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Bad Marriage Advice

We’ve all heard it. Someone, somewhere gave another human marriage advice so spectacularly bad that we cringed a little bit inside. Usually this someone was on a reality show. Or at a relative’s wedding.  Those unfortunate platitudes are easy to spot and just as easy to brush aside. Slightly more dangerous, however, are those bits of advice that seem very applicable and true on the surface, but become somewhat problematic if you look at them a little closer. Here are…

Boundaries – Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Most of us have heard that phrase – good fences make good neighbors. But is that true? After all, aren’t we supposed to be breaking down barriers rather than putting them up? Don’t walls just keep people apart? Well, yes…and no. Let’s dive in, shall we?  History time! If we could go back in time to the Old West and journey beyond the borders of the Ponderosa and past the OK Corral, we would find ourselves embroiled in an age-old…

Social Media Tragedy

It would surprise us if it weren’t so common.  But every time it happens it still breaks our hearts.  This past week a famous relationship therapist revealed her 16 year old son, bored from the many months of quarantine, had been approached by a drug dealer on Snapchat.  The teen thought he was buying Xanax, but it was actually Xanax laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50 to 100 times more potent.  The teen was a…

Getting ahead in a digital world

Last weekend, my wife and I discovered our phones were running much slower than normal. We decided to go to the local AT&T store and see if we could wipe them of their content or if we were just out of luck. It turned out not be our lucky day, so we ended up having to upgrade. While waiting for our upgrade to be finished, my 4-year-old, Raegan turned to me and said, “Daddy, I want a phone too.” We…

Commentary on Matthew 26

Commentary on Matthew 26 by Laurel Walker-Davis Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it, and gave it to his disciples. After blessing it broke it. After blessing. He broke it. He blessed it first. Cause we were a blessing before the curse, rehearsed in the mind of GOD like a well-prepared speech, He reached into His heart and pulled out a feast. And that feast was part you. That feast was part me.…

Thin Yellow Lines

Do you remember the first time you saw The Wizard of Oz? The moment Dorothy opened the door to the brilliant Technicolor of a new and foreign land? The strangeness of the houses and the munchkins’ clothing and speech–and the “Lollipop Guild”?  “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I had an out-of-Kansas experience in my early twenties when I moved across the ocean to teach in a foreign land: China. There everything seemed unfamiliar. I looked…

More Meaningful Together

“Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!” – Matthew 5:4 GNT This verse from Jesus’ sermon on the mount sounds like an oxymoron. Right? Can the path to God’s comfort and joy really begin with mourning? Can joy and sorrow even co-exist? My experience has been that they cannot only co-exist, but they are more meaningful together. I was terrified the first few times I attended GriefShare and know how hard it can be to push through feelings…

What is Mindfulness?

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 “Mindfulness” is one of those words that has become trendy in the past few years, particularly as discussion of mental health has increased in the public sphere. But what is it? Put simply, it is the practice (and it does take practice)…

You’re Invited

I was pouring out some pent up emotions (and tears) in prayer on my walk the other day. I noticed I’d been trying to live bootstraps pulled up, marching forward right over my heart. I know that is not the Father’s heart towards me, so I decided to declare the truth to my heart by praying through Psalm 23. When I came to “my cup runs over,” I “looked” inside my cup. It was empty. A tear fell to the…

I Can’t Cheer Them Up – When a Loved One Struggles With Depression

  I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 Watching a loved one struggle with depression is a frustrating, often exhausting battle. For many of us, our natural inclination is to try to “cheer up” someone who appears unhappy. For someone with depression, this is not always possible, and the effort involved can leave caregivers feeling exhausted, frustrated, and emotionally…

Dealing with Grief

November is one of my favorite months of the year, as it ushers in a season of reflection; most needed moments to pause and count our blessings during Thanksgiving before the frenzy of the Christmas season.  It always seems to be a month filled with nostalgia for me.  As I watch the leaves fall from the trees, I tend to slow down a bit more and think about the fact that those leaves were once the source of nourishment for…

Suicide and Teens

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 If you’re a parent of a teenager, you are faced with innumerable challenges every day. Parenting a teen in the age of smartphones, social media, and internet is incredibly difficult and downright terrifying. Bullies, harmful internet content, and comparison-driven social media can now reach…