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Time Wasters – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 29

Time WastersVerse: Joshua 10:1-15Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 37:5Matthew 6:34Where does your time go? Do you ever look back at the end of the day and wonder? Do you sometimes wish God would stretch your days, as he did for Joshua fighting the enemies of Israel?One reason you may not have enough time is that you waste... Read more

Why Jesus Plan for Your Child Is so Much Better

Living our life purpose, or Gods plan for our life, is not a trivial pursuit. Its living the life our heart beats for. Its living the life destined for us by our Creator. Discerning and surrendering to it will unlock some of the richest fulfillment we can find on Earth; thats the power of living... Read more

5 Ways to Rest from Bearing the Family’s Emotional Burdens

If Jesus was physically present in my house, its likely that Hed accidentally end up tossed in my dryer and thrown on the de-wrinkle cycle.Seriously.Most days, my life feels like its spinning and flipping, tossing and turning. Im "balancing a nine-hour workday while trying to remember if I fed the dogs, set out the meat... Read more

7 Biblical Truths to Teach Your Kids about the 2020 Election

I cant WAIT until the election is over! a friend texted the other day.And I totally agree. Probably you do, too.But as these last few weeks of political ping pong (or dodge ball J) play out, dont overlook the valuable learning opportunities the 2020 election can provide for your children. Use this irritating, ugly season... Read more

Look up! – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of October 26

Look up!I was feeling down yesterday. I recognized the oh too familiar feeling of heaviness and lack of motivation as soon as it arrived, and I combated it with Scripture. I knew that I was justified in feeling sad. My mom was leaving again. She informed me that she was divorcing her 5th husband, and... Read more

How to Handle Estrangement from Your Adult Children

Am I Doing the Right Thing? This made things worse by disrespecting boundaries, ignoring my need for normalcy for my children, and only proved my point that there was a need for this estrangement. After my pastor spoke to her, seeing her toxic behaviors for himself, he told me I was doing the right thing.... Read more

What Good Is Guilt? – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 22

What Good Is Guilt?Verse: Leviticus 7:1-10Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 382 Corinthians 7:10Are there days when you feel like a failure at everything you do? Your tongue lashes out in cruelty at the very children you love. You lose patience with co-workers. The envy youve fought so hard to control gets the best of you, and your... Read more

A Mom Moment – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of October 20

A Mom MomentFor I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find... Read more

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

A Plague of Play-Doh – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 15

A Plague of Play-DohExodus 8Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 136Jeremiah 31:3-4It holds the place mats in crooked positions on the kitchen table. Walking from the table to the sink, it crunches underfoot on the linoleum. As we make our way across the family room, crumbs of red, green and blue smush into the carpet. Play-Doh.How many times... 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

F-I-G-H-T! – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 8

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P-Raise – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of October 6

P-RaiseHe leads forth the prisoners with singing.Psalm 68:6About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybodys chains came loose.Acts... Read more

Laughing Matters – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of October 1

Laughing MattersVerse: Genesis 21:1-7Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 126:2; Proverbs 31:25Sarah learned to laugh at the unexpected turns of her days. At first she laughed rather inappropriately at God when she heard she would bear a child in her nineties. She laughed with the pain of unbelief and doubt. Later she laughed with God out of pure... Read more

Speech – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 29

SpeechThe heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.Psalm 19:1-4Right now, as we exist, in this very moment, the heavens are declaring Gods glory.... 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

You Look Like God! – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 23

You Look Like God!Verse: Genesis 1:26-31Additional Scripture Readings:Psalms 139:13-14Colossians 3:10A mother tends to define herself most easily in terms of externals. I am what I do. I am what others need me to be. I am what I accomplish.While these descriptions are true, they are incomplete. They overlook the vital fact that we are made,... Read more

A Single Neuron or Warrior by Itself Is at Risk – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 22

A Single Neuron or Warrior by Itself Is at RiskI was reading a book on Brain Based Therapy with Adults by John B. Arden and Lloyd Linford, and I came across the most amazing sentence:A single neuron, by itself, is at risk. When I read it, I immediately thought of Warrior Moms! Read the following excerpt... Read more

Close the Complaint Desk – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 17

Close the Complaint DeskVerse:  Jude 1:16Additional Scripture Readings: Numbers 14:27 James 4:13-17It rains on our picnic. It snows when were ready to leave for Christmas vacation. The baby spits up on our shoulder just as were ready to walk out the door.And in response, we gripe. Marching off to lifes complaint department, we moan that circumstances arent... Read more

Anxietys Clever Trap and Why We Fall for It – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 15

Anxietys Clever Trap and Why We Fall for ItAha! I discovered a secret. You may already know about Anxietys scheme against youAn anxious heart weighs a man down,but a kind word cheers him up.Proverbs 12:25This verse states the truth so plainly; it seems like common sense, but for some reason I am just now getting... Read more

Waiting Well – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 15

Waiting WellVerse:  2 Peter 3:8Additional Scripture Readings: Psalms 40:1 ;  Psalms 130:6We all wait. For jobs, answers to prayer, for another chance after weve failed. Gods view of time is not like ours. If we want to show God we trust him, well learn to wait well. Heres how:Think right. We can give God room 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

Daughters of the King – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 10

Daughters of the KingVerse: 1 Peter 2:9-10Additional Scripture Readings:Zechariah 9:9Revelation 17:14Did you know that youre a princess? If you know Jesus as your Savior, thats exactly what you are!In 1 Peter 2:9 we read, You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, Gods special possession. You are royalty! Some commentators say that... 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

A Message for Warriors – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 8

A Message for WarriorsThe Spirit of the Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the year of the... Read more

Respond to the Call – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of September 3

Respond to the CallVerse:  James 1:22-25Additional Scripture Readings: Matthew 7:21-27 James 2:14-20When God calls, will we respond or reject? Most of the time we want to respond. We run to our Lord, eager for his next command, hungry for the next assignment, ready to turn from what has been occupying us to what he wants us to... 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

Around the Corner of Christ – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of September 1

Around the Corner of ChristHave you been following Jesus for a while now? Has He led you down fearful paths and left you there? Did He run out on you right when the bad guys showed up? I know that answer to those questions. He stayed, He fought for you, He won, and as a... Read more