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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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Ways Your Adult Children Are Asking for Your Friendship

3. They Are Asking for Validation As our adult kids leave the nest, they might not fly in the direction we hope. Watching them make mistakes and figure things out can be painful and worrisome. However, there will be a time when our children start asking for validation. Theyll want to know that everything is... Read more

6 Amazing Roles That Grandparents Fill in Our Families Today

Despite factors such as spread out families, rising divorce rates, and family disharmony that make maintaining a connected extended family more challenging, research still shows there are real benefits to grandparents being involved in their children and grandchildren.Grandparents fill many vital roles in their family structure and can offer great help to the generations coming... Read more

10 Feelings to Expect When You Become the Empty Nester

Our children will face many challenges in their new lives, and so will we. Prepare to be challenged by the changing roles and expectations. Prepare for missteps and misunderstandings, and be ready for the great rewards of a new relationship with your children.Give as much grace as you need to receive, and remember change takes... Read more

How to Fight Stay-at-Home-Mom Depression

First of all, anytime you experience troubling emotional symptoms it is important to check in with your doctor to rule out other causes and get their professional advice on ways to treat how you are feeling. Therapy and medication can be amazing game-changers when struggling with mental health issues. These are tools you should explore with... Read more

8 Tips for Finding Peace in Your Children’s School Decisions

As a parent, its been hard to miss the heated discussions taking place over recent weeks about whether or not children should return to school in the fall in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Most schools have already set out plans for how they intend to keep children safe when they return, and now parents everywhere... Read more

Why Single Moms Don’t Attend Church (And What We Can Do about It)

Single Moms. Just hearing those two words together immediately evokes a response. For some, you will think of the single mother who raised you, as your father passed away far too early, or maybe you think of a special co-worker, family member, or friend who has a unique story. Your heart is filled with compassionate... Read more

6 Best Ways to Model True Discernment for Your Kids

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him... Read more

5 Ways to Deal with Tension between You and Your Children

My kids always dreaded it when we said, We need to have a family meeting ASAP. To them, it equated to lectures, rules, and reminders of how theyd messed up. It took my husband and I a long time to approach things differently. Once we started communicating with our kids, instead of communicating at them,... Read more

10 Things You Teach Your Daughter When You Criticize Women

5. Shell never be good enough. Bottom line, when we criticize women, we send a hidden message to our daughters that theyll never be good enough.My daughter returned from a friends house pretty discouraged. They were making friendship bracelets in the living room while her mom watched TV. The news covered a story on Americas... Read more

Do We Need to Talk Modesty with Our Sons Too?

With the ebb and flow of cultural and societal changes, words take on different meaning and the word modesty is no exception. What was considered modesty 100 years ago looks a bit different than what wed consider modest today. Even reading the word modesty in the title of this post brought a picture to your... Read more

When Is the Right Time to Offer Parental Advice?

Another Parent Asks for Your Opinion The number one clue that you can give parental advice is when you are asked. A direct invitation to share your opinion is a privilege. When one trusts us enough to seek our guidance, our role is to share with love, grace, and truth. If we handle the opportunity... Read more

4 Burdens Mothers Always Carry for Their Children

The Burden of Safety Ask any mom on the planet, and she will likely tell you that her childrens safety and well-being is at the top of her concerns. Not only were mothers created as nurturers, they were created with a heart of protectiveness as well. And while protectiveness can be a good thing, in... Read more

10 Ways You Can Make A Difference in Your Grandchild’s Life

You have so much valuable wisdom and life experience. Be willing to share your skills, your knowledge, and your expertise with your grandchild. Teach them to bake bread, build a birdhouse, change a tire, crochet, or learn something from you. They will not only gain valuable skills, but will also build valuable memories in the... Read more

10 Affirmations for the Parent of a Prodigal Child

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Parenting is one of the best and hardest experiences in life. Our powerful love for our children can feel scary at times. Scary because it means were vulnerable. It doesnt take long to discover that we have little control over these precious ones who hold our hearts.For the Christian parent,... Read more

What it Takes to Mother Black Boys

When I thought about becoming a mother, I knew that I wanted to find out the gender of each child as early as possible so that I could plan for his or her arrival. There were names to select and a registry to createdreams of cribs and mobiles danced in my head like sugar-plum fairies.... Read more

A Prayer for a Grandparents Heart during Quarantine

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be... Read more