By Rebecca Hagelin
As a Christian and an across-the-board conservative author, I write about a variety of topics: economic freedom, national security, international relations and social issues. My Christian faith informs all areas of my life, and it enables me to share wisdom that is much greater than my own.
But there seems to be another factor that comes heavily into play: teens rarely see their parents or close adult relatives displaying romance or affection towards each other. Aside from images in a video, then, when do young people ever actually see romantic, endearing, long-lasting relationships?
In his last years, Solomon wrote what is now known as the Book of Ecclesiastes. In it he recorded what he discovered through his lifelong hunt so that we might benefit from it. At first reading you get the impression that Solomon had a bleak outlook, but when you dig deeper, you find that his writing, though brutally honest, is indeed hopeful. He shares common sense and profound wisdom with remarkable clarity.
But there’s something you have to do if you are to create a healthier culture and build a grounded, courageous and fulfilled family. It’s one of the most important things you can do because it provides a steady force, a place of comfort for your children in a harsh world, and more joy for you than you could ever imagine.
By Rebecca Hagelin and Kristin Carey
One of Jesus’ most recognizable metaphors is one He shared with His disciples at the last supper, on the eve of His crucifixion. His image of a gardener at work can be found in John 15. It begins, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener…”
Have you ever stopped to consider why "story" means so much to us? Why do great books and great movies enrapture us the way they do? When you pick up your empty popcorn bag and slowly—almost mournfully—make your way out of the theater, or when you finally lay a dearly loved book down after you turn the last page, the deep sense of longing you experience suggests that we crave far more than mere entertainment.
It’s easy to mistake the means for the ends and in doing so, to settle for less than we were intended for. For example, we all feel pressure to be productive and to use our time wisely, but if we’re not careful, we will, as Peter Drucker says, manage for the sake of management instead of managing for the sake of results. There are many stories in the Bible that reflect this part of human nature — our tendency to miss the point, which in biblical terms is often known as sin.
Whether he’s in heaven or on earth, we all have a loving father to embrace.
It’s true that Christians are persecuted even here in America, and in harsher ways than the open criticism we’re used to receiving. We see the steadily tightening grip of government regulations closing in over the free expression of our faith, and we see the public becoming increasingly more and more OK with it.
When you pick up your empty popcorn bag and slowly — almost mournfully — make your way out of the theater, or when you lay down a dearly loved book after you turn the last page, the deep sense of longing you experience suggests that we crave far more than entertainment.
How do you turn a house into a home? We’re not talking interior design, crafting parties or cooking lessons. We’re talking about the essential differences between a space where people live and a space where people find life.
More often than not, veterans’ experiences are forgotten. It is our duty, not theirs, to collect and preserve their stories, and it is always right to recognize their sacrifices and thank them by working at home to restore and maintain an America of virtue.
It’s easy to find ourselves annoyed with laws and politicians and discouraged about the direction of our country. But why is it that we are so quick to complain and so slow to pray?
It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of sharing meals as a family — sitting down, away from distractions, as a group — as often as possible. There is just something about the simple, routine and necessary act of eating that makes it the perfect medium for meaningful human interaction.
Gavin Rupp, a 13-year old Virginia boy with terminal brain cancer, knows what that’s like. A baseball player, Gavin’s been a Washington Nationals fan for as long as he can remember. Baseball gave him a reprieve from long hours of chemotherapy and radiation and, when he could no longer play, he lived for those Nationals games. When Gavin’s cancer recurred for the third time in two years, his doctors could do nothing more.
But his father and the Washington Nationals could.
Our fast-moving society has no time for the slow-pace of elderly folks. As a result, we never glean their wisdom, never hear their rich perspectives and never cherish their attentive affection. Adults whose parents are no longer living consider themselves lucky to be “off the hook,” and forget that our elderly deserve honor and respect. They are a national treasure, too often lost.
Her face looked haggard and she had aged 10 years, it seemed, in the months since I last saw her. I knew “Joanna” through friends. Although we saw each other infrequently, we enjoyed sharing the highs and lows of our lives and our children. This time, she looked so awful that it was clear something was not right.
Culture challenge of the week: The end of courtship
Most parents hope that their children will grow to adulthood and find and marry a good spouse. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for young adults to date in ways that lay a solid foundation for a strong marriage.
By Rebecca Hagelin & Kristin Carey
If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word “repentance” quite a few times. It isn’t a term we often use outside of a church context. It’s one of those scary-sounding “Christianese” words that few of us feel comfortable with, probably because it conjures up images of crazy old men standing on street corners, holding picket signs and yelling at people as they pass by.
How many of us have boxes or hard drives filled with pictures and home videos — those precious moments we’ve captured because we wanted to always remember — yet we’ve rarely, if ever, looked back?
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Rebecca Hagelin has championed faith and family values in Washington, DC and around the nation for some 30 years. She speaks and writes to encourage and educate parents on how to combat the negative affects of the pop media culture on their children. Her weekly column, co-authored with her daughter Kristin Carey, "Faith and Family: Hope for Every Generation" appears in The Washington Times, Townhall and other national news sites and publications. Rebecca also owns a boutique marketing company that specializes in creating and directing national talk radio marketing campaigns. She previously served as The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing, and as Vice President of Communications for WorldNetDaily.com. In 2006, Concerned Women for America named her as one of the nation’s “Top Ten Evangelical Women”, and in 2007, The Claire Boothe Luce Policy Institute named her one of 12 "Great Conservative Women". She is the author of the acclaimed books, Home Invasion: Protecting Your Family in a Culture That's Gone Stark Raving Mad, and 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family. The latter book will be re-released in late April. The newly updated version is entitled, "30 Ways in 30 Days to Protect Your Family" and will include reflections from her daughter, Kristin, as well as a bonus new chapter on marriage. Rebecca serves on several boards including FamilyTalk. She and her husband (of 30 years!) Andy, have three grown children, and live on Little Gasparilla Island in Florida.
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