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๐Ÿ’ก 10 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being Demanding

๐Ÿ’ก 10 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being Demanding

Here are a few ideas that can help you share your faith by using your home as a hub for Christ.
According to a study by Barna Research Group in 2013, only 52 percent of born again believers shared their faith at least once within a year. The study didnโ€™t include the reasoning. Perhaps people struggle the same way I do. It may be a result of the awkwardness of starting the conversation about the gospel. Or maybe itโ€™s the result of not knowing many people outside of Christian circles. …

๐Ÿ’ Dear Mom, Thanks…

๐Ÿ’ Dear Mom, Thanks…

Hereโ€™s to our mothers. Thanks for letting us see you struggle, ask for help, and never give up on the ones you love.
By the time I made my dazzling appearance into our freshly completed family, my mom already had her hands full with two little boysโ€”one 4, one only 16 months. And then there was me: a perfect little angel sent straight from heaven.
Actually, I think she told me I refused to sleep through the night for at least a year. …

๐Ÿ’ก How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stressful Day

๐Ÿ’ก How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stressful Day

I shudder at the times Iโ€™ve acted irritably toward my kids because I was still stressed from work. How do we come home as the loving parents we want to be?
Any working parent knows the struggle of bringing frustrations from work straight into the house at the end of the day. Most of us have been guilty of this.
Sliding from work to home carrying baggage is too easy to doโ€”itโ€™s the default mode of operation. I shudder thinking of the times Iโ€™ve acted irritably toward my daughters when it was really a work problem irking me. …

โš ๏ธ She Was Ready to End Her Life

โš ๏ธ She Was Ready to End Her Life

She searched her home for something she could take to end the pain, instead, she found Godโ€™s protection.
With her husband away for the evening, and their children tucked safely in bed, Laveenia Peavy searched throughout the house. She checked every medicine cabinet, every counter for something, anything to do the job. She was ready to end her life.
Laveenia had talked herself in and out of this moment for some time. It felt as if the darkness was swallowing her whole, …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿšœ You Might Be a ‘Snowplow Parent’ If…

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿšœ You Might Be a ‘Snowplow Parent’ If…

Many parents fall into the well-meaning mishap of clearing an easy path for their kids, regardless of the cost. Have you?
Recently my husband and I visited Minneapolis for a big event. Upon arrival, the locals warned us: ย a snowstorm was approaching. Not to worry, they said. Minnesotans take pride in the fact that they can make it anywhereโ€”even in the middle of a blizzard!
Our hotel window overlooked the Mall of Americaโ€™s huge parking lot. And sure enough, …

๐Ÿ’ก 5 Ways I’d Like to Thank My Divorced Parents

๐Ÿ’ก 5 Ways I’d Like to Thank My Divorced Parents

Despite their decision to divorce, both of my parents made sacrifices along the way that kept my brother and me as their priorities.
When I was eight years old, a friend of mine whose parents had gotten a divorce told me how great it was to have two separate Christmases, one with each parent. Double the presents, double the fun, right? For an eight-year-old, most definitely.
But even at that age, I knew the significance of having only one Christmas. …

โค๏ธ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

โค๏ธ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

What if our generation of moms decided to love the mom bods weโ€™ve got? Motherhood puts a glow on any woman! Itโ€™s a look thatโ€™s well worth the wear.
Remember when you were expecting your first child? As your body changed, you hoped that eventually you could regain some resemblance of your pre-mom body. Many of us have been able to pull that off by opting for Chick-fil-A salads over nuggets, 5 a.m. sweat sessions over an extra hour of sleep, …

๐Ÿฐ ๐ŸŽ‰ When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

๐Ÿฐ ๐ŸŽ‰ When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

My kidโ€™s birthday party means I include and find commonalities with nearly total strangers. And itโ€™s a really beautiful thing.
Iโ€™m usually a mess the day of my kidโ€™s birthday party. Iโ€™m frazzled, frantic, and barely pulled together before showtime. Iโ€™ve fallen into the trap of making sure each of these occasions is a Pinterest-perfect event.
If the birthday party is at my house, I make sure every corner of the house is clean. I make sure I have enough food for all the invitees and more. …

