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📱 ⚠️ How to Keep Social Media from Killing Your Marriage

📱 ⚠️ How to Keep Social Media from Killing Your Marriage

A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me an article on “phubbing,” and I read it only because I honestly had never heard the term before.
When I began reading it, I quickly realized that most of us are extremely familiar with the act of phubbing-we didn’t know it had a name.
So, what is it?
According to the article, “‘Phubbing’ is ruining American relationships,” phubbing your partner is the act of being on your cell phone instead of giving them your full attention when the two of you are together. …

💡 10 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being Demanding

💡 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 didn’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 it’s the result of not knowing many people outside of Christian circles. …

💐 Dear Mom, Thanks…

💐 Dear Mom, Thanks…

Here’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 boys—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. …

🛥️ 🙌 Florida Teens Stranded In The Ocean Pray, Are Then Rescued by a Boat Named ‘The Amen’

🛥️ 🙌 Florida Teens Stranded In The Ocean Pray, Are Then Rescued by a Boat Named ‘The Amen’

When two local teens skipped school for a beach senior skip day, their adventure turned into a fight for their lives, and their savior was heaven-sent.
It’s the classic story of time-honored, end of year high school hijinks, two teens skip school on Senior Cut Day, and head on over to the beach for some fun. Only on this particular day, things took a deadly turn. Tyler Smith and Heather Brown, both 17 years old, swam out too far from the shore, …

💡 How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stressful Day

💡 How to Not Lose It on Your Kids After a Stressful Day

I shudder at the times I’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 do—it’s the default mode of operation. I shudder thinking of the times I’ve acted irritably toward my daughters when it was really a work problem irking me. …

⚠️ She Was Ready to End Her Life

⚠️ She Was Ready to End Her Life

She searched her home for something she could take to end the pain, instead, she found God’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, …

💡 🚜 You Might Be a ‘Snowplow Parent’ If…

💡 🚜 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:  a snowstorm was approaching. Not to worry, they said. Minnesotans take pride in the fact that they can make it anywhere—even in the middle of a blizzard!
Our hotel window overlooked the Mall of America’s huge parking lot. And sure enough, …

💡 Creating Closer Relationships in Stepfamilies

💡 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 mothers—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. I was a single mom from the time my son was 3 years old until he was 15. …

💡 5 Ways I’d Like to Thank My Divorced Parents

💡 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, …

🍰 🎉 When Everyone Gets Invited to the Birthday Party

🍰 🎉 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. …

💡 Why Take Your Kids to Church?

💡 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, sports—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 “cry room” with your baby, …

🎭 💡 5 Ways to Avoid Being a Drama Addict

🎭 💡 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 was anything but innocent. …

🔬 💡 New Genetic Study Shows 90% of Species Appeared Almost Simultaneously

🔬 💡 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, 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:
“The 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. …

💡 Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

💡 Moving Beyond the Fairy-Tale Marriage

The divine design of marriage calls us to something deeper—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, …

🔥 Truck Goes Up in Flames but Man’s Childhood Bible Inside Is Unscathed

🔥 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 their Bible 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 told FOX 6. The incident happened two weeks before Christmas.
But a solace in the midst of tragedy was that Gaut’s childhood Bible was left unscathed.
A case that was around it was charred but the Bible he had received when he was 13 was is good shape. …

🙏 Is Prayer Your First Response?

🙏 Is Prayer Your First Response?

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

💡 Connecting With Your Spouse Through the Busy Parenting Years

💡 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. …

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