Permalink 04:55:00 am, by Mary Email , 745 words
Categories: Everyday Life, Marriage, Writing, Embracing The Distaff Side

How to Love Your Husband

Psalm 19
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

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Permalink 06:05:00 am, by Mary Email , 198 words
Categories: Ivan, Family, Parenting, America

You Can Start Over

I got the call as I was walking into the karate dojo for an early afternoon lesson with our youngest son. It was my middle son’s first grade school teacher. She wasn’t happy. I could hear the frustration in her tone and she made no attempt to hide it. It must be bad. She is the most patient and fun loving teacher, and she adores my son, for him to make her call me during the school day was a big deal.

“I’m about to pull my hair out,” she said. “I have tried everything, and I can’t get him to cooperate. I thought maybe if I called you, and you talked to him on the phone, maybe it would help.”

I still get emotional remembering how I felt hearing those words. No one wants to hear that their child isn’t behaving. I know I’m not the first mom to get a call like that, but it was my first call like that and I was terrified.

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Permalink 09:05:00 am, by Mary Email , 1224 words
Categories: Church, Writing, True To Life Stories, America

You Can Do Something

Maybe you've heard some of these before.

"This guy is whack!"

"Ignore him."

"She's never going to change."

"If she won't work, she shouldn't eat."

"You just can't help people like that."

But you can.

Recently I read this...

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Permalink 10:12:00 am, by Mary Email , 624 words
Categories: Everyday Life, Family, Parenting, Writing, Crazy Ideas


The other day I was mentally scanning the last several months and how there are so many uncertainties. We live day to day, we know God has a plan and even a prize around the corner, but we don't always know if the next step is the right step, or if the corner is close, or miles away and uncertainty breeds things like fear. My imagination, if allowed, will wander off without my good sense and ask things like, "what if the bottom falls out of this box and we have nothing left to stand on?"

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Permalink 08:00:00 am, by Mary Email , 653 words
Categories: Everyday Life, Marriage, Family, Parenting, Friends, America

Dads with Dented Fenders

I was at Kroger getting gas when a silver mini-van pulled up at the pump next to me. Before I saw the driver, I saw the dent. It looked like it had been hit pretty good, and then, to save some money, had been banged out to a useable shape. It was probably like that for a while because rust had started to color the cracks and give it a crinkled look. Were it an old dresser, or an antique dining room buffet we would have called it "distressed" and made it a feature in our home. But when it's a mini-van, we only wish we could trade it in, and try our best to be thankful that we have a reliable vehicle, no matter what it looks like.

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