Category: motherhood/family/parenting

Eve in Exile: What Did God Make Real Women For? (Psst: Enter to Win a Free Copy!)

Congratulations to Rebecca, Sarah and Sar! Each won a copy of Eve in Exile. I wish I had copies to give every entrant! I hope you'll grab a copy though, because it will seriously give you an outlook and renewed vision that we so desperately need in a culture that marginalizes women. It's been a long ...

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The Simple Trick to Getting Your Children to Obey Without Nagging

"Try as I may, I cannot stop myself from nagging the children.  You know those border-line things that aren't outright disobedience, but just things they should know to do or not do.  I do NOT want to nag...and yet I can't seem to stop.  What to do?!" This sounds like myself.  In fact, what I'm about ...

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The Only Way to Be Important: This is the Essence of Being a Christian

The Only Wa to Be Important: This is the Essence of Being a Christian

It's common to hear "I have been called to the mission field." That typically means one has been called overseas to minister to a different country. Have you ever compared your life to someone else's, say that of a foreign missionary's, and felt less than great? Less than important? The desire to be important isn't inherently ...

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God’s Heart Toward Children Part 2

Read Part 1 HERE. Another way our view of children affects the world is that if our thinking about children is not synonymous with His thinking about children, our entire paradigm of parenting is wrong. Did you hear that? We come into parenting with a completely wrong basis for the way we raise our children if ...

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God’s Heart Toward Children-PART 1

A heart-breaking reality that we have experienced by default of our unusually large family, is that in general, the Church’s ideas about children are essentially the same as those outside. Heart-breaking, I say, because we let a culture that kills 3,500 babies a day in the womb, inform our opinion about children.

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How We Keep Our Children From Becoming Their Best (Without Even Realizing It)

I believe one of the most horrific, detrimental things we have done to children, which they carry into adulthood as it shapes their very destiny, is our creation of "the box" in which we regard everyone in it normal and everyone outside of it not normal. I think the traditional classroom and it's appendages of ...

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7 Simple Things I’m Doing to Make This Year Better

In no particular order, instead of making new year's resolutions, I've been working on a list of  simple things I'm doing to make this year better. I am a simple girl, I love simple changes and I don't want to feel overwhelmed by resolutions I know I can't won't keep. Health There's nothing like aging that will make ...

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The BEST Thing You Can Do for Your Kids When You Feel Like A Bad Mom

  It's a long, arduous road, this parenting gig. There are the tiring years of baby and toddlerhood, when you're too sleepy to really enjoy it, and then the teen years crash upon you, and suddenly, between the emotional outbursts and vague feelings of alienation, you realize those former years were really pretty great and you ...

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How Being a Christian Should Change My Home

Sometimes I need to give myself a good old-fashioned "talkin' to" and you may as well eaves drop 'cause this is gonna be good. I find it easy to talk about this or that virtue of being a Christian--"be kindly affectionate to one another...", "in lowliness of mind, let each consider others better than himself...", and ...

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The $4.50 Secret to My Clean House (Also, An Easy Way to Teach Your Children Diligence)

  I really loathe the nagging me. The me that craves a bit of order and beauty, despite the reality of a large family, and just believes everyone else should be a part of keeping that order and they should long for the beauty too, except when they don't and I'm left nagging about chores half-done and a ...

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