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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

Victory Strategy: Obedience Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of August 2

Victory Strategy: Obedience Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7NV1qaTaUs[/embed]1 John 5:4-5 NLT reveal to us that "every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God."In these two verses, God... Read more

August Scripture Writing Guide (2020)

Scripture writing plans are incredibly simple, yet incredibly effective for helping us read, interpret and absorb the Word of God. Rather than simply letting our eyes pass over a verse and perhaps miss its full meaning, writing Scripture down helps us absorb each word and really think through what the passage before us is saying.Each... 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

Solid Foundation – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 26

Solid Foundation Part 2Week of July 26, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FISWQSgMc74[/embed]Ten days ago, The Lord highlighted the restoration of ruined cities to me (Is 61:4).Three times. He then led me to Psalm 118:14-15 AMPC, which says, "The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents... 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

Solid Foundation – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 19

Solid Foundation  Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0OLOcfezmg[/embed]The title of a sermon, I heard nearly two decades ago, has always stuck with me: It was Keep Your Tent Pegs Light.While I dont remember the sermon, I realize God has highlighted this title to me recently to remind me of an important message for this hour: That we... 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

Magnificent Multiplicity – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 12

Magnificent Multiplicity Part 2 By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04aN1WoDUZs[/embed]Two weeks ago, on June 29, during quiet time, I heard the melody Canon in D (Pachelbel) in my head.It looped and looped until, finally, I paid attention.I realized Holy Spirit was revealing something to me.This was the bridal march tune at my wedding many years ago and the... 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

Magnificent Multiplicity – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 5

Magnificent Multiplicity Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWjsdbfGxfg[/embed]We are in a fitting time that will bring great change in our lives for the betteran expanded season for Gods sons and daughters who continue to follow Holy Spirits lead and make Godly decisions.It is a time when Gods Name will be great in the earth, and we... 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

Doors of Opportunity – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of June 29

Doors of Opportunity Part 2 By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPe1pMcXUB4[/embed]We know that Jesus is the Door, who stands in the gap (doorway) on our behalf. He alone holds the key and is the One who rules sovereignly over our entrance. Isaiah 22:22 AMPC tells us, "And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his... 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

Doors of Opportunity Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of June 21

Doors of Opportunity Part 1 By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0e8ft1Ch6A[/embed]A couple of weeks ago, on Friday, June 5, I met my husband at a building supply store to look at new front doors.It was his idea.A long overdue project for our fixer-upper.I joked that this event was date night and what an odd date it was.But I... 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

Youthful Resurrection – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of June 14

Youthful Resurrection Part 2By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJGn_Of6q1g[/embed]The Word I believe The Lord gave me regarding the dream in Part 1 of this series is precisely this:Now is the beginning of the manifestation of a fresh, new expanse for God's sons and daughters. The ones who endured long-suffering, processed through it Gods way, and continue to... Read more

How to Teach Your Teens the True Definition of Success

Ive heard it said that many lessons in life are caught instead of taught. And to a certain degree, its true. Parents of teens hope that by demonstrating upstanding character, hard work, and faith, their kids will catch on and naturally follow suit.But in reality, theres a healthy balance between merely living as good examples... Read more

10 Ways Your Grandchildren Need You during COVID-19

There are many cliches about grandparents: how they spoil their grandchildren, how they allow their grandchildren to eat treats and watch television, or how they hang every piece of their grandchilds artwork up on the refrigerator. These may be lighthearted stereotypes, but there is deeper truth to them, as anyone who is blessed to have... Read more

10 Ways You Can Help Special Needs Caregivers Keep Going

Before the tidal wave known as COVID-19 hit us, I was sitting with a group of friends in a coffee shop. We all are writers, but we spent the first half of our time together sharing what was going on in our messy lives. Not very long into the conversation, a few of us special... Read more

10 Things Dad Would Especially Love This Father’s Day

Todays culture puts extreme pressure on our men to perform. Theyre constantly bombarded with messages telling them to be more successful, wealthier, more sensitive yet also strong, hard workers who also spend time with their families, to purchase that bigger home or better car, yet also remain debt free.Then theres the pressure many men place... Read more

Youthful Resurrection – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of June 7

Youthful Resurrection Part 1 By Margaret D MitchellWeek of June 7, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSu562m2lB4[/embed]Early in the morning, nineteen days ago, on May 19th of 2020, The Lord gave me a very succinct prophetic dream. In that dreamI saw this Word of Knowledge: Amen to the cavemen. Then I saw a clear vision of two young adult men, who looked to be... Read more

Chance the Rapper Is Speaking Out, Taking Inspiration From Iconic Black Theologian James H. Cone | RELEVANT Magazine

Chance the Rapper is never too far from a good cause and he’s been especially busy in the wake of the international protests that have engulfed the world in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. This being Chance, it’s no surprise that his words were motivated by faith. In this case, it wasn’t even... Read more

Top 4 Affirmations Your Dad Needs To Hear This Fathers Day

Lets face it: being a dad is tough.I know we make it look easy (or maybe not) but there is nothing easy about being a dad. My fatherhood journey includes raising two kids, one who has special needs. I know in the traditional family model dad is the rock. Mom is the glue that holds... Read more

How to Talk about Privilege with Your Family

Privilege can be hard to define, understand and talk about, but we owe it to our families to talk through how our privileges have benefited us, and to answer Gods call into thoughtful, humble reflections about the best and worst of our family origins.The first time I had a conversation about privilege with my children,... Read more