Praying for Fruit; Waiting for Harvest | Hettie Brittz

Immediacy is one of my favorite things. I find deep happiness in a perky voice answering my call after only half a ring and in the same-day delivery option on Amazon. Wouldn’t parenting be a breeze if our efforts could bear same-day fruit? Imagine this: We’d call for generous sharing and – tadaaa! – our sons would offer their sisters half of their desert. Bliss. Well, I’ve tried teaching instantaneous good character, without success. When simply asking didn’t do it, {Read More}

10 Ways to Help Your Family Fill February With Love

I remember as a child sitting down with my mom the night before Valentine’s Day and filling out the small Valentines for my class. Later, after I was married, Valentine’s Day was a wonderful excuse for dinner out with my husband … that’s until we realized that the restaurants were too crowded, and we chose to have a date night on a different day. Now as a mom, when February arrives I don’t simply focus on one special day. Instead, {Read More}

5 Ways to Encourage Singles While They Wait on God | Kristen Tiber

Scroll below for a chance to win a paperback copy of Kristen Tiber’s At the Well!  When I think back to my single days, I am very thankful I had a group of girlfriends with whom to hang out during the years before I got married. The time of waiting to meet and marry my husband would have been so much longer if not for a lovely group of Christians who could spur on one another in faith, laugh endlessly {Read More}

Top Ten Reasons Why Homeschool Moms Need A Break

Congratulations to last week’s winners: Katie Anderson and Rayann Jones — please e-mail your mailing addresses to my assistant (amy@triciagoyer.com)! Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Homeschool Basics! Top Ten Reasons Why Homeschool Moms Need A Break (from Homeschool Basics) Not that moms need a reason to take a break, but often we forget the importance of why we need one. Here’s my top ten list to help you remember to make mom-time a priority. 10. To have {Read More}

My son taught me to be brave

I should have guessed my son Nathan was going to be a writer when he’d sit with his plastic dinosaurs for two hours, just making up stories in his head. He was The. Easiest. Kid. Ever. Now I know it was because God gave him a great imagination. Thanks God! A few years ago Nathan started writing a novel. I told him to finish it, and I’d help edit it. He did, and I did. And it was really good! {Read More}

The Story Travelers Bible

Enter below for your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of The Story Travelers Bible!  The Story Travelers Bible Review by Christen Krumm We enjoy Bible story books at our house and Tracey Madder’s The Story Travelers Bible is no exception. The Story Travelers Bible is packed with eighty-five fully illustrated Bible stories. Readers will follow along with their “tour guides”—Lana, Munch, and Griffin—as they experience the stories of the Bible after getting into a magical Church bus that {Read More}

How sharing my heartbreaking story SAVED a person’s life—still humbled

Are you curious about God’s purpose for your life? Do you wonder if it’s possible to discover it? You may even be wondering if you’ve missed it somehow. I totally get that! Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could know for sure that you’re totally in God’s will for your life? You’re not alone. All over the world there are people just like you, wondering … and wandering. At times you question why you are here on earth. You have {Read More}

How to Find Joy When Your Life No Longer Seems Like Your Own

So this week my family had 20+ appointments. I wish I was joking. Five kids have three days of therapy, an appointment each day. One daughter had a tooth pulled and a cavity filled. Four kids had their yearly eye appointments. And, finally, two more kids had doctor’s appointments. I suppose when you have seven kids at home that’s to be expected. They all need check ups. And, even though we knew that most of them had physical and learning {Read More}

When Your Child Needs To Apologize | Amber Lia

(This article is taken from excerpts in best-selling author, Amber Lia’s, new book, Parenting Scripts: When What You’re Saying Isn’t Working, Say Something New!) Have you ever been in public and told your child to apologize to another child, only to see your son or daughter’s lips tighten all the more? Uncomfortable, isn’t it? In those moments, we stand there, helpless and, mortified. In our home, the need for forgiveness is as common as mealtimes. The cycle of offense and {Read More}

3 Ways Children Teach Us How to Pray | Kari Patterson

As I type these words, my daughter is snuggled up next to me with her head resting on my stomach. She’s been mostly quiet, but throughout the past few minutes she’s softly spoken a thought: “I loved seeing the ducks today.” A question: “When am I going to Madison’s house?” A praise: “I love you, Mommy. You’re the best mommy in the world.” In just minutes she has shared her heart, sought clarity about the future, and expressed authentic praise—sounds {Read More}

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