Five Ways to Slow Down and Savor the Season


Five Ways to Slow Down and Savor the Season I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like the retail rush into the Christmas holiday hits earlier and earlier each year. In my town, Christmas displays were up everywhere by November 1st — even before Halloween at some stores! I’ve also noticed that vendors can’t seem to wait for Black Friday either,… 

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Day 23: A Tale of Two Marriages Sabotaged by Social Media


“Sam” and “Susan” were friends in high school who never dated. They had friends in common but hadn’t socialized in person for many years, until Facebook brought them back together as “friends” online. Both were having marriage problems and unwisely shared hints and sometimes details of these problems on their Facebook status updates — after all, virtual friends… 

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Resisting the Temptation to Blame


Blame is nothing new. From the literal Biblical beginning (Genesis 3:11-13), we learn that a fundamental trait of our sin nature is to place blame for our actions on a person or a circumstance. Then the man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I… 

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4 Fears to Overcome When Parenting Tweens & Teens

When our children are young, the guidance we provide is very tangible. Dangers are obvious, and saying “no” is part of daily life. However, as our children enter the tween years and develop their own judgement, setting rules and guidelines gets more complicated. As Christian parents, we must be watchful for our motives when setting… 

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Where to Start When Seeking God’s Direction: Part Three


When you are faced with major decisions regarding your homeschooling, your family, your own personal role and relationships, seeking God’s direction can seem very daunting. Even daily decisions can get bogged down with the opinions and advice of others, self doubt, and conflicting messages from our culture. As I shared in Part One and Part… 

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Five Places to Find Spiritual Refreshment

Managing Your Blessings

Before we had children, my husband and I loved hiking and backpacking. My favorite part is strategic stops along the way to enjoy amazing views, wildlife and wildflowers, and, of course, refueling over a campfire. Once we had children tagging along, taking breaks on hikes became even more important. Along with our own fatigue, we’re… 

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