What’s your “More or Less List” look like?

My “More and Less List” this year. What’s yours look like?
~Garrett from Shine Afternoons

Practical 5-Minute Resolutions


Already given up on your New Year’s Resolution?  That’s pretty common.  In fact, I’ve given up on so many resolutions I quit making them.  But this lady’s got the right idea.  Choose one or all of these 5-minute resolutions.  Check them all out (and commit) here.


Good News: Gavin The Great


From the small town of El Paso, Illinois, Gavin was a young boy with a lot of fight.  At the age of 4, he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.  After a year-long battle, he won and was deemed cancer-free.  Then, he fell in love with sports and life and the town of El Paso fell in love with him.  At the age of 11, just over a year and half ago, Gavin’s pain returned.  Although his faith and outlook never wavered, his body began to lose the fight.  Just after the New Year, Gavin went home to be with the Lord.  Just after his memorial service (attended by the entire town), Gavin’s junior high friends played in a basketball game. It was neck in neck until the very end.  Gavin’s team was trailing by 2 with .8 seconds left on the clock.  Dylan threw a hail mary shot at the basket, and as the buzzer went off — swish!  The town rushed the court to celebrate, and although Dylan was the one who put up the shot, they all give credit to Gavin for dunking it!  Read more about this courageous boy (and see the miracle shot) here.


A Child’s New Year Resolution


I’ve talked throughout this month about how to make your New Years’ resolution stick, but let’s step away from you and look at your family.

Have you ever thought about setting resolutions with your child? It can be a great way to raise self-esteem, improve health, set good habits, and work together as a team.

Here are a few thoughts to get started. Children imitate what they see, so set your goals first. Then share them with your child.

Next, talk with them about goals they might want to accomplish. Help them come up with a plan along with a way you can track progress with them. Be a cheerleader for your child.

You can set goals for younger children, but explain why you’re setting them and how they’ll benefit. Be sure they want to participate with you, and reward them for trying.

There’s simply no age limit for good New Years’ resolutions.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional Morning Glory, Evening Grace here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here. 

The Spiritual Pulse of America


A Christian sociologist wants to know about your spiritual life.


University of Connecticut professor, Bradley Wright, has all types of questions for his research.  Here are a few of them:


Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now?


He’d like the answers in real time, so he’s launching a website.  He’ll send text messages to participants’ smartphones twice each day, reminding them that it’s time to take the survey.


It’s part of an ambitious look by Professor Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and how that links to well-being.


Dr. Wright is overseeing the website SoulPulse.org to gather data for the researchers to study.


He says SoulPulse is the first research project to use cellphones to measure spirituality as it unfolds over time in natural settings.


And here’s some encouraging faith news.  Over 20,000 college students attended the recent Passion Conference in Atlanta.


They packed trucks with towels and socks to be distributed to the city’s homeless.


Speakers at the conference included Louie and Shelley Giglio, John Piper, and Francis Chan. Worship was led by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United, Matt Redman, David Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill.


This year’s conference was based on Isaiah 26:8, which says, “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” A second Passion conference will be held in Houston on February 14th and 15th.


If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, click the “Questions” link on the Family Expert page.

Listen to today’s audio here.