Anything For A Laugh

In Mind by Caleb

Know what you need, and find it in healthy ways. My son Henry will do anything for a laugh. Henry: “Edie, kick me in the face.” Edie: “Ok.” Kick! Everyone laughs. And, for Henry, it’s worth it. There’s something you’re willing to say and do dumb things for. Do you know what it is? Do you know what you’re so …

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Giving Tuesday

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

 It’s Giving Tuesday, and millions of people will make small and large donations to organizations and individuals in a spirit of generosity, kindness, and love.  I’m not writing this to convince you to give. In fact, maybe you SHOULD NOT give.  You probably shouldn’t give… if you feel manipulated  if you feel pressured  if you don’t care and don’t care …

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Cold Means Slower

In Mind, Soul by Caleb

There’s a season for everything under heaven. God designed this human experience with seasons that point us in directions, orient our priorities, and cause us to look at life a bit differently.  I was just in the mountains and there was a lot of snow. So much so that we needed chains for our tires. Putting on chains isn’t the …

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Waiting by the Curb

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

What are you so excited about that you’ll wait all day by the curb? My boys sat in sub-50 degree weather for a good 90 minutes “waiting for Amazon”. Titi had bought a present and told them it’d arrive via Amazon delivery. So they waited. Snacks, chairs, coats, and drinks. They waited—content and excited. What are you hopeful for? What …

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Thanksgiving Way

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

I like to post about Thanksgiving AFTER Thanksgiving. When I feel fat, tired, and a little sick from the kid at dinner who wiped his snotty nose on me. When the house is less full and the fridge is packed with leftovers. When there’s more to clean up than to prepare for. When everyone is posting about their experiences and …

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Peace with Food

In Body, Mind by Caleb

You can enjoy food and not be enslaved by it. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. (Genesis 2:9) Food was always designed to look good, taste good, and be good for the body. The problem with food is when we… * eat what’s not …

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Peace with Family

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

You can honor and not agree. You can respect and not see eye-to-eye. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2-3) Social science has proven this ancient text. Do you know the primary characteristic of the people in …

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Peace with Friends

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Harmony doesn’t mean we agree on everything. Harmony means we love and respect each other even though we don’t agree. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18) What relationships need more “peace”? What keeps getting in the way? I know, it’s probably mostly their fault. But, what if fault was …

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Stay There

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Be careful not to crave the upgrade. “Whatever house you enter, stay there util you leave that town.” — Jesus (Luke 9:4) We love our upgrades. Apple knows that as well as anyone. But when it comes to upgrading from people and their generosity, it can backfire. I’ve seen people (and pastors) be friends with some and not others because of …

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Foolish Builder

In Heart, Mind by Caleb

Foolish is usually code for arrogant. It’s the foolish who think they already understand…and that they are right. “But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” — …

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