It was an”eggsiting” day at the Dagens house on Easter, time for the annual egg hunt. We were determined that this egg hunt would be joyful and equal — and tear-free. But would we get to that result? And what means would we use to get there? That is the story! Continue reading Who Knew Their Hunt for Eggs Could Have Eternal Significance?
If you knew saying “hello” to a stranger would make the world a kinder, friendlier place for someone else, would you initiate the effort? Continue reading You Might Have Had Me at Hello, Except You Never Said It
Inspired by the moments my friend used to express love and gratefulness before he died, I wanted to thank those who have touched my life. Continue reading Big Hearts, Small Kindnesses Make Me Thankful This Thanksgiving
A bowl of soup vs. a birthright? It seems like a no-brainer. But how many times have I chosen momentary satisfaction instead of a gift lasting a lifetime or beyond? Continue reading Don’t Trade Away God’s Lifelong Gift to Satisfy a Short-Term Appetite
A young mother learns to abide in God and finds joy despite her journey through breast cancer, including chemo, a radical mastectomy, and radiation therapy. Continue reading ‘I Love My Scar,’ This Breast Cancer Survivor Told Us
Marion Chisholm Is on a Mission to Win at Sports and Life The first time I noticed him was in … Continue reading This Coach Got Better, Not Beaten by the Crash That Nearly Killed Him
As a parent, it’s painful watching your child suffer when you are powerless to help. This poem, titled “Benched,” captures one of those moments for me. Continue reading How Do You Handle Your Emotions When Your Child Is Benched?
I recognize that I am blessed — and not always using my gifts. my health, my wholeness to their full extent. Are you? Continue reading What Do You Do With a Birthday Gift? Use It Well
And she wants an ideal year — just like you This week’s blog post will take you out of my … Continue reading Anticipating the First Day of School? Your Teacher Is, Too
When I taught writing to a group of 20 homeschoolers, our final project was to write and illustrate our own books. Because those who teach also must do, I did my own. This is my first book — about my experience with laser surgery. It was a funny, painful experience. Continue reading Back When I First Taught Book Publishing, I Tried It Myself First
Sometimes — like my cat — we do our duty but miss our target. Sometimes it truly stinks. Keep trying and adjust your aim. Continue reading Dear Reader, Why in the World Do You Read My Blog Posts?
Today, my younger self reminds me to submit to my heavenly Father’s lead, to align my will with His, and to trust Him wherever He leads. Continue reading To Know His Will
How do you relate to your personal servants — your body, mind, appetites of the body such as hunger or thirst or lust? Are you ruling over them? Continue reading This Is How You Can Live Life to the Fullest as a Christian
A desperate woman who sees Jesus as her only hope pushes beyond the crowd, beyond the social constraints, beyond anything that might prevent her from touching the hem of His garment. Continue reading What Will You Do to Reach Jesus? Follow This Woman’s Example
A reminder that whom God calls, He equips. Stand strong against the spiritual wind and waves that threaten, knowing that God has already won the battle. Continue reading Answer His Call
“I am training you to listen and act so that I can co-create with you as we write.” That’s what I heard God say to me. Continue reading Before You Can ‘Trust and Obey’ You Must Listen When God Whispers — How?
I had heard the advice way back in February but failed to act on it. Had I blown it? Was I too late? No! I’m exactly where I need to be right now. Continue reading What Do You Call Tardiness When You Find It’s Perfect Timing?
Caleb had audacious faith. Faith enough to silence the naysayers all around him. Faith that God could win the battle for a prize piece of land. Continue reading What Must You Conquer to ‘Possess the Land’ God Has Promised You?