Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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The part of me that claims to be Irish

salutes the part of you that claims to be Irish!

(I’m actually about a 4th Irish, and absurdly proud of it. You?)st-patrick-celtic-cross-9-inch-2006885∞ ∞ ∞

“For the great Gaels of Ireland

are the men that God made mad,

for all their wars are merry,

and all their songs are sad.”

~G.K. Chesterton

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

I’m busy working on my next feature film script, and have limited time for blogging today. But then, this isn’t just a re-post of an old fave, it’s a self-encourager. If you write, you know what I mean. It takes raw COURAGE to face that keyboard. Every day.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be fearful or lose heart. For God will be with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9

Mitch Teemley


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Fake it till You Make It

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The Wishing Map 107

Have you ever found a cherished friend in someone you’d mistaken for an enemy?

Mitch Teemley

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Note: To read The Wishing Map from the beginning, click here.

The Wishing Map

Chapter Twenty-One: “Hey-fah for the Sea!” (Continued)

Previously: Gina and Zack realized the sea monsters were actually there to rescue them.

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They’d been traveling for perhaps an hour when they spotted land. It took another twenty minutes to reach it, but the sight of the encroaching ivory-cliffed coast, along with the gradual dissipation of the storm, renewed their spirits. Enough for them to remember how cold they were. Enough for them to realize how hungry they were. Enough for them to contemplate how lost they were.

The creatures brought them all the way up onto the fine-grained sand, so different from Kellansend’s pebbly shore. The moment the cheldings slid off, the beasts began to drag themselves back into the water using their large, powerful flippers. Their tails, astonishingly graceful in the…

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Parenting Illustrated

Raising a Toddler:Slide1

Raising a Teenager:Slide3

Parent’s School Experience:Slide2

Child’s School Experience:


Parent’s Goals for Teenager:Presentation1

Teenager’s Goals:Presentation2

Off to College!Slide5

After College:boomerangkid

Any Questions?

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Trees that outgrow their planters (and plants that outgrow their pots) become rootbound–strangled by their own roots. Unable to grow. Unable to take in nutrients. What to do? First, remove the plant from its too-small container. Second, trim away the unhealthy roots. Third, place it in fresh soil — in a place with room to grow.

People can be rootbound, too. I had a friend whose mother (like the woman at the well in John 4) married five times and was engaged to a sixth when Treena moved out. One year into her own marriage, Treena decided she’d chosen “the wrong person” and was ready to file for divorce. A wise counselor told her, “Of course you think that. Divorce is Rootboundnormal for you.” You’re being strangled by your roots!

A family I’ve known all my life is rootbound by three generation of substance abuse. The grandfather modelled alcoholism until he died. His three sons drank with him until they discovered drugs. Two are now dead and the third is hopelessly entangled in the roots that choked his brothers to death. Now his son, the third generation, is in rehab, trying desperately to cut away those drug-infested cords. My heart breaks for them. Every day.

But there is light. The surviving son’s wife, herself a recovering addict, has found the One who can disentangle her, whose Word is full of life-giving nutrients, who is in the process of replanting her in a place where she can begin to grow again (and through her, her son and husband, as well, I pray). It’s not pretty. Every day is full of dirt and rot. Her hands and heart are perpetually encrusted. But she’s praying. And so am I.

Are you rootbound? Trim away the lies that choke you–most likely with someone else’s help. Allow yourself to be re-planted in the life-giving soil of God’s word, in an environment where you will not just grow but thrive, bringing joy to the One who planted you, and shade to all who draw near.

Blessings till it hurts. 

nature___rivers_and_lakes_flowering_trees_near_the_water_041725_“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD. They will be like trees planted near the water, that extend their roots into the stream and do not fear when the heat comes. Their leaves will remain green and they will not grow anxious in the year of drought. Nor will they cease to yield fruit.”  ~Jeremiah 17:8

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Stop Squirming!


“You, LORD, are our father. We are the clay and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” ~Isaiah 64:8

“He who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 1:6

“Therefore, let perseverance finish its work, so that you may be made mature and complete, lacking nothing.” ~James 1:4

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