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3 Ways My Kids Help Me Delight

It’s funny how the things that have the potential to frustrate me the most about my kids are also the things that remind me what really matters. Here are three ways my children help me delight in the simple things: 1. Literally stop and smell the roses.  Many years ago, when my oldest daughter…


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How is Partial Attention Impacting Your Disciple-Making?

As parents, our primary role is to disciple our children to Jesus. Our technology habits, however, can make it really difficult to be as present as we need to be if we intend to disciple our children well.  If we aren’t prayerfully pursuing our children’s hearts, this season of soft soil will pass…


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Trusting God Together

“I’m scared, Mom.” I saw the text message on my phone. It was 11:30 p.m. and my daughter was away on a school trip in Florida.  We had just gotten a late-night phone call from a foster care worker asking if we could take in a sweet little 7-month-old boy who had medical complexities and needed to…


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Fear vs. Faith-Based Parenting

Today our 10-year-old boys (twins) rode their bikes to school by themselves for the first time ever.  That might sound insignificant to you, but in our house it was a huge milestone. We chose to trust our good God, our parenting, and our children. In short, we chose faith over fear. Fear vs.…


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The Importance of Culture in Family Worship

When I first learned about family worship— the practice of reading the Word, praying, and singing with my family at home—  I was eager to get into the habit. In chapter five of his great little book on family worship, Donald Whitney asks a compelling question—  “Isn’t this what you…


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Teaching Kids to Trust

“Mom and dad, I need to talk to you about something.” Beautiful words. They could also be frightening words for parents to hear. Yet they are priceless words because they communicate that our child trusts us enough to share what is on their heart. And such is parenting. Parenting consists of…


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Bible Reading Guide for Holy Week

For the better part of the past year, our family has enjoyed being a part of a small home church gathering. We continue to marvel at all God is doing in our family and in the families of those involved. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday and one of the men from our group felt led to write a Bible…


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Creating Homes Where Our Children Truly Belong

“I don’t belong anywhere.” “No one cares about me.” “I can’t trust anyone.” “I’m not valuable.” As a therapist, I hear statements like these from young people all the time. Teenagers and young adults feel alone, isolated, and detached in what appears to be the most connected generation ever. These…


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7 Ways to Change Up Communication with Your Kids

Our primary job as parents is to disciple our children— to help them see that they’re sinners in need of a Savior, to introduce them to Jesus, to teach them about Him, and to show them what it looks like to follow Him.  We need to communicate clearly with our children if we’re to fulfill this…


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