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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Transparency is Transformational

Once upon a time my children had me on a pedestal… They thought I knew everything, could fix anything, and certainly didn’t struggle with the same frustrations and temptations they faced each day. To them, I had it all together. Honestly, when they were little, that Parenting Pedestal was a nice place to hang out.…

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Wide-Angle Mothering

Are you feeling like a parenting failure? Do your children’s mistakes loom large, while their successes seem miniscule? Does every day seem like a repeat of the previous day’s letdowns, disappointments, or fiascos  If I’m honest, I’ve had too many episodes of feeling Just.Like.That. There’s been too many days that failure filled the home screen…

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” —Well-known Indian saying— “You can’t make a horse drink, but you can certainly salt his oats!” —Lesser-known Scheibner saying—   Don’t you wish you could just inject your kids with a passion for the church? Wouldn’t a vaccination of Christian craving be…

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For A Sacrifice To Be A Sacrifice… It Has To Be A Sacrifice!

  I love reading books and stories about Christians who lived in the past. Those missionaries, martyrs, men and women who walked faithfully with God long before I was even born are my heroes. So often, they didn’t have the freedoms, or fellowship, or even simple conveniences that I have to help me in my…

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