18 Engaging Resources to Help Every American Understand Black History

  As a white person growing up in California I had black friends, and I thought I understood black history, just from things I’d learned in school. Then, in 2010, my family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, I started a support group for inner-city teen moms, and we started attending a multi-ethnic church, and I realized I knew nothing at all. What to do next? Educate myself. These are some resources I’ve discovered to help me understand the true history {Read More}

Craving Connection! Let’s make 2017 about people {+giveaway!}

What are you most excited about in 2017? I’m SO excited about the people in my life, and there are a lot of them. In 2016 we finalized the adoption of our four girls. So now we have 10 kids, eight of them are at home. I’m currently homeschooling kids ages 6, 6, 9, 12, 13, 13 and 16. Wow! That’s a lot of people who need my attention. Yet even though these kids can be all consuming, I’ve learned {Read More}

Love & Good Deeds | Hebrews 10:24

Saturday Scripture   Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds   Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word and guidance. And thank you for fellow believers to encourage and challenge each other. Help me think of real and practical ways to spur my brothers and sisters toward things that honor you and put them into action this week. How can you spur others on toward love & good deeds? #Hebrews 10:24 @TriciaGoyer {Read More}

AR Tornado Victim Update: Fill Kristin’s Kitchen!

As you may remember my friend Kristin Gaffney and her family lost their home in the April 29th tornado in Mayflower, Arkansas. Kristin, her husband Dan, and their six children survived in a safe room, but their whole house was wiped off its foundation. As you can see, Kristin and Dan lost nearly everything. This is their house:   I thought it would be wonderful if my friends and I could help fill Kristin’s Kitchen. Kristin loves Pampered Chef, and {Read More}

Our Walled-Off Hearts | Guest Post by Mary DeMuth (Plus a Giveaway)

Our Walled-Off Hearts Recently, a reader on my blog wrote something quite astute: “As much as tearing the walls down hurts, it doesn’t seem to be as painful as maintaining them.” We live in a walled-off world—walls we erect because we’ve been hurt by someone or several someones. It seems easier (and safer) to protect our hearts at any cost, brick by brick. But the problem comes when that wall becomes the very fortress that prevents joy in our lives. {Read More}

Nurturing Helpful Hearts in Your Children (From Toddlers to Teens)!

Nurturing Helpful Hearts in Your Children (From Toddlers to Teens)! Read a story about people who have helped each other (try Mark 2:1-5). Point out to your kids how kind and loving behavior is appreciated. Make one evening a week “Share-the-Load Night.” Tackle household projects together like washing the dishes, stacking wood, or helping the children clean their rooms. When you find litter in a public place, encourage your child to help you pick it up. Explain that you’re providing {Read More}

How Mentoring can Change the World | Guest Post by Stephanie Shott

I caught a glimpse of her as she walked across the parking lot. She looked to be about sixteen. Young in years, but great with child. Reflecting on my own teen pregnancy, I couldn’t help but wonder if she was ready for the journey ahead. Did she grasp the greatness of her newfound role and how everything she had ever known was about to change? Would someone walk with through her motherhood or would she have to go it alone? {Read More}

How to be Truly Thankful

Teach Your Kids Thankfulness (Not Entitlement) It’s a week before Thanksgiving, but I already have my turkey thawing in the refrigerator. My menu is simple: turkey, ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, pie. The recipes are ones I’ve been making for twenty years—nothing fancy here. Our table will be set like any Sunday dinner. I’ll even admit I don’t have one turkey decoration in our whole house. Instead of planning for a party my focus this month has been on {Read More}

For the Love of Women

I am a loved woman. This is the feeling after leaving the Allume Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. I’m loved by bloggy-friends. I’m loved by my editors and agents. {I am loved by my family at home, of course.} Mostly, I’m loved by God. I’m not saying this in a prideful way but in a thankful way. It’s amazing to walk into a place and feel friendship-love in such a powerful way. I am accepted and appreciated, and I accept {Read More}

How to Be “Involved” In Ways That Really Matter

Have you ever heard this saying by Theodore Roosevelt: “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”? Caring takes involvement. Caring takes being present. We are involved in a lot of things today, but how much time do we take to be involved with people . . . really involved? How many minutes did you spend on Facebook or email yesterday, compared to having a face-to-face conversation? It’s easy to send out 140-character tweets. It’s {Read More}

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