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Parenting is easy - Spokane FAVS Commentary

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In my latest column for Spokane FAVS, I discuss parenting. I take a dive into some tips we can use to help us on the parenting adventure. 
https://spokanefavs.com/parenting-is-easy/

Firmer in the faith of Christ

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Many of you may have noted I've spent more time writing articles for Spokane Faith and Values and in creating more spiritually inclined blog posts. I haven't given up on writing my novels, that work is still rolling forward (sometimes slower than others). I remain committed to writing entertaining books that the whole family can read without worrying about the content. That has always been the goal. In the mean time I have felt very strongly to use what little platform I have to bring some uplifting and brightness to a world that seems intent on wallowing in darkness. The only way I know how to do that is through my faith. Heavenly Father has blessed me with the ability to communicate with others, and I would be squandering that gift if I didn't share the light that I have in my life with others. I know that may not be appealing to some, but my hope is that the principles and topics that I write about can be universally applied to help us move forward and become better.

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Don't get burned

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"We need to keep ourselves out of places and away from things that can burn us."
On one particularly warm July Sunday, I was sitting at home after church, when my pager went off, alerting me to a brush fire located on Rattlesnake Ridge, an area just north of where I lived. I responded to the station, adrenaline coursing my veins. I was a fairly newly minted lieutenant and as I arrived I realized I would be the officer in charge of our company. When we arrived on scene, we were initially charged with working on the western most flank of the fire, or what we called Division Zulu. This particular fire was hot, I remember because it melted the rubber on the bottom of my boots. Along with the nearly 100 degree weather that day and planes dropping water on top of us, I knew our job was not going to be easy and our safety was paramount. Our task was to dig part of a containment line around the fire.
After finishing our assigned task, we were asked to assist another firefighter from a…

September 11 attacks isnpire us to serve one another - Spokane FAVS Commentary

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Do you remember where you were on September 11th, 2001? I do. I remember the profound impact that day had on me. In my latest column on Spokane FAVS, I talk about how the attacks on September 11th can be a good reminder about how we are supposed to serve each other.
https://spokanefavs.com/sept-11-attacks-inspire-us-to-serve-one-another/

Spiritually Protecting Your Home

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I know I'm not alone, when I say that I worry for my children. I worry about their health. I worry that they will do well in school. I worry about the choices they make or are going to make. I worry that they will be safe in the dangerous world we live in. Frankly, sometimes I look at the world around me and my heart sinks, I have a sense of foreboding and angst that I am sending my children out into the lone and dreary world, and I can't be with them to guard them from the perils and pitfalls that await them. I've done my best to assure the temporal safety of my family, as many have done and are doing, and while this is all well and good, I should not forget to worry about their spiritual safety. None of us should. We need to provide for the spiritual protection of our homes and families, just as much as the temporal protection.
In October 2013, Boyd K. Packer, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, talked about the key to spiritual protection, and …

Understanding Faith Crisis

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Thomas Jefferson once said, "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
I’ve done a lot of thinking on this quote and upon the crisis of faith that we face in our country, or more specifically within our own lives. These crises often arise due to trials and struggles that we endure while in this mortal existence.

To some, the quote from Thomas Jefferson on faith, and about questioning the existence of God, might be antithetical to talking about a faith crisis. But I think we can derive a lot of truthfulness in what Jefferson is saying. Agency, or the ability to make our own choices, allows us to question. And questioning in itself isn’t inherently a bad thing. Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to fear him. On the contrary, he wants us to love him, and sometimes even the most devout of us have questions. Especially when we face trials and uncertainties in our lives.

Stop thinking life is supposed to be easy. It's not. - Spokane FAVS Commentary

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Just like muscle needs stress to grow, our spiritual "muscle" is stunted if we are not facing adversity and opposition. In my latest column on Spokane FAVs I discuss the necessity of discomfort in our spiritual growth.
https://spokanefavs.com/stop-thinking-life-is-supposed-to-be-easy-its-not/