Shared thoughts and lessons on pursuing a well-lived life.

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Make No Excuses for Bad Behavior

  There’s been plenty of disciplining my son Malaya recently. As a toddler, he now knows how to express his likes and preferences—which is great in general! This means that he now knows how to say “no”, pick what clothes to wear, and refuse my request for occasional hugs. But many times, this also means he now knows how to break rules, and willfully disobey his parents. As I think about our reasons for why

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An Everyday Prayer

I know not the days I’ve left to live I could have a decade, or an hour to give   Who knows? Not me. But Lord, you do and so I count on You—   For wisdom to live my days with purpose, For strength when I am down and weak   For humility when all is well around me, For joy in seasons long and bleak   For hope to live another day, For

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Why we settle for less

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight

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The hope that sustains

She sings Give Thanks with her hands raised While before her eyes her husband lay Suited up, dressed very well Laid to rest, an empty shell Her only hope that will sustain “To live is Christ, to die is gain” He leads the chorus to Amazing Grace She invites the rest to join in praise In the same room, their dad’s remains Just days ago their last embrace Yet there’s joy in the midst of

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