Category Archives: Personal

Why Teenage Suicide is More than a Statistic for Me

People say time heals all wounds. The people who say that must not be familiar with this wound.

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12 Frequent Questions About Our International Marriage

Over the years, we’ve been asked questions about living in an intercultural, international marriage. I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most frequent questions we get asked.

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Don’t Waste Your Twenties

Culturally, it’s never been easier to slow down growing up. But I’m glad I didn’t take that path, and I hope you won’t either.

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Working at Rest

Tonight, our daughter graduates from kindergarten and our oldest son finishes the fourth grade. Our youngest has hit the ten-month mark and is finally sleeping through the night.

This is the year we endured multiple ear infections for multiple kids, numerous field trips, pre-tween meltdowns, polar vortexes, and never-ending repeats of the Frozen soundtrack (please don’t tell Ed Stetzer). Our home has become something of a magnet for neighborhood kids. If you worry about never seeing kids outside playing together, just know they’re probably all in our backyard. A couple weeks ago, I counted twelve (12!) kids in our yard, representing seven families.

Things are a bit crazy at our house, but I wouldn’t trade this life for anything else. We’re dodging toys in the hall, picking up dirty socks, trying to keep some semblance of order, and hoping that if all else fails, our kids will see we love Jesus and will want to love Him too.

Meanwhile, time is flying, literally flying. It frightens me to think that our son’s time at home is already beyond the halfway point. Where has the time gone? The reason it’s a tired cliche to say that “time goes by faster the older you get” is because we’re all too tired to come up with another cliche that says the same thing.

Getting Serious about Getting Away

One of the things I’m learning is that times of vacation and unscheduled fun really matter for the family. Still, it gets harder to get away. Responsibilities mount. Deadlines don’t go …

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A Dad Who Sings

I knew Jesus was good and powerful, not just because the Bible told me so, but because Dad sang about it so much. The impact wasn’t in him telling me that Jesus was everything; it was him singing it.

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What You Should Say After Every Week of Work

We must not let tomorrow’s demands diminish our delight in today’s accomplishments.

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“Dad, I Think I Know All the Bible Stories Now”

I had to apologize to my son recently. For months (maybe years), I’ve conditioned him to think that attending a worship service is all about learning.

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The Brainy Benefits of Being Bilingual

I’ve long suspected that there are other benefits to knowing more than one language. The article in TIME interprets the most recent science to show some surprising results.

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A Baby Changes Everyone, Not Just Everything

We are not lone individuals doing our own thing in this world. We are who we are because of the people who are around us. A baby brother has completed and fulfilled our other two children, enhancing the life of our family in ways I never expected.

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Turning 32

It’s important to slow down every now and then, breathe a sigh of contentment, and simply thank God for the days He has given us and rededicate to Him the days that remain.

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