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Facing the Fear Factor

September 20, 2022

Does your teen function out of faith or out of fear? Find ways to encourage your anxious teen.

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Reinforce Your Child’s Sexual Identity

September 20, 2022

Help children understand that their sexual identity is an indelible part of who God created them to be.

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Why Did My Dad Leave Me?

September 12, 2022

While you may never know the reason that your father left you, there is one thing you can be absolutely sure of: You have a Heavenly Father who loves you and will never leave you or forsake you.

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WHAT DO COUPLES FIGHT ABOUT? YOU’LL BE SHOCKED BY THE ANSWER

September 12, 2022

All couples fight. And it feels as if we’re fighting about something. But when we look at our conflicts, they can sound pretty insignificant. Big things don’t ensnare us as often as the little things.

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Six Ways to Build Your Teen’s Identity

September 12, 2022

Try these strategies to counteract culture by helping your teen develop a strong, positive identity.

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HAPPY MARRIAGES ARE BASED ON DEEP FRIENDSHIP

September 12, 2022

The qualities of common kindness, honesty, empathy, loyalty and trust are gifts that each spouse gives to the other. This friendship foundation enhances relationship happiness throughout the marriage.

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Creative Kids: How Parents Can Cultivate Creativity

September 8, 2022

Do you know how to parent your creative kids? Poet Tanner Olson has some advice for you. Learn how to effectively connect, support, and encourage the creativity in your family.

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PROVIDING KINSHIP CARE AS A GRANDPARENT

September 8, 2022

Providing kinship care as a grandparent can be challenging. But Richard Dixson has embraced the opportunity to parent again.

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Why Neglectful Parenting Falls Short

September 8, 2022

Do you feel like your life is mostly chaos? You have an opportunity to overcome neglectful parenting habits to build a strong foundation for your kids and family.

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MARRIAGE MEDITATION — THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS SELF-CONTROL

September 5, 2022

Getting Started

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FEELINGS OF DOUBT AND UNCERTAINTY

September 5, 2022

The adjustment from being single to being married can create feelings of loss and anxiety. Here’s how to cope.

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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP

September 5, 2022

You may want to know how to help and support someone you love who’s in an abusive relationship. Here are several ways that can enable you to be there for them.

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RELATIONSHIP RITUALS: 20 IDEAS FOR STAYING CONNECTED TO YOUR SPOUSE

September 5, 2022

Relationship rituals strengthen a marriage if they’re meaningful to both spouses. Check out these ideas to build connection in your marriage.

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7 TIPS FOR A TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX

August 24, 2022

Too much technology use can strain your marriage. Here’s a thoughtful way to begin a social media detox and build a healthier relationship.

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Freedom in Christ

August 24, 2022

Here are faith activities to teach kids about freedom through our relationship with Jesus.

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Why Do Teens Commit Suicide?

August 24, 2022

An in-depth look at what factors may cause a teen to commit suicide.

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Roe Finally Did Go. Now, How Can Teens Have Conversations about Abortion and Pro-Life Topics?

August 24, 2022

You want to train your teen to have thoughtful conversations on difficult cultural topics. One marked by compassion and kindness.

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Bursting Negative Thought Bubbles

August 23, 2022

One of our goals as parents must be to manage our own thought bubbles so that we can be a model for our kids.

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What You Can Do about LGBT Curriculum in Your Kid’s Public School

August 23, 2022

As a parent, you have the responsibility to protect, guide, and support your child’s education. Equally, you have the right to interact in a meaningful way within your child’s school community to positively impact their future success and learning. As you consider how you can move forward in these areas, remember to focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t. Commit to supporting your relationship with your child to cultivate healthy discussions about potentially sensitive topics such as LGBT curriculum.

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What Parents Should Know about the Metaverse

August 22, 2022

The metaverse presents an interesting situation for parents. With its introduction, the line between real and virtual is growing blurrier by the day. That’s why it’s important for parents to have a good understanding of boundaries for your family.

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Hope For Parents of Prodigal Children

August 22, 2022

If you’re experiencing the loss of a prodigal son or daughter who isn’t currently in touch with you, you probably feel helpless. Here are some ways to understand a prodigal child and find hope if you have a prodigal child.

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THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY AND ABORTION

August 21, 2022

Christianity is blessed with extremely strong and clear teaching on abortion found in ancient texts from the earliest church fathers.

