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Saving grace

Does anybody say grace before a meal anymore? Growing up, this was a ritual that occurred at our dinner table. Every. Single. Night. I’m sure the intentions for starting this tradition were admirable, but by the time I was a teenager, singing grace at dinner {yes, there was a tune to ours} was a rote exercise. I took about a…

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How to stop making Christmas happen for everyone

The holidays can sometimes make you feel angry, hurt and tired. Often times, it seems like you’re the only one doing all the preparations for making the holiday a nice one. If it weren’t for you, there’d be no tree, no presents, no cookies, and no Christmas dinner. Maybe it’s not only the holidays that make you feel this way.…

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Get set to soar

Kites fly best when you let out the string slowly. Making sure you have lots of space and patience, it may pull and take a few dips, but the more you do it, the more skilled you become.  Once in a while they crash, and you have to pick up and begin again. Eventually, though, your kite can really soar as you coax it higher and gradually…

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Has your marriage made you more like Christ?

Bestselling author Gary Thomas poses a thought-provoking question in his book Sacred Marriage:… What if God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy? Great question. And the thing is, holy people are – by far – the happiest people on the planet. Any painful process of refining can lead us to a place of

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How do we keep young people in the church?

What would the church be like if more young people kept the faith during the teen years? Pastor Jon Nielson recently wrote an article entitled 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church. Here’s an excerpt: “What do we do about our kids?” The group of parents sat together in my office, wiping their eyes.…

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Enjoying life with your spouse

I had a chance to speak with pastor Ted Cunningham, author of Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and Young and In Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage. He talked about the importance of enjoying life with our spouse, and learning to love and laugh together in the midst of everyday stress. Key Scriptures: Ecclesiastes…

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Ahh, parenting…the beautiful letdown

As moms, we have a lot on our plate running a household!  Just look at the start of the day.  You make sure the kids get up in the morning and ready for school.  You ask “Are you all ready to walk out the door?” and of course they say “Yes” which really means I still have to brush my teeth, do my hair, and study…

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3 lessons my garden taught me about parenting

We have a garden in our back yard. Things grow very well in it. Unfortunately, not food. The strawberries we produced were eaten by rabbits before we got to them. Most of our rhubarb went unharvested. The only things that thrived were dandelions, and some nettle. I’m sowing strawberries, but I’m reaping weeds. It isn’t a…

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How do we generate creativity in kids?

In Sunday school we talked about a study Mark Batterson referenced in his book In a Pit… It focuses on divergent thinking and showed that 98% of children between the ages of 3-5  score in the genius category, 32% of children between the ages of 8-10 score at the genius level, 10% of teenagers, and 2% of those over 25. And yet our…

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