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New Year Tools

Building a Vision for Your Family

Building a Vision for Your Family

As the new year old unfolds and resolutions are made, we should ask ourselves: what am I working towards? Am I working towards something, to become someone? Or am I just working? The reason this kind of question is important is because the goals and resolutions we...

A Chair Needs All 4 of Its Legs

A Chair Needs All 4 of Its Legs

It was in the middle of a busy day, week, month. Rushing, rushing between work, kids, cleaning, cooking… I sat down to take a moment, not knowing that one of our wooden chairs had taken one too many hits. I eased back, expecting the chair to hold my weight, only to...

Making Family Goals with Dream Maps

Making Family Goals with Dream Maps

The beginning of the year is always an important time to reflect, assess and make new determinations. As our day is determined by the night before (how you slept, if your kids did his or her homework, if you ate something funny) so should the year before help us...

Taking out the Trash

Taking out the Trash

The other day, I changed the lightbulbs in the bathroom, but I forgot to throw away the old ones.  The next morning, I walked into the bathroom and saw the new lights shining. Above them sat the old light bulbs dangerously perched on a narrow ledge above the mirror. ...

Tending Our Gardens

Tending Our Gardens

We have a beautiful yard at the house we are currently renting. I always feel it was clear this was a haven of beauty and serenity for the previous owners. I often imagine an elderly couple where the husband designed the garden out of his deep love for his wife. I...

Plan, but Leave Room for God

Plan, but Leave Room for God

We have had quite a year, with so many unexpected, unprecedented events, not just in our lives, but in the world. My son approached me one morning. He sat next to me at the table and asked, “Mom, how do you plan for the future when things are so unsure.” I could feel...

A Family Farm Trip to Offer 2020 to God

A Family Farm Trip to Offer 2020 to God

By Nathan Breland Our son stepped out of the car to the sound of chickens clucking and goats bleating. From that moment to the end of our trip, he ran – exhilarated and non-stop - through White Lotus Farms of Port Ludlow, WA. It was a quaint little destination that...

Did You Bring Your Map and Compass for Life?

Did You Bring Your Map and Compass for Life?

We started our New Years with a hike. 2020 was quite a year for the world and we wanted to make sure we make the effort to start 2021 with the right perspective. An outdoor challenge seemed to be a good way to clear our minds and start with God. But the hike started...

Win-Win

Win-Win

Sometimes all it takes to resolve a small situation is taking a larger perspective. Some call it the “birds eye view” or the “God’s eye view” but pulling ourselves out of our own feelings and perspective can have a transformative effect on disagreements. What follows...

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