The pastor and his wife sit down with the soon-to-be-married couple. This isn't a comfortable topic, but they feel it necessary to press forward and get it over with. "So, have you decided what to do about birth control?" The young couple shifts nervously in their chairs as they exchange embarrassed glances. The young man… Continue reading The Church and Contraceptives: Freedom to Choose to be Foolish?
My parents bought a skeleton house with nothing but the frame and the siding intact. At first, we had no running water, no electricity, no heating, and no cooling. Dad filled plastic barrels in the back of his truck with water from a pumping station and hauled them home for us to top off our… Continue reading Who’s Design IS This?–What’s WRONG with Our Family-building Approach, and How We Can Fix It
You know that feeling when you're so frustrated you want to cry? But then you can't because for some reason your eyes insist on staying dry. Instead of tears for an outlet, you form prayers, and fling them upward hoping they'll smack into heaven at some point if you just yell them (inwardly) loud enough. That's frustration,… Continue reading How I Deal with Discouragement
#1 Eat all your food. I don't always make them eat everything on their plate; for example, if it's way too spicy because I accidentally added too much chile powder, I show compassion and only make them eat half. Most of the time, though, I serve them what I consider a reasonable amount, and require… Continue reading Rules I Teach My Children: #1