Have You Been Encouraged to be an Encourager?

All It Takes Is a Little Thought to be an Impactful Encourager     Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement), Acts 4:36 The book of Acts introduces us to the man who would become incredibly instrumental in the life of Paul. However,…

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To Allowance or Not to Allowance… That is the Question!

  But how will they ever learn to save? Or tithe? Or live on a budget? Steve and I try to end our parenting conferences with at least a short time for Q and A. It’s no surprise to us that one of the most frequently asked questions we hear concerns whether or not we…

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What Happens When Christmas is Blue?

  “I know it’s Christmas, but I just feel sad!” What is a parent to do if their child just isn’t joyful this Christmas season? While you’ll find plenty of articles and blogs that deal with adult depression and darkness during the holiday season, there’s an unspoken expectation that children will just automatically be filled…

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Christmas Isn’t Just for the Kids!!

  Christmas is the perfect season to establish new and meaningful traditions! Whether it’s loading everyone in the family car to drive around looking at Christmas lights or reading aloud beloved books that only come out during the holiday season, it’s so fun to develop new holiday routines that will bring joy to the whole…

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Like it… Love it… Gotta have it?

Are you looking for a way to turn the holidays into a time of spiritual growth, family unity, and wonderful lifelong memories? Start this Christmas season off right by helping your family turn their focus off of self and on to serving others! Christmas is one of those holidays that, if we’re not careful, can…

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Let’s Party!

Sometimes, we’re much more American, than we are biblical in our parenting! We, Americans, are known for our drive for success. We tackle goals and take great delight when we can check them off on our to-do lists. We strive for more and better; higher heights and exciting new challenges. Which is great…When it comes…

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Oh Those “Foxy” Foxes!

  Do you remember the old Disney classic, The Fox and the Hound? It doesn’t matter how many times we watched that movie, (and you know how it goes with kids… for a while we watched it over and over and over!) I still cried at the end. Who could resist the adorable little fox,…

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Sometimes, We Just Shouldn’t Ask!

If you’ve ever heard us teach, you know that Steve and I think asking questions is one of the most important skills we can utilize. Whether it’s in our marriages, our parenting, or with friends and co-workers, asking good questions can diffuse defensiveness and side-step problems before they become major issues. However, there are some…

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Come On In… The Door is Open!

  One of my greatest joys as a Christian has been the opportunities God has given our family to open our door and offer hospitality to others! I grew up in a home where the door was effectually shut to outsiders. I have no memory of impromptu get-togethers or spontaneous game nights. We didn’t invite…

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Are You Prepared for “Such a Time as This?”

  Yesterday, I had the privilege to visit with a dear friend as she patiently sat by her new baby’s side in the NICU. An unexpected diagnosis had turned their “normal” birth story into a sudden and frightening experience of wires, and tubes, and beeping monitors. I went to the NICU to encourage Suzanne, but…

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