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Are you Spiritual Enough?

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

One of the most shocking things we discovered about the church was just how judgmental some people could be. Neither of us were raised in a Christian household, so the parent culture of the church was a bit foreign to us when we joined the ranks. We quickly learned that some Christian parents had opinions about absolutely everything and many were very quick to voice them. It starts before you even have the baby: You shouldn’t eat that. Are you taking these? Have you been massaging? We only recommend ___________ birth classes. You’re going to have that baby at home, aren’t you? Do you have a birth plan? Here’s our 8 page plan. You should be rubbing _________ on yourself. You’re going to that doctor? You’re eating _______??? The pressure is often very subtle, but very real. I will...

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Charlie Charlie and Why Parents Should Care

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

I was raised in an unusual house. My father was a pagan, and taught me about the occult from the earliest I can remember. Ouija boards, seances and witchcraft were all part of my upbringing. When I left for college at seventeen, I was a practicing witch, but then I was unexpectedly introduced to Jesus. And my world flipped upside down. I’ve now been walking with God for 20-some-odd years and one of the things that I am still amazed with is how many Christians do not understand the dangers of the occult. Because of my upbringing, we talk a lot about supernatural things in our household. So when my kids heard about the “Charlie Charlie” internet challenge, they immediately knew that it was bad and to stay away from it. Meanwhile, some of their friends thought nothing of...

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The Gimme-Gimme’s

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

We have three dogs, as different in personality as our three kids. I (Sarah) grew up with a family who always had lots and lots of animals so I think it’s genetic. We also have two cats, a bird, a bunny and a hamster that refuses to live in his cage and is somewhere in the garage at this point. Our dogs are beggars. Yes, it is completely our fault. But the dogs are so used to getting their treats that they expect treats all day long. I often will give them each a thin rawhide bone to stay occupied for a while. So each morning, they stare at me waiting to see if I will walk towards the correct cabinet. If I make a move, they are all up and instantly staring at me, wagging their tails. Gimme!...

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The Family Fast

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

Fasting is one of the spiritual disciplines that I hear the least about—except at Easter when people talk of “giving something up for Lent.” But as followers of Christ, Jesus expected that his disciples would fast. While we aren’t supposed to be raising our hands making a big deal out of fasting, it should be something that families make a part of their spiritual lives. Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” Matthew 9:15 Most Christians suggest prayer, Bible reading, and worship as ways to draw closer to Christ and become more like him. These are things most know they should be doing (though statistically even with these disciplines, most American Christians do very little)....

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Check Your Spiritual Pulse

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

We have a lot of conversations with our kids about what it means to follow Christ. It usually comes up when the kids start talking about a friend or acquaintance and wonder about their spiritual condition. We hear this a lot: “They say they’re a Christian but they ______” Fill in the blank with all manner of things, but in general, my kids are seeing a disconnect between what people say and the reality of what they believe. The truth is, though, that we need to be taking our own spiritual pulse on a regular basis, too. Am I (or my spouse or my kids) functioning in a way that is consistent with a follower of Christ? If I say I believe in God, is my spiritual condition a priority in my life? Back when the Jews were wandering...

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No Grey Area

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, A House Full of Heart, Blog | 0 comments

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve no doubt heard about a film opening this month called Fifty Shades of Gray. Do not Google the trailer. It is based on a novel that a few years ago, was all the rage. Even then, we were confused by the excitement over it because it was being carried around and talked about by people who professed to be Christians. Fifty Shades of Grey classified as “erotica: literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.” It’s porn. Plain and simple. No, there are no pictures, but women don’t need pictures. The written descriptions act in the same way for women as the visual images do for men. While there is a ton of talk in the Christian community about porn and men, I don’t see enough talk about women and the...

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