Jon Acuff “Sticks and stones my break my bones but words will set the course for my entire life.” That’s not exactly how that phrase goes, but it should be because it’s true. Words have power and it’s not just the words we say out loud. Sometimes, the most powerful words we say are the…

Reggie Joiner This is one of my favorite Christmas pictures. It was taken by Elissa Eubanks, who works for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It just seems to make the season a little more real. Sure, we all love to imagine the larger-than-life, all-knowing, mystical Santa who can travel everywhere on the planet in a single…

Mike Tiemann Call me sentimental, but I’m a big believer in making memories. I’m also a big believer in capturing those memories for later. It’s not that I don’t enjoy living in the moment. But I’m a classic introvert in the sense that I’m an observer. I process information (and even emotion) over time. Often the…

Tricia Lott Williford Christmas can feel complicated. We can feel lots of emotions at once: harried with many things to do, spread thin inside a calendar filled with parties and people you may or may not actually want to see, longing for—or freedom from—Christmases past, with a ribbon of delight and a sprinkling of awe…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Parentology. The notion of helicopter parenting has become more prevalent and largely associated with parents of young children. A new Florida State University (FSU) study finds helicopter parenting continues well into young adulthood and can have devastating impacts on college students. The FSU study surveyed…

Mike Tiemann Be honest. How do you feel when you hear the word “service”? Does it fire you up? Or does it make you feel a little guilty? Maybe it’s a little of both. I imagine most of us have a nagging feeling inside that we should be doing more to serve others. Typically, during…

Adriana Howard If I knew then what I know now . . . You know the saying “If I knew then what I know now”? Depending on the day, I feel differently about it. I mean, some days, I think that if I had the opportunity to do or say or act differently in a…

Liz Hansen For most of us, the concept of honor is inextricably linked with flags and Fourth of July, military salutes and Veteran’s Day. After all, the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of our freedom are definitely deserving of recognition for the brave work they do. But…

Sarah Bragg Even if you aren’t an anxious person, I am willing to bet that you carry quite a few worries as a parent. We can create some wild stories in our minds based on our worries. And some of the wildest stories in our mind begin not with the phrase, “Once upon a time”…

Jon Acuff “I’d like to get a manicure.” This is a sentence I hear often as a dad of teenage daughters. Nails are a thing. I didn’t know that when I was growing up, because until I was 15 there were only brothers in my house. We didn’t talk about nails. We didn’t think about…

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