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Rite of passage parenting: The wow factor
Dec17

Rite of passage parenting: The wow factor

The other day I got to babysit my grandson, Titus. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a young child running around our house. He is at the age where he can walk, but is not always confident that he’s doing it right. My life is taking a twist with this kid. I am beginning to see things once more through the eyes of a child, which does two things. First, it boils life down to its simplest form. A piece of string on the floor becomes...

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Rite of passage parenting: The begats
Dec09

Rite of passage parenting: The begats

As a child I attended an old country Baptist church called Six Mile Baptist Church. I guess it got that name because no matter where you lived, you had to drive six miles to get there. I believe it was one of the original Baptist churches because we used the original King James Version of the Bible. Our church loved Scripture memory. They took Psalm 119:11 seriously: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin...

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Rite of passage parenting: The miracle
Dec02

Rite of passage parenting: The miracle

I shouldn’t be alive. I’m serious. As I was placing my grandson into his high-tech, tornado/nuclear proof car seat (you have to be a Ph.D. or under three years old to operate it, and I’m neither), I started thinking about the difference between the world I grew up in and his. If you’ve been reading my articles for any length of time, you know that thinking and I are a dangerous combination. I grew up in a generation that didn’t have...

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Rite of passage parenting: The challenge
Nov25

Rite of passage parenting: The challenge

A number of years ago, I got one of the first GPS (Global Positioning System) units that came out. It was amazing. I would fly into a strange town, rent a car, type in the address I needed, and up would pop a little map with a line showing the best way to reach my destination. My first GPS took a long time to find the satellites, and it would get me to the right county, but not always the right street. I read a newspaper article about...

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Rite of passage parenting: Hanger humps
Nov18

Rite of passage parenting: Hanger humps

My name is Walker, and I have hanger humps. I’ve been suffering from them for years. They are embarrassing, debilitating and downright awkward. I got up this morning as happy as could be. During the night, we had much-needed rain, and as I went outside to get the morning paper, I was greeted by the crisp air of fall. One of the things about living in Oklahoma is that we have distinct seasons. Our summers are sometimes unbearably hot,...

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Rite of passage parenting: Gate praying
Nov11

Rite of passage parenting: Gate praying

I don’t really know how to describe the ways God moves in my life. Many times, it happens through the Scriptures, sometimes through other people and at other times through circumstances and situations. There are also times I get impressions—at least, that’s the best way I can describe it. I really wish I could find a better word than “impressions,” but it’s as close as I can get. Allow me to give you an example. One day I...

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