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LISTENING IS THE FIRST STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.

July 27, 2021

True listening requires you to be fully present — clearly and intentionally focused on your spouse. Intent focus shows that your whole heart, soul, mind and body are present.

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TAKING THE ‘I’ OUT OF MARRIAGE

July 26, 2021

Selflessness is not a marriage strategy but a heart transformation in Christ.

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15 TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF A NEWBORN BABY

July 23, 2021

Find great tips about the care and well-being of newborns from moms and dads who have been in your shoes.

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HOW TO HELP YOUR PARENTS AND KIDS BETTER CONNECT

July 22, 2021

Foster a strong relationship between your children and their grandparents by creating opportunities for them to interact

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CAN SUMMER VACATIONS FIX MARRIAGE PROBLEMS?

July 21, 2021

Thinking that summertime fun will fix your marriage problems is unrealistic. But you can use the optimism of the season to improve your relationship.

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THE DISCIPLINE CHECKUP

July 19, 2021

Bill explained that discipline comes from the root word disciple and means “to teach or to coach.” It means teaching appropriate and biblical thinking and behavior.

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WHY PARENTS WANT TO CONTROL THEIR TEENS

July 16, 2021

If whitewater rafting were just a matter of floating downstream, it wouldn’t be much of an adventure. So it is with the journey to adulthood. Just as every interesting river contains rocks and waterfalls and “strainers” that threaten to trap you underwater, the path you and your teen are trying to navigate includes some hefty obstacles.

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6 WAYS TO HELP YOUR HIGHLY SENSITIVE CHILD THRIVE

July 15, 2021

Parenting sensitive children is a tremendous privilege and responsibility. Here are six ways that we can help our highly sensitive child thrive through our parenting.

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TEN SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE

July 12, 2021

A successful marriage is possible! Here are 10 principles that will help you create and maintain a successful marriage.

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INTIMACY?

July 1, 2021

What is intimacy? What is the definition of intimacy? Sometimes people will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. Is that being intimate?

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CONVERSATION AND CHILDHOOD BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

June 30, 2021

Here are 5 ways to help you create an environment of healthy dialogue with your kids.

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LIVING TOGETHER BUT NOT MARRIED? CONSIDER THE POWER OF THE VOW

June 28, 2021

My marriage vow kept me from making a grave mistake. Without it, I would have lost a lifetime of love. This special promise is powerful — and we need it for many reasons. If you’re living together but you’re not married yet, consider the power of the vow.

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WHAT IS HOMESCHOOLING AND IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?

June 23, 2021

Let’s be honest: Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Here is a look at what homeschooling is, and several ways to determine if it’s best for your family.

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A BIG WEDDING DAY, A BIG HOUSE OR A MARRIAGE THAT LASTS A LIFETIME?

June 22, 2021

Should couples invest the most resources in a dream wedding day, a dream house or a dream relationship — one that lasts for a lifetime?

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A SINGLE DAD: UNPLUGGED

June 16, 2021

Read about one man’s decision to put his kids first.

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A SON’S LETTER TO HIS FATHER WHO CHOSE LIFE.

June 15, 2021

My dad is a man that is willing to leave the 99 for the 1. He is willing to fight for his family, even when it’s inconvenient.

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SELF-CARE FOR MUMS IS ESSENTIAL

June 14, 2021

Mums, are you busy, stressed, and tired? Take the self-care assessment below to learn what areas of self-care for mums you can strengthen.

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MAKING PERSONAL TIME FOR GOD AFTER MARRIAGE

May 19, 2021

When I was single, I was deeply aware of my need for God. He was the only other Person in my apartment to talk to on quiet evenings. He was the one who gave me peace when I was scared and loved me no matter what. And while those things were still true after I got married, suddenly it was a lot harder to make time for God.

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3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD DEAL WITH PEER PRESSURE

April 7, 2021

Peer pressure is real. Help your kids spot peer pressure, gain tools to deal with it, and be strong enough to deal with someone’s reaction to hearing “no.”

