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Making Time

Feeling as if we have precious little time, we start the day clinging to every moment. What if we were to instead entrust our time to Christ, offering him the first moments of our day and trusting him with the remainder?...

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What is Advent, Anyway?

When we celebrate Advent, we do more than simply set aside one day to wish Jesus, “Happy birthday!” We reset our focus over the course of the whole season. Nothing can make Christmas more precious than an increased awareness of what Jesus really accomplished by taking on our flesh....

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The Life of Mothering

Becoming a mother meant I birthed new life through this little being created by God, but that is only where it started. The life of mothering is just that: bringing life to our children. It doesn’t end when we bring our little bundles home from the hospital, but rather, life...

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Writing Your Own Story

Getting advice from friends, parents, and family is always a smart move, but that doesn’t mean you allow the advice to become an edict. Listening with an open mind, thinking it through, and praying about the issue should lend itself to a decision in which you become the primary author...

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A Prayerful Change

I was able to stand confident in my decisions as long as I remained consistent in prayer. And in the process, my children also learned a little about the importance of praying through each decision and letting the Lord lead, even when it means great change....

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The Education of Our Daughters

If education is only about career training, then what’s the point of Shakespeare? Or English lit? Or history? And if you’re only going to be flipping burgers or spending your days changing the oil in cars at the Jiffy Lube, why do we have you in school for twelve years...

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Faith Believes

There were days when I passed the test of faith; on other days, I have failed miserably. I am most thankful that my relationship with Christ is not dependent on my responses, but on the sacrifice and love of my Savior....

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Homeschool Revival

The look of a typical homeschooling family, along with the reasons for their choices, was very different 20-30 years ago. The majority of homeschoolers were ultra conservative families with deep convictions on raising up the next generation, passionate about bringing about a revival to our nation through the means of...

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Returning to Church

In the midst of a conversation about the busyness of spring, graduations, and recipes for cheese fondue, we began discussing church and community. I shared that I traveled a great deal, and I was thankful that my time away prevented me from getting too involved in the messiness of church....

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Fashionable vs. Frumpy

In order to reach this world for Christ, we must live in it yet remain not of it. We must be attractive to the world, yet not based on worldly standards. Our attractiveness must come because we dress neither in the latest fashions nor the frumpiest of conservative garb, but...

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The Feminist Mom

Pictures and emotions are quickly formulated when the word feminist is used in conversations. Some cringe, some sigh, and some smirk. I was brought up in a conservative Christian atmosphere and taught that a feminist was one who didn’t like to submit to men and didn’t respect God’s law of...

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Journaling Methods

Without journaling, we have a tendency to gloss over familiar verses, miss connection points, and proceed through our reading time without processing what we have read. Journaling makes us slow down, ponder, and truly listen to the Spirit’s voice as we read....

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Choosing the Good Part

Happily, I slipped into a chair next to another woman about my age and introduced myself. Her face lit up as she told me her name, and then she promptly asked me, “So, what do you do?” “I’m a mom!” I shared excitedly. “Ohhh, that’s nice,” she declared in her...

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