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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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Solving Parenting Stress and Creating Security in Difficult Times

March 29, 2022

For so long now, it seems that we have faced daily anxiety or stress about the future. Work and school moved online for many of us, and there is growing uncertainly about how effectively our children will build relationships.

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WHY IS IT SO HARD TO BELIEVE I’M BEAUTIFUL?

March 29, 2022

How can women learn to be more receptive to the positive feedback God wants to give them? How do they accept God’s view of them, especially through the words of their husband?

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THE GIFT OF GRACE

March 28, 2022

If we want our marriage partnership to be beautiful, meaningful and lasting, then we ought to be living out God’s grace by extending it. And that means building each other up one word at a time.

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IS THIS A SPIRITUAL ATTACK, OR IS MY SPOUSE JUST A JERK?

March 28, 2022

Have you ever wondered if you and your spouse are under spiritual attack or if your spouse is just a jerk?

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WHAT PARENTS CAN LEARN FROM JESUS’ INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN

March 24, 2022

Throughout scripture, Jesus treats children with radical care and love to indicate how deeply He values them. It’s no wonder that He continually compared our faith to children. Just as children depend on their parents for daily needs, so too do we rely on God the Father for our spiritual and physical needs.

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THE INTIMACY OF PRAYER

March 24, 2022

Praying with your spouse intensifies and strengthens your spiritual bond. When you pray together, your vulnerability with your heavenly Father deepens and enriches your marriage relationship.

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PARENTING IS MORE THAN BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION

March 24, 2022

If we were to stop and scan the scriptures for advice on parenting, one of the themes that would stick out is that God is concerned about the state of our hearts, rather than simply behavior modification.

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A TEEN BATTLE WORTH IGNORING

March 23, 2022

Don’t get sucked into teen drama . . . by letting go of the battles that aren’t life-changing.

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CARING FOR ELDERLY PARENTS: A GUIDE

March 23, 2022

Eldercare is an unfamiliar season of life for both adult children and parents. So, what’s next? How do we handle this new season of life with grace?

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WHEN YOUR KIDS REJECT GOD

March 23, 2022

4 principles for encouraging faith in your adult children.

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HOW TO HELP A COUPLE DEALING WITH UNPLANNED PREGNANCY

March 23, 2022

Married couples can walk into moments of crisis — such as when a person isn’t sure what to do with an unplanned pregnancy — and shine the light of God’s hope into the darkness.

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DEALING WITH YOUR CHILD’S DIVORCE

March 21, 2022

It’s hard to describe the pain of walking through your child’s divorce. Here are some ways to deal with the hurt and be a safe place and a firm foundation for them.

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ABSORBING THE INITIAL SHOCK OF TEMPORARY SEPARATION

March 19, 2022

You need to confront the what-ifs and how-tos before the separation to lessen the worry.

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SAINT PATRICK: THE AMAZING IMPACT OF ONE BELIEVER

March 19, 2022

Despite the danger of being pulled into slavery, Patrick obeyed the call of God to return to Ireland, bearing the light of the Gospel.

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20 BIBLE VERSES FOR MOMS: WHEN YOU NEED ENCOURAGEMENT [+ FREE DEVOTIONAL]

March 19, 2022

As a mom, every minute and hour is different from one day to the next. Reading Scripture will provide peace, transform thoughts, and allow God to be the one in control of the household.

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SINGLE MOMS

March 19, 2022

Observations on Life With Kids After Divorce.

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3 WAYS TO AVOID LEGALISM IN PARENTING

March 19, 2022

The best way your children can discover the joy and freedom of faith is through connecting with, not lecturing, them. Be that person for your children and let love — not legalism — overflow in your family. You can develop the necessary traits and approach to avoid legalistic parenting within your family.

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MAINTAINING YOUR MARRIAGE WITH TEENS IN THE HOUSE

March 18, 2022

Parenting adolescents isn’t easy, and conflict surrounding raising kids can harm a marriage. But you and your spouse can work as a team to build your marriage — even while raising your kids.

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FOR BETTER OR FOR WHAT?

