Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”

Don’t Miss Your Kids in All Your “God Projects”   I’m a project person. I like lists to check off and gold stars (even if they are imagined) placed on my jobs that are well done. As an author I like to type “The End”at the completion of my novels. As a Teen MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) leader, I like getting into my car after a meeting and letting out a contented sigh, knowing the speaker’s message touched a great {Read More}

Family Volunteering: Tips & Tricks

  Family Volunteering: Tips & Tricks Give back. Together. You know the old saying, “It is better to give than receive.” For many families the best gifts they can give is the gift of themselves … through volunteering. Family volunteering has been an interest to homeschooling advocates for years. Raymond and Dorothy Moore recommend an hour a day of home or community service. Can you imagine how your family (homeschooling or not) could impact the community by volunteering an hour {Read More}

Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments

Parenting: The Power of Teachable Moments It was an ordinary day. I was leaving the doctor’s office with my three kids when the homeless man approached us. He was in a wheelchair and he was missing a leg. I’d just gotten the kids buckled into their car seats when he approached asking for food. I “just so happened” to have a packed lunch with me. I also had recently been to the bakery, and I’d picked up some donuts for {Read More}

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble

In the World, Not of It: The Christian Bubble   When we moved to Little Rock in 2010, I knew it would be easy to slip into the Bible Belt bubble. My husband’s job was with a Christian organization (FamilyLife), so surrounding ourselves with like-minded friends would be easy. Big, beautiful churches are within a few miles of our home, and I knew we could make great friends at church, too. But is that all life is about—to be surrounding {Read More}

Parenting Grace {Printable!}

Parenting Grace Don’t Seek From Your Parenting What God Has Provided Through Grace What do you want most as a mom? If someone would have asked me that years ago I would have said something like, “To raise children to love God and to serve others. To raise smart, successful adults.” I would have said that, but it wouldn’t have been the whole truth. In my mind, yes, but not in my actions—not in my heart. What do you want {Read More}

Four Ways to Pray For Your Kids

Four Ways to Pray for Your Kids Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all I should be doing for my kids’ spiritual development…. Click To Tweet Sometimes as a mom, I get overwhelmed with all I should be doing for my kids’ spiritual development. I should be reading the Bible with my kids, teaching them Scripture, training them on character qualities, helping them understand prayer. The list goes on and on. Equally important are my prayers FOR my kids … but {Read More}

Mom, Are you Selfish?

Mom, Are you Selfish? I really don’t like to admit it, but as a mom I’ve known to be selfish at times. I’ve hidden cookies so I could have them later, and I’ve extended my kids’ nap time so I could read “one more chapter.” I’ve also gotten my family’s schedule off track because I wanted to be the “good” mom. The mom who volunteered at church, who made it to story time at the library, and who signed up {Read More}

Creating Kids in MY Own Image

Creating Kids in MY Own Image One thing that has always gotten me overbooked and overwhelmed was trying to create my children in “my own image.” No, I’m not talking about making mini-mes. I’m talking about the image in my mind. A mix of kid that looked like a Gap Kids model, played sports like baby Olympic athletes, and were as scholarly as miniature Albert Einsteins (without the frizzy hair). Then God reminded me I didn’t need to envision who {Read More}

What It Means to Start Again in this Man-Making Business

What It Means to Start Again in this Man-Making Business “You’re starting again?” I get the same response every time I explain the ages of my six kids: 24, 21, 19, . . . 6, 4, and 3. “You could be empty nesters, traveling the world, and driving a convertible.” “Yes,” I nod. “Yes, I could.” There is nothing wrong with empty nests. Some day I might have one. There is nothing wrong with convertibles. Some day I might rent {Read More}

How to Be a Good Parent | 25 Tips

  How to Be a Good Parent | 25 Tips So many times as a parent we focus on all the things we don’t get right . . . or things we think we could do better. I’ve learned over the years that while I always improve, I also need to celebrate what I do right. One thing I feel I do right is I’ve shown my kids that life with God is an adventure. Instead of saying, “I can’t {Read More}

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