10 Ways Economic Hardship Can Benefit a Family

10 Ways Economic Hardship Can Benefit a Family

Prosperity equals advantage. Do you believe that? I am fascinated with the irony of this mentality most Americans hold dear.  Maybe even more so since I hear often, as a mother of nine, about “affording all those children.” All of us believe, somewhere deep within, that to prosper financially puts us at an advantage. And in many ways that can be true (nor am I an advocate of “poor on purpose”).  Hey, we’re an entrepreneur family; I think of ways to […]

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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 “teenage” period was a mistake. For all of time before now, children grew into adults. There was a period of “youth” recognized, but it […]

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Am I Willing To Lose Something to Be a Disciple of Christ?

Discipleship has really been on my mind a lot lately. And for the Christian, this has two parts: becoming a disciple of Christ, and then becoming a discipler of others. My dad and I were discussing a devotional he had read. The author pointed out a profound and almost foreign point about becoming a disciple of Christ. All throughout history, discipleship COST something. Followers of Christ left something behind. For some, it cost everything; for others, it cost wealth; some […]

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Is it OK For Christians to Cuss?

  Can we talk about [Christians] cussing (especially my young friends)? I don’t think it’s my imagination that there is a trend among young people who proclaim Christ to think nothing of cursing. I did it when I was young, but I didn’t justify it as an acceptable behavior as a Christian; I knew I was not living a life that glorified the Lord. It’s not a gray issue if we take God’s Word at, well the Word. We know […]

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An Open Letter to “The Christian Bad Girl”: There is No Such Thing

I get the spirit of the article, An Open Letter to the Christian Bad Girl (met with comments like, “Now that’s f****** awesome).  And I even understand the marketing drive behind writing the kind of content that people love to share.  And I’m sure the author is lovely. But because it’s being shared, I felt the need (compulsion, really) to address the glaring problem with the article. If you don’t want to read all of it, here’s a snippet of the […]

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Christian Homeschooling: Am I Teaching My Children the Right Things?

Even the most avid homeschool family stops periodically and asks, “Are we teaching our children the right things?”  Heavily swayed by outside pressures and our own influence by the state’s agenda, Christians easily lose focus of our educational responsibility before the Lord. R.C. Sproul Jr. has written one of my favorite books–a book I think every family needs to read and then revisit several times a year. When You Rise Up “cuts through the haze surrounding the educational debate by offering a […]

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Why Higher Math is Unnecessary. And the Alternative.

Ah, math. It’s a subject we worship, we hate, we love or we just tolerate. Because, well, we have to. Everyone knows we have to teach our kids higher math because, college, and good test scores, and good jobs, and success and…. John Bennett, a high school math teacher, has a radical, logical, wonderful alternative to requiring higher math. I think you’ll love it. Please let me know your thoughts. As a homeschooling mother, seeing that some of my kids […]

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Why We Must Be Theology-Loving Christians

“I don’t really get into ‘theology’ or ‘doctrine.’ I mean, I love Jesus. That’s really all that matters.” Have you heard this? Have you said it? The opposition to theology has caused a great number of problems in the Church. Maybe it’s that our terms have not been defined or understood. But theology informs all our decisions and thus, our whole direction in life. Theology matters because theology tells us how to live. Theology is the study of the nature […]

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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 great), having received the privilege of a high education (her father was one of the founders of Yale) and a wealthy family with all […]

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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 at home, the Bible gives us such a strong job?  BUILDING. (Not to mention that we are to wear “strength and dignity” while […]

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