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How To Be A Brave Mom Who Can Say No

Parachuting out of an airplane, rafting down class five rapids, taking four-year-old twins into Macy’s fine china department—scary stuff, huh? And yet many of us would rather jump out of…

Popular Kids… Not Wanted

There were four little boys gathered together and the larger boy, stepped out from the pack and growled, quite loudly, “Get away, we don’t want to play with you!” I…

A Heart of Hospitality In The Midst of Messy

I’ve always had a heart geared toward people, and hospitality is one of my gifts. Believing I was exercising this gift, for years I read entertaining magazines and watched TV…

Taking Respite As A Mom

My two daughters and I recently attended a Mother/Daughter Conference at Pine Cove Camp in Tyler, TX. After a grueling 7-hour trip due to standstill traffic and detours, we arrived…

The Value of a Servant Heart

Growing up in a family with 10 children, there were always chores to be done. No one was exempt from helping with chores and there were many to go around….

5 Ways to Teach Our Children to Love Others

In the grocery store line, on the playground, and at the car wash, my girls want to know, “Are you a Christian?” It makes me smile. I love that their…

Confronting the Comparison Trap

“She always gets to go first. You never let me…” “He has this new Xbox game. Why won’t you get it for me?” “Everyone else gets to go see that…

Battling Fear

Our thought life is a powerful thing, and when it is filled with feelings of fear and anxiety it can be crippling. Fear can be especially crippling in areas where…

A Day In the Life of a Summertime Mom …

Ah, summer. The kids have lots of play dates, the days are long and beautiful, vacations are on the calendar … and every mom with any kind of a job is…

Family Vacations—With Toddlers?

I used to think vacations equaled rest. Sleeping in, curling up with a book, long walks, and romantic dinners with my husband … and then I had kids! I distinctly…

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