๐ŸŽญ ๐Ÿ’ก 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

๐ŸŽญ ๐Ÿ’ก 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

Moms today have enough on their plates without adding unnecessary drama to the list.
I wanted her to know sheโ€™d hurt me. If I were being honest, Iโ€™d have to admit that I wanted to wound her back.
The more I licked my wounds, the angrier I got.
So I did what any reasonable, mature, Spirit-filled woman would do: I hinted about it on Facebook. Just a short statement. It looked innocent on the outside, but truthfully it wasย anythingย but innocent. …

๐Ÿ’ Making Resolutions for a Thriving Marriage

๐Ÿ’ Making Resolutions for a Thriving Marriage

Setting goals is important to maintaining a healthy marriage. Here are a few ideas to help you stick to them.
One of the great American traditions is to come up with a list of New Yearโ€™s resolutions. They usually donโ€™t last long. If youโ€™ve kept a New Yearโ€™s resolution beyond these first few weeks of January, I applaud you. If you havenโ€™t, you are not alone. Some statistics state that only 8 percent of people reach their resolution goals. …

โœŒ๏ธ Asking Forgiveness From My Kids…Again

โœŒ๏ธ Asking Forgiveness From My Kids…Again

My kids need to grow up with the knowledge that I require a Savior just as much as they do.
I yelled at my kids tonight.
It started before the mouthwash spilled all over the floor, my jeans, and my new shirt.
That I have an issue with anger and emotional control is not something Iโ€™ve kept secret. But itโ€™s still painfully destructive in my own home:
โ€œThe wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it downโ€ (Proverbs 14:1). …

๐Ÿ’ก Lose the Toxic, Not the Masculinity

๐Ÿ’ก Lose the Toxic, Not the Masculinity

If our hearts chafe at this whole line of thinking, our issue is with the gospel, not the cultural narrative.
Gillette recently released an ad aboutย toxic masculinity, an interesting phrase that until recently only referred to hyper-masculine boorishness. But now the national dialogue seems to have shifted to a point where toxic masculinity refers not to excess, but to all things masculine. This is a tragic loss of nuance in an otherwise important conversation.
Admittedly, I had already heard some radio commentary about the ad that preconditioned me to hate it before actually seeing it. …

๐Ÿคณ Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, How Should Mama Look After All?

๐Ÿคณ 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 youโ€™re like 38 percent of the population, you made a New Yearโ€™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, thereโ€™s an Instagram account from a mom who is fit and fashionable. …

๐Ÿ’ก Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

๐Ÿ’ก Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeperโ€”to Godโ€™s daily involvement. Because we canโ€™t uphold our vows without Him.
Picture me wearing Manolos.
Yep, thatโ€™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, …

๐Ÿ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

๐Ÿ™ Is Prayer Your First Response?

We must train ourselves to make prayer a default reaction in all situations.
Emergency service people are calledย 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. …

๐Ÿ’ก Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

๐Ÿ’ก 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. …

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ When Death Comes At Christmas…

๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ 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 emptyโ€”those of all we mourn at Christmas who have died in Christ.
December 28 is observed by many churches as the โ€œFeast of the Holy Innocents,โ€ 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, …

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

๐Ÿ’ก ๐Ÿ’ Overcoming Communication Barriers With Your Spouse

Communication in marriage is not easy. But the fight to communicate is worth the work. In the end, youโ€™ll find a thriving marriage rooted in oneness, not division.
Men and women communicate very differently. Most of us know that, but we often donโ€™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, …

๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ’ What Your Spouse Really Wants for Christmas…

๐ŸŽ„ ๐Ÿ’ 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. Iโ€™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, …

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŒŸ What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŒŸ What I’m Clinging to This Christmas Season…

I donโ€™t know about you, but Iโ€™m ready to focus on hope.
Endless headlines bombard us with people and policies that seemingly want to remove Christ from our nationโ€™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,ย โ€œThough the mountainsย beย shaken and the hillsย beย removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” …

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