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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

4 Reasons Why God Doesn’t Always Answer Prayers for Healing

4. His Ways Are Not Our Ways For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)Is it difficult to trust that God knows best? How many... Read more

10 Great Ways Wives Can Serve Their Husbands (Yes, Serve!)

As women, we like to be noticed by our husbands. We appreciate being told how nice we look or what a good job weve done with a project. But our men need noticing too. They need us to see how hard they work, how valuable they are, and how they are making an impact on... Read more

A Prayer of Courage for Greater Honesty with Your Spouse

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9-10)There are those who find it easy to be brutally honest (sometimes too honest) with their spouses, and have... 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

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

4 Ways to Process Quarantine–What Just Happened?

Ive always been interested in how the brain workshow it takes every bit of information we receive and stores it in a complex filing system. Then, after our memories have been tucked away, they are later retrieved by an outside cue that causes us to revisit that particular time or event.According to this article, Remembering... Read more

A Prayer of Protection over What Your Children See

Be careful little eyes what you seeBe careful little eyes what you seeFor your Father up above is looking down in loveSo be careful little eyes what you see.~ Author UnknownIt has been said that memory is like a filing cabinet in the brain, where thoughts, ideas, and  perceptions are stored away in separate files... Read more

12 Coronavirus Conversation Starters for Great Talks with Your Kids

What better time than quarantine to start a new hobby? Both kids and parents can use this time to do something theyve always wanted to do. Ask your kids what they would like to try and be as supportive as possible in fostering that interest.Here are a few hobby ideas to consider for your family: -... Read more

6 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays (and Other Occasions) Apart

For those who have birthdays in the spring and summer, the current social-distancing dilemma has thrown quite a wrench in the toolbox of celebration. But its not only birthdays that are being affected. Its graduations, weddings, and baby showers as well. Many eagerly-planned and much-awaited events have been negatively affected by the untimely stay-at-home order.However,... Read more

3 Reasons Gratitude Is Your Greatest Weapon Right Now

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody BeattieTheres no doubt the world has become a different place in recent months, as COVID-19 has formed an unwanted... Read more