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LOGGING OFF TO FOCUS ON YOUR REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS

April 7, 2021

Author Wendy Speake describes how she grew closer to her spouse, her children, and God when she took a 40-day break from social media. She encourages listeners to consider how their own relationships would benefit from limiting their media consumption.
With a background in Hollywood as a trained actress, Wendy Speake ministers to women as a bible teacher by applying the power of drama, poetry and comedy to the study of Scripture and real-life application of biblical truths. She has co-authored two books with Amber Lia titled Triggers: Exchanging Parents’ Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses and their latest, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New. Wendy is also the co-author (with Kelli Stuart) of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today’s Renaissance Mom. Wendy and her husband, Matt, have three sons and reside in southern California. Learn more about Wendy at her website, wendyspeake.com.

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GRIEF AND LOSS: KNOWING WHEN KIDS NEED TO TALK

April 7, 2021

Take the time to help your children process worry, grief and loss

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HOW TO HELP A FRIEND WHO WANTS AN ABORTION

April 7, 2021

What can you do to help guide your friend away from abortion and toward choosing life for her baby? More than you might think.

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LOSING A CHILD LED TO THE HARDEST YEAR OF OUR MARRIAGE

March 15, 2021

My husband, Russ, and I are the parents of 12 kids through birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care.

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DOWN SYNDROME: WHAT THE DOCTORS DIDN’T TELL US

March 15, 2021

The moment the doctor told my husband and I that he suspected our daughter had Down syndrome, I instantly felt all of our dreams shatter.

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DISCIPLINING AS A SINGLE PARENT

March 15, 2021

Take a level-headed approach to leading your family.

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CARING FOR SINGLE MOMS + PREGNANT WOMEN DURING A PANDEMIC

March 15, 2021

 

 

We can help single moms during this pandemic, offering hope and love in word and deed. Together, we can ensure no single mom walks alone.

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HOW CONTENT ARE YOU AS A SINGLE?

March 15, 2021

 

 

If you experienced a low level of contentment as a single, expecting marriage to propel you to marital bliss probably won’t happen.

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SINGLE DOESN’T MEAN ALONE

March 15, 2021

 

 

As a single parent, resist the urge to retreat from healthy relationships.

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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FAITH

March 15, 2021

Dispel three myths about faith that your children might believe and help them understand what faith is and the nature of this gift that comes from God.

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WHAT IS FAITH?

March 15, 2021

Help kids understand what faith — a God-given gift — really is!

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DOES A NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE AFFECT YOUR MARRIAGE?

March 15, 2021

 

 

A negative body image could mean that you see your body through a negative lens, feeling ashamed, anxious or self-conscious. This can have a profound impact on your confidence level and marriage relationship.

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WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT ABORTION?

March 5, 2021

While current culture is divided on the abortion issue, we search the scriptures and ask ourselves, “What does the Bible say about abortion?”

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6 WAYS TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE AND POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE IN CHILDREN

March 5, 2021

 

 

These six steps can help you to build self-confidence and a positive self-image in your children.

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INTIMACY — A PERFECT 10 MARRIAGE MEDITATION

March 5, 2021

 

 

Intimacy is a lifelong invitation to let your spouse get to know the “real you” — your hopes, dreams, fears and secrets.

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RECONNECTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE (Part 1 of 2)

March 5, 2021

 

If busyness, exhaustion, and distraction have caused you and your spouse to drift apart, listen in as Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife, Erin, offer practical suggestions for rekindling intimacy in a discussion based on their book Reconnected: Moving From Roomates to Soulmates in Your Marriage. (Part 1 of 2)

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CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (Part 1 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 1 of 2)

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CULTIVATING A HEALTHY LIFE AS A SINGLE (part 2 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

Dr. Tony Evans and Lisa Anderson describe how single adults can live full and complete lives. (Part 2 of 2)

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HEALTHY LIVING FOR AGE 50 AND BEYOND (Part 1 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

In a conversation based on his book Fit Over 50, Dr. Walt Larimore and Mrs. Jean Daly explain how those over age 50 can pursue good health in its four primary aspects – physical, emotional/mental, relational, and spiritual. Though geared toward older people, the principles discussed apply to all ages. (Part 1 of 2)

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NAVIGATING A TOXIC CULTURE WITH YOUR DAUGHTER (Part 1 of 2)

March 4, 2021

 

Dr. Meg Meeker explains how parents can shape their daughter’s character and faith so that she can successfully navigate our culture’s most difficult challenges, which include the toxic elements associated with social media, feminism, sexual identity, and more. (Part 1 of 2)

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HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE IN AN EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

February 25, 2021

 

 

Three types of emotional abuse can easily be disguised: gaslighting, retaliation and projection. Recognize when you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship.

