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...]

How to Stop Lying and Speak the Truth — to Yourself

Ok. I admit it. I’m a liar. Or am I? Funny thing about liars. No one believes them even when they do tell the truth. Which I am doing right now. I think. If only I could stop lying -- to myself. Photo via http://www.tiffanydow.com/blog/liar-liar-pants-on-fire/ Here’s my problem. I am quite conscientious about speaking the truth to others – to you, for example. I’d put up with a lot of hurt to speak the truth to you. That’s not the problem. It’s when I talk to myself – inside, where no one else ca … [Read more...]

See How to Easily Schedule a Weekend Marriage Retreat

Like most guys, I don't like asking for directions. But when it comes to my marriage, I don't mind getting pointers.If I'm going to invest the time and money in a marriage retreat, I want the relaxing and transforming weekend I posted about here.Photo via http://stjohns-savage.org/612841.ihtmlMany friends have asked about the details of the schedule. How exactly do you schedule your time on a weekend marriage retreat? I suppose there are a lot of ways you could do it, but, for what it's … [Read more...]

Immigration Reform 2.0: I Want to Believe

When it comes to immigration reform, I want to believe. I really do.I want to believe that the latest efforts at immigration reform -- call it immigration reform 2.0 -- will actually do something to help the 5 million children trapped in limbo within our society. And since we just celebrated School Choice Week last week, we should note that most of them end up in the very worst schools.I want to believe that our political leaders might actually reach a solution that dismantles the labor … [Read more...]

See Why Parents Choose School Choice in Ohio

National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states.This is a guest post by Sarah Pechan of School Choice Ohio. You can connect with them on Twitter & Facebook. This week in Columbus, Ohio, parents from across the city came to explore their school options at a community “school sh … [Read more...]

School Choice Week: Why Homeschool Is the Best School

National School Choice Week 2013, which runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, shines a spotlight on the need for education opportunities for all. In only its third year, this bipartisan, grassroots effort features more than 3,500 events spanning all 50 states. This is a guest post from Steven Horwich, teacher, writer, director, and founder of Connect the Thoughts, providing resources and training for homeschooling. You can follow him on Twitter @Homeschoolcurr and Facebook.There is a great d … [Read more...]

Marriage Retreat: How to Plan a Weekend Getaway

Fifteen years -- and counting.I know. Ours is not the longest marriage on record. But it is the happiest.I have the certificate to prove it. Somewhere. It's right --  well, it's not important now. I'll look it up later.Right after we get the six kids to bed.Now that we've covered Why You Should Plan a Marriage Retreat, let's get practical and talk how to plan a weekend getaway. Well, it doesn't have to be a weekend getaway, as you'll see, but it would sure help.One excuse I've heard of … [Read more...]


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