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πŸ’‘ Creating Closer Relationships in Stepfamilies

πŸ’‘ Creating Closer Relationships in Stepfamilies

Strengthen bonds between kids and stepparents by going on a trip that doesn’t fit into the status quo.
Karen was like many biological mothersβ€”she wanted her son and her new husband to have a quality relationship. They were cordial enough, but there was no real connection between them. She wrote:
I am looking for information on how to improve communication in stepfamilies.Β I was a single mom from the time my son was 3 years old until he was 15. …

πŸ’‘ 5 Ways I’d Like to Thank My Divorced Parents

πŸ’‘ 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. …

❀️ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

❀️ Mom, Kind Is the New Skinny

What if our generation of moms decided to love the mom bods we’ve got? Motherhood puts a glow on any woman! It’s a look that’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, …

🍰 πŸŽ‰ When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

🍰 πŸŽ‰ When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

My kid’s birthday party means I include and find commonalities with nearly total strangers. And it’s a really beautiful thing.
I’m usually a mess the day of my kid’s birthday party. I’m frazzled, frantic, and barely pulled together before showtime. I’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. …

πŸ’‘ Why Take Your Kids to Church?

πŸ’‘ Why Take Your Kids to Church?

Nap schedules, feedings, teething, separation anxiety, sickness, sports – when kids are young, it seems easier to stay home. Is going to church worth it?
Nap schedules, feedings, teething, separation anxiety, sickness, sportsβ€”when your kids are young, it seems like everything is working against your ability to attend church. Many Sundays, it seems much easier to just stay home.
Is going to church worth it? Absolutely. Even if you have to spend most of the service in the β€œcry room” with your baby, …

🎭 πŸ’‘ 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

🎭 πŸ’‘ 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 she’d hurt me. If I were being honest, I’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 wasΒ anythingΒ but innocent. …

πŸ”¬ πŸ’‘ New Genetic Study Shows 90% of Species Appeared Almost Simultaneously

πŸ”¬ πŸ’‘ New Genetic Study Shows 90% of Species Appeared Almost Simultaneously

A new gene study presents serious difficulties for the scientific theory of evolution, while bringing science one giant step closer to the Biblical story of creation.
Dr. Gerald Schroeder,Β an Orthodox Jewish physicist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was unperturbed, noting many ways in which new discoveries such as this show how science and religious belief can be complementary.
Mark Stoeckle from The Rockefeller University in New York and David Thaler at the University of Basel in Switzerland analyzed mitochondrial DNA collected from 100,000 animal species stored in the US government-run GenBank database. …

✌️ Asking Forgiveness From My Kids…Again

✌️ 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 I’ve kept secret. But it’s still painfully destructive in my own home:
β€œThe wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down” (Proverbs 14:1). …

🀳 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”₯ Truck Goes Up in Flames but Man’s Childhood Bible Inside Is Unscathed

πŸ”₯ Truck Goes Up in Flames but Man’s Childhood Bible Inside Is Unscathed

An Oklahoma family is counting their blessings after an intense fire charred their truck – but left theirΒ BibleΒ untouched.
And if it wasn’t for the vehicle’s horn honking, the family may have lost their house, too, which was just feet from the flames.
“I felt like crying,” Steven Gaut toldΒ FOX 6. The incident happened two weeks before Christmas.
But a solace in the midst of tragedy was that Gaut’s childhood Bible wasΒ left unscathed.
A case that was around it was charred but the Bible he had received when he was 13 was is good shape. …

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“± Smartphones for Smartfamilies

πŸ“± Smartphones for Smartfamilies

We advise against giving your children a phone if you are not ready to have a conversation with them about it multiple times a week for multiple years.

When I was in high school, I was eager to turn 16 so I could drive. To my advantage, my parents were equally eager to stop being my personal Uber. So as a family we began the process of getting my driver’s license.
Getting a license can be a pretty intimidating process. …

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. …

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