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25 Things I Want My Kids to Know

August 18, 2022

There are hundreds of things to teach our kids during their lifetime. Here are just twenty-five things that I want my kids to know. What would be on your list?

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10 WAYS PHYSICIANS CAN ASSIST A LOCAL PREGNANCY MEDICAL CLINIC IN MAKING AN IMPACT FOR LIFE

August 18, 2022

From a simple visit to regular volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways pro-life physicians can support local pregnancy centers in their life-saving mission.

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We Have Everything We Need to Support Single Moms

August 18, 2022

Church, when you draw near to a single mother and her children, you’ll begin to understand just what the enemy has tried to rob them of. Hope. Family. Belonging. Faith. Purpose. Peace, Love. Dignity.

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JAVA WITH JULI: LOVE YOUR HUSBAND BY LOVING YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW

August 18, 2022

By building a good relationship with your husband’s mom, you can show your husband that you love him. Here are some ways you can reach out to your mother-in-law and create a peaceful family bond.

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GIVING YOUR SPOUSE THE GIFT OF SELF-CARE

August 16, 2022

Self-care is an act of stewardship, or caring well for the life God has given you. Rightly understood, self-care in marriage becomes a gift to your spouse.

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Teaching Kids about Empathy in an Anti-Empathy Culture

August 15, 2022

Our culture de-values empathy instead choosing to cultivate narcissism and apathy. Because of this, it’s more important than ever to teach our kids about empathy.

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Train Your Kids and Teens to Manage Technology Wisely

August 12, 2022

Our long-term goal as parents is to raise children who will practice self-control and manage technology well on their own.

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The Source of Self-Worth

August 12, 2022

Our teens’ self-worth must come from their knowledge of who Jesus is and from the assurance of His love and care. Parents can emphasize these truths as they model acceptance, forgiveness and love.

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Living With Healthy Grief

August 12, 2022

Learn how to deal with the grief that comes from the death of a loved one or from divorce. It includes the stages of grief and provides teens with ideas on how to walk through the process of grief after a loss.

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GOD’S PLAN FOR MARRIAGE

August 12, 2022

What is God’s plan for marriage? Marriage is the full expression and design of God’s image in human beings.

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FEELING TRAPPED IN MARRIAGE

August 11, 2022

If you’re in a chronically unhappy marriage, you may feel trapped and hopeless. But transformational options exist for those in a stressful marriage.

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MARRIAGE WITH ETERNITY IN MIND

August 11, 2022

Francis Chan discusses how having a marriage focused on a mission will require commitment and sacrifice, asking couples if their view of the future is big enough.

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Growing Up Too Fast

August 10, 2022

Before she was a teenager, Chelsea* had a cell phone. She also had her own bedroom complete with a TV and a computer with Internet access. As she continued growing up into a young teen, she made regular salon visits and had an artificial tan that made her look much older than she was. By […]

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Living Your Best Life Later: The Power of Writing Letters to Your Kids

August 10, 2022

In his book Your Best Life Later, pastor Andy McQuitty explores how writing letters to his kids not only prepared his kids to live their best life, but also how he could live his best life as a father. Explore these messages from Andy to positively impact your parenting approach with your kids.

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REMODELING STRESS AND YOUR MARRIAGE

August 9, 2022

4 renovation principles to keep your marriage strong

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LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND

August 4, 2022

Before a married couple can truly love each other, they must know the definition of love. First Corinthians 13:4-5 emphasizes that love is patient and kind.

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“NO ONE LOVES ME”: CHANGING A CHILD’S BELIEF SYSTEM FROM THE INSIDE OUT

August 3, 2022

Abuse and neglect affects a child’s belief system. But it is possible to reverse the effects through new words and experiences.

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REAL LIFE WITH JONI AND KEN

August 1, 2022

Physical and emotional problems can challenge any marriage. But with the help of God and good friends, Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada found the strength to persevere in their marriage.

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My Toddler Doesn’t Obey

August 1, 2022

It’s important for your disobedient child to know two important facts: 1) You love him unconditionally; and 2) You are in charge — and he isn’t.

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AN UNFLINCHING LOVE

July 29, 2022

Burn survivor John O’Leary’s story of unconditional love and commitment inspires all to live a life that can overcome fierce obstacles.