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HOW TO START THE CONVERSATION WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SUICIDE

February 25, 2021

 

Often teens struggle with putting words to their frustrations, fears, anxieties and sadness. Over time, those unprocessed feelings can lead to depression and even suicide. Is it time you had a conversation with your kids?

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HEALTHY LIVING AGE 50 AND BEYOND (Part 2 of 2)

February 25, 2021

 

In a conversation based on his book Fit Over 50, Dr. Walt Larimore and Mrs. Jean Daly explain how those over age 50 can pursue good health in its four primary aspects – physical, emotional/mental, relational, and spiritual.

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CONNECTING WITH YOUR EMOTIONAL TEENS

February 18, 2021

 

 

When you have an emotional teen, there are three things that your teen may need from you.

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7 WAYS TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH WITHIN YOUR FAMILY

February 18, 2021

 

 

Discovering how to improve mental health is a family affair. Here are seven ways to improve mental health within your family so that you can better handle any of life’s curveballs.

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TOUGH LOVE IN ADULT RELATIONSHIPS: WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT’S NOT, AND HOW TO USE IT

February 18, 2021

 

 

My husband’s problem with porn is destroying him, me, our marriage, and our family. Friends who care about both of us tell me to use tough love with him. But then I read articles that say it’s the wrong approach — that compassion and patience would be better. What should I do?

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PRO-LIFE AND PRO-CHOICE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

February 11, 2021

 

 

In this article, we outline the pro-life and pro-choice meanings, equipping you with enough knowledge to make a confident decision.

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SUPPORTING BIRTH MOTHERS IN THEIR JOURNEY OF UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY

February 11, 2021

 

 

When it comes to supporting a birth mother, there is not an “easy” option. Both parenting and adoption come with grief and loss.

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THE FEARS OF A BIRTH MOTHER

February 11, 2021

 

 

Even in fully open adoptions, filled with visits and solid relationships, there are fears that every birth mother worries about.

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SCRIPTURES FOR HEALING A BROKEN HEART

February 11, 2021

 

 

What do we do when trauma leaves us with feelings of rejection and abandonment? Are there scriptures for healing a broken heart?

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DO HUMANS HAVE VALUE? THE SONG OF A HEARTBEAT

February 11, 2021

 

 

Do humans have value? Singer, Josh Wilson, says yes!

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FORGIVENESS AND MARITAL DISTRESS

January 25, 2021

 

 

During this unusual season of “quarantine fatigue” unresolved issues around forgiveness may rush to the surface.

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FAQS ABOUT EMOTIONAL ABUSE

January 25, 2021

 

 

Is emotional abuse slowly eroding you or someone you know? Learn about its destructive nature and how to find hope and healing.

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WINNING THE WAR AGAINST ANGER

January 25, 2021

 

 

Instead of simply managing our anger, we need to transform ourselves.

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CAN ADULTS REALLY HAVE ATTACHMENT DISORDER?UNDERSTANDING ADULT ATTACHMENT DISORDER

January 25, 2021

 

 

While the journey toward healing may seem daunting, there are actions an adult with attachment disorder can take.

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BRITTANY WEISTLING: PAINTING A BRAND-NEW PICTURE

January 25, 2021

While making faith and art her own, Brittany Weistling realizes she is God’s masterpiece.

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DR. TYLER SEXTON: A FAITH THAT TRIUMPHS

January 25, 2021

Dr. Tyler Sexton can’t do everything, but his positive attitude and his unwavering belief that God loves him have helped him overcome many of the limitations of his cerebral palsy.

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HELP YOUR KIDS STAND WITH GOD IN TODAY’S CULTURE

January 25, 2021

We can help our kids grow to stand strong and trust God in the face of the world’s intolerance of their worldview.

