Jay Payleitner Blog

Don't try to figure out a pattern to my blogging. There isn't one. 

Like Your Favorite Comfy Jeans

April 9, 2019

Grab your personal study Bible—if you can find it—and assess its physical appearance. Might I suggest the condition of your personal faith journey is inversely proportional to the condition of […]

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In Praise of Delayed Gratification

December 17, 2018

Hey Moms and Dads: Can your kids grasp the idea of delayed gratification? How about patience? Or the idea that doing something right takes time. Flipping that idea around: haste makes waste. You may already […]

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Leave Your High School Yearbook on the Kitchen Table

September 18, 2018

Dear Parents: So your kids are back in school and trying to figure out where they fit in and how they might find success. It’s a classic challenge for teenagers […]

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Pigeon flying against blue sky

Vacation Haiku

July 18, 2018

Dear Fellow Sojourners: Wisdom for the road.  No charge.  If inspired, feel free to write your own.  Remember 5-7-5. ROAD TRIP HAIKU Recalculating. Whose voice is that anyway? Recalculating. Why […]

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Griswald dad in car

How to Love Grueling Road Trips

June 26, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads: I believe the occasional grueling car trip should be a requirement for graduating childhood. Hours of transportational incarceration belted onto vinyl seats in a confined space […]

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Mandate to Steadfast Warriors

May 8, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads: It’s only five verses. But Psalm 127 provides a reminder, a warning, a promise, an iconic image on which every parent should meditate, and an endorsement for having lots of kids. Let’s read it together. Even […]

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Romantic picnic setting

12 Slow and Easy Ideas for Couples

April 19, 2018

Dear Husbands and Wives: In my book, 52 Ways to Connect as a Couple, I spend one chapter challenging couples to get active. Including ideas like kayaking, zip-lining, and taking a Segway […]

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The Answer is 204

April 10, 2018

How many squares on a checkerboard? Dear Parents: Asking your kids how many squares are on a checkerboard creates a great chance to teach them the rhyme “Eight times eight fell on […]

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Avoiding Dilbert’s To-Do List Overload

March 28, 2018

Poor Dilbert. Opening today’s newspaper, I see Scott Adam’s beloved character wrestling with a challenge that’s all too common: Way too much on our human to-do list. Like Dilbert, your to-do […]

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Child on Merry-go-Round

The Circle Game

March 22, 2018

Dear Friends: I love this quotation . . . “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every […]

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