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7 Things Every Father Should Be Talking about with His Sons These Days

3. Leadership Men of the older generation were all about being the head of the house. Yet, being a leader doesnt mean disqualifying your partners thoughts and feelings. There has to be compromise somewhere. And when a man leads, where is he leading his followers? God wants us to remain focused on him at all times.... Read more

5 Things You Need to Know to Stop Striving and Know Your Worth

Ive learned my worth comes from who God is not from who I am or what I do.God is perfect and holy.We sometimes attribute human characteristics to God such as conditional love, being easily angered, holding grudges, showing favoritism, or refusing to forgive. But while we resemble Him in many ways, Hes not like us.... Read more

5 Reasons for Youth’s Skepticism of Faith

Getting a four-year-old to believe in Jesus is no harder than getting him to believe in Santa, the tooth fairy or any other made up character. We can tell our kids just about anything, and they take our words as facts.At a certain point, though, they mature and question the validity of our beliefs. How... Read more

Why It’s Courageous to Imagine Your Own Obituary

Photo Credit: Getty Images/WavebreakmediaA night light shines in the darkness of the hallway at my house. Its not to help me to see in the dark. Its there to remind me that I already can.This night light is in the shape of a wardrobe, and pictures young Lucy standing there at the door into the... Read more

10 Verses to Memorize and Pray for Healing

Dolores Smyth Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer As Gods children, our Father wants us to look to Him for all of our needs. The Bible tells us so, encouraging us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests (Ephesians 6:18). Among our most ardent prayers and requests are those for... Read more

10 Reasons You Truly Have Nothing to Worry About

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Worry imagines the worst.Toilet paper flew off the shelves when we heard pandemic. Basic items became scarce, causing many to selfishly hoard. When were afraid, self-preservation kicks in and anxiety rules. Feeling powerless, many of us experience sleepless nights. Ive worried about my family, the pandemic, division, hatred, increasing violence,... Read more

Let’s Talk: 5 Things Christians Need to Understand about Suicide

The 5 Things We Need to Understand 1. The ScripturesFirst, we must ground our learning process in the Word of God. Believe it or not, suicide is nothing new to our current culture. Did you know that there are over six accounts of suicide mentioned in Scripture between the Old and New Testament? The most... Read more

Prayers for Healing That Provide Strength and Comfort 

In Jeremiah 17:14 we hear the cry "heal me Lord, and I will be healed...", and in Jeremiah 30:17 we hear God say "I will restore your health, I will heal your wounds." James 5:13 tells us "a prayer offered in faith makes a sick person well." God cares about our whole being - body,... Read more

10 Hymns and Prayers to Refresh Your Mind and Soul

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer We are living in history-making times. It seems we are assailed with pandemics of multiple proportions no matter where we turn. We cannot hide, but instead, we are forced to acknowledge our present difficulties, then figure out ways to cope. For me, I often find myself looking to hills from... Read more

How to Stop Snuffing Your Light and Let it Shine Matthew 5:16

Is my life really an oxymoron? After reading Matthew 5:16, questions started to illuminate my soul as I was trying to find some balance in my life. In Jesus most famous sermon, He exhorts His followers by saying, You are the light of the world (Matthew 5:14a) and then in verse 16 we read, In... Read more

5 Rules of Life Most Parents Don’t Teach Their Children (and How to Be the Exception)

Aaron Brown GodTube Contributing Author Children make us laugh, cry, smile. They have the power to bring us joy or heartache. We do a lot for them, and they in turn do a lot for us. Parents have the delicate tasks of teaching their children how to undertake lives full of faith, hope, and love.Iron sharpens... Read more

7 Ways Parents Can Negatively Shape Their Children’s View of God

A lack of affection can have a major impact on how kids view the Lord. Often, children grow up thinking God is aloof or even abrasive because of the lack of tenderness in their homes.Even if physical touch or words of affirmation dont come easy to you, work hard to implement these things as much... Read more

3 Reasons Youre Feeling Stuck and How to Break Free

2. Youre Stuck in the Idea of How Things Are Supposed to Be  We tend to view our lives according to our goals, our desires, and our will. We marry someone with the expectation that they will fulfill certain needs or desires in our lives. We have kids in the hopes of expecting things to... Read more

10 Gifts Grandparents Can Give Their Grandkids That No One Else Can

Deborah Haddix Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Studies have shown that the giving of gifts can develop and strengthen relationships. Evidence also indicates that gift-giving helps us feel a greater sense of happiness. In fact, neurologists suggest that our brains are wired to derive pleasure from giving. If all this is true, why then do so many... Read more

