The Secret to Abundant Life

There is always another floor to sweep, another closet to arrange, the yard to mow, the thing to repair. We are never done, but we keep working like we think we can get done. And life gets crowded with the essentials and we lose our smiles. And kindness. And we become more automatic than full, creative, life-filled creatures. “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” -Jesus Abundant life. That’s not better cars and bigger […]

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The Proper View of Family (Are We Too “Inward Focused?”)

The Proper View of Family. Are We Too Inward Focused?

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about something a (Christian) commenter said on a recent post, “Learning to Think Rightly About Birth Control“: “I really struggle with labeling the family as “the ripe mission” field and creating a “mini-church” in the family. Honestly this is probably the main reason I don’t homeschool beyond preschool–it’s a little to inward focused for me.” She was trying to make the point that “the whole world is our mission field” and that paying too much attention […]

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New Year Inspiration–Here’s Your 30% Off Coupon of Our Most Popular Products

To inspire you in the new year, our 3 favorite resources are on sale for 30% off! (The download/pdf versions) Get When Motherhood Feels Too Hard, our powerful devotional to inspire moms in the trenches, our Relaxed Homeschooling Ebook to help you refocus on real education and take the stress out of homeschooling, and our Scripture Memory CD, helping you and your family to memorize larger portions of Scripture set to music. If you already have these, perhaps you want […]

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5 Ways Parents Can Learn From Daniel & Raise Men & Women of Excellence

Do you ever look around and wonder where the outstanding men and women of the younger generation are?  Do you ever read historical biographies and find the young, upright characters almost unbelievable compared to today’s youth? We seem to be breeding a culture of mediocrity.  Young people who lack that kind of fortitude and character capable of weathering any storm.  I’m appalled these days at how many reports I hear of men losing their jobs and suffering hardship and reacting […]

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How To Tackle the New Year When You Want to Do ALL THE THINGS at Once (Practical Steps)

Type A. Dreamer. Visionary. Whatever you call it, I’m one of those. Are you? (Long lines kill you a little inside. Patience: not your super power. To everything there is a purpose. Otherwise, what’s the point? (There’s isn’t one, see?) ) It has its perks, but oh boy, does it have its pitfalls too. Like wishing your vision of how things should be can happen RIGHT NOW. ALL AT ONCE. The new year is always an exciting time for me, but I have […]

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Real Truth Leads Us to Repentance–Be Careful of Your Teachers

“We avoid saying things that might make people feel uncomfortable”, the pastor said.  Which is why Sandy loves one of the fastest-growing churches in her area.  She visits both campuses, depending on which weekend she stays with her boyfriend.  (True story, told by “Sandy”, casually, unabashedly, to another Christian.) There is a new gospel taking the church by storm.  But, it’s not new at all. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to […]

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Merry Christmas Sweet Friends!

Merry Christmas from the Crawfords! Merry Christmas to all you sweet, precious ladies and friends across blog land! I apologize for being so quiet here lately. It’s simply a busy, full life I live, and blogging has had to take a back seat for a time. Our family is doing very well, and the Lord has brought so much good to us this year through healing of relationships, a new grand baby, some new business ventures, and just a constant […]

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How to Handle Sibling Disputes

It’s no secret…if you have children at home, especially if they’re together all day, you deal with a certain amount of wrong attitudes and strife.  (If you don’t, email me please.) For me, this is probably THE hardest part of our daily struggles.  It seems I never know quite how to handle it.  Sometimes I think it best to let them settle  minor disputes instead of refereeing every incident.  But other times I feel it an important part of teaching […]

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Grab Our (amazing, natural, fabulous) Skin Care Gift Set @ $10 off Retail! Hurry Before They’re Gone!

Girls, you may remember a while back when I posted about my new business on Amazon–Avalee Natural Skin Care. I’m getting incredibly amazing feedback from customers (I’ll post just a few below) who are seeing real results in their skin. As in, fewer lines and wrinkles and a brighter face! Well for Christmas, I’ve bundled the 3 stars of the show together in a beautiful organza bag with a lovely gift tag, all ready for you to give the perfect […]

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Parenting Against the Grain: How Do I Teach Them to Serve?

The older I get, the more I realize how “against the grain” living the Christian life is.  Against the culture’s grain, and even against the grain of my flesh. We have to constantly weigh our own thoughts, feelings and tendencies against the wisdom of Scripture.  In truth, we must ultimately fall more in love with our Savior, and less in love with ourselves, with the approval of men, and with what the world calls happiness. As I was reading the passage […]

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