Baby Jesus Is Born

Mary and Joseph sat by the manger in front of the family Christmas tree. An uncle was in charge of recording the scene. Grandmother began reading from God’s Word. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” (Luke 2:8 NIV) The…  Read More

Thanksgiving: An American Treasure

Thanksgiving family

“I’m sorry, guys. The gravy’s not quite ready. Seems it always takes longer than I expect.” The family is getting restless. One person snitches a pickle off the relish plate thinking she’s not been seen. The farmer lifts a lid off a pot to peer inside. A four-year-old stares at…  Read More

Sibling Rivalry: 5 Ways to Lessen the Friction

Sibling rivalry between sisters

Sibling rivalry occurs in almost all families unless there’s only one child. When you experience it in your home, you aren’t alone. It has been happening since the world began. (Cain and Abel, Genesis 4:1-15). Other examples from God’s word are Esau and Jacob (Genesis 27), Joseph and his brothers…  Read More

Peace: The Absence of Disorder

An afternoon of peach with grandmother and grandson

What stands in the way of experiencing peace? “Generation Y’s don’t talk on the phone, right?” The man speaking on the use of technology in marketing looked around the room. A few 20-somethings nodded or commented in agreement as they continued to access the world on their smart phones. I’m…  Read More

Fairness Is Not Always Same for All Children

Fairness of wages - Latecomers pay equal?

Fairness is a “hot button” topic between kids and parents. “That’s not fair,” your child cries in protest to a situation at home or school. You may respond, “Life’s not fair,” because that’s what your parents said. And, we know we can’t treat two children exactly same. The “Unfair” Vineyard…  Read More