. And if I followed that formula, my life would be good. Maybe even perfect. At the very least, nothing too bad would happen to me.

The formula itself was fairly simple, like a basic set of rules to follow. READ THE REST AT CROSSWALK.COM.

Read More