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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Is Genesis History? Returning to Theaters ONE Night Only! + HUGE Creation Science Bundle Giveaway! (You Don’t Want to Miss This)

  Coming back to theaters, for one night only, is the unique, theatrical event, Is Genesis History, where Del Tackett explores the beauty of God’s creation. And to celebrate the anniversary, Compass Classroom (which a site we use and LOVE for History) is giving away a HUGE Creation Science Bundle of goodies! Click HERE to enter. >>The giveaway is a $395 value, including:<< ·Is Genesis History? DVD – $19.95 · Is Genesis History? Blu-Ray – $24.95 · Is Genesis History? Bible Study Set – $24.95 · Beyond Is Genesis History? Vol. […]

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10 Secrets to Raising Happier Kids

Parenting sure has changed a lot since I was a kid, and most definitely since my parents were kids. Listening to my father tell stories from his childhood (he was born in 1950) leaves my mouth gaped open. Life was hard. Period. Physically, they had very, very little. I mean dirt floors at one point and a few homemade clothes. Emotionally, their parents were surviving; so there was precious little left over to give their children, and the idea of […]

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What if Math is Overrated? (Seriously.)

As my daughter slogs through another fraction problem, I explain it one more time, and she asks me when she’ll use it again. I assure her (read: repeat what other people say) there will be plenty of opportunities to add fractions and she (rightly) reminds me that she will have her calculator/computer/Google to work the problem. And I tell her something about helping with her thinking skills, which I’ve learned is basically a myth, can be learned other ways, and is still […]

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We Need More Arrows: Christians & The Kingdom

The question of having children, fertility, birth control, which I fear, too few Christians have really wrestled over, is not about combing through Scripture to find all the evidence for or against allowing God to be sovereign over the womb. It’s not about concluding that “God gives us the wisdom to decide” and then breathing a sigh of relief. It’s not even about splitting hairs over choosing if and when to prevent children (sometimes that’s necessary and right). Children–which are […]

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Best Motherhood Book Ever is FREE on Kindle Unlimited Right Now!

Well, I’ve been told it’s one of the best motherhood books and since I still read this daily devotional myself to lift me out of the trenches and completely renew my parenting perspective, I agree it’s powerful and so very needed, even if I did write it.   I have reformatted When Motherhood Feels Too Hard for easier reading (and updated the cover!) and to reintroduce it to Amazon Kindle, it’s FREE right now (on Kindle Unlimited) for a limited time.   […]

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Raising Our Children to See God in the Moments

Morning bible reading–check. Family worship–check. Church on Sunday–check. I think these activities are the under-girding of the Christian life and are needful and good. But I don’t think they are the essence of teaching our children to walk daily with the Lord, to cultivate a living, breathing relationship with the Creator. It begins with the simplest of observations: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Everything points to Him and its part of […]

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The Secret to Abundant Life

There is always another floor to sweep, another closet to arrange, the yard to mow, the thing to repair. We are never done, but we keep working like we think we can get done. And life gets crowded with the essentials and we lose our smiles. And kindness. And we become more automatic than full, creative, life-filled creatures. “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” -Jesus Abundant life. That’s not better cars and bigger […]

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The Proper View of Family (Are We Too “Inward Focused?”)

The Proper View of Family. Are We Too Inward Focused?

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about something a (Christian) commenter said on a recent post, “Learning to Think Rightly About Birth Control“: “I really struggle with labeling the family as “the ripe mission” field and creating a “mini-church” in the family. Honestly this is probably the main reason I don’t homeschool beyond preschool–it’s a little to inward focused for me.” She was trying to make the point that “the whole world is our mission field” and that paying too much attention […]

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