I got my first cell phone when I was nearly thirty years old. It was a piece of technology about the size of a candy bar, which I used only to make phone calls. A couple years later I also began using my phone for sending text messages — a laborious process requiring me to press the number key correlating with my desired letter (for example, to say “hi.” I’d press the number four twice for “h” to appear, then three more times for the letter “i”).
I remember going to a local festival when I was in first grade. There was a clown selling balloons and, to my surprise, my parents bought one and promptly tied it to my wrist. I loved that balloon. I don’t know why, but it instantly felt special to me. As I walked around with my balloon proudly stretching out from my tiny wrist—I felt it. The knot that secured my prize to my person slowly unraveled and slipped away. I watched the balloon float up as my heart sank.
Growing up in an Oklahoma Christian family gave me a foundation and solid teaching which prepared me for living and working in Southeast Asia. With loving parents and good church leaders, I was confident that I would lead a happy, successful life as long as I obeyed Christ.
At the start of a new year, many women naturally think about implementing new practices for physical and spiritual health. When I think about physical health and a disciplined life, I think about my friend, Teri Thompson. Teri not only exemplifies health and fitness in her own life, but her example rubbed off on her children, who value them as well.
There is a lie in our culture, perpetuated by the entertainment industry, that goes something like this: pre-married sex is exciting and fun, while married sex is boring and rarely (if ever) happens.
I was 12 weeks pregnant with our first child when my husband and I went on a little getaway with some friends to Las Vegas. A trip meant to be a great time ended up including one of the most painful experiences I’ve ever experienced.
Reach out. Speak up. Ask for help. This is the message we hear after tragedies like Robin Williams, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain’s suicidal deaths. The importance of good mental health is once again…
The simple answer is no, true Christian generosity has no limits. Giving is good. Sacrificial giving is good. In this we imitate Christ and can give glory to God.