I Really Am Sorry: How To Teach Kids To Say It And Mean It

How Do You Teach Kids To Say "I Really Am Sorry" The problem with any method of teaching kids to say "I Really Am Sorry" the right way is that is requires you to give full attention to the children involved. The up side is that once you have established the pattern you only have to set the process in motion. The time commitment is not as stringent. Having said that, when I was learning how to deal with children I used to get really annoyed with authors that set up processes for children saying Read more [...]

Picnic Wine: Surprise Your Significant Other With Chardonnay

Chardonnay And Picnic Wine If your goal is to surprise your significant other, perhaps by taking him or her to a romantic location. You often need look no further than the nearest park or patch of forest. These are outstanding places that mix your own tastes with the gifts that nature has to offer us. In wooded areas, you can find yourself gazing at beautiful clearings or even over the edge of cliffs that look onto beautiful lakes or ravines. There really is no limit to what you can find out there. Read more [...]

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Curiosity, Empathy, Sharing, Caring

Effective Witnessing For Christ: Not What You Think In my attempt at effective witnessing for Christ, I remember Amsterdam very clearly. With a Youth With A Mission Team I was out on the streets. I was also finding myself overwhelmed as the the drugs sellers were everywhere. Starting a conversation with one of the dealers, I could not help myself and out of shear curiosity I asked him all about his business. He was very happy to give me all the details. Eventually he asked what I was doing Read more [...]

Strength & Conditioning: Its Importance For Life & Living

Strength & Conditioning Is For Living Longer It is true that exercise is not enough if you want to lose weight. But it is just as true that exercise has some significant benefits and not just to weight loss. Strength & Conditioning is important for living longer. Mark Rippetoe is a famous strength coach who said: "Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general". It turns out that is more than just a nice quote. In a study called: Association Read more [...]

What Faith is Not: The Struggle Between Doctrine & Faith

Doctrine Is Precisely What Faith Is Not If I were to talk to you about what faith is not, would you agree that "it is not doctrine"? I think that most would agree with that. Yet when I put forward the idea that doctrine is not as important to God as faith I am often confronted with Ephesians 4:14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. The implication Read more [...]

Perfect Picnic Tips: The Packing Is As Important As The Food

Pack the Perfect Picnic Tips In these packing the perfect picnic tips, it all begins with the picnic basket. Of course a well-made and well designed basket makes it easy to assemble the right number of plates and utensils. But most importantly it allows for the right amount of food and drink to enjoy under a shady tree somewhere. No matter what you include in your picnic, it needs to be something that will be easy to eat with your hands as well. Thankfully, there are plastic containers that make Read more [...]

Family Road Trip Tips: Putting The Fun Back In The Drive

Putting The Fun Back In With Family Road Trip Tips There is nothing worse than going on a long drive and having the fun taken out of it because of cranky kids. You need some family road trip tips to survive and come out of it with a smile on you face. Pack Well But Don't Eliminate The Space We did a lot of long drives when the kids were little. But after we bought a van we realized one of our mistakes was literally packing the kids in. Suddenly they all had room to move and it changed the Read more [...]

Samaritan Parable: Challenge Our Assumption About Our Neighbor

Another Good Samaritan Parable One day I was out driving, not even vaguely considering the Samaritan Parable when I saw a man standing on the side of the road holding onto a poll clearly trying to stop from falling. I immediately assumed he was drunk and started to keep driving past. At that stage in my life I felt nothing but contempt for those who drank let alone those who got drunk. This was partly because of the alcoholism in the family and partly because of my upbringing in the church. Yet Read more [...]

Vintage Picnic Basket: Wonderful Day, Delicious Lunch, Everything’s Ready

It is just the two of you on a grassy spot near the riverbank. You have a delicious picnic lunch packed in an vintage picnic basket lined with a red and white checkered cloth. A blanket is spread under a shady oak. Everything is perfect for a wonderful day. Nostalgic Picnics With Vintage Picnic Basket A Vintage picnic baskets is as popular as they are varied. Baskets range in size from just right for two people to a large family. Styles range even more. Some are open topped, some have hinged Read more [...]