Why We Give Easter Baskets to Our Children

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Maybe you're one of those families that gives Easter baskets to their children to celebrate some defunct Roman deity. You know what I'm talking about. The eggs, the beans, the chick, the bunnies -- they're all signs of your secret allegiance to some long-forgotten fertility goddess. Admit it! You're a secret Satan worshipper!Or maybe it's just the chocolate.Having lived my entire life in Evangelical Christian circles, I've heard all the arguments for and against giving Easter baskets … [Read more...]

About that Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Silliness

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About that Supreme Court Same-sex marriage silliness....Last week I came across something I had never encountered before. It has fascinated me ever since. Ants.Not ants, per se. I have, in fact, seen those once or twice in my lifetime. It wasn't the ants themselves, but the silliness of where I found them that befuddled me.I've know animals to do some strange things. I know of someone who once found a snake coiled up around her computer cables. Nice. I once found a baby opossum in m … [Read more...]

How to Delegate Like a Pro

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It's hard for me to delegate because it's hard for me to let go.As a parent, it's easier for me to just do something than to give my kids a shot at it. As a leader, it's more comfortable for me to hold on to a task I know I can do well, than to delegate it to someone else.Come to think of it, learning to delegate effectively is a walk of faith. [ See my post The Secret to Living by Faith ] So I guess it's appropriate that we talk about it here at FaithWalkers. Lessons from Jethro I … [Read more...]

Movie Review: “The Croods” Not Bad, But No National Treasure

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I guess I expected the latest DreamWorks animated film The Croods to be, well, crude. Hitting the theaters Friday, March, 22, 2013, written and directed by  Kirk DiMicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods, the latest addition to the DreamWorks animated vault, surprised me in a few ways.Given DreamWorks marketplace niche of funny, endearing, but slightly irreverent films and this film’s name, I thought this one might have me recoiling on occasion or wishing I could have hit the mute button in t … [Read more...]

Failure: How to Bounce Back from Your Next One

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Failure. You are planning to experience it again aren't you?Some years ago I added this line to my life mission statement: "Embrace failure as the only path to success." [ Tweet this! ] I've had to remind myself of it far too often of late.How to Bounce Back A recent failure reminded me of a family scene from a few years ago. We were vacationing in sunny Charleston, SC. It was our kids' first experience with ocean surf. At the time, they were toddlers who had trouble walking on solid … [Read more...]

How to Talk to Your Kids: 3 Simple Steps to Success

It shouldn't be that hard to do, should it? To talk to your kids? To carry on a conversation with a 5, 7, or 12-year-old? You'd think we wouldn't have to give it too much attention to make it happen.After all, we drive and talk all the time. You can multi-task when trying to talk to your kids can’t you? Well, sometimes. Maybe.But we're not likely not have much success, and certainly not much intentional growth. [ 5 Steps to More Intentional Living by Faith ] Maybe we should take some simp … [Read more...]

How to Focus on God Each and Every Morning

At a recent Bible study I attended, one man shared that he really struggled to get focused on God on Saturday mornings when his family schedule is so different that day. As a father of six, I could relate to that. Maybe you can, too.But Saturday isn't the only day it can be tough. Each and every morning brings its own challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) So how can you quickly and easily get your heart where it needs to be before work and … [Read more...]

How Going to Sleep Earlier Can Transform your Morning Prayer Time

I confess. I slept in today.Of course, it is Saturday, so I don't feel all that bad.Recently, I had some back pain that was just annoying enough to keep me from falling asleep. Combine that with the usual stuff that can tempt all of us to keep thinking every night long after we should have stopped -- and each of us can easily find ourselves waking up long after we should have been spending focused time in prayer.Aargh! Er -- I meant, Amen.I'm sure you've had one of those … [Read more...]


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