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CAN YOU HEAR THE CALL TO PRAYER?

Whatever our particular hardship or concern in this season, prayer is our means of accessing God. How can we not wonder about the forces bombarding our nation? Is COVID 19 being used and manipulated for political purposes—domestic and/or foreign? Is our sin reaping its own reward, or is our nation under attack by the enemy [...]

CAN YOU HEAR THE CALL TO PRAYER?2020-06-08T18:47:07+00:00

DOES YOUR FAMILY KNOW . . . PART I

If you become ill, DOES YOUR FAMILY KNOW . . .  who is in charge of your medical decisions? If not, this may be the ideal time to hold the family meeting you’ve been postponing—electronically.  We may be practicing isolation, but we are not without the means to communicate. All of us are currently concerned about [...]

DOES YOUR FAMILY KNOW . . . PART I2020-03-29T15:37:30+00:00

FOR YOUNG PARENTS . . . 9 TASKS FOR A HERITAGE OF HOPE

A long time ago in a land faraway called California . . . I was a teen doing my chores as quickly as possible, so I could spend my Saturday with friends. This day’s chore was dusting and organizing the bookshelves that separated our living room from the entry hall. After hustling through a zillion [...]

FOR YOUNG PARENTS . . . 9 TASKS FOR A HERITAGE OF HOPE2019-08-22T00:40:28+00:00

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 3

SHARE YOUR FAITH: In the HERITAGE OF HOPE VIDEO SERIES, Ida Strickland states, “My parents showed me how to live and how to die.” We can do the same for our children by choosing faith over fear and looking beyond death to glory. Believing the Bible and looking at death as a transition to eternal [...]

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 32018-05-29T01:13:59+00:00

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 2

Does choosing life (Deut. 30:19) mean extreme curative care—whatever it takes, fighting to the last breath—to extend our life? Sometimes, yes. We each have heroes or heroines who have endured much to recover and be there for their families and fulfill the purposes God has given them. We honor their choice of life, their fighting [...]

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 22018-05-29T01:13:59+00:00

WHAT IS YOUR FINISH LINE?

Usually, we visualize THE FINISH LINE as a place, a strip of paint across the track, a physical destination we strive to reach and crossover. For our purposes, THE FINISH LINE represents a delineation between our mortal lives here on earth and our eternal lives. In John 14, Jesus told the disciples he was going [...]

WHAT IS YOUR FINISH LINE?2020-07-22T21:23:23+00:00

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 1

My mother’s passing was particularly sweet because we knew what she wanted. In response  to my father’s cognitive impairment, Mom empowered my sister-in-law to be her legal guardian. Many problems were thus avoided. As my mother declined, she discussed her physical condition with her doctor, what her death would probably be like, and her options. Then Mom made [...]

MAKING YOUR DEATH EASIER ON FAMILY-PART 12018-05-29T01:13:59+00:00

BEING MORTAL & WHAT MATTERS by DR GAWANDE

Whether futile, end of life medical treatment is driven by the desperation of patients, their families, or by doctors who cannot negotiate the hard conversations—author Dr. Atul Gawande is questioning the benefit and the cost of such denial. In an exploratory tone, Dr. Gawande examines the American approach to aging and death from both the [...]

BEING MORTAL & WHAT MATTERS by DR GAWANDE2018-05-29T01:13:59+00:00

4 REASONS TO HOLD ANNUAL FAMILY MEETINGS

Give Permission To Talk About The End Of Life. It is said that social interaction is improved by avoiding the topics of death, taxes and religion. However, our emotional needs are not served when we remain silent about death in our close relationships. Too often, the person who is dying doesn’t want to scare his [...]

4 REASONS TO HOLD ANNUAL FAMILY MEETINGS2018-10-25T00:52:30+00:00

4 R’S FOR DEMENTIA: Recourse, Routine, Recognition, Reserves

Summoned by the head nurse, I walked hurriedly to the care center wondering with every step what could have upset Dad so much that the staff could not calm him. With the whoosh of the front doors still in my ears, I spotted my 87 year old father leaning on his walker at the front [...]

4 R’S FOR DEMENTIA: Recourse, Routine, Recognition, Reserves2019-02-15T21:55:48+00:00