| from Dr. Kathy Koch |


When cooking, I tend to follow recipes closely as my mom did. My sister-in-law and other friends of mine know their spices better than I do. They enjoy adding a bit of this and a bit of that to enhance their roasts. They’re better than mine.

I got to thinking … What about life? What could I add to enhance its flavor? What would you like to add to your life this year to enhance its flavor? Something mild or much more bold? A lot of one or a little of many?

Spice it up! Add sacrifice, self-control, joy, peace, gentleness, belonging, passion, challenge, identity, activity, rest, faithfulness, purpose, security, goodness, risk, solitude, fun, competence, kindness, seriousness, quiet, security, patience, love, wisdom, generosity, …

What do you want to add? Why? How will you make the changes? Ask your friends what they’d like to add to their lives. How can you support them? With more courage, ask them what they think you could add to your life. Invite them to support you.

Spice it up!


Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”), is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, banquet talks, and other events. She is a regular speaker for Care Net, Summit Ministries, and Axis. She also speaks for other organizations, churches, schools, and pregnancy resource centers. In addition, she hosts Celebrate Kids conferences through their Ignite the Family conference division. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio, she was featured in Kirk Cameron’s movie, Connect, and she has written and published five books with Moody Publishers, including Five to ThriveStart with the Heart, Screens and Teens8 Great Smarts, and No more Perfect Kids (with Jill Savage). Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.