Time for a Great Cartoon! (Father’s answer)

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 3.36.10 PMYou gotta admire Calvin’s dad!  He is trying to raise perhaps the world’s most precocious kid, and creative answers are one way he is practicing fathering!  Unlike many of the portrayals in the media of dads these days, Calvin’s father isn’t a doofus or an incompetent.

It seems to me that Calvin’s dad is strategic.  When Calvin asks his often quite Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 6.35.48 AMdifficult-to-answer questions, the dad doesn’t say, “Hmmm.  I have no idea.”  No, instead he creates an answer that teaches Calvin to be careful in blindly trusting someone else’s perspective.  The dad is not just messing with Calvin for his own entertainment (although there is some of that).  He’s assisting Calvin’s thinking, at times risking the wrath of Calvin’s mom.

C’mon, dads! Let’s get a bit creative in answering our kids’ questions!  You just might have some fun in the process!

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Dads


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Time for a Great Cartoon! (need to apologize)

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May I ask you a rather personal question?  Is there anyone you need to apologize to?  Sometimes we can allow bitternesses and little hurts to accumulate in our hearts, when a simply apology will cleanse a relationship and give us a healthy dose of humility.

In an excellent article in Psychology Today entitled “The Power of Apology,” Beverly Engel Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 6.26.00 AMpoints out that “Apology changed my life. I believe it can change yours, as well. Almost like magic, apology has the power to repair harm, mend relationships, soothe wounds and heal broken hearts.”

Much is made in the Bible of apologizing.  It is intimately connected to forgiveness.  And that’s something all of us need!

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in apologizing


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 3)

Psalm 3


A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.

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    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”[b]

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

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    May your blessing be on your people.

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Psalms


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What Animals Are Thinking #44 (vision)

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in funny animals


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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 2)

Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations conspireScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 5.46.34 AM
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
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10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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Posted by on December 15, 2014 in Psalms


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What Animals Are Thinking # 42 (coffee)

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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in coffee


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What Kind of Creature Are You Becoming (Time for a Great Quote)?

“[E]very time you make a choice you are turning Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 9.56.24 AMthe central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state of the other.” (C.S. Lewis)

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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in choices


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