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Invisible Disabilities: Hidden, But Real

July 27, 2022

Invisible disabilities may be internal or mental, so people living with these issues can endure bullying at any age.

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4 Words Kids Use When Coping with Emotions

July 25, 2022

You can help your children to learn true freedom when coping with emotions and difficult situations by teaching them to think about life using certain words and phrases.

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How to Talk to Your Daughter about Puberty

July 21, 2022

Your tween girl needs you as she starts to go through physical and emotional changes associated with puberty. Learn how to appropriately approach the topic of puberty with your daughter.

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HOLDING TIGHT THROUGH THE LOSS OF A CHILD

July 21, 2022

Steven and Mary Beth Chapman have guided their kids through grief and confusion. They’ve done this by being real and sharing openly as they’ve grappled with their own emotions and unresolved questions.

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IN-LAW RELATIONSHIPS

July 18, 2022

Letting in-laws split, manipulate, or control you by silently acceding to their nutty, neurotic, inappropriate demands isn’t necessarily showing Christian love.

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Protect Your Kids from Negative Influences

July 18, 2022

Get tips to help you be a proactive parent during turbulent times.

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A HUSBAND’S SELFISHNESS

June 29, 2022

Dr. Ron Welch, the author of The Controlling Husband: What Every Woman Needs to Know, shares his story of making his wife and marriage a priority.

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Fathers Encourage Identity Development

June 22, 2022

When fathers choose to serve the Lord, live consistently and seize the opportunity to be present and involved with their children, they encourage identity and teach values.

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HOW TO STOP COMPLAINING AND BE AN ENCOURAGING SPOUSE

June 13, 2022

If you want a joyful heart but find yourself complaining to your spouse, take action. These simple practices can show you how to stop complaining.

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Is Your Teen Depressed?

June 13, 2022

I knew my daughter was struggling emotionally, but I had no idea about the extent of her depression.

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4 Steps to Teaching Your Child Emotional Control

June 9, 2022

With your guidance and practice, your kids can learn to control their emotions. Here are four steps for helping your children regain the upper hand when intense emotions threaten to spiral out of control.

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Talking to Your Son about Puberty

June 7, 2022

Few words carry more awkwardness and confusion than puberty. However, this is the most critical point in your son’s life. Take initiative in leading your son through these physical, emotional, and mental changes.

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Science and Christianity: How Science Can Strengthen Your Teen’s Faith

June 7, 2022

Finding a way to fit science and religion together can feel overwhelming. For our teens, logic and reasoning present some of the greatest threats to complete belief in Christianity. However, as parents, you can guide your teen to a deeper understanding of how God created science to support our faith and belief in Him.

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‘ONE ANOTHER’ MARRIAGE DEVOTIONAL: ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER

June 3, 2022

Satan wants to keep you isolated from other Christians so you don’t encourage one another. But fellowship can strengthen your marriage.

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7 STRATEGIES FOR RELATING TO IN-LAWS AND BUILDING A STRONG MARRIAGE

June 3, 2022

Together, you and your spouse can face in-law issues and use healthy strategies that will foster peace in your marriage.

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CAN WE CHANGE OUR FOCUS TO SEE THE SCENERY OF TOMORROW IN OUR MARRIAGE?

May 24, 2022

I wonder what our lives would be like if we reframed how we thought about our tasks. What if we regularly took time to stop and see how far we’ve come, and then gave thanks for our progress?

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ENCOURAGING WORDS FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN CHEATED ON

May 24, 2022

Discovering infidelity in marriage can be devastating. How can you come alongside and encourage a friend who has been cheated on?

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THE TOTAL AWESOMENESS OF BEING FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE

May 19, 2022

This is the best news you’ll ever hear and it’s as true as anything you know to be true. The Scriptures are very clear on this.

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What Can You Do to Safeguard Your Teen from Suicide?

May 19, 2022

Unfortunately, a guarantee doesn’t come with the safeguarding suggestions, but they can help prevent teen suicide.

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MY WIFE CONSTANTLY CRITICIZES ME: A GUIDE FOR MENTORS

May 19, 2022

When a husband says, “My wife constantly criticizes me,” what do you do? Help him deal with the issue using these tips.

