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Home vs. Heart Improvement: Keeping Families Strong

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

I recently journeyed a bit late to church on a Sunday morning, but had no trouble finding parking. I was quite dismayed to find the parking lot so empty. The frustrating rain clouds from an already soggy spring were supposed to fade by noon, but they had obviously kept many families home from worship. I couldn’t help but feel discouraged, as I wanted to see more of my church family. Following the morning service, I joined family for lunch and then stopped by the local home improvement store to remedy the outdated light bulbs that had blown that morning while attending to the hair and make-up. But as I drove into the lot, I quickly realized I had a problem. I couldn’t find a parking place! Rain clouds had given way to the sun, and every family in my...

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Unexpected Encouragement

Posted by on May 16, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Giggles and Grace | 0 comments

When you’re a mom, it seems you always have a child in tow. Moms are experts at grocery shopping, renewing car tags, buying birthday gifts, or even going to personal doctor’s appointments with a child tagging along. As I was preparing for an upcoming yearly physical, I had to visit the lab a week early to have blood drawn. When I arrived, the lab technician asked for a urine sample before drawing my blood. My daughter, Grace, who was four at the time, followed me into the restroom. After shutting the door behind us, I turned to tell Grace not to touch anything. “What you doin’ Mama,” she asked me. I told her I had to go potty in a cup, just like she does when she goes to the doctor. Grace was very familiar with going potty in...

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How to Talk to Your Young Children About Abortion

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, That Mom Life | 0 comments

The word “abortion” is a regular part of my vocabulary. I’ve worked for my local pregnancy center for six years, spoken in front of crowds about abortion, given presentations on how to defend the pro-life position, and written many articles on the topic. But the first time my 4-year-old looked me in the eye and asked me what abortion was, I froze. How could I even begin to explain such a horrible reality to my son? His questions were inevitable. Our family has made a point to create a culture of life and an awareness of the needs of women in unplanned pregnancies. (I talk more about this in last month’s article, The Most Dangerous Place. You can check that out here!) When the questions come, what is the best way to speak to young children about abortion in...

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Praying Against the Distractions in My Child’s Life

Posted by on May 10, 2019 in A LASTING FAITH, A Mother's Prayers, Blog | 0 comments

My dad had many pet phrases, and this time of year we’d always hear him announce, “Spring has sprung.” Even in colder climates, kids everywhere have been infected by spring fever. For my kids that was just one more distraction in a world that seemed dedicated to sidetrack my children—and me—from staying on task. That led me to begin praying against the distractions in my kids’ lives—particularly the ones that pulled them away from following God. As I began talking to God and listing different distractions I became overwhelmed. How could I pray effectively when so many things bombarded my family? I couldn’t. But God could. His Word promises me that the Holy Spirit is the one who helps me pray. So I girded up my faith and began a campaign I still wage today—against all the distractions that...

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Discipling Future Missionaries

Posted by on May 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15; NASB “There are only two kinds of people,” he leaned toward our three children. He whispered and his eyes sparkled. One half finger wagged at them and how cool is a cut off finger after all? Awed, they devoured each word from a man they considered as old as the Apostle Paul himself and every bit as godly. “People are either goers or senders. God gives us two choices from Scripture.” We sat in a restaurant nicer than most, with little girls who had never seen the inside of something classier than golden arches. Our family of five was home for a short three months after being gone for two years as missionaries on foreign soil. We’d come to renew relationships,...

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Create an A-MAY-zing Month of Celebrations with Family

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV This just MAY be the best month so far this year for family fun and adventure! Spring has completely sprung in most parts of the country, with some lingering snow banks that just won’t seem to go away in a few places. Gorgeous flowers dot God’s artist’s palette in every color and hue. Fresh vegetables line the farmers’ fields and market shelves, and cool breezes invite bare feet and short sleeves. Yes, it’s a beautiful time of year to make special family memories that you’ll cherish for months to come. Try out some of these zany holidays or create some unique ones of your very own. You’ll be so glad that you added these memories to the month of...

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