How to Create a One-of-A-Kind Father’s Day Gift


This year, help your child create a one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift. There is something so precious about the way that young children look up to their fathers. Small eyes and ears pay close attention to their daddy’s every move. I bet if you were to ask a small child about her dad, she could readily […]

A Grandmother Models Caregiving


Nancy VandeWater, a member of my church family, told me the following story. I believe it embodies the keys to ensuring that our children will grow up to be compassionate caregivers, so I share it with you here. Nancy’s Story: A short time ago I was to spend the day with my nine year old granddaughter, […]

4 Ways to Make Family Caregiving Fun

Involving your children in caregiving activities can be fun. All you need are a few ideas that are tailored to your kids’ ages and interests. Here are four of my favorites: Build a “Kit” Do you remember when you were a young child and it was time to go back to school and your mom […]

What Is Right In The United States?


Today there are so many messages listing: “What’s Wrong with America.”  Maybe, it is time to also remember “What is right with America.” So please join me and share: “What’s right with America?“ What’s right with America? I see people helping people: I see nine middle school teachers leading a West Ottawa Adventure School which […]

You Saved My Life!


“Everybody can be great. . .because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. A Simple Gesture  by John Schlatter Mark […]

I Appreciate You


Your words are windows to your heart. Author J. Allan Petersen tells about a flight he took on a 747 out of Brazil.  He was awakened from sleep by a strong voice announcing, “We have a very serious emergency.”  Three engines had quit and the forth was expected to go at any second.  The plane […]

Coping With Loneliness


Edna says, “I lost my mom in 2005, my husband in 2009 and in 2013 my dad died.  I feel so lost.  I have no one.  I sometimes feel that God has forgotten me.  Where do I turn?” God responds to those who are lonely and sad.  In Isaiah 58:10, God says, “If you offer […]

What May I Do to Help You?


Often when asked, “What may I do to help you?” most people are hesitant.  “Oh, nothing, really,”  they say.  “I’m fine.”  (Perhaps they aren’t sure themselves, can’t make a decision, or don’t want to inconvenience you.)  So we need to make an educated guess about what a person’s needs might be.  It is helpful to […]

A Mini-Vacation from Suffering


How can you help someone take a “mini-vacation” or take a break from suffering?

Are You a Gossip?


Are you a gossip and don’t know it? “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”  Proverbs 11:13 “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.”  Psalm 141:3 When someone tells you his sad story or bears her raw-self, keep that confidence.  Do […]

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