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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017

    If you've followed Jesus for very long, you've probably been there. That moment when God calls you to do something that is waaaaay out of your comfort zone. It's exhilarating. It's terrifying! 

    Tomorrow, I'm getting on a plane and flying to Thailand for a missions trip. I am SO excited! God has been preparing my heart for a long time and I just know that He's got huge plans for this trip. But, it's out of my comfort zone. I'm flying alone. I'm staying overnight in China by myself. I'm learning to sing music in Thai. I'm raising missionary support to go. I mean, God is stretching me through this trip.

    But, the cool thing about God is that He is so good to meet us every time. Every time I start to freak out, He's there with a scripture or a song on the radio, or a perfectly timed word from a friend. 

    So, if you're feeling a bit out of your comfort zone right now, let's take a deep breath and remember what He says in Isaiah 41:10. It says “So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  • Monday, February 20, 2017

    It's been said often, but it probably can't be said too much. If you've got kids and you're on social media, be really careful what you post about them! I read an article this weekend that reminded me that most of us have probably made some of these mistakes, I know I have, so it's not a bad idea to revisit. 

    Never post photos of other people's kids without their permission. This is a big one! Your daughter looks really cute in her tutu with her ballet class, so you post the group photo. Some parents may not want their kid's photo online. It may seem like overkill, but experts say that it's really important to get permission before posting photos of other kids online.

    This one got me. Don't post photos with Geotags. Did you know that pictures and videos can contain location information in them? Your smartphone can tell where, when and even exact GPS coordinates for your photos or videos! Yikes! It's not a bad idea to check your phone's settings and turn that feature off!

    Finally, I think this is obvious, yet you see it way too often. Don't post anything that shames your kid. Don't post embarrassing photos. Don't post rants about something your kid did that might come back to bite you when they get a little older. Everything you post is out there…forever. It's always good to remember that, even if it seems funny at the time, what you post about your child could be hurtful, either now or in the future. So, think twice with every post.

  • Friday, February 17, 2017

    If you're planning to take the family out to eat this weekend, would you like to be rewarded for the good behavior of your kids? There's an Italian restaurant that's drummed up conversation by giving a discount to families if their children are “well-behaved.”

    The owner of the restaurant said “It was totally wonderful to see how they interacted with each other at that table, with so much decorum. If people create the same conditions, I will make the discount again with pleasure!”

    As you can imagine, people are pretty divided on this one! Some are applauding the move and are positive that their kids are well-behaved in public and they would definitely get a discount. Others feel a bit judged, despite the fact that the restaurant owner said that he's not trying to judge people's parenting. He doesn't have kids, but he said  “I imagine how difficult it is today.”

    What do YOU think? Should restaurants give discounts for well-behaved kids? Would your kids pass the test? Honestly, I'm not so sure that my boys would have earned us any discounts when they were little! They were constantly moving and we always left a trail of smashed saltines on the table!

    I would love to know what you think!