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DEVOTIONAL: FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS

January 25, 2021

May we not lose perspective in these days of uncertainty and forget the goal. The light of the radio tower, is shining brightly.

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A MUSLIM RECRUITED FOR JIHAD, RESCUED BY JESUS

January 25, 2021

Esther Ahmad wanted her Muslim father’s approval so she volunteered for Jihad, but she never made it to the training camp.

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TRUSTING GOD IN DREARY PLACES

January 25, 2021

Spiritual insights from Focus on the Family Middle East

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HOW TO KEEP BUSINESS TRAVEL FROM KILLING YOUR MARRIAGE

January 25, 2021

 

 

Kim and Randy learned to live independently while Randy was traveling for work, but they lost the sense of unity that’s critical for a marriage. Here are tips to fix the troubles caused by travels.

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STAYING CONNECTED WHEN ONE SPOUSE IS TRAVELING

January 25, 2021

 

 

Travel is tough on a marriage. But with a bit of planning, you and your spouse can stay connected when one of you is away from home.

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A MARRIAGE MEDITATION: KIND WORDS

January 25, 2021

 

 

Kind words are important to our marriage. We can use words that encourage our spouse or we can use words that hurt them. Which words will you choose?

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HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS CREATE HEALTHY MARRIAGES

January 25, 2021

 

 

Because the health of marriage is ultimately determined by individual health, we need to be diligent about emotional, mental, physical and spiritual fitness.

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HOPE AND FAITH DURING SINGLE PARENT STRUGGLES

December 31, 2020

 

 

Armed with a strong faith, you can raise resilient, successful kids.

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SINGLE MOMS

December 31, 2020

 

 

Observations on Life With Kids After Divorce

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MONEY AND MARRIAGE — HOW TO THRIVE IN LOVE AND MONEY

December 31, 2020

 

 

Money and marriage. A recipe for disaster or a chance at growth? Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn share ways for couples to succeed financially and relationally.

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GET ON THE SAME FINANCIAL PAGE WITH YOUR SPOUSE

December 31, 2020

 

 

I used to see my husband as the villain because he spent more money than I did. I wanted to save every penny and be the hero. But we’re now in agreement on budget issues. Here’s how we did it.

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CREATING A SHARED VISION FOR BLENDED FAMILY FINANCES

December 31, 2020

 

 

Every couple needs to talk about their values related to money and how they will create a shared vision for combining incomes and debt while planning for the future care of their children.

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MAKING A FINANCIAL PLAN MATTERS TO YOUR MARRIAGE

December 31, 2020

 

 

Many couples struggle with money, but making a financial plan can reduce stress in your marriage and help you set goals for the future.

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AVOIDING AND ENDING AN AFFAIR

December 31, 2020

 

 

Meeting your spouse’s needs is one way to avoid infidelity.

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RECOVERING FROM AN AFFAIR

December 31, 2020

 

 

Whether you or your spouse recently confessed extramarital affair, we want to help you recover from the affair amid this overwhelming pain.

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A MARRIAGE MEDITATION: TIME

December 31, 2020

 

 

Your marriage needs commitment. Especially a commitment to time with your spouse. Make the most of the little moments and watch your marriage grow.

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HELPING YOUR SPOUSE WHEN THEY’RE OVERWHELMED

December 31, 2020

 

 

Your spouse is the one person with whom you can be truly honest and still feel seen and cared for. What do you do when your spouse is overwhelmed?

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MARRIAGE MEDITATION – LOVE IS A VERB

December 31, 2020

 

 

Marriage begins with a promise to love. But promises are empty words unless the couple acts on them. Love is a verb. It requires action.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A PAST ABORTION IN MARRIAGE

December 31, 2020

 

 

Keeping heartbreaking information from your spouse can cause even more pain. Here are several ways to deal with a past abortion in your marriage.

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5 TIPS FOR CELLPHONE USE

December 28, 2020

 

 

Creating boundaries in your home for cellphone use.

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HEALTHY CELLPHONE BOUNDARIES

December 28, 2020

 

 

Consider all the facts before you allow your kids to have a cellphone.

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WHEN SHOULD YOUR CHILD GET A CELLPHONE?

