Category: motherhood/family/parenting

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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Parents: It’s Time to Be Nice to Our Kids & Tell Them to Do Hard Things

I think deep down, we all really know: we (collectively, as a culture) are hurting our children with the notion that the teen years are nothing but a time to have fun "while you still can." Implying, of course, that growing up and all the things that come with it, really stinks. It's so deeply ingrained ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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