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}

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}

Walk it Out Stories: 100% Sold Out | Robin Lee Hatcher

Last month, I had the blessing of reading Tricia Goyer’s new book, Walk It Out. From the blurb: When women stop focusing on their own dreams and purposes, and instead focus on God’s dreams and purposes, everything changes.” Friends, may I just say, add this book to your reading list at once. It is a powerful and personal book that will challenge you (as it did me) to walk out your faith according to biblical principles. It’s been a long {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Our Provider | Pam Farrel

This year marks my 50th year of walking it out. I penned a bible study, Discovering Hope in the Psalms and when I hit these verses, all the moments of God’s faithful love and provision seemed to replay like a favorite TV rerun in my mind: The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. I was young and now {Read More}

Walk It Out Stories: Finding Purpose One Step at a Time | Kristi Clover

Following God’s will. Finding your purpose. Discovering your calling. Those were all the things I heard through the years that seemed to plague me more than inspire me. There have been so many sermons given and books written on this subject of vocation. My heart’s desire was to discover what God had for me. I wanted to live my life fully for Him. Yet, despite my efforts to find answers, I never really felt like I could figure out what {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: When the Five-Year Plan Falls Apart | Katie M. Reid

When my husband and I got married, I worked full-time until he was done with school. After that we planned on working for a few years, and saving quite a bit of our salaries, so when we had kids, and I stayed home with them, we wouldn’t be used to living on two incomes. It was all set, our beautiful five-year plan. But, surprise, surprise, that isn’t how it happened—quite the shocker to my plan-it-out-and-execute-it-effectively self. I taught until our {Read More}

Walk it Out Stories: Loving Courageously | Kim de Blecourt

For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Isaiah 41:13  The international adoption of our youngest was anything but typical. However, our God is faithful, and after living in a Russian sector of Ukraine for almost one year, God brought my son and I home to Holland, Michigan. What a year that was . . . I am often asked how I did {Read More}

Two Young Men, a Journalist Full of Faith, and a Family Forged by God

    Her answer came when one story fell into her life and never left. Leroy Sutton, who lost his legs in a childhood train accident, and Dartanyon Crockett, who was legally blind and had no permanent place to call home were first drawn together by their handicaps. The boys soon developed a brother-like bond and became inseparable—Leroy often found riding the back of Dartanyon wherever they went. As Lisa filmed her feature about this remarkable friendship for ESPN, she {Read More}

Walk It Out Stories: Choosing To Believe in God’s Goodness When Life is Hard | Alexandra Kuykendall

I sat in the pediatric wing of the hospital, in the ground floor room we’d been assigned after our night in the E.R. I wondered how we would survive as a family. A toddler hooked up to tubes, breathing in the oxygen she needed, not wanting me to move even two inches away from her in this strange world of linoleum floors and stark overhead lighting. I needed to stay right there with her, pretending like this was simply a {Read More}

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