Three Ways to Rekindle Romance | Rhonda Stoppe

“My husband and I haven’t been intimate in a long time, but he completely understands that homeschooling the kids is our priority right now,” said the woman at my book table. After forcing myself not to audibly gasp, I gently reminded her the Bible encourages married couples to come together regularly in the marriage bed, going so far as to warn us that too long of a season apart gives place to the devil. The woman assured me that they {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}

Writer Wednesday with Kathleen Fuller

Congratulations to Brenda Murphree who won a copy of Kristy Cambron’s The Lost Castle + a signed book bag! Please e-mail my assistant Christen ( with your mailing address! Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Kathleen Fuller’s Words from the Heart! What was your favorite book as a child? This won’t surprise anyone—the Little House books, particularly Farmer Boy. I loved the description of farm life in that book. Plus, the food—oh, the food! I also liked {Read More}

18 Ways to Jump Start Your Quiet Time in 2018

Recently I was talking with a friend about spiritual growth. Out of everything I’ve done in my journey in drawing closer to God, the one thing that has brought me closer to Christ than anything else was spending daily time in God’s Word. Yet as mom it’s not easy to do! The wonderful thing is there is no right way to do it. I’ve tried different methods during different seasons. The point of all of it is spending time reading {Read More}

It’s Time to Pause and Find Peace This Christmas

The tree is trimmed, most of the presents are purchase, and the kids … well, there is not holding back their excitement. The school plays are past, and the Christmas parties are done. You’ve decked out the house and you’ve driven neighborhood streets with your family in search of blingy porch lights. Now your mind has turned to the logistics of the big celebration—whose homes you’ll need to visit and possibly even what gifts you’ll have to return after Christmas {Read More}

How to Encourage Your Kids to Write | Kristin L. Hanley

As an online English professor I know what it means to teach “the dreaded class.” Aside from public speaking courses, composition seems to be the most intimidating class students take. The way they tremble during introductions, you’d think I’d asked my students to swim with sharks. Although writing well can feel like jumping into deep waters, I encourage my students to take deep breaths and realize that it won’t be as bad as they think (they might even have a {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}

Parents be Compassionate with Yourself | Kim Fredrickson

Why it is Important for Parents to be Compassionate with Themselves Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 We’re Not Perfect We are all imperfect parents with imperfect children. We all deserve compassion, parents and children alike. {Read More}

Talking to Jesus | Jeannie Blackmer

Jean Blackmer takes us into the mind and hearts of Biblical characters who walked with Jesus, interacted with him, and prayed. She brings their pain, shame, hope and joy to life, causing me to relate to them in ways I never have before. Talking to Jesus helps me to look at prayer in a new way. I’m excited to share this book with my teens, and I’m looking forward to this book sparking fresh faith in my prayer life! I {Read More}

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