What Mothers (Women) Really Want (Not Just on Mother’s Day)

If you’re a young mother just starting out, forgive me in advance. When I was a young mother, and held those first few babies in my arms, I had no way of knowing (and thankful for that) that because of the depth of my love, my heart was now capable of feeling pain like I had never known before children. If you’ve been a mother for a while, you know what I mean. I don’t think husbands can even identify to what […]

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Living a “You” Life in a Me-Centered World: The Secret to Real Joy

A young, Christian woman, about to be a mother for the first time, made the following comment to me: “I haven’t decided if I’m going to quit my job or not when the baby’s born. I may…I think I would like it.” For this woman, the consideration was not about affordability; it was simply about preference, giving little thought to the impact her decision would have on her baby. It’s so much a part of our existence, we hardly notice it’s […]

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Why Did You Have So Many Children?

  Faith is an oddly phenomenal thing. I remember reading the biography of George Mueller as a child, and wishing deeply, I could have that kind of faith. Faith believes what we cannot see. That’s it. So early in our marriage, we wanted to trust God and we wanted to be consistent in our belief in His sovereignty, not just in the easy places. It seemed, then, that included the area of life–especially that, since we believed God is the […]

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Why Homeschooling Stresses You Out and Why it Totally Shouldn’t (Education is Not Hard)

Several hundred years ago, Galileo was not only the laughing stock of mainstream society, he was tortured and imprisoned (for the duration of his life) because he believed that the sun was the center of the solar system. Just typing that sentence makes me shake my head. How could something so clear to us today be such a point of contention in his day? Why were people so angry at his suggestion? Simple: he challenged a long standing status quo. […]

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The Best Thing…

What if the best thing I can do for my children, is not another lecture… another frown… another privilege removed… another forced apology… What if the best thing I can do for my children is to call them away with a love-sick heart that wants nothing more than to “see that my children walk in truth”, and beckon them to kneel with me before the presence of a holy God…to bathe in His grace and know He gives power through […]

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Marriage God’s Way Conference in Oregon | Scott LaPierre | Register for a Life-Changing Event!

At the conference where I spoke this weekend, Todd Wilson (The Family Man) said something profound: “If you get your marriage right, everything else becomes so much easier.” In light of that, it behooves us to take the greatest pains to work on building our marriages.  Marriage God’s Way Conference is just for that purpose, and I have great hopes that it will bring healing and a renewed energy to the couples who attend it. Author & speaker Scott LaPierre […]

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Join Me This Saturday in IL–Homeschool Conference

For those of you in Southern IL, I’ll be speaking this Saturday at the ICHE (Illinois Christian Home Educators) Conference and I sure would love to meet you! They have extended the deadline for registration, and it would be well worth your time and money to come and be encouraged for your journey. Todd Wilson will be there too–he is fantastic! If you can make it, you can register HERE. Also, we are rejoicing this morning, in God’s mercy, as […]

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The Church’s Opinion of Children is One of its Greatest Weaknesses

I have a big beef with a large majority of Christian thinking and every now and then, the hornet’s nest gets kicked again and so, here we are.   First, let me tell you the story that prompted me to address this topic again.   A young couple with whom we are friends attend a smallish, typical conservative Baptist church. Conservative in the sense that they would say they hold to sound doctrine and practice biblical Christianity. Which has many definitions, but […]

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Mom, Do You Have a Heart for Missions? Here’s Your Test

I knew a missionary named Cassie. Cassie had prepared for the mission field her whole life. She was passionate about the gospel and had surrendered her life to the Great Commission– the ministry of discipleship. It wasn’t easy for her. The demands of the mission field were hard on her body (she was kind of a frail person.). Sometimes just the long hours she labored in the heat–she didn’t have the luxury of air conditioning–took its toll on her. Sometimes she […]

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This New Parenting Trend is Not Good For Kids (And What They Really Need)

It’s fascinating to watch yo-yo parenting trends come and go, but not always so fascinating to see how they affect children. Overhearing a young mom recently inspired me to consider and write something that might help us keep our balance. She and a friend were talking, and I heard her say, “Well, we were late this morning, again, because Natalie couldn’t decide what to wear. I really want her to make her own decisions…” and I missed some of the remaining […]

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