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🀳 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama Look After All?

🀳 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama Look After All?

How do we treat ourselves well while also remembering that God cares more about our hearts? Can we keep our hearts pure but also enjoy fashion?
If you’re like 38 percent of the population, you made a New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds.
When it comes to body image, moms experience quite a paradox: the line between healthy self-care and vanity. For every joke about mom jeans and women becoming frumpy after becoming mothers, there’s an Instagram account from a mom who is fit and fashionable. …

πŸ’‘ Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

πŸ’‘ Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeperβ€”to God’s daily involvement. Because we can’t uphold our vows without Him.
Picture me wearing Manolos.
Yep, that’s right. Bold. Modern. Romantic. I pair the gorgeous shoes with killer abs in couture gowns. My prince brings treasures from afar as little woodland creatures do my housework. Even my morning bedhead radiates beauty.
Do you ever wish married life worked like a fairy tale? Yep. Me too.
I chuckle as I write these words, …

πŸ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

πŸ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

We must train ourselves to make prayer a default reaction in all situations.
Emergency service people are calledΒ first responders. Their first response is to help. Police, fire fighters, and paramedics all race to respond when someone is in need. For many it comes naturally. For most, training is needed to be able to fly into action during an emergency. As a former police officer, my husband was trained to be a first responder.
As a Christian, I have a desire to speak to the Lord about things. …

πŸ’‘ Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

πŸ’‘ Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

When we became parents, our entire universe shifted. What happened to the couple we were?
Before kids, Josh and I went to movies not rated G and ate at restaurants not offering Styrofoam cups. We spent our weekends doing whatever we wanted, staying up late, and sleeping in later.
Then we became parents. And our entire universe shifted. Psychological thrillers were exchanged for films featuring talking animals. Those overpriced, chef-prepared meals turned into a quick drive-thru at Chick-fil-A. …

πŸ•―οΈ When Death Comes At Christmas…

πŸ•―οΈ When Death Comes At Christmas…

The first empty grave is only the first grave to empty, for on the last day all graves will be emptyβ€”those of all we mourn at Christmas who have died in Christ.
December 28 is observed by many churches as the β€œFeast of the Holy Innocents,” the young boys around Bethlehem slaughtered on the orders of King Herod, who hoped that he could destroy newly born king he had heard of from Eastern magi.
He failed, the child escaped, …

πŸ’‘ πŸ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

πŸ’‘ πŸ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

Communication in marriage is not easy. But the fight to communicate is worth the work. In the end, you’ll find a thriving marriage rooted in oneness, not division.
Men and women communicate very differently. Most of us know that, but we often don’t know how to overcome those barriers with our spouse. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to communication that will work for every couple, but there are some tips that can help you communicate better to move through conflict with your spouse, …

πŸŽ„ πŸ’ What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

πŸŽ„ πŸ’ What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

What Your Husband Really Wants for Christmas
Forget the ties and BBQ apron, your man would much rather see these gifts wrapped up on Christmas Day.
I love Christmas shopping. I’ll spend weeks before the big day searching for the right gift that conveys just what that particular person means to me or our family. Nothing elaborate or overly expensive but something that is practical and comes from the heart.
When it comes to my husband, on the other hand, …

πŸŽ„ 🌟 What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

πŸŽ„ 🌟 What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to focus on hope.
Endless headlines bombard us with people and policies that seemingly want to remove Christ from our nation’s DNA. Without hope, it can seem our foundation is starting to shake.
But this Christmas, I am clinging to Isaiah 54:10 that reminds us,Β β€œThough the mountainsΒ beΒ shaken and the hillsΒ beΒ removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” …

🌟 πŸ™Œ Christmas Miracle: Inoperable Brain Tumor in Texas Girl Vanishes

🌟 πŸ™Œ Christmas Miracle: Inoperable Brain Tumor in Texas Girl Vanishes

In what seems like a Christmas miracle, the inoperable brain tumor of an 11-year-old girl in Texas has disappeared, and doctors say they don’t know why.
Roxli Doss was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, or DIPG, in June, as KVUEΒ reported, and went through weeks of radiation. Now, the inoperable brain tumor of the 11-year-old girl in Texas has disappeared, and doctors don’t know why.Β (GoFundMe)
But her parents, Gena and Scott, prayed for a miracle and they got it. …

πŸ’ Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

πŸ’ Ballet, Happiness, and Marriage

If you want a great relationship, learn to showcase your spouse.
Famed Russian-born ballet choreographer George Balanchine once said, β€œBallet is woman.” The best male dancers recognize that their role is all about showcasing the female dancer’s beauty, particularly duringΒ pas de deuxβ€”couples’ dancing.
People generally go to the ballet to see the beautiful form, grace, balance, coordination, and strength of the female lead, but all of those qualities are even better showcased when the ballerina has a male dancer who can set her up, …

πŸ’‘ How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

πŸ’‘ How Can I Let Go of the Mom Guilt?

