When You Feel Like An Outsider As a Mom

Years ago, John and I found ourselves trying out churches after a leadership change at a small country church we’d been attending for years. With a preschooler, a toddler, and a baby on the way I often spent more time out of service than in it. One church we were visiting was large, and they had a crying room to take my toddler. I was a young mom and very insecure in my role, and even now my stomach tenses {Read More}

A Super-Simple Way to Effectively Study the Bible with Your Kids! {Guest Post by Amber Lia}

  Make sure to enter below for your chance to win a copy of Study Buddy! The church service ended and we made the mad dash to all four classrooms to pick our four sons. My husband Guy and I divide and conquer. After our third son was born, we realized that man to man combat would need to be replaced with zone defense. Now that we have four kids, we are seriously outnumbered. Even something as routine as picking {Read More}

5 Simple Prayers That Will Make You a Better Parent

Being a parent is hard. It’s easy to get focus on the daily struggles and frustrations and forget that each day is an opportunity to teach, guide and grow my children into the unique people God created them to be. I often come up with goals for how to relate and react to me kids, but goals only go so far. I usually end up ditching them before one day passes. Instead, I’ve discovered the best action for becoming a {Read More}

Homeschooling Fears

  When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. Homeschooling Fears 1. My kids would get on my nerves. 2. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. 3. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 17th year of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE.1. My kids did get on my nerves. There were times I’d escape into my bedroom for three minutes of peace and quiet … {Read More}

Teaching Kids to Give Generously

Teaching My Children to Give Generously I never planned on that very ordinary spring day to provide a teaching moment, yet that’s exactly how it turned out. I had just loaded my children into the car after a doctor’s appointment and a man, wearing tattered clothes, approached in a wheelchair. He asked if we had any food to spare, and I shared what I had to give: a sack lunch prepared for a picnic and a bakery donut I’d bought {Read More}

3 Practical Tips to Help You Plan Joy into Your Homeschool

Have you ever met someone who you love being around and you want to make them an instant friend? That’s how I felt when I met Kristi Clover. She’s sweet, smart and fun! She’s also a homeschooling mama of many wonderful kiddos and a blogger. She’s my type of lady! (And we have a book, Homeschooling Basics, coming out soon—and you can listen to Kristi and I talk about God using your pain and you past on her podcast here!) Kristi’s {Read More}

3 Social Media Challenges Every Parent Needs to Help Their Teenager Navigate {Guest Post}

Can you imagine a world without social media? No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. It’s hard right? The reality is that while social media has profoundly shaped us as adults, it is completely reinventing what it means to come of age as a teenager. As someone who has the privilege of teaching and mentoring students in the areas of Biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture, I get a front row seat to the opportunities and challenges facing our young people. The irony is {Read More}

4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer

  4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer For many children, summer is a time for travel, imagination, and time with siblings. Think back to when you were a kid. Which memories of summer activities are the strongest in your mind? Which memories do you want to give to your children too? Which childhood summer memories are the strongest in your mind? @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet I found a few summer activities to share with you, beyond the tried and true list {Read More}

Creating the Day You Want to Wake Up To!

I don’t know about you, but there’s a few things I don’t want to wake up to. A dirty kitchen is one. Piles of laundry is another. Then there is the day packed to the rim with things I have to do. Not fun things. Days like that are never fun. It’s even harder when I’m dragging my kids along with me. I’ve had many days like this. I wake up with all the things I have to do in {Read More}

A Mother’s Heritage | Psalm 127:3

Saturday Scripture Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” Prayer Dear heavenly Father, I am the woman and mother I am today because of the mothering figures you placed in my life. Thank you for those role models and how they impacted my life. Thank you for the gift of motherhood and the many ways I’ve grown from being a mother. Give me the wisdom to raise my children in line with Your Word. {Read More}

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