How to Be Faithful When Your Grandchildren Face Trauma You Can’t Control

What if your grandchild is a girl? Can you still find encouragement from the Bible? Esthers story has long been one of my favorites.She won a beauty contest she didnt even want to enter. Her family, all except one uncle, Mordecai, died when Esther was still very young. As a teen, she was snatched in... Read more

How to Experience Joy with Chronic Illness

6. Find Reasons to Laugh When I first became sick, I fell into a bit of a depression. My battle started with colitis, which initially was unmanaged, and soon morphed into an ongoing battle with fibromyalgia. The ongoing pain and fatigue dramatically changed my lifestyle. I felt like Id lost so much, including the ability... Read more

Will My Fears Hurt My Child’s Faith?

Most parents know, kids learn as much through observation as through active teaching, if not more. Weve probably all watched a child mimic how one parent sits, stands, or walks, or heard them repeat phrases weve spoken word for word. We might celebrate this tendency when modeling loving relationships and a close connection with Christ.... Read more

How to Form a Battle Plan for Your Depression

Mental health has plagued us for generations. Depression and anxiety are far more widespread and spoken about than in our parents day. With the quickly-changing world, an even faster awakening has come to the places where we struggle with our mental health.It should come as no surprise that this year has ramped up even higher... Read more

How to Find Relief in a Time of Hurting

What gives you hope? What inspires you? What Scriptures did you memorize as a little girl that bring back child-like faith? Write those Scriptures down on index cards and put them on your fridge, in your purse, on your steering wheel, on your bathroom mirror, everywhere. The more you feed on Gods word, the stronger... Read more

2 Simple Ways to Start Your Day When Life Is Overwhelming

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)The alarm rings in a new set of circumstances each day. When life is overwhelming, fear and anxiety threaten to move in and camp out in the corners of our... Read more

What Does the Bible Say about Our Desires?

How can we know, when we receive an inner spark, whether that desire comes from us or God? And what about our so-called unspiritual longings? Like wanting to purchase an outfit or car or some other material item? Does the Bible have anything to say regarding our budget and shopping? And if so what? Obviously,... Read more

20 Psalms and Songs of Peace for a Worried Spirit

16. Psalm 131:1-2My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.Let go of striving, be content... Read more

A Prayer for When You are Ready to Give Up

You have GOT to be kidding me. I said to myself as I looked at my choir enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year. This was my second year as the choral director at a small private Christian school and while we were still in the building phase of the program, I was not ready... Read more

Flipping the Switch and Renewing Our Minds

Every time I touch my phone someone is reminding me what a doozy 2020 has been so far. Whether its an email cancelling another fill-in-the-blank, the news reporting another political rant, a snarky social media post, or a text with a desperate prayer request from someone I care about.Our culture has been hit hard. And... Read more

10 Powerful Christian Meditations to Use Daily

Today, more than ever, we all arefeeling the effects of stress, whether from our families, our jobs or even the news on our screens (mobile, TV, tablet, or otherwise). For over300 million individuals, this stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, leading to depression and other mental disorders.However, taking a moment of quiet and finding your... Read more

Why Do I Feel So Inadequate?

Would you take a walk with me in the garden? Imagine with me the warmth of the sun shining on our freckled faces, shaded by the brim of our floppy straw hats. Hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart, together we navigate the cobblestone paths of the garden, taking notice of how much the twists and turns resemble those... Read more

5 Ways to Help Your Tween Harness Their Bravery

When you think of those who do brave things, does it seem like bravery, confidence and courage are traits some just seem to be born with?That is what I thought, mostly because I wasnt... born brave that is.I am the responsible, follow-the-rules, structured kind of gal who mostly avoids risks. And that is good. Until... Read more

What Your Complaints Actually Reveal about Your Heart

We Feel Entitled A Christian radio show announcer said, And when we come back, we will deal with the subject of people who irritate you. Oh that will be good, I thought. So many people irritate me. But what I didnt expect was hearing, If people irritate you a lot, your problem isnt the people;... Read more

5 Tips for Raising Boys to Be Good Men

Propelling my boys to dream about their contribution to a better future is the sacred role of parenting. A parents words have immeasurable impact. When our words are used to plant seeds of hope, gift with direction, and pour in blessing, theyre expressions of Gods Word to us. I try to intentionally speak one blessing... Read more

10 Bible Verses on the Value of Self-Care

As we serve others in ministry, at home, or in the workplace, self-care is an often neglected area. We know that we should take better care of ourselves, but there is a myriad of reasons why we are not consistent in doing so. Lack of time, energy, or motivation are a few reasons why we... Read more