Gayle Veitenheimer

Truth vs. Lies: Can Your Kids Tell the Difference?

Discernment. Do you have it? How about your kids?  Culture presents the idea that truth is relative: You have yours. I have mine. Compromise is okay if you have a good reason. How do we help our kids navigate these minefields of truth and lies? We train them in discernment. When Harry Potter came out, I chose…
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Rootbound: How to Get Untangled

Rootbound plants are wrapped in their own roots. Like an ingrown toenail, growth has gone inward instead of outward.  And inward is no place to grow.  Roots should spread. Deep and wide. Spiritual roots can bind too.  Squeeze. Tighter than duct tape, they can hold us hostage. I felt stuck. For years. Scripture speaks of several…
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The Invisible People

Though she sat on the front row, you would have missed her. Passed right by without a second thought. No designer labels. Quiet. Invisible. A plastic bead among the polished gems of the well-to-do Sunday School class.  Until my lesson started.  I threw out questions to the feisty group of seniors I had the privilege…
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3 Ways to Make Room for Joy

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matthew 2:10 NIV I love Matthew’s account of the Magi (please note they were not at the stable), but I’ve always found joy rather elusive.  It plays hide and seek with me. Ever feel that way? Could it be that joy was right there and I hadn’t…
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The Right Frame of Mind: Worship, Prayer, and Thanksgiving

As I head into the holidays, I desperately need the right frame of mind. A firm foundation and a solid framework of spiritual principles to keep me steady through the challenges of the season, like managing the same twenty-four hours of the day with a much longer to-do list.  Christ, as always, provides the foundation,…
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Harvest Time: 5 Keys for Successful Sowing and Reaping

The principle of sowing and reaping runs through the pages of Scripture. But we don't usually think about the sowing—until the harvest arrives.
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The Sabbath: Creating White Space

Ever start an article or blog post and all you saw was miles of ink? (Yes, Texas Monthly, I’m talking to you.) Did you wince? Tense up? Bypass it? We need white space.  Breathing room. Margin. Do you have any? Do your kids? Are you scheduled to the edges of your calendar? Sabbath God commands us…
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Obedience Training for Your Spirit: 4 Tips

My ninety-plus pound Belgian Malinois is a great running partner—most of the time. Valor heels, sets a good pace, and serves as bodyguard too.  But he has a high prey drive.  Anything small and furry that moves, beware. (FYI, owners of small dogs, big dogs see prey rather than your precious baby.) If I see…
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Conflict Resolution: 5 Tips for Your Team 

Ever feel like a referee? If you have children, then you’re no stranger to conflict resolution.  How do we know what behavior to address and what to ignore?  When do we throw the yellow flag and how do we best discipline for the infraction? How do we teach conflict resolution—to preschoolers? As any NFL referee…
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Hunting for Treasure

Summertime. A welcome break from the school routine, but . . . lots of hours to fill.  This summer, send your kids (and yourself) on an adventure. Proverbs 25:2 (NIV) says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” Now is the time…
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