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Creative Ideas and Tips for New Grandparents

May 19, 2022

Creative ideas tips for purposeful grand parenting. Here’s how you can find your place in your grandchildren’s lives and hearts, near and far.

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DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS BY LISTENING

May 16, 2022

When we listen, we desire to hear the other person’s opinion, to sense the person’s heart, and to understand him or her. God listens to us, and we can develop our ability to hear those around us.

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GUIDING YOUR CHILD THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENT

May 16, 2022

When life doesn’t go as planned, you can help your child gracefully move past setbacks and embrace the path God provides.

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The Secret of Gratitude

May 16, 2022

The work of Christ in our lives is just plain bigger than our circumstances

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Let Your Kids Fail

May 16, 2022

My son had an ambitious plan. He would drop out of college and focus on his music. All his life, I had urged him to discover what he was created to do and pursue what God had laid on his heart. I just didn’t think it would be this — at least not if it meant skipping college. But music was his passion. College wasn’t. He had made up his mind.

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SURVIVING YOUR KIDS’ EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

May 16, 2022

Is it a good idea for children to get involved in sports, dance classes, music lessons, and other commitments outside of their school work and household chores? How much of this kind of thing is too much? Can you suggest any practical guidelines?

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UNDERSTANDING TEEN CUTTING

May 16, 2022

How should I respond to my adolescent daughter’s cutting habit? I only recently discovered that she’s been cutting herself. I’ve tried to let her know much this concerns me. I’ve even requested that she let me “monitor” the situation. But she is very sensitive and perceives this as criticism and lack of trust. I promised I wouldn’t pry anymore, but I did ask her to talk to me whenever she feels compelled to cut herself. Do you think we can work this out between ourselves? Or is that a naive assumption?

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Truth From the Bible for Cutters: When Feelings for Self-Harm Are Strong

May 16, 2022

Self-harm is an attempt to find relief from emotional distress. Here is what the Bible offers parents to help their kids who are cutting.

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CONQUERING CUTTING AND OTHER FORMS OF SELF-INJURY

May 16, 2022

Contrary to any preconceived notions about self-mutilation I had, I learned that cutting is always not an attempt at suicide. Instead, it signifies intense emotional pain. Self-injury made my roommate feel like she had control over her past and present. She explained to me that cutting herself was the only way she knew how to deal with the pain she felt.

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3 Steps to Help Your Out of Control Kid

May 12, 2022

Out of control children want the boundaries and consistency parents can give. With these three steps you can help your wild child.

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The ‘Perfect’ Mother’s Day

May 5, 2022

As you sort through your unmet expectations on Mother’s Day, realize that you may play a part in fueling your disappointments.

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Is “Gentle Parenting” Really All that Gentle?

May 5, 2022

Within parenting, we must directly face the reality that our children are our responsibility, but at the same time, they are separate from us. As your children grow up, there will be more opportunities for better parenting and better obedience. Because of this, gentle parenting’s popularity is rising. How does this parenting style really play out in practical ways?

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Girls with Autism

May 4, 2022

Autism in females can be diagnosed and supported in young girls and teens. Girls with autism need to be highlighted and understood.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO MY MOM WHO CHOSE LIFE

May 2, 2022

Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it seems to run, and sometimes it seems to walk, but time is always a thread of moments.

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Steadfast Love: The Differences Between Boys and Girls

April 28, 2022

Knowing how your son or daughter best receives your love and demonstrates it to others will help him or her be secure in the knowledge that he or she is precious in your eyes.

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MAKING ROOM FOR THE IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR MARRIAGE

April 26, 2022

Marriage requires making room for someone else in your life. To add this relationship to your life requires letting go of some of your other commitments and giving your spouse priority consideration.

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DOES LIVING TOGETHER BUILD A STRONGER MARRIAGE?

April 26, 2022

Many people mistakenly believe that living together is an effective way to test a potential marriage. But is cohabitation really a smart move for couples interested in a healthy, lasting marriage?

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Adaptability as a Parent

April 23, 2022

The ability to adjust and respond with flexibility and optimism is a lifeline to the struggling family. Learn how adaptability is one of the seven traits of effective parenting.

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30-SECOND MARRIAGE BOOSTERS

April 19, 2022

Couples can find the balance between a busy life and a growing relationship, and they can further enhance their love with these simple, 30-second habits.

