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}

Embracing the Every Mess of Life, Of Emotions

My kids are a mess. And they are messy. Let’s start with messy first. With six girls and one little boy still at home, there are dozens of projects around the house. There are crochet projects, needlework, half-finished paintings, Lego creations, and puzzles that were started and forgotten. There are two alternatives to having creative kids: 1) be grumpy and be on their case all the time, or 2) embrace the everyday mess. How do we embrace this every day {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}

The Great Cover Up | Chrystal Evans Hurst

Selfies. Most of us have taken them. Some of us have taken them seriously. If you’ve ever posted a selfie on social media, you can appreciate the work it takes to get a good one. The lighting has to be right. The angle has to be right. And lord knows, the filter has to be right, too. Selfies are serious business. I’m embarrassed to say there have been times it took thirty snaps to get the one photo I felt was {Read More}

You’re not just eating bon-bons! | Susan May Warren

What are you reading? I asked this question to approximately 40 aspiring writers this weekend as I sat across from them at a table during our private one-on-one sessions at the Northwestern Christian Writers Conference. A few of them would tell me of a story that they were reading, a bestseller perhaps or some obscure book from series they liked. And then I would ask them is this story in the genre you are writing? Only a couple nodded. The {Read More}

4 Best Tips for Moms this Summer | Jessica Kastner

Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Jessica Kastner’s Hiding from the Kids in my Prayer Closet Ahhhh summer. What mom doesn’t embrace the season of strappy sandals, beach trips, and never once scavenging the house for matching socks before the bus comes. But although we earnestly look forward to the absence of homework and making lunches with eyes half open at 10 pm, it’s still a challenge to keep the kids happy and entertained every day {Read More}

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