Monthly Archives: February 2012

Children Need Solitude

Last year I read a book entitled Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté. It’s not particularly easy reading, but his ideas are compelling, enough that I have planned on reading the book a second time, which … Continue reading

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Children Need Patience

I have written before about some of the basic needs of children – sleep, food, light, air, water, and comfort. Add to that the six basic relationship needs – safety, space, nature, companionship, activity, affection – and you have a … Continue reading

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Children Need Civility

One of my favorite books is the dictionary. I love landing on a new word and letting it become part of my vocabulary. Civility is a new word for me. I came across it somewhere in recent weeks, and have … Continue reading

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Children Need Sanctuary

When I was a little girl, we attended church in an old building right on the edge of downtown Chicago. I clearly remember the walk we took up the stairs each week to enter the sanctuary. We were greeted at the wooden … Continue reading

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Children Need Observation Time

One of my neighbors is a little boy who loves to stand and watch. When we drive in and out of our property, we drive past his porch, and so he watches us. He delights in the coming and the … Continue reading

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Children Need Whispers in Their Ears

“Hey sweetie, can you come here a minute? I want to whisper something in your ear.” This is mother talk. This is a technique we use when we want to make a personal connect or when we want to give … Continue reading

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Children Need a Sense of Calling

Happy Valentine’s Day! We started a new book as a family this week – The Call by Os Guinness. It’s a fabulous and foundational read for all Christians – young and old alike. Children need this message. They need to … Continue reading

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Children Need to Skin Their Knees

We’re going to do a series of “Children Need…..” posts this week – you can click on the sidebar and read previous posts in this category – enjoy and send me your thoughts! Children Need to Fall Down Before I … Continue reading

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“And then?” Framing the important questions in ministry…..Part Two

Be still. So if the first step is to come and behold, then the second command follows easily. Be still. There is a frenetic, pulsing energy around the issues of orphans and street children and trafficking right now. And I … Continue reading

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“Where next?” Framing the important questions in ministry…..Part One

The years are accumulating around our ministry, and as they do, we’re finding ourselves more and more in the midst of the ministry questions of our colleagues. And it is a good thing. A very good thing. When we were … Continue reading

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