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Are You OK if Your Child Doesn’t Do Anything Extraordinary?

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A friend in church today mentioned she felt raw. After spending much of the morning on the brink of tears, I silently thought to myself, “I’m glad I’m not the only one.” Between the lack of humility & civility in our country to basic life challenges, I’ve just felt “heavy” for the past 24 hours. Today’s #everydayphotoaday challenge was “everyday …

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Kids Prayer Poster

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If you’re looking for a tangible way to help your family pray together on a consistent basis, consider making a Kids Prayer Poster. When I first became a Christian in my 20’s, I quickly realized I couldn’t possibly pray for everyone all the time. So while I knew there would always be spontaneous and continuous prayer in my life, I …

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New Illustrating Bible Reviews: Too Expensive?


Have you seen the new Illustrating Bible yet? This ingenious creation allows creatives to have more space to journal and doodle alongside God’s Word, but with a new twist (which I’ll get to in a minute). But since this is such a new, hot product, I thought I’d collect as many new Illustrating Bible reviews into one place so you …

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I Forced My Teen to Try Out (but She Still Quit)


“Cones aren’t quitters.” That statement has been one of our family’s core mottos for as long as we can remember. Our kids have had it ingrained in them since they were little, but it’s never really been put to the test…until last week.

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Answer This Before You Work or Stay Home with Your Kids


Before you decide to work or stay home with your kids, I have some questions I’d like you to answer. Not only is it not expected or assumed that women will stay home once they have children today, it is actually the heart cry of many women who feel they cannot afford not to work. I’ll admit, I’m not the …

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Teaching Kids about Listening to the Voice of Jesus when they Pray


Speaking with our Heavenly Father is important; in fact, I dare say it’s one of the most important things we can do in our Christian walk along with reading God’s Word. But speaking without listening is only a monologue. To truly commune and develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father, we must make room for dialogues to happen daily. As …

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How to Help Our Girls Overcome Fear with Faith

How to Help Our Girls Overcome Fear

As a mom, I wish I could protect my kids from everything from heartache to natural disasters. Realistically, I recognize that’s not only impossible, it’s not healthy for them. Think back with me to your own childhood and adolescence. When I reflect on the moments that made me who I am today, most stemmed from how I responded to the …

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


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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