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Unexpected Christmas Gift

The Unexpected Christmas Gift

The real unexpected gift wasn’t the money or groceries, but an increase in our faith.

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Christmas as an Adult Child of Divorce

Navigating the Holidays as an Adult Child of Divorce

At Christmas, decisions for an adult child of divorce become especially difficult, with both parents vying for your loyalty and attention.

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Photo Credit: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

George H.W. Bush and the Marriage America Needs

I want my own marriage to resemble the one our 41st president had with his late bride, Barbara.

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Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

You have the privilege of growing a child who knows the love of God personally and knows how to love people well.

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Is Santa Claus Stopping at Your House?

What’s a family—one that desires to teach their kids the REAL meaning of Christmas—to do about St. Nick?

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Would You Say Yes to Becoming an “Instant Family”?

Is foster care messy? Of course. Is it worth it? Absolutely.

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Take a holiday break

Take a Break From the Holidays!

A break is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your spouse and face the stress of the holidays together.

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Christmas Conflict

‘Tis the Season to Fight About Finances

Here are a few ways to make spending during the holidays less stressful.

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Are you thankful for your spouse?

Do You Practice Intentional Gratitude for Your Spouse?

It takes diligence and commitment to remember that your spouse needs to know how much they mean to you on a daily basis.

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How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

Guilt doesn’t freshen us and give life—it suffocates us and takes more than we have to give.

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6 Tips to Reduce Stress for Working Moms

6 Tips to Reduce Stress for the Working Mom

When my youngest started preschool, I took my first job outside the home in nearly 10 years. I was frazzled, guilt-ridden, and late everywhere I went.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder This Christmas

A mom’s guide to managing all that the holiday season throws her way.

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When You Don't Feel Like Giving Thanks

When You Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving can be a difficult reminder of the struggles we face, but there is comfort in the promises to come.

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Teaching My Children to Be Thankful for Each Other

Teaching My Children to Be Thankful for Each Other

Long after my husband and I are gone, I want our kids to still have each other.

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I’m Not Panicking About the Election

I’m Not Panicking About the Election—And Neither Should You

Political leaders might have their own agendas, but those cannot thwart God’s.

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Bill Cosby and our secret selves

Bill Cosby and Our Secret Selves

Like so many, I groaned at the disparity: Perfect, hilarious TV family. Lurid, devastating real life.

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Gratefulness for the Small Things

Gratefulness for the Small Things … Like Water and Electricity

We are completely dependent on our all-powerful God, who generously gives us every gift we possess.

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Investing Time With Your Children

Investing Time With Your Children: The Challenge of 936 Pennies

The time we have with our children before they enter into adulthood is limited. We have a responsibility to use it well, with a heart of wisdom.

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Women, Body Image and the Holidays

How do we find the holy balance of treating our bodies like temples, but not to the extent that we become health-obsessed this holiday season?

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Your most important job as a parent.

Your Most Important Job as a Parent

Teachable moments are opportunities for us to imprint God’s values on the next generation.

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Russ Taff I Still Believe: Singing through shame and alcoholism

Christian Musician Russ Taff: Singing Through the Shame

The award-winning artist’s music inspired others to bask in God’s love, but he had to overcome shame and alcoholism to hear God’s love song to him.

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Beautiful Scars – they grace is sufficient

Beautiful Scars

I noted something refreshingly real about Princess Eugenie’s choice of gown. From the front, she showed she was a princess. From the back, she showed she was a person like the rest of us.

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two elementary-school boys looking out a car window

Three Times a Day to Intentionally Connect With Your Child

Consider mornings, mealtimes and bedtime as opportunities for making a heart connection with your child. And trust that God, in His sovereignty, will fill the gaps in between.

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wine corks

Can Mommy Have a Drink?

Pretty much everyone has an opinion on “mommy wine culture.” Here’s a few factors to consider if you’re thinking about sipping a glass.

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What I Wish Drew Brees Had Whispered to His Boys

I want more for Drew Brees and his sons than just what they can earn. And Jesus offers more.

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Not All Millennials Wait For the “Right” Age to Get Married

There’s no doubt that marrying my high school sweetheart benefited us for the better.

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The Art of Parenting

God Used a Parakeet to Love Our Daughter

Of all the stories about raising six children we’ve told over the years, this is probably our favorite.

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Why Do We Love This is Us?

This is Us is unabashedly real, in a manner Christian dramas may struggle to be. This is Us stitches a tapestry effect, allowing us to trace time and return to it.

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Christmas Gifts from Grandparents

Help Grandma Calm Down on Christmas Gift-Giving

Sometimes, Grandpa and Grandma Warbucks create unintended challenges by “blessing the grandkids” with so many gifts.

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Smartphone addiction in kids

My Son Was Addicted to a Smartphone

The patterns I saw in my child’s behavior opened my eyes to the damage my phone had done.

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