Kicking Martha in the Shin

I’m a recovering Martha. In Luke 10, Mary and Martha are entertaining Jesus for dinner. Mary sits with Jesus and listens to Him while Martha bustles around, making preparations. A misguided hostess, she is more focused on the pot roast than the person she’s entertaining. Not that I am by ANY means a Type A…

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I Forgot to Pray During a Lockdown

I am an English teacher at a large suburban high school. Last week, we had a lockdown that lasted about an hour and twenty minutes. There was an allegation that a student had threatened another student with a gun, which was thankfully unfounded in the end. We practice monthly drills because school shootings appear in…

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October: Consider the Performance

It’s October! This has always been my favorite month, and not just because my birthday happens to be in October. An extra-special reason to love it this year is that my beautiful eldest daughter is getting married this week. She is a lover of fall also, thus the desire for an October wedding. What a wonderful…

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Battling Back to School Madness: Family Fun

Where I live, we’ve just about survived the first month of school. With all the business of getting back to school, it’s important to have family fun too. Everyone is settled in and you’ve likely found your flow for the year. I’d like to suggest some ways to fit in family fun at a low…

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Battling Back to School Madness: Get Refreshed

Parenting responsibilities kick into overdrive when back to school time begins. Shuttling kids to activities, packing lunches, attending school events, and adhering to stricter schedules can cause stress and press us for time. It’s hard to feel refreshed. My husband and I tend to collapse on the sofa on Friday evenings in September. We are…

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