Different Kids, One God

Different Kids, One God

If you are the parent of more than one child you know that no two kids are created the same.

The more I understand my kids' inherent difference, the better mom I can be to my daughters and the better relationship I can have with them.

Over the years I’ve trusted God to show me how to parent them in unique and individual ways. It’s been a process of trial and error that has deepened my reliance on God and His wisdom. He knows more about them than I do because he created them.

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How to Combat Negative Thoughts with God's Truth

How to Combat Negative Thoughts with God's Truth

Each time negative thoughts enter my mind I can choose to dwell on them or think something different. Positive thinking helps, but God’s Word and prayer are even more powerful. Negative thoughts and emotions don’t discriminate. Both children and adults have to decide if they’ll allow them to linger in their mind.

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Cultivating Gratitude in our Families

Cultivating Gratitude in our Families

Excitement turned to disappointment when things didn’t go as planned. If we had nothing planned on a particular day it felt like we were not using our time well. But, there was no way I was going to let this season play out like summers past. This year was going to be different. We were going to cultivate a habit of gratefulness instead.

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Sword Wielding Cheerleaders and My Thoughts on Prayer

Sword Wielding Cheerleaders and My Thoughts on Prayer

We can be confident in prayer when we know what the Bible says and speak it. Our troubling circumstance can be turned around and used to win the game for the glory of God through prayer. There will be times when we need to quit praying defensively, take back the ball, and pray offense. We don’t just want to hold the line; we want progress.

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4 Things Your Middle Schooler Needs to Know About Friendship

4 Things Your Middle Schooler Needs to Know About Friendship

My daughter started having friendship problems in 4th grade. Neither my daughter or I saw it coming. The friendships she’s had since she was four starting falling apart. The girls became yo-yos, friends one day and rivals the next. It was heartbreaking. Here's what she needed to know about friendship..

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Kids Need Rest Too

Kids Need Rest Too

Before I learned how to rest regularly, I was a mess. As a mother of three with work and a family to juggle it seemed indulgent to rest or observe Sabbath. At the beginning of the week, I would write out my to-do list for work and home, then get busy Monday through Thursday crossing things off that list, and eventually crash hard on Friday. I was easily frustrated with myself, my kids, and my husband because I was burnt out.

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This Month: Learning What the Bible Says about Listening and Using Your Words

This Month: Learning What the Bible Says about Listening and Using Your Words

Somedays I have to repeat myself several times before my kids hear me speak. I compete with iPads, cell phones, video games, and TV for their attention. So now those things are off limits in the mornings while we’re getting ready for the day and in the evenings before bedtime. The goal is to create a habit of mindfulness as well as quiet their minds enough to hear my voice but also God’s voice. 

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Honoring Grandparents

Honoring Grandparents

How well do you or your kids know their grandparents? I have fond memories of mine and the times I spent at their home each summer. I was lucky to spend as much time with my grandparents as I did. However, I didn’t take the time to get to know them... I mean really know them.

Head over to Faith Gateway to her about one way we can honor those we love by intentionally investing time into our relationship with them

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Our Family Values: More than Words on a Piece of Paper

Our Family Values: More than Words on a Piece of Paper

Our family’s mission statement is mounted in a beautiful frame in our foyer. It’s there to remind us of what we stand for and to tell others what they can expect from our family. My husband and I invested a good bit of time choosing our values and crafting them into a handful of sentences that represented us. But as I mentioned in last week’s post those words mean little in not translated into behaviors.

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How to Give Power to Your Values

How to Give Power to Your Values

If your values and behaviors don’t align, family members and outsiders will notice. It will be clear to them you don’t practice what you preach. This is not surprising because everything I’ve learned about organizational culture says that just knowing your values is not enough. You can say you stand for something, but unless those values are translated into behaviors, you will go about your days continuing with habits that are familiar and comfortable.

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