The Real Beauty of It All

The Real Beauty of It All

Every summer our family spends a week with extended family, where about 14 of us gather in one big cabin in a small mountain town to play, sleep, and eat together. We watch hummingbirds from the kitchen window, walk many times a day down dirt roads to visit the lake, throw rocks in the river, and catch fish. It’s a slice of idyllic life and a time we look forward to all year. We spent the 4th of July together in this spot, and in the flurry of packing I forgot to include our copy of Good Dirt. We have nine kids between the three families, ranging in age from 7 to 19. Several are teenagers, and last week as we got two or three days into the week some of them were needing to slow down and consider their words and their attitudes. It seemed apparent that even...

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Glad Places

Glad Places

I have just returned home from bringing two of our boys to church camp for the week. Our other son is already away for a second week of training for a children’s evangelism ministry he’s taking part in this summer. And so, the house is quiet. We brought a neighbor boy and two nieces along to camp, and all the way home as I drank in the blue Colorado sky with forests of evergreen and aspen, roadside streams and meadow flowers stretching mile after mile, I thought about each of the kids and each of their little personalities and passions, their gifts and their callings. We read Good Dirt and the Bible this morning after final packing, and the passage we read from Luke 20 talked about a vineyard and unfaithful workers who mistreated all the  servants sent by...

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Summer Reading for Crazy Busy People

Summer Reading for Crazy Busy People

Summer greetings to you, my Living in the Word friends! June is underway and it is time to talk about summer reading. In past years I have offered lists of my own recommendations and have also shared with you the reading choices of authors, pastors, and publishing world friends. This year I’ve decided to do something different. Instead of talking about several books I’d like to talk about just one. And more, I’d like to invite you to read it along with me this summer and discuss it here periodically at Living in the Word. The book? It’s one I purchased a few weeks ago and am just getting into. It’s not long. It’s not a difficult read. It’s not fiction, but I think we can manage an easy nonfiction book over the summer,...

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Life on the Road

Life on the Road

I am guessing that most parents who are following Jesus and helping their kids to live with him struggle in the same way I do. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about who and what is most influentially forming my three kids. When I say “forming,” I mean forming them spiritually in a way that affects their identity, their passions, their understanding of living and being in this world, their view of God and what He means in their life. With our youngest child being close to 9 years old and our oldest at 15, immersed in high school life, they are at ages where home, parents, and church are a big influence, but peers, media, and pretty much all of life outside our front door also play a big role in who they are becoming. Many times I have, in my...

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