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How to Hear God’s Voice {and TRUST it}

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Do you ever wonder how to hear God’s voice? And if you do hear something, further wonder if you can trust that it truly is God speaking to you? One of my biggest pet peeves is coming onto a website or blog, only to discover yet another way I’m not living up to my potential as a parent. I don’t …

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7 Bible Stories to Prepare Kids for a Successful School Year

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Just like you cannot send your kids to church for an hour a week and expect them to know all there is to know about Jesus, I’d dare say you cannot expect your kids to have a successful school year without preparing them with lessons from foundational Bible stories. Starting a new school years brings up a lot of emotions …

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5 Things Your Daughter Needs to Know Before Heading Back to School

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Of course, it’s impossible to tell your child everything they need to know before heading back to school, but I dare say there are 5 important things your daughter needs to know before starting school this year. It’s hard to believe we’re already even mentioning the phrase “Back to School”, but for those of us here in Middle Tennessee, our …

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40 Days of Summer Devotionals

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Summer (for those of us with school-aged children) lasts about 60 days. It might be unrealistic to expect our kids to follow a devotional plan for each of those days, but these 40 days of summer devotionals should set your kids on the right course. Even if school isn’t out for your family yet, I’m betting you can feel it …

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Why I Didn’t Want to Read “Present Over Perfect”

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I just finished a book I really didn’t want to read: Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Shauna’s dad is Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, which was where my mom started going to church when I was in junior high. I never knew Shauna personally, but to me she represented an ever-increasing number of …

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The Wrong Way to Pay it Forward

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Emma would have been 17 years old today…but she died tragically almost two years ago. Her parents, Paul & Tiffany, are friends of mine from the blogging world and when they lost her, we all lost a treasure. Paul & Tiffany describe Emma this way on her tribute website, AGiftFromEmma.com: Emma Evelyn Ivanovsky is our 15 year old daughter who …

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Everybody Can Help Somebody

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“Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.” ~ Denver Moore This is my favorite quote from “Same Kind of Different as Me” (and the new “Same Kind of Different as Me for Kids“). The beautiful lesson this teaches our children is that although everyone cannot help everybody, someone can help somebody. This simple concept demystifies the definition of …

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A Simple Bible Reading Plan for Kids (& you!)

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With the New Year comes resolutions, plans and goals to live differently in the coming months. While some will quickly fade, there are others we hope and pray will stick around forever. One of those, at least for our family this year, has been to start a consistent Bible reading routine – not just for ourselves, but with our kids. …

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Top 5 Children’s Books (Elementary) for 2016

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Some of our favorite memories come from the books our kids receive for Christmas each year. Not only do we give our kids books, but some of our favorite memories come from book gifts our kids have received from friends and family. With all the books that come out each year, it can be difficult to pick the perfect one …

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Teaching Girls to Embrace their Unique Style

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From an early age, we knew our daughter would stand out from the crowd. Even as a toddler, she would gravitate towards clothes that were shades of blue, red or black amidst the typical pinks and purples. By the age of three, she was giving unsolicited fashion advice to her babysitter. Before long, that same babysitter would seek her advice …

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