I’m Given Wisdom | Teen Devotional

Truth
My Bible Reading: He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (Ephesians 1:8) Do you know your IQ? Just how smart are you? Some people seem to be naturally smart and are perfect 4.0 students. Others have to really work to make good grades. So does becoming a Christ follower…

When Parents Must Contradict Culture [Video]

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Beyond the basics of raising healthy, educated, socially conscious children, Christian parents must consider the spiritual growth of their families. And many times, teaching biblical truths to our kids involves being counter-cultural. How does a mother answer the age-old complaining, “But Mom, all my friends have one!” What does a Dad do to show his…

Even If

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If the president of the United States signed into law a bill stating that worshiping God and being a Christian was illegal, would you obey the law? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were faced with just that decision when Nebuchadnezzar, who was the King of Babylon at the time, commanded every person in the land to…

Moms, what voices are you listening to?

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Just the other day, after a restless night of sleep, cut short by my son Noah’s growing pains in the middle of the night, I crawled out of bed. I muttered a few unintelligible words to my husband and left our bedroom. Then staggered downstairs. After making a cup of coffee, I plopped on the…

The Day I Gave Up Diet Coke

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I love Diet Coke. To be more specific, I love Coke Zero and Diet Dr. Pepper. Not just a little something I enjoy; I mean, I thrive on it. And it can’t be from just anywhere, either. I like certain locations, with a certain ice, only in the right cup, and with the perfect carbonation-to-syrup…

How to Avoid Parental Burnout

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When people talk about experiencing burnout at work, most people simply nod their heads with a knowing kind of look. It’s almost expected that a time will come where you’ve had all you can take at a job and just need a break. The thought that we would experience that with our kids, however, often…

Is My Child Safe at a Christian Summer Camp?

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When the school year winds down and temperatures heat up, parents begin to think about summer activities for their children. As one of the most iconic summer pastimes in America, summer camp is at the top of the list. In evaluating Christian camps, parents often look at programs offered, the location of the facility and…

Connecting Real Food to Spiritual Health

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Good food. The phrase means different things to different people. Aside from the obvious (parents: vegetables; kids: candy!), even our location—farm, suburban, urban—affects how we access food and think about nutrition. Connecting City To Farm, a nonprofit organization founded by Kris Habashy, connects food producers and consumers by teaching families about safe and affordable nutrition through…

Will Your Teenagers Graduate from Their Faith After High School?

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Will your teenage son or daughter still be walking with Jesus when they graduate college? Or will they leave their faith behind as they walk off that graduation stage to start a new chapter of life? As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. As Christians, we know that means following Jesus for a…