Category: motherhood/family/parenting

A Mother’s Main Job (& How to Do it Each Day)

A parent has many jobs, can I get an Amen? But do you know what THE most important job, hands down, for any Christian parent is? Discipleship. In fact, that's the primary job Jesus left all of us to do (Matthew 28:19) as Christians, so how much more is this command given to parents, backed up with ...

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If You’re a New Mom Afraid of Doing it Wrong, Lean in Close

So you're a young mom, maybe a new mom, afraid of doing it wrong? Of course you are. That's perfectly normal. It makes you a good mom who cares deeply for her child. But let me give you some advice from a seasoned place of mothering for 23 years.... We're all afraid of doing it wrong ...

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Children: The Life Gift That Brings the Sweetest Death

She's the fiery one, the sneaky one, the one full of life and passion. The one God sent to show me myself...to rub off the edges. How can I imagine life without her? She's the one born after our  decision to receive our children from God's hand. Had we not been asked the question... not been ...

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Building Family Relationships: Helping Siblings Bond

We all desire (or should) to build family relationships, and help our children tie heart strings with each other.  "Sibling rivalry" is so common that it's tempting to just accept it. But though it is common, and I would even say normal, we shouldn't actually accept it, as Christian families. I know, this is HARD!!! It ...

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Training Children: The Life Work

"The parent's part is to train them for life, to send them out of the home ready for whatever duty or mission God may have ready for them....What we want to do with our children is not merely to control them and keep them in order, but to implant true principles deep in their hearts ...

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Raising Daughters of Grace, Beauty and Loveliness

Raising Daughters of Grace, Beauty and Loveliness

  Loveliness.  Grace.  True Beauty. You recognize it when you see it.  But it's becoming rare.  And in the insanity of our transgender culture, it's completely upside down and no doubt, more confusing than ever for those of us trying to wade through the confusion. There was a day, I believe, where women were more cherished (despite what many ...

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5 Ways to Be a Really Great Mom (When You Feel Like a Bad One)

Now that I've been a parent for 23 years, I realize that all my good intentions about what kind of parent I was going to be before I actually had children was a lot more intention and less reality. The truth is, it seems so simple (and in some senses it is) to be a great ...

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“I Was Feeling Like a Failure as a Mom Until….” Naomi’s True Story

Sometimes, a story just moves you to share it. I receive fairly regular emails from moms in the trenches with questions or maybe just looking for a place to vent. I've been blogging here for 10 years (!) and not only do I get to hear from some of you wonderful ladies, I've developed some close ...

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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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