Guilt doesn’t freshen us and give lifeβ€”it suffocates us and takes more than we have to give.
I wanted to cry when I realized I forgot to send a snack with my kid to school. No, she isn’t in preschool or kindergarten, and she didn’t even seem to care. Honestly, the urge to cryΒ wasΒ a bit ridiculous. But it was one more thing to add to that steaming pile of mom guilt in the corner of my mind. …

πŸŽƒ πŸ¦ƒ πŸŽ„ Body Image and the Holidays

πŸŽƒ πŸ¦ƒ πŸŽ„ Body Image and the Holidays

How do we find the holy balance of treating our bodies like temples, but not to the extent that we become health-obsessed this holiday season?
Ah, the holidaysβ€”when we’re bombarded with all things buttery and comforting. It begins the week of Halloween, with the deluge of sugary bite-sized treats my daughters bring home and it ends around January 2nd . . . or 5th . . . or 8th.
Or whenever I get tired of squeezing into my jeans. …

πŸ’‘ Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

πŸ’‘ Why Your Relationship With Your Child Matters

You have the privilege of growing a child who knows the love of God personally and knows how to love people well.
God’s first choice for receiving and experiencing love is the family. Warmly snuggled in this incubator, love nurtures life, feeds souls, and calls forth the blossoming flower of God’s unique individual design in every person He has created. Then love calls for love to be given in return.
Home is where a child takes the first tentative steps from receiving love to giving love. …

πŸ’‘ Disciplining Your Children Is Challenging, but Vital

πŸ’‘ Disciplining Your Children Is Challenging, but Vital

Seeing the fruit of correcting your children requires delayed gratification.
The last thing I (Jason) want to hear from my wife as I walk through the door at the end of a hard day are these words: β€œWe have a situation. You need to deal with it.” But it happens.
I remember one evening when one of our sons was 7. I had given him a pocketknife, thinking he was ready to handle that kind of responsibility (in my defense, …

⚠️ Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?”

⚠️ Two Traps to Avoid: “If Only” and “What If?”

When these issues dominate my thoughts, I succumb to selfishness and fear.
In each season of my life, I’ve found myself falling into two mental traps which are not helpful. One is the β€œIf only” syndrome, and the other is the β€œWhat if?” syndrome.
Here’s how β€œIf only” might express itself:

β€œIf only I had a husband.”
β€œIf only I had more money.”
β€œIf only my husband would act like…”
β€œIf only my husband (or I) had a good job.”
β€œIf only we had a different house.”
β€œIf only my parents (or his) understood.”
β€œIf only my child would sleep through the night.”
β€œIf only I had a really close friend.”
β€œIf only I didn’t come from such a wounded past.”
β€œIf only I wasn’t stuck in this place.”
β€œIf only I was free of this disease.”
β€œIf only I knew how to handle my teen.”
β€œIf only I didn’t have to do this.”
β€œIf only I didn’t struggle with this.”

Can you identify? …

πŸ’‘ πŸŽ„ Where to Find Comfort This Christmas

πŸ’‘ πŸŽ„ Where to Find Comfort This Christmas

For those hurting this Christmas…
…for the mom reeling from the loss of a child you never met.
…for the wife whose marriage is hanging together by a thread.
…for the daughter who is watching an aging parent suffer and decline.
…for the grandmother praying for that prodigal to come home.
…for the patient spending Christmas in a hospital bed, fighting for life.
For the weak, abandoned, lonely, and sorrowful.
While others around you are preparing for a festive holiday filled with cheer, …

πŸ’‘ πŸ‚ When You Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks…

πŸ’‘ πŸ‚ When You Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks…

Thanksgiving can be a difficult reminder of the struggles we face, but there is comfort in the promises to come.
Helen Keller had every reason to bitterly complain about lifeβ€”she was blind and deaf as the result of a disease contracted as a toddler. It wasn’t until she was nearly 8 years old that a teacher helped her intelligibly communicate with her family for the first time. She lived with these disabilities her entire life.
But because of her steadfast faith, …

πŸ’‘ 10 Ways to Teach Children to Be Thankful for Each Other

πŸ’‘ 10 Ways to Teach Children to Be Thankful for Each Other

Long after my husband and I are gone, I want our kids to still have each other.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been diving into Scripture to prepare my heart for a season of thankfulness. I wish gratitude was something that came naturally to me, but it rarely feels that way.
One definition of gratitude I recently read was, β€œreadiness to show appreciation for.” This definition suggests that gratitude is something I can prepare myself for, to get ready to show appreciation for the many blessings around me. …

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