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Not without design does God make the music of our lives. John Ruskin Saver of Things On December 31, 2022, I finished up the last stitch on an heirloom quilt I've worked on since April 2020 during the pandemic shutdown. It is for our first grandchild. The heirloom...
How much do you participate in culture assimilation as a Christian?
Beauty and sadness can coexist, and sometimes we need a sabbatical to find out what we need to thrive in seasons of loss.
Is celebrating Halloween okay? What about the creepy decorations? Here are 10 principles to consider for God’s call to guard your child’s heart.
We were at a movie theater when a phone call changed the trajectory of our evening. One of those phone calls when the world seems to crash in around you, and the only choice you have at the moment is to sink or swim. Have you received those phone calls, the doctor's...
Do you put your kids, their success, and desires above God? God wants us to love Him more than our kids. These questions assess whom you worship more.
Life is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Learn four immediate strategies to simply your life without changing your lifestyle.
Life is exhausting raising kids, so how do you manage during the years that are the busiest? 5 tips for how to manage the crazy before all your kids fledge.
Kids rarely tell you they need to talk about hard stuff. And you might be afraid to so do, if you’re honest. Here are 5 reasons why talking is essential.
Love is elusive, almost incomprehensible in today’s culture. It doesn’t have to be. Here are nine truths about love everyone needs to know.
A lesson on kindness from school kids teaches all of us how to be better humans.
A young mom, I laid sobbing on our couch in our basement. It was my reaction to a comment I received that day which validated feelings of unworthiness and unacceptability. I laid there, loathing myself. It triggered feelings I had as a teenager with an eating disorder...