The Star: A Joyful and Thoughtful Telling of the Christmas Story that Families Will Love

My Review of The Star: A Joyful and Thoughtful Telling of the Christmas Story that Families Will Love The Star Opens November 17, 2017 A few years ago I decided to lead a devotional for our teen mom support group around the Christmas story. I wanted to share about the wisemen who followed the star. My desire was to let these young moms know that sometimes we have to leave what is know and comfortable to follow Jesus … such {Read More}

Rough Day? 3 Tips for Getting Through

Rough day? Oh man, I understand. Wouldn’t it be nice if life was easier? The truth is that rough days happen. Here is my advice for getting through: Rough Day? 3 Tips for Getting Through: Prayer, Perspective, Purpose 1. Prayer. I don’t know where I’d be without prayer. Throughout the day I seek God. “Please, help me. Give me strength. Give me wisdom. Give me patience, Lord!” I also ask friends to pray for me. I have a network of friends that {Read More}

Diverse Friendships | Why It’s Important to Be Friends With All Types of People

Diverse Friendships Why It’s Important to Be Friends with All Types of People Last week my friend from the Czech Republic was in town. My kids and I went to lunch with her, and we visited an alligator farm. (Yes, there is such a thing.) Zuzana told my children there weren’t alligators in her country. She shared other things that were different, and the kids were amazed. We went to get frozen yogurt, and she taught them some words in {Read More}

The Easiest Way to Find God’s Will For Your Family

When I first started following God I assumed that “His will” involved finding a career or ministry that was right for me, and then pursuing that with everything in me. The thing was, God brought many different areas of serving others into my life: writing books, speaking, volunteering in a pregnancy center, and mentoring teen moms to name a few. All these things involved loving others with what I had. At the same time I was serving others, I was {Read More}

When God Called Us to Adopt Teens

I clearly remember the moment I knew God was calling John and I to adopt a sibling group of older girls. God didn’t speak as through a megaphone. Instead, it was one small conversation—and more small thoughts—that built into an idea that I knew was from God. The thoughts first started as I mentored teen moms in the young mom support group I lead. A number of the young moms had aged out of foster care. With no family support, {Read More}

The Power of Blessing: Four Words All Children Need to Hear | Sally Clarkson

If we are determined to craft a blessing that will endure in the minds and hearts of our children, we must first take initiative and commit to regularly verbalize that blessing. The four “words” below come together over time to build a solid sense of blessing in our children’s lives. Words of God’s Commitment The first step of true blessing is to assure our children of where blessing comes from! If children are to know they are blessed, they must {Read More}

Q&A with Dannah Gresh, Author of Secret Keeper Girl

As a mother/daughter relationship coach, Dannah places special emphasis on helping moms raise their tween girls to be sexually pure, modest and emotionally whole teen girls. What are the challenges younger girls are facing today that ten years ago more likely would have been encountered during their teen or college years? What have you seen happening within the larger culture that is creating “age compression”—or the pressure to grow up faster— in girls at earlier ages? Today’s tween girls are {Read More}

Hope For Women … you’re capable of wonderful things | Angelia White

Life is not always easy—that’s a truth I’ve come to know far too well. As a young girl and into adulthood, I haven’t always had ideal situations occur. I’ve faced instances of abandonment and sexual abuse, leading to brokenness, depression and having to start from scratch. I felt completely alone during my darkest points, and I wasn’t sure where to turn. I never had sisters growing up, but I certainly wished for them. Thankfully, the Lord provided me with the {Read More}

4 Ways to be Overwhelmed by God, In the Midst of An Overwhelming World | Hayley DiMarco

For the woman overwhelmed, rest is a fantasy that we imagine would be amazing, but never a possibility. Before I began to seek God for my overwhelmed life, I didn’t even believe in rest. Maybe that’s because I didn’t seem to have enough time for it, but frankly I wouldn’t even have known what to do if I had. It has happened before. There have been times when I have found myself with no deadlines, no pressing responsibilities, and a {Read More}

How To Get Things Done Even When You Can’t Clone Yourself

I looked at my friend’s to-do list that she posted on Instagram. “No wonder I’m cracking!” she posted. “I need a clone.” I cringed as I looked at her list. It was long. I also cringed because I remember the feelings that huge of a to-do list brought on. The feeling that I was always behind. The feeling that I was a failure because I couldn’t keep up. And it seemed the more I focused on all the ways I {Read More}

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