Category: motherhood/family/parenting

Children According to Jesus: If You Want to See the Kingdom

We view children backwards.  Jesus' disciples did too... "Jesus, tell them to take their children away--they're interfering." (paraphrased, of course). Jesus said, "Do not forbid the children to come unto me for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." And in other places He said, "Unless you humble yourselves and become as one of these little children, you ...

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Everything’s Not the Same: Turning Truth Upside Down to Erase Our Guilt

There is a cultural epidemic killing us (in the name of making us healthy). It's the notion that you shouldn't feel bad, no matter what. Feeling bad is the ultimate terrible thing, and we must eradicate all its roots. This ideology is also what causes such hostility to Christianity, but I digress. We have pain sensors ...

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Being a Mom and Wife is Enough: A Word for the Burned Out Superwoman

I assume many women feel the way this reader who wrote me feels, so I wanted to give a public answer to encourage other women in her shoes: "What do you do when you are so weary, you feel like you can't get through the day? I feel like I try to juggle the expectations of ...

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The Goal of Motherhood: An Older Me to the Young Moms

It's a strange, hard, fun and wonderful place I'm in right now. Almost like standing between two worlds, one foot on each, peering back and forth with eyes that see so much larger now than they once did. I am in the middle of my life (as much as I can presume), a mother still snuggling a ...

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How to Lose the Mom Guilt When You Don’t Get it All Done

Do you ever feel guilty or stressed, as a mom, because you didn't "get it all done?" (What even does that mean?) This weekend our family attended an annual event with friends that we look forward to all year. We do fun things including dress up in costumes. Of course we usually wait until the last ...

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Do Your Children Work Too Hard?

I heard it again...quite a typical comment about grown children of large families: "She was the oldest of six and felt like her mother required too much of her....so she doesn't want many children." Size of family debate aside...the issue here is not the number of siblings or the work load, but rather a fundamental lesson of ...

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The Power of Gathering Around the Table: Beyond Hospitality

Gathering around the table: a once-almost sacred event, carefully guarded from distractions, is almost just a relic in American memory. Perhaps we have lost our understanding of its importance, consequently giving our allegiances to other activities which leave no time for the family dinner hour. Admittedly, we have begun to struggle with this as sports ...

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Teen Culture & The “Rebelution” Against It

As we spend our days raising men and women, we need to help our children rebel against the low expectations culture has put on teenagers. Teens will only rise to the challenges they are given. And honestly, culture doesn't expect much of them. But they are capable of great things! I think the creation of a ...

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Modern Moms: We Need To Get Over Ourselves (The Testimony of Sarah Edwards)

I have been reading about possibly, one of the most amazing women who ever lived: Sarah Edwards (better known as wife to Jonathan Edwards). What made her so amazing? Was she an accomplished musician, a politician, a doctor or a prolific writer? No, though she could have been any of those things (and those things are ...

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Being a Woman Who Builds Her Home Instead of Tears it Down

"A wise woman builds her house; but a foolish one pulls it down with her hands." Prov. 14:1 This verse is so convicting to me...how often do I contribute to the pulling down instead of building? Interesting, don't you think, that despite the efforts by the feminist movement and Marxist thought to belittle the role of women ...

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