Daily Rhythms with Anchor Points and Pressure Valves

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Anchor Points Make Days Predictable and Flexible These days, I don’t write out a minute by minute schedule to plan each day. Forget minutes–I don’t write out hourly schedules, either. Our days are fairly predictable with expected routines, but they also have a lot unstructured kid free time spaced throughout the day. We like to call the [...]

How Pride, Distraction, and Fear Keep Us from Sabbath, Grace, and Delight

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In his book Sabbath, Dan Allender opens the book by stating there are several factors that keep us from observing the Sabbath. The first reason he gives is pride (emphasis mine): “The dark side of pride is that the work addict secretly believes he can outmaster the fates and find a way to achieve what others [...]

“Make glorious, amazing mistakes.”

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and [...]

The Freedom of Common Grace

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“Without an understanding of common grace, Christians will believe they can live self-sufficiently within their own cultural enclave. Some might feel that we should go only to Christian doctors, work only with Christian lawyers, listen only to Christian counselors, or enjoy only Christian artists. Of course, all non-believers have seriously impaired spiritual vision. Yet so [...]

“A Tradition of Discounting…”

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Reading Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by Dr. John Gottman, I encountered this morsel of perspicaciousness: [W]e have inherited a tradition of discounting children’s feelings simply because children are smaller, less rational, less experienced, and less powerful than the adults around them. Taking children’s emotions seriously requires empathy, keen listening skills, and a willingness to see [...]