• A Song of Lament

    By Annie Fox

    Have you ever found yourself in Pity City? You know the place—it’s where you find yourself when it seems like everyone else is happier and more fulfilled than you. And worse yet, many of those happy, fulfilled people don’t really seem to deserve to be so happy and fulfilled. After all, you’re the one who’s been faithful. You’re the one praying the right prayers. And you’re the one who deserves for God to open the floodgates of heaven to pour out all his blessings! YET, they seem to prosper while you struggle. It’s hard. And it’s okay to drive through Pity City from time to time, but don’t ever park there. The writer of Psalm 73 understood these feelings when he wrote, “Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost …

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  • Don’t Waste Your Summer

    By Annie Fox

    Summer—what a season! If you’re in a sour mood, it seems like all you have to do is step outside and soak in some rays to achieve an instant boost of energy and optimism. But when you have kids and you’re desperately trying to get them to turn off their TV, tablet, or phone long enough to bask in all the gloriousness that summer has to offer, it can be a challenge. Sometimes it’s not as easy as tossing them outside and shutting the door behind them while you channel your mother’s “Get some fresh air” grumbles. Planning activities doesn’t have to be a daily (or even weekly!) occurrence, but it can be handy to have a few tricks up your sleeve. That’s why I’m here! Hopefully, I can provide some ideas to keep your tots or teens entertained this …

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