What’s got you down? Your kids? Are they acting out again? Or is it your job? Your boss has cut your hours, and you don’t know how you’ll make it up? Or maybe your car … or your washing ...

We admire well-tended lawns with beds of flowers and shady arbors. We appreciate the clipped shrubs and enjoy the cool shade. How fortunate to have a green thumb, we exclaim, giving credit for all ...

There is some confusion about why God doesn’t step in and solve all our problems. “You have the power, God,” we cry. “Get to it. Wipe our troubles from the board so we can get on with ...

There is no afterlife. Have you heard that one before? Lots of people think it. Martin Hughes, writing on Breaker Barrier, his blog, says he wishes there was a heaven after death. The Bible says ...

Kiddos can be a mess. There’s no end to the mischief they can dream up. Golf balls in the toilet. Toilet paper trailed through the house. Mud everywhere. Even our dinner table is no safety ...

Some people are not morning people. It’s built into their genetic code. They simply take longer to come alive than the rest of us. Tell them to “buck up,” and this normally sweet person has ...

Sports are a good venue for learning about living a good life. You may be thinking of the lessons of fair play and good sportsmanship, and there’s no question sports can teach those. They are ...

God’s promises come with conditions. I know we don’t like to hear that. We want his cornucopia to open in the sky and pour out good things on us. A new car? It floats down on a parachute, ...

Gifts are special. They are surprises, exciting when we don’t know what’s inside. The paper is pretty, the ribbon is tied, and we quiver with excitement. Birthday or Christmas, we can hardly ...

Children love to be pranked. A surprise gift, a joke told at just the right time, or an unexpected visit to the ice cream shop. Tell your kids the perfume sample from the department store is ...

Obsolescence is America’s mantra. Make it new for the new season. It’s the only way to sell. If it looks or feels like yesterday, who’ll be interested? Who wants to wear last year’s ...

Words carry power. They can repair relationships or slice someone’s heart to the core. A good speaker can navigate the pitfalls of pending legislation and keep government on its course, and a ...

Traveling by the seat of our pants is a foolhardy venture. Every corner, every intersection, every opportunity to veer to one side or the other is a fresh misdirection waiting to happen. Our ...