From Holiday to Habit: How to Make Thankfulness an Everyday Practice

It's a disconcerting fact of adulthood that it doesn't take much to feel discouraged. A glance at the headlines, a report of a friend's illness, an announcement of rising costs.... Opportunities [...]


Four Ways to Tune Out Distraction and Prepare Your Heart for the Christmas Season

We've heard it said before: if we don't schedule the things that are important to us, they won't happen. This adage applies to the Christmas season as much as it does to regular workouts and [...]


The day my marriage went horribly wrong, and then what happened...

Less than a year after we were married, my husband shoved my sister against the side of a car and told her he never wanted to see her again. And so began the worst period of my life. In [...]


How I decluttered my faith and found this one true thing

A couple years ago, Marie Kondo captivated me with The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Filled with adventure, decluttering, and searches for what “sparks joy,” her message of simplifying [...]


Raise a Follower Not a Leader

I hope to raise my children to be followers. Our world has plenty of leaders but not nearly enough followers. Leadership is overrated. All too often accompanied by inflated ego and entitlement, [...]


How to help your kids stop listening to the negative voice in their heads

Dear parent of a pre-teen or teen—the competition has started. Whether you can recognize it yet or not, you've started to compete with another voice influencing your teen. It's not the voice of [...]


My teen doesn't like reading the Bible. Advice?

Cleaning the bathroom. Studying for an exam. Writing essays. Curfew. These are the things that make teens groan with dread. Also on the list: Reading the Bible. If you have a teen who enjoys [...]


The Seven Sins of Talking About Jesus With Your Teen

When our kids are little, talking about faith is relatively easy. We read Bible stories. We ask Jesus into our hearts. We pray together for him to watch over our family and friends, and to help [...]


Making Family Memories In a Fast-Paced World On a Limited Budget

I assume I’m not the only one who is aware of my parental failings on a daily basis. Like there’s this vague sense of guilt. I watch too much Netflix, fall into the Facebook-rabbit-hole, and [...]


One reason I'm feeling less guilty over how much time my kids spend on mobile games

We’ve seen it and heard it all too many times: Kids and adults are spending too much time on their tech devices. All you have to do is a Google search about technology-use and you’ll find enough [...]


Whining Is Music To A Mother's Ears (Said No Mom Ever)

Mom, I want to leave nowwwwww. Mom, why can't I have more candy? Mom, Kelly won't share with me. Mom, my stomach hurts. On a spectrum with saint-like gratitude on one end, and world-class [...]

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