From Bad Hair to Brokenness: Pointing Our Kids to God

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Kate is my awesome, godly daughter who rarely flies her thirteen-year-old crazy flag. But when she does, it’s great stuff that must be shared. So with her permission, I relay a worthy moment in our house a few weeks ago in hopes of giving us something bigger to consider in our parenting journey. One particular…

Helping Children Cope with Death

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Death is one of the hardest topics to broach with a young child, especially if you are struggling to deal with your own sorrow. However, it is an inescapable aspect of life and your child will want to understand it and find his own way to grieve. Children of all ages are confronted with that…

Is Your Child Ready for Believer’s Baptism?

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My seven-year-old has been asking, periodically for almost a year, to be baptized. I recorded this conversation from a car ride home after church in December: Me: Gabe, so why do you want to get baptized? Gabe: Because I do! Me: Nope, not good enough. Gabe: Because everyone else in our family has been baptized.…

Giving Lent Meaning for My Kids

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God has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. But Lent wasn’t a significant part of worship in the churches we attended. So, I was intrigued and curious when I would see my Catholic or more liturgical friends show up on Ash Wednesday with a cross on their…

My Child Has Cancer: One Family’s Spiritual Journey

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Jace Poncio was two years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A. L. L.). Initially, his parents, Jason and Tisha, were told his treatment would take three years, but it took an extra six months. He completed his last chemo treatment at age six on May 25, 2016—a week before his Kindergarten…

Ephesians 6 — The Spirit-Led Parent

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With the usual caveat that my parents weren’t perfect, I freely admit that I have big shoes to fill as a mother. My parents fed, clothed, and schooled my brothers and me. They cheered us on and worked hard to give us every chance at success. They loved us. And they consistently disciplined us. Paul’s…

The First Pillar of Truth We Must Teach Our Children

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In my previous post, I noted two concerning, and connected, trends: Young people walking away from faith Biblical literacy dramatically declining among young people (and adults) As promised, this is the first of five pillars to teach your family. That means five ways to help your family grow up to understand truth and to walk more confidently…

Kids and Lenten Fasting: Yes, No, or How Much?

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I was raised in an Episcopalian, church-going family. My mother volunteered anywhere she was needed, my father served on the vestry, and my sisters and I participated in choir, youth group, and other various church activities. I remember my parents observing Lent each year, mainly because my mother would always give up sweets, and if…

Teaching Our Kids to Love God with All Their Strength

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And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart…