Author: Greg Payne

A New, Old-Fashioned Christmas Tradition for Your Family – FREE GIFT

December 24th, 1972 – My sister and I are huddled in the back seat of my Dad’s Buick rumbling down interstate 64 from my grandmother’s house in Dunbar, to our home in Hurricane, West Virginia. It was late. What started as an amazing dinner, spun itself into caroling, and storytelling, and presents, and laughter. We were tired, and probably more than a bit grouchy. That’s when Dad turned on the radio and, I think accidentally, started a family tradition.

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Have Yourself a Rustic Little Christmas

My 15-year-old daughter has leadership gifts. While I recognize this is a God-given talent—and He has plans for her that will incorporate these amazing skills—I also confess I am the father to that gifted teenage girl, and sometimes we don’t exactly see things the same way. (Insert plea for wisdom, prayer, and patience here). And that brings us to the holiday season. Family and friends experience food, gatherings, and exchanges of presents. There are thousands of decisions to be made and nearly all of them feel important. Everything from the way to set the table to the choice of wrapping paper seems...

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Four Words To Help Grow Your Family This Year

It’s January. It’s a time when we change the calendar and see that another 12 months have passed and think we should do the things we said we’d do the last time we changed the calendar. I know, because last January that’s what I did. Where I work there’s this gym. Every time I park my car I see people going into the gym where I assumed they work out and get in better shape. I went into my office and sat down. Sometimes I could see them out the window. I thought if I joined THOSE people I’d...

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Three Sounds That Lead To A Great Christmas In Your House

Christmas—it’s a time of peace. It’s a time when all mankind seems to pause and bring out their best. It’s also a time when my family can turn on each other like Rottweilers fighting over a piece of bacon. This year, I’m going to try and remember three key sounds that help me have a great Christmas. I think if you listen past the sleigh bells you may hear them too. SOUNDS OF YOUR KIDS This is the best. For me, the sound of my home when my kids are there makes me feel like I can focus on...

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The Next Generation Is at My House

I’m 48 years old, and this year something is happening that I really didn’t expect.  It’s happened before, but not recently.  In fact, the last time I think I felt like this was about nine years ago. I miss my Mom.  She passed away eleven years ago. I think this year, she has come to my mind more often than in the last few years because I’ve seen her.  I’ve seen her spirit of adventure in my oldest daughter who climbed into a boat and went over a class IV series of rapids armed with a paddle, absolutely no experience, and a perpetual smile.  I’ve seen her determination in my youngest daughter who carefully unwraps sore feet after ballet class, and then looks up to ask me when she gets to take the next class. I’ve seen her love of God’s creation as my kids both laid out gardens this spring, planted seed, built trellises, and covered the young plants from the late frost with the hope of harvesting tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, and peas. When I tell them that they must have inherited traits from their grandmother, they giggle. I think it helps them understand that they were loved and prayed about before they were ever aware of it. I’m sure you’ve heard the people at Orange talk a lot about how one generation influences the next. That’s true!...

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