Rebecca Hagelin and her husband, Andy, have been married for over twenty years and are parents of three teenagers. They reside in the Washington, DC area.
This time of year, lights strung up around our homes proclaim a warm welcome, usher us into the firelight, the flickering candlelight, the colorful glow of family trees. The lights elicit an exciting sense of hope; they help ready us for the coming holiday.
He gave up Heaven, power and honor in exchange for a dirty feeding trough, helplessness and a cross.
Waiting for peace; hoping for joy; anticipating something wonderful. All of creation waits in earnest for the time of salvation.
Every one of us has been blessed by God, but so few of us recognize His hand on our lives. And those of us who do recognize His providence so rarely take the time to express our gratitude. All too often our thanks is missing.
Those famous words from our favorite modern president, Ronald Reagan, never rang more true than when the freedoms of religion and of speech were recently threatened for pastors in Houston, Texas.
Weve all felt that bittersweet longing for familiar places and people. Our experience of homesickness increases with age.
Where are you looking for your fulfillment? To simple pleasures? To hard work and success? To beauty and art or justice and honor?
Apathy toward indecent, uncivil, and immoral behavior has been the undoing of many a nation throughout history. Nations who replace a relationship with God for secular idols are quickly filled with individuals who are apathetic about how they treat others, and ultimately become nations marred by selfishness and greed.
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fogits here a little while, then its gone.
In todays health-conscious culture, the saying you are what you eat is generally regarded as gospel truth. We know its important to eat well because its obvious that our lives are deeply affected by the quality of our diets. How much more important is it to watch what we put into our minds and pay attention to how it affects us?
Pornography is everywhere. Its an evil with far-reaching affects that damage many layers of society. But no one is hurt more by the overwhelming presence of pornography in our society than children.
Is it our self-medicated cure for boredom; or an expression of our obsession with ourselves?
If you could take any aspect from the family you grew up in and bring it into the family you have created, what would it be? A certain holiday tradition? The way your home was always filled with visitors? The friendship and affection your parents had for each other? Or maybe even the tough, but refining love they showed you?
The US Constitution begins with the words, We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union
As my daughter, Kristin, and I recently browsed through my last book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, we came across a chapter entitled, Vow To Be The Parent (Not Your Childs Best Friend). I had to laugh to myself because Kristinmy third and youngest childis now 22 and married, and I know my days of "active parenting" are more or less over. She is now first and foremost a friend. As long as there is breath in me I will be her mother - ready to provide counsel and advice as I am invited to share it.
With free education offered in every town in the United States, a plethora of teachers who seem to be more than willing to take a role of authority in place of parents, and the convenience of sending our children to someone else to educate them, many parents have relinquished their role as the primary director of their childrens education. Our kids spend more awake time in schoolrooms during their formative years than just about any other place. But it seems that most parents dont have a clue what their children are being taught.
We live in a culture that is all about me, me, me. Take a stroll through the mall on any given day and you will see children whining when they cant have the latest toy or video game, while discouraged parents shrug their shoulders and give in. Hang around any retail store and it may seem like the Gimme" generation is running the show. You hear an I want this and the register replies with a hearty ch-ching!"
Throughout history, men have left the warmth of home to light upon untamed lands. Scientists venture into the deep of the sea and the dark of the sky. Architects build bridges raw and powerful, stable on the brink of peril, with just enough room in the balancing act for doubt to make crossing an adventure.
?If we’re going to fight the toxins that constantly threaten our culture, we have to make certain that we go about it the right way.
Do you know your family?
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