When I was little, one of the best times of the year was when the Sears Christmas catalog arrived. I could page through that toy section and dog ear all the possible items for my Christmas list. When I was very young, it was usually some sort of baby doll that I wanted. As time went on what I really wanted was an art it. And the next year after that, I really wanted a guitar. All of these things were in the Sears Catalog. The answers to all I wanted.
"Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." – Proverbs 16:24
I recently posted a particularly goofy photo of my wife and my cat on Instagram. Friends and family "liked" it, a few commented on it, affirming its goofiness. It was all fine and good. Then, another comment threw my day off a little bit...
Successful companies, churches, sports teams, and marriages have more good than bad happening, but they get better because they are willing to address the issues that are not quite right. Yes, 98% of things may be going well, but that 2% needs to be addressed or it could jeopardize the other 98%.
The percentages I used are hypothetical, but I want to make a point. If you love something – a relationship, a person, your community, your country, or your local church – then you must deal with the areas of tension to find healing and deeper connection.
I'm Holley Gerth, author of You're Already Amazing. If we could have coffee today, I'd say, only God can tell us who we really are.
Tell me who I am. Isn't this request the whisper of our hearts? We look for the answer in friendships, in romance, in jobs. Surely all of these will tell us if we're okay. If we're worthy. If we're enough. Isn't that how it works?
For most parents a trip to the movies with the kids is a pretty typical occasion. But for some families going to the movies is something they've only dreamed of, until AIM made it possible for them.
My mom did what she could to send me off to adulthood prepared for the laundry challenges that would come at me like the waves of water swirling around in those cool front-loader machines with the big glass front. My mom did what she could to teach, but in the end I have still failed; but what didn’t fail we’re incredible lessons on listening.
If I were a silent voice inside your head helping you to build healthy relationships, you might hear me whispering in your ear something you’ve heard all your life: it’s "The Golden Rule."
That’s right, it comes straight out of scripture from Matthew 7:12, "Therefore however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." The Golden Rule rolls off the tongue like water off a duck's back. It has long been known as "The Standard" for how to treat others the way God intended, resulting in lasting healthy relationships.
"Ike! Get away from the window!" I can still hear my mom's voice coming from the next room as I pressed my head against the glass and watched the incoming storm. As a kid, there was something memorizing about the old trees in my yard swaying back and forth as the sky turned odd shades of blue, green, and gray. I was probably 9 or 10 years old at the time, but in spite of the warnings and the sirens in the distance, I wasn't worried about the storm outside. I knew how this was all going to go down. The Weaver family "severe weather routine" went like clockwork, and we always made it out fine.
Several years ago, a government official was invited to be the commencement speaker for a small college in South Carolina.
The auditorium was filled with students excited about the opportunity to hear a person of her stature speak. After the governor gave the introduction, the speaker began by saying, “I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or was. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field. But nothing has to remain the way it is if that’s not the way a person wants it to be."
I'm Joe Butler, founder of Ability Tree, and parent of a child with autism. April is Autism Awareness Month. You've heard about autism, but what is it exactly?
According to the Autism Society, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Autism affects 1 in 68 children.