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…

40,000 Reasons to Parent Your Child’s Thoughts

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My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow springs of life. Proverbs 4:20 Did you…

Five Lessons Our Kids Can Learn from the Kardashians

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For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses himself? Luke 9:25 Kim Kardashian’s newest baby, Chicago, was born via surrogate last week. I know: Who really cares, right? Like most people, I have a strong opinion about the Kardashians. But it’s likely not the same one that you do.…

Plan Your Marriage Mini-moon

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Every parent deserves some time away. Every child needs to know their parents are people too. It’s a win-win, so pack your bags. Or, if you have a preschooler, pack your bag. You probably won’t be gone long enough to need more than one.   Parents can have playdates too—and should. You probably spent a…

A Time To Rest (Said No Parent Ever)

“The Lord has placed each of us in a specific place or sphere of influence, and our job is to be absolutely faithful in that arena and let the Lord work from there.”2
I’ve never really been a fan of January. Something about the letdown after Christmas, my clothes not fitting, our bank account gasping, pine needles lingering—oh, and then there are the kids. Lord, bless them, but every single year they pull out all the stops after Christmas, and I’m left wondering where my husband has gone…

Help Your Child Set Goals for the New Year

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For most adults, the days leading up to January 1st are a time of reflection and projection. We take stock of how well we did life the last twelve months and make a list of things we want to change or new things we want to try. We are conditioned to do this from years…

Answering the Call

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Six hundred and twenty-three days. That’s one year, eight months, and thirteen days that have passed since the day we first received the Lord’s greatest blessing on our family. He came into our house as a foster baby, and on November 21, 2017, we will have the great blessing of adopting him into our family.…

I’m Given Wisdom | Teen Devotional

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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…