To the Mom Whose Kid Didn’t Make the Honor Society

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It’s that time of year. The school year is ending and, with that, brings all the accolades and recognition of school-year achievements. Every time I look at social media (including my own accounts), I see pictures posted of kids receiving certificates for academics or trophies for sports, or the excitement as seniors get accepted to…

Teaching Kids to Copy the God Stuff

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We teach our kids to copy others from the beginning, and that can be a good thing. Modeling behaviors is how they learn to hold a spoon, play with a toy, and treat other people. We took our four-year-old granddaughter to her soccer game the other day. The entire coaching strategy was to model the…

I’m Sorry?

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I have a teenage daughter. She loves the Lord, she’s funny, she’s sports obsessed, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. That being said, she has teenage tendencies that ever so often make my skin crawl. She went through this stage a few years back where her apologies were driving me crazy. I would get…

Worry-Free Days Ahead

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There’s a lot we need to teach our kids to be careful about, but, if we aren’t careful what we say, we might be teaching our kids to worry. And according to Matthew 6, if we teach our kids to worry, we are teaching them to disobey a command. When Jesus said “do not worry,”…

When Can Your Child Understand Jesus Is Lord?

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Your church has a curriculum and program designed to help your children enter into a relationship with Jesus as Lord. But, parents often wonder if the classes, conversations, and teaching really did the trick. You’re not alone. Most parents have questions. Did our children accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or did they just work…

Something Worth Stewing Over

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If you haven’t read Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst, I recommend it. It may or may not be something you struggle with, but the book talks about our relationship with food and how God cares about how and what we eat. TerKeurst biblically addresses issues surrounding our relationship with food. Whether you eat too…

Is Andi Mack Shaping Your Child’s Values?

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Terri Minsky was inspired to create the Disney show, Andi Mack, when she learned that Jack Nicholson was an adult when he found out the woman he thought was his sister was, in fact, his mother. The show was recently renewed for its third season and was voted 2017’s Top Rated Show for tween girls.…

School Shootings: We Are Not Powerless

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I went to bed last night heartbroken, angry, confused, and, most of all, scared. I’m devastated by the images of terrified teens running from their school with hands over their heads and pictures of parents frantically looking for any sign of their children in the sea of chaos. Then came news updates with the rising…

Authenticity Anyone?

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The longer I walk this earth and parent and spend time with people, the more I realize how desperately we crave authenticity in our relationships. Stick with me for a minute on this. It’s easy to dismiss authenticity as just another one of those trendy words the millennials are throwing at us these days, like…