December 28, 2020

 

 

Kids want cellphones to connect with peers, build friendships and find a sense of belonging. When is the best time for them to get their first mobile device?

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FAMILY MEDIA COMMITMENT

December 28, 2020

 

 

Consider taking a pledge as a family to honor God with your entertainment choices.

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KEEPING THE CASTLE SAFE: HOME NETWORK PROTECTION & YOUR KIDS

December 28, 2020

 

 

Criminals no longer need to break down the front door and walk into your house to have access to your bank accounts, medical records, even your family photos. They merely need to gain access to your technology. If your castle is not properly defended, these enemies can break in and conquer your kingdom in the blink of an eye.

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5 MISTAKES THAT CAN TURN YOUR CHILD INTO A VIDEO GAME JUNKIE

December 28, 2020

 

 

Avoid these common mistakes to help protect your child from video game addiction.

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SEX IS ABOUT UNION

December 28, 2020

 

 

The union between a husband and wife is ultimately beautiful because it too stands as a picture of the union between Christ and the church.

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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INTIMACY? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE INTIMATE?

December 28, 2020

 

 

What is intimacy? What is the definition of intimacy? Sometimes people will do just about anything to get close to someone they find interesting, intriguing or just plain irresistible. Is that being intimate?

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HUSBAND’S SEXUAL NEEDS

December 28, 2020

 

 

Time and culture have changed the venues of expression, yet the power of a man’s sex drive has remained a constant force of both intimacy and destruction.

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GOD’S DESIGN FOR SEX AND WHY IT MATTERS

December 28, 2020

 

 

Learn how to share Jesus’ love with those who’ve experienced the pain of sexual brokenness! Slattery places our sexuality in the broader context of God’s heart and work for us on earth; offers a framework for seeing the whole picture instead of focusing on one problem; and provides practical steps to implementing sexual discipleship.

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THE GLORIOUS STORY OF SEXUALITY

December 28, 2020

 

 

Christians have a far more beautiful story to tell about the glorious nature of human sexuality than most imagine.

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THE POWER OF SEXUAL THOUGHTS

December 28, 2020

 

 

Teen guys will learn about abstinence, the difference between love and infatuation and the effects of sexual intimacy outside of marriage, as well as the regrets of a guy who got involved in pornography.

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IT’S ABOUT TIME: BUILDING THE CORE OF YOUR MARRIAGE

December 28, 2020

 

 

Busyness is the enemy of marriage. Restoring intimacy to marriage requires an intentional effort to spend time communicating openly and empathically with one another.

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IS OUR MARRIAGE READY FOR A BABY?

December 28, 2020

 

 

Before, you were a couple. Now you’re “Mom” and “Dad.” How can you and your spouse prepare your relationship for some of parenthood’s unique challenges?

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BAGGAGE IN THE BEDROOM

December 28, 2020

 

 

True healing occurs when sexual baggage is no longer ignored but is understood and integrated into the larger truths of who you are and who God is.

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ARE WE FALLING OUT OF LOVE?

December 28, 2020

 

 

Sustaining the emotional excitement of romance can be difficult at best.

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BUILDING A DEEPER CONNECTION BETWEEN KIDS AND THEIR GRANDPARENTS

December 2, 2020

 

 

How my family fostered a deeper connection between our kids and their grandparents

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SIMPLE BUT DELIGHTFUL THINGS TO DO WITH GRANDKIDS

December 2, 2020

 

 

Are you looking for things do you do with your grandkids? Try these creative ways to build memories and enjoy each other even more.

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GRANDPARENTS AS ROLE MODELS

December 2, 2020

 

 

Grandparents can be role models for their grandchildren. Creative grandparents model morals, gender and values. Grandchildren often look to their grandparents for how life is to be lived.

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GRANDPARENTING ACROSS THE MILES

December 2, 2020

 

 

If a grandparent and grandchild want to remain connected, they have to find creative ways to carry on their relationship across the miles, but it can be done successfully.

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7 ESSENTIALS FOR GRANDPARENTING YOUR GRANDKIDS

December 2, 2020

 

 

Passing on faith to our grandkids is our duty before God. He commands us as grandparents to teach two generations, not just one.

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