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Why the Easter Story Still Matters: A Perspective from the Holy Land

April 12, 2022

Children’s hearts are easily touched by the Easter story. Being intentional about refocusing on Christ’s resurrection power can show your children that they can invite the Lord’s peace into their circumstances.

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Helping Our Teens Transition to Adulthood

April 12, 2022

We can’t sacrifice the future that God has for our kids because of our own fears and insecurities. There is a middle, a balance, and a transition. Here are some ways to help your teenager successfully transition into adulthood.

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5 WAYS HELPING OTHERS CAN IMPROVE MY MARRIAGE

April 12, 2022

Helping others together as a couple can make your marriage stronger.

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A Faith That Sticks

April 11, 2022

Most Christian parents desire a vibrant faith for their kids. What can parents do to help children make faith their own?

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HOW TO FORGIVE YOUR SPOUSE WHEN IT’S NOT EASY

April 11, 2022

The Bible tells us to forgive unconditionally, but it doesn’t say we are to forget immediately. Sometimes it takes time to rebuild the trust that’s been lost.

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MISMATCHED MARRIAGE: WHEN ONE SPOUSE IS AN UNBELIEVER

April 11, 2022

While there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that will instantly revolutionize a mismatched marriage, a few principles can contribute to the health of a relationship.

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EVERYTHING WILL BE EASIER … AND OTHER MYTHS ABOUT BLENDING YOUR FAMILY

April 8, 2022

When expectations are realistic, a difficult reality becomes a lot less difficult. Overcoming blended-family myths.

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Family Estrangement: 6 Ways to Reconcile with Adult Children

April 8, 2022

You can move forward after a rift with your adult children by learning new ways to build trust and respect between you and your child.

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CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER

April 8, 2022

Taking care of a loved one without caring for yourself harms your emotional, relational and physical health. These tips will help you develop self-care strategies to strengthen you and your marriage.

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The Consequences of Teen Sexting

April 7, 2022

Learning about sexting involving your teenager can seem frightening and overwhelming. Read more to discover some of the dangers surrounding sexting, relevant terminology, and repercussions. Finally, read our advice and guidance on how to appropriately and lovingly discuss this topic with your teenager.

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MARRIED TO AN ADDICT: HOW TO HELP YOUR LOVED ONE

April 6, 2022

If you’re married to an addict, don’t give up hope. An expert counselor explains how to care for yourself and avoid enabling your addicted loved one.

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HOW TO FIX A BROKEN RELATIONSHIP: FIND THE TERMITES

April 6, 2022

Long-term problems, like termites, can eat away at the foundation of your marriage. But you can fix a broken relationship by exterminating them.

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10 ENCOURAGING FACTS ABOUT MARRIAGE YOU NEED TO HEAR AND SHARE

April 5, 2022

Do you know the real facts about marriage or just the myths? Find out the positive truth about marriage today.

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Hope and Help for Parents with a Child with Autism

April 5, 2022

Caregiving for a child with autism may seem overwhelming. But there is hope and help for parents with a child with autism. This is what I learned when, as a grandmother, I became the primary caregiver for my autistic grandson.

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APOLOGY IS THE FIFTH STEP TO CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN L.U.V.E.

April 4, 2022

Forgiveness is vital in marriage. The key is to seek an apology after we truly understand our spouse’s heart. Here’s a four-part process to a sincere apology.

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Raising Healthy, Resilient Kids

April 4, 2022

Raising healthy, resilient kids takes time and sensitivity to their needs.  Sometimes, parents need help to be able to understand how to interact with them in a way that encourages resilience.  Take this scenario, for example.

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JUMPSTARTING YOUR STALLED MARRIAGE

April 1, 2022

Does the repartee between you and your spouse consist mainly of shrugs and one-syllable grunts? If so, your marriage-mobile may be heading for a blown gasket.

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Holy Week and Easter Activities for the Whole Family

March 31, 2022

Bring the Easter story to life for your kids through one amazing download and four easy-to-use, age-appropriate activities:

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OVERCOMING FOUR FEARS OF PREPARING FOR FATHERHOOD

March 29, 2022

With our wedding only a couple of months away, I was nervous about the idea of getting pregnant quickly into our marriage. To be honest, I didn’t feel ready to be a dad and wasn’t sure how to share this concern with my fiancé.

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