Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Just Say "No"

You check your email. No new messages. Again.

You glance at your phone, checking the “sent” box to make sure it actually went. Yes, you did send her a text. In fact, you sent her two.

You give up and dial her number. Ring. Ring. Ring.

No answer.

Are you a victim of the “slow no”? Only time will tell...

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

And I'm back...

Three and a half weeks. Nearly 100 hours in a minivan. More than 5,000 miles.

In our westward trip this spring, I saw some of the most beautiful sites in the country.


The Great Plains

The Painted Desert

The Grand Canyon

The Oregon Coast

The Pacific Ocean

The Redwoods

The Rocky Mountains

And we saw some sights that were truly one of a kind.


Random Dog in Motorcycle Trailer

But as they say, "Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."


The Missouri Ozarks -- My Home

When we rolled back into Missouri a couple weeks ago, something inside me let out a sigh. There is no place I would rather be.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Helping Shape Your Husband's Soul

I recently started reading Gary Thomas’ Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands. In this book, Thomas writes about how the principles discussed in his previously published work, Sacred Marriage, apply specifically to women.

As I read the opening chapters, a thought came to mind:

When thinking of preparing to be a wife, I may consider learning homemaking skills, growing in spiritual and emotional maturity or even gaining financial security. But do I ever think of preparing to be an influence? ...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Romance Novel's: Mystery or Mirage?

The late afternoon sun streamed through the saloon windows as Mandy tried to scrub the grime off of the worn and haggard bar. She was tired – tired of dust, beer, and men who watched her with hungry eyes. She would leave this town if she could, but her meager savings wouldn’t get her more than a few miles of passage on a stage coach.

Just then, the door swung open and she felt as much as heard the determined gait coming towards her. The heavy boots halted their advance in front of the bar, but she didn’t look up until he spoke. When she did, her throat caught in a small, unconscious gasp. Her eyes took in the stranger in an instant: the tall, strong build; the curly, slightly overgrown black hair; the handsome face set in a chiseled jaw. But it was his eyes that drew her – sky-blue eyes that told her that he was different from the others. “Pardon me?” she stammered.

The voice that answered was deep in both tone and feeling. “Excuse me, ma’am. My name is Garner Wells. I’m the new minister.”


At this point in the story, half way through the first page, you already know how it’s going to end. Mandy and Garner will fall in love, be separated by seemingly insurmountable obstacles, begin to loose hope, be reunited, and then live happily ever after...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Talk About Books

Christian Dating Tips: #12

If in dating you want to get a sense of someone’s intellectual acumen, the most obvious questions to ask are related to formal education: “What degree(s) have you pursued/earned?” But often what can tell you much more is the question, “What are you reading?”

Questions about books have a way of quickly revealing areas of common interest, or in some cases, showing a substantive lack of common interest. Often your intellectual curiosity is a better gauge of your intellectual compatibility than are your degrees...

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