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Why my Christmas tree is still up

The Christmas tree is still up at my house. I can find a million reasons not to take it down each year. This year, my justification is this: I put it up later than usual, so it should stay up longer. On this bitterly cold January night, I’m the only one still awake. Snow is […]

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When Our “Babies” Leave the Nest

  Trials…we are all destined for them, and that includes our kids. “So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens. We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in […]

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Jesus on Parenting Teens: What Are YOU Hungry For, Mom and Dad?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 I have always worked really hard to cultivate a hunger and thirst for righteousness in my kids. I want them to run hard after God so they don’t miss out on all He has for them. So, I served […]

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Don’t Freak Out!

“I told her, whatever you do, don’t freak out.”  – my husband, recalling advice he gave to a friend going through a troubling time with her pre-teen son. That, my friends, is brilliant advice for those of us in the trenches of parenting.  Especially for us moms – we tend to be the big freaker-outers. […]

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Jesus on Parenting Teens: Make It Easy For Your Kids to Honor You

“Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t.”― Tom Hiddleston Parenting provides many reminders that we don’t have all the […]

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Jesus on Parenting Teens: You Are Not Raising the Perfect Child!

I will never forget the moment I realized my son had a sinful nature.  It caught me completely off guard when I discovered he had lied about something.  After all, here was this sweet, innocent little boy who could melt butter with his dimple-filled smile (see above picture).  He was loving, kind, and well-behaved. I […]

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Jesus on Parenting Teens: You are not God

If we want our teens to embrace Christianity, we can’t just take them to church or simply talk about it.  We have to be living it!  There is a difference between being religious and modeling Christ, and teens can spot that a mile away.  They want, and need, authentic believers to show them the way. […]

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Jesus on Parenting Teens: Relax, Jesus Will Seek Them

This is another installment in a series of posts entitled “Jesus on parenting teens”.  I’m prayerfully working my way through the gospels to dig out gems of parenting wisdom from Jesus Himself.    JESUS SEEKS THEM  (Matthew 4:12-25) As a Christian parent, there’s nothing I want more than for my kids to be radically sold […]

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My kid is driving me crazy!

    I’ve been hearing this from a lot of moms lately.  I think it’s directly related to several weeks of polar vortex, during which “cabin fever” has morphed into  “housebound psychosis”, aggravated by children who seem to push every button (figuratively and literally!).  Eventually, you find yourself barking at your child, “I love you, […]

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Parenting lessons I learned from my dogs

Several years ago, we got a pug puppy. Mugsy was a great dog in so many ways – affectionate, funny, and obedient. I prided myself in the training I had done with Mugsy. What I didn’t realize was it had very little to do with me at all. We were just very blessed with a […]

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