March 17, 2022

Heart connection is when two people delight in living their individual lives in a way that breeds trust and consistently adds value to their identity as a pair.

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CANCER DRAWS ONE MAN CLOSER TO HIS WIFE AND TO THE LORD

March 17, 2022

Each day Steve was able to give his cancer diagnosis to God and experience a genuine peace in acceptance. This allowed him to come together with his wife, Pat, emotionally and spiritually.

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6 THINGS ABOUT MARRIAGE I WISH I’D KNOWN SOONER

March 15, 2022

Ladies, do you find yourself being snarky to your husband way too often? I’ve done that and worse. If I could go back and sit down with my newly married self, here’s what I would tell her.

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WHY DO CHILDREN HAVE THE FEAR OF GROWING UP?

March 14, 2022

In the face of the fear of growing up, we can help to bring hope, excitement, and victory back into our kids’ lives. God’s word is full of wisdom, and we must not take it for granted.

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NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY FOR A BUSY PARENT

March 10, 2022

Sometimes it feels like there’s not enough of us to go around because parenting is nonstop. Use these strategies to go from restless to resting in God’s peace as a parent.

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WOMEN OF THE BIBLE FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

March 10, 2022

There are many influential women in the Bible used for God’s purpose and will. Teaching your children about women of the Bible from the Old Testament will help give them a glimpse of the larger story of redemption the Lord has been painting since the beginning of time.

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THE CREATION OF WOMAN: AFFIRMING YOUR DAUGHTER’S IDENTITY

March 8, 2022

For Christian families, there’s an overwhelming importance upon understanding the roles of female and male. However, our culture emphasizes different aspects of these roles from Christianity. In the Christian context, the origin point for this conversation lies at the beginning: the creation of woman and man.

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WHEN ADULT CHILDREN DON’T SHARE YOUR VALUES

March 8, 2022

We can’t change our adult children. But we can choose to keep communication open without compromising our convictions.

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FAITH CONVERSATION: STUDY YOUR SPOUSE TO DEVELOP STRONGER EMPATHY

March 8, 2022

Is your spouse the same person you married? Your spouse keeps changing in preferences and interests. To stay current, study your spouse to understand, serve and love him or her better each day.

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PARENTING A CONSTANT CRIER

March 7, 2022

Guide your child toward healthier responses to everyday challenges

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MEANINGFUL TOUCH IN MARRIAGE

March 7, 2022

The same need for meaningful touching we see with our children is equally important in a marriage.

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HOW TO RECONNECT WHEN YOU’RE LONELY IN YOUR MARRIAGE

March 3, 2022

Experts identify seasons of marriage prone to producing loneliness. The challenge is to anticipate those lonely periods, learn how to navigate them and turn them into growth opportunities

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HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT WAR

March 3, 2022

You never know how talking about war might unlock a different view or perspective for both you and your kids. Beyond their personal development, your kids will benefit in their relationship with you as you show consistent empathy, understanding, and support for them.

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DEALING WITH YOUR DIFFERENCES: DO YOUR PART

March 2, 2022

We will all blow it sometimes. But if you really strive to limit your reckless words, you will create a climate that fosters openness and closeness in your marriage.

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WHAT CHERISHING YOUR SPOUSE REALLY MEANS

March 2, 2022

For 20 years, I had loved my wife — serving, sacrificing, persevering. But I had conveniently forgotten to consider what it meant to cherish her. To do that, I had to figure out what cherishing meant.

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UNMET EXPECTATIONS

February 28, 2022

By recognizing the true source of anger, you can create an environment in your marriage that allows for apology and restoration of the relationship.

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HOW TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR YOUR KIDS

February 25, 2022

Although your children may make harmful decisions that affect their lives, you can support and guide them as they grow. We are called to show our children God’s way to live. In doing so, you can set a good example for your children that will impact the rest of their lives.

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TEENS AND EATING DISORDERS

February 25, 2022

Discussing body image and eating disorders is difficult, but it is important to create a safe place for your teens to express what they are going through.

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SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF AN EATING DISORDER

February 25, 2022

Some of the warning signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

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FOSTER THE FAMILY: THE STORY OF ALAN AND JAMIE FINN

February 24, 2022

Neither Alan nor Jamie ever expected to become foster parents. They had thought adoption might play a role at some point, but with two biological children, they had not taken any steps forward.

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NO MORE OVERLOOKED KIDS IN A BLENDED FAMILY

February 23, 2022

Do your kids feel overlooked? Try these simple ways to give them one-on-one attention.

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CHORES AND YOUR MARRIAGE

February 23, 2022

When you share the chores with a teammate mentality and when your goal is to out-serve each other, you can bring an end to the chore wars in your home.

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GOD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

February 21, 2022

Bo Stern writes of her husband’s struggle with ALS, testifying to God’s strength being made perfect in their weakness.

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DEMONSTRATING STEADFAST LOVE IN PARENTING

February 21, 2022

A solid foundation is one of the most important things a parent needs to create in a relationship with their child. Just like a tree, the roots must be set deeply in place before the trunk, branches and fruit can grow

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MARRIAGE NOTES: I FEEL LOVED WHEN

February 18, 2022

The best way to understand how you can nourish your marriage is to ask your spouse to finish this statement: “I feel loved when …”   The answers are a gold mine of  information.

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH 16-18 YEAR OLDS

February 18, 2022

As parents, we deal with the tension between providing freedom and boundaries for our teens. Focus on finding routines and habits that can help you better connect with your teens. Look out for things they enjoy or opportunities to develop a skill or interest. Finally, continue to take an interest in your teen’s interests. Ask questions and show interest in their passions.

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FORMULA FOR AN ACTUALLY AMAZING LOVE STORY

February 18, 2022

Every popular romance story portrays a loving bond so special it comes just once in a lifetime. How can you ensure that your own romance has a lifetime filled with those happy-ever-after endings?

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HOW TO ACHIEVE TRUE REST

February 17, 2022

At some point, our Christian culture has rewritten the greatest commandments from loving God and others as yourself to loving God and others instead of yourself.

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CONNECTING WITH KIDS IN A DISCONNECTED WORLD

February 17, 2022

What does it mean to live in a disconnected world? There are dramatic implications for kids of all ages. Fortunately, you can foster positive connection with your kids through these tips and strategies.

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HELPING OUR KIDS GROW AND KEEP A POSITIVE MINDSET

February 17, 2022

Today’s kids face new challenges and ask questions our kids didn’t have to two decades ago. But God has provided every answer and truth to help them have a positive mindset that cannot be shaken by this world.

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PERSONHOOD EXPLAINED

February 14, 2022

There is a war on personhood. Its definition has been debated for decades. People write and publish theories with the intention to help the world make sense of this strange concept, yet nearly every theory composed across time falls short of coherent logic. Personhood is a simple concept, but it is a deep concept, and its depth spurs confusion and controversy.

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FAITH CONVERSATION: A BEAUTIFUL LOVE

February 14, 2022

All the excitement about Valentine’s Day makes it easy for us to spend a day focusing on romantic love, but committing to act in love all year long is more difficult.

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LEAVING A LEGACY: MAKING A MEMORY

February 9, 2022

Leaving a legacy isn’t a choice. The kind of legacy you leave, though, is up to you.

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IS ABORTION MURDER?

February 9, 2022

To prove abortion is murder, preborn children must have the same systems and sensations as humans while simultaneously possessing uniqueness.

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BUT DAD SAID IT WAS OK

February 8, 2022

Children need both their parents. When mom and dad connect, they can complement each other’s styles.

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PROTECTING OUR KIDS FROM HARMFUL ENTERTAINMENT

February 8, 2022

One way to protect our kids from watching harmful things is to restrict which shows are watched by using parental controls on content streaming services. Here is a list of the top 5 streaming services and how to set up parental controls on each.

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5 POSITIVE EFFECTS READING HAS ON CHILD DEVELOPMENT

February 4, 2022

There are few things better than cuddling up with your child and a good book.

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SEEING GOD IN THE DETAILS AS A FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE MOM

February 4, 2022

Six years passed between Kristen receiving a cancer diagnosis and becoming an adoptive mom. She knows that